Have a great day exploring the “nation’s kitchen,” Osaka!
|Price||¥ 13,000（tax included）
|Hours of availability||
· English Speaking Guide
· Food and drinks
|Participants||2 〜 8 people|
Osaka, which has a 1,500-year history as the "water capital," was the center of Japan between the 16th and 19th centuries, and also the home of Hideyoshi Toyotomi, the father of modern Japanese unification. You’ll get to visit his castle, Osaka Castle, and learn why even today Japan holds great appeal and is still known domestically as the nation’s kitchen. While Tokyo may be the biggest city in Japan now, Osaka has always flourished as a center of the Japanese economy. Today’s visitors to Japan, in addition to exploring Tokyo and Kyoto, should not pass up the opportunity to explore the bustling metropolis of Osaka!
This tour starts at your hotel accommodation then immediately heads to Osaka Castle. Osaka Castle was the base of Hideyoshi Toyotomi’s unification in 1583, and he is the one who started construction of the castle on the site of the Ishiyama Honganji. The castle fell in 1615 during the great Summer Battle of Osaka, but was reused by the Tokugawa Shogunate until the castle tower burned down in a lightning strike. The current castle tower, rebuilt in 1931, is the third generation. The castle interior is now a historical museum, housing valuable materials and diorama. On the outside, you can enjoy Osaka Castle from various angles and appreciate its magnificent stone walls, architectural features, the vast moat, and many other points of interest around the castle.
After Osaka Castle we go to "Minami Osaka (Namba)" by train and explore this vibrant part of the city. Afterwards, we have lunch at the "BULLS," where you can enjoy a sukiyaki lunch made with Halal certified beef.
After lunch, we will enjoy a stroll in part of Osaka’s “kitchen," Kuromon Market. The fresh food market has a history of over 100 years, with about 180 stores selling fish, fruit, and more in the same marketplace. There is a big bustle every day as "Osaka’s Kitchen" flaunts its treasure trove of fresh ingredients.
After Kuromon market, move to Dotonbori. After stopping at Osaka’s most famous photo spot, you will be taken further downtown to Osaka’s Shinsaibashi shopping street, which runs from Dotonbori. We’ll have time for a bit of shopping here too.
Following Shinsaibashi, we move on to "Kita" (Umeda) area by subway. First stop is "Umeda Sky Building." British Times magazine includes this building in their “20 of the world's leading buildings." Interesting architecture flows up the 170m height, all the way up to the "Floating Garden Observatory," where you can appreciate vast views over the city of Osaka and more, all the way to Awaji Island. This observatory, which has both inside and outside viewing areas, is a superlative experience. With a guide who knows Osaka and caters to our Muslim visitors, you are sure to have a very pleasant day exploring this great city!
・History and samurai culture at Osaka Castle
・Tasty sukiyaki lunch at "BULLS"
・Fresh fish and shellfish for viewing and tasting at Kuromon Market
・Osaka commemorative photo at "Dotonbori"
・Osaka shopping in the vibrant "Shinsaibashi" area
・Osaka skyline view from the Umeda Sky Building
・We customize tour plans to best fit our customer's desires.
・During the tour, we will travel on public transport.
・We also welcome non-Muslim tourists.
・Tour duration can be extended at a rate of 3,000 yen per group, per hour, payable in cash.
The tour guide (Yoko) was very hospitable and knowledgeable in conducting the tour for my parents. They enjoyed the time spent thoroughly and covered many places in the itinerary like Osaka Castle and Shisaibashi Market to name some. Thank you giving us a wonderful experience!
Muhammad Hanif（Brunei Darussalam）★★★★★
A Taste of Osaka
We decided to go on one-day Muslim guided tours in all three cities (Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo) as it is our first time visiting in Japan, and we wanted to get a feel before venturing out for ourselves.
We were greeted by Michiko-san at the apartment we were staying for the visit. She briefed us on the whole day itinerary and also gave us options on where we want to spend more time on.
First stop was Osaka Castle. The castle has a rich history and beautiful decorated constructions (Guard post at entry gates, stone walls along river, the golden tinted castle itself) to back it up. We passed the chance to look inside the castle after seeing the long que, but the view from the surrounding was already astonishing.
Kuromon Market (quite similar to Nishiki Market in Kyoto), had variety of commodities both for locals and toursits. No shortage of sweets to bring home as souvenir or snacks!
Next was Dotonbori. The number of crowd was unbelievable. The area was colourfully lit with tourists, advertisement boards, commercial on big screens, live cooking and delicious looking food! (My wife and I fully explored Dotonbori again the same night!)
After all the walking, we ate late lunch at Ali's Kitchen, a halal certified Pakistani & Arabic restaurant.
The final destination was Umeda Sky Building. The view was absolutely amazing! Definitely get ready to take out your camera for some awesome Panorama pictures. But hold on tight to your belongings, because the wind is pretty strong up there.
The tour guide, Michiko-san was very informative and flexible in adjusting the tour. She was also very friendly and fluent in her english. A delightful experience overall!
Thank you Michiko-san and Omakase!