Have a great day exploring the “nation’s kitchen,” Osaka!
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. Last spot to visit it the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living is the first of its kind in Japan, showcasing the history and culture of housing in Japan. The museum has a variety of exhibits starting from the latter half of the Edo period through to post-war Japan (1800–1950), with dioramas and models reproducing classic street ambiance from long ago. Indoors, you can enjoy morning, day and nighttime atmosphere through different forms of illumination, giving the feeling you have traveled back in time. You can also try wearing a kimono for a very affordable price. With a guide who knows Osaka and caters to our Muslim & Vegetarian 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
・Leran and feel the local life of Japan at Osaka Museum of Housing and Living
・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 & Vegetarian tourists.
・Tour duration can be extended at a rate of 3,000 yen per group, per hour, payable in cash.
¥ 13,000 for 2 persons or more
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· English Guide
· Food and drinks
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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!
Half Day Walking Tour of Osaka
We went for a customised half day tour of Osaka for our conference participants and secretariat. It was quite a last minute request but Mr Takeshi was very helpful and patient in helping us to plan this tour. He was very professional and made sure everything went well.
Our tour guide Mr Mamoru was excellent. He guided us through the various sights in Namba such has Dotonbori, Kuromon Market, Nippombashi Den Den Town and Shinseikai.
It was a delightful experience and we will contact Omakase again for tours in Japan.
Thank you Omakase!
Great Day in Osaka
We had a wonderful day with Mr. Mamoru. When we met Mr. Mamoru in the lobby of the Gran Via at Osaka Station we found out that he had lived in Atlanta where my husband and I are from. My Mom, high school friend Sam and his wife Louise were also with us for a full day of walking ( 20,000 steps ). We started out at the castle and then walked and subwayed to the main market. We then went for lunch just outside of the main food market and had Yoshoku (Japanese omelette ) pre-pared with bacon, shrimp and squid paired with beer and sake. We then walked though the main shopping street that crosses the river towards the centre. The housing museum is closed on Tuesday so we finished the day in Osaka Station at a sake bar. We would definitely recommend Mr. Mamoru for a full day of walking, touring and eating.
One day Muslim-Friendly Tour of Osaka
From the minute our guide, Akiyuki arrived to greet us, to the end of our tour, could not fault the information, expertise and help given to us during the tour. Very informative and happy to answer any of our questions even if not related to the sites we were visiting i.e. asked about some good shopping areas near our hotel which Akiyuki happily obliged with shops and showed us where they were that we could visit after the tour. Also Akiyuki asked what we wanted for lunch and we decided to leave up to Akiyuki for their suggestion and they didn’t disappoint. The Okonomiyaki was fantastic.
Muslim friendly tour in Osaka
Thank you Mr. Mamoru Hosoe.
It was very enjoyable tour, going to those wonderful places in osaka, like Osaka castle, with all inside hystoric details , and the breathtaking view from above, then kumoron market,where I enjoyed the sweets and fruit & cup of delicious juice.
Then dotonbori, a very lively street I had the best photoes at every step of the road.
The nice lunch at Ali's kitchen was perfect, last but not least the Osaka museum of housing and living where I enjoyed the amazing Kimono wearing it was a dream come true, I enjoyed the show areas that represents old japan homes, like kitchen,tea places gardens,little children games.
It was amazing with the company of Mamoru san ,very knowledgable in history, explaining about every place we 've been through in English, it will be unforgettable tour.