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Half-Day Osaka 4-Hour Off-The-Beaten Track Walking Tour

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Highlights
  • Half-day walking tour of Osaka
  • A comprehensive tour that covers top attractions and lesser-known neighborhoods
  • Tick off icons such as Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo) and Tennoji Tower
  • Explore the Dontonbori district, replete with neon signs and street food stalls
  • Discover lesser-known neighborhoods such as Shin-Sekai, Namba, and Tennoji
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
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Overview
Experience the best of both worlds on this half-day Osaka walking tour, designed to reveal popular attractions and hidden gems. Tick off icons such as Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo) and Tennoji Tower, and explore the Dotonbori district, famed for its Japanese snacks and neon signs. Plus, you’ll explore lesser-known neighborhoods such as Shin-Sekai, Namba, and Tennoji, all full of unique charms. Choose from a morning or afternoon tour.
What to Expect
Below is the Grand Plan, with times for both the morning tour and afternoon tour:
(8:30am or 1:30pm) Start the tour at Tanimachi 4-Chome Station (subway), from which it is a short walk to Osaka Castle Park. Here you'll painlessly learn about Osaka history, both the Castle and otherwise. You'll also take in some nice views and be able to immerse yourself in nature.
(9:30am or 2:30pm) Then it's off to Osaka's famous Koreatown, which is actually fairly Japanese at this point, but more importantly a vibrant slice of old Japan. With its narrow pedestrian streets, old architectural wonders, spirited shopkeepers, and tempting foods, it's sure to be memorable.
(10:30am or 3:30pm) A quick ride on the JR Loop Line brings the tour to Tennoji, where you'll see what is currently Osaka's tallest building (but not tallest tower), a bustling, modern shopping district, and locals going about their business. A 10-minute stroll through another lovely park brings the tour to Shin-Sekai, which was a roaring entertainment district in the 1920s but later hit bottom, only to (mostly) rise from the ashes into the spectacle it is today. Gaze all you like. The locals don't mind.
(11:30am or 4:30pm) After a short subway ride, walk through Shinsaibashi with its shops and interesting side streets, catch the famous "running man" scene at Dotombori, then end in the even deeper Namba area, in the cooking supplies district (more interesting than it sounds!), near manga heaven. The tour ends at Namba Station at 12:30pm (or 5:30pm for the PM tour).
This tour is not a chore nor a bore, and it is not confined to the tourist trail. The tour talks about history and culture, but not oppressively. Lots to see, tedium-free, so sign up today!
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Reviewed March 27, 2019

The cost for this tour was $90AUD per person - plus approximately 800 yen for additional trains etc around the city. So around $100 AUD for me in total. I don't think there was much off the beaten track about this tour and the tour...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank brettystar
Kevin B, オーナー at Pinpoint Traveler, responded to this reviewResponded April 26, 2019

Dear brettystar and lamsaj, Though you made a single reservation as a couple but decided to write reviews independently, repeating much of the same, I'll just address both of you in one reply. To be honest, I'm not sure why you have it out for...More

Reviewed March 24, 2019

We decided to book a half day tour only because we did not have time for a full day tour with our busy schedule. I booked evening tour for two people at AUD 90 p/person. We did the Tour on 10.03.2019. Main issue I have...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Iamsaj
Kevin B, オーナー at Pinpoint Traveler, responded to this reviewResponded April 26, 2019

Dear brettystar and lamsaj, Though you made a single reservation as a couple but decided to write reviews independently, repeating much of the same, I'll just address both of you in one reply. To be honest, I'm not sure why you have it out for...More

Reviewed January 6, 2019

The guide was very knowledgeable, informative, and helpful! I learned a lot about Osaka from the guide.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Ben G
Kevin B, オーナー at Pinpoint Traveler, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2019

Hi Ben G, Thanks for the review! Glad to hear you had a good time on our walking tour. May your whirlwind travels continue unabated!!

Reviewed October 4, 2018

To get the key fact on the record, Kevin is an exceptional Guide. The tour starts at Osaka Castle, not far off the beaten path for sure, but still an extraordinary site. From there it heads off to a wide variety of locations that are...More

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank Bernie M
Kevin B, Owner at Pinpoint Traveler, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2018

Dear Bernie M, Thank you for the flattering review! *^^* So happy that the tour lived up to its billing as being a little "off the beaten path". We do of course have to cover the Castle, which is a very worthwhile stop, but then...More

Reviewed April 27, 2018

Had a great tour of Osaka with Kevin! We started with Osaka Castle; although this cannot be considered off-the-beaten path, we had not yet visited and it was a good place to start. Kevin gave us some general history regarding the city of Osaka as...More

Date of experience: March 2018
6  Thank 729karynh
kevboy, オーナー at Pinpoint Traveler, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2018

Dear 729karynh, Thank you for the super nice review of our Half-Day Osaka 4-Hour Off-The-Beaten Track Walking Tour! We admit that Osaka Castle is quite ON beaten path, but it's a must-see, and we do hurry up with some very local follow up spots to...More

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