Osaka
10/28/2019 12:00 AM
10/28/2019 12:00 AM
Home to two of Japan's oldest shrines, Osaka is a pilgrimage site for many devout followers of Shinto. Make a visit to Osaka Castle. Originally built in the 16th century and rebuilt twice since, it is a treasure trove of armory and artifacts. At Sumiyoshi Temple, admire the fine architecture that stretches back 17 centuries, a stark and elegant style with vivid red beams and columns. If you wish, you may journey to Kyoto, Japan's former imperial city of stunning shrines, bamboo forests, and the splendid Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion).

Optional Private Excursions available for purchase

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Give us a call or email us. Let us personalize your experience!

OSAKA - Osaka Castle, Shitennoji and Den Den Town - 4 hours
This is a full day tour from Osaka (hotel or port in central Osaka). Prices are based on pick-up and drop-off in central Osaka. If your hotel or port is not in central Osaka, please enquire us for more information.

Enjoy a half day private guided tour of Osaka, Japan’s second city. Start with a stroll around Osaka castle, taking in the view of the city from this impressive building, before ending your tour with Shitennoji shrine and/or the Den Den electronic district – depending on how much time you have.

Highlights:
  • Visit Osaka Castle, one of Japan's most famous castles. The five-storey castle tower itself is impressive, as are the two-square-kilometer grounds, featuring a large lawned garden with 600 cherry trees, and many other fortifications such as turrets, gates, moats, and other secondary citadels.
  • Explore Shitennoji Temple, the first temple to be built by the state in Japan, and one of the country's oldest. It boasts a small but beautiful garden, the faithfully maintained temple buildings, that despite several reconstructions still retain their 6th century design, and a fascinating treasure house, where some of the temple's valuable paintings, scriptures and other artifacts are on display.
  • Discover Den Den Town, Osaka's equivalent to Tokyo's Akihabara. Largely an electronics district, where you may be able to bargain to get cheap elctronic goods, the area is also developing as an 'otaku' area with many manga and anime shops appearing, as well as numerous maid and cosplay cafes.
  • Be escorted by professional, registered local guides with an expert knowledge of the city of Osaka
 
Duration: 4 hours

Tour can operate: Morning or Afternoon

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Physical Activity Level: Moderate

Included: Transport for the day (local transport/taxis); privately guided tour; entrance fees; ; pick up and drop off at Osaka  port (central area)
*We can also arrange a private car and driver instead of trains at a supplement.

Not included: Meals


 

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