Osaka Best And Brighest

OSAKA'S BEST AND BRIGHTEST BY PRIVATE VEHICLE

Osaka Castle and Dotonbori, but more local, less visited sights too.

From ¥68,000/group
Private Vehicle Large Group Tours 7½ Hours (approx.) Up to 9 People

Introduction: Authentic Osaka City Tours

Looking for a full-day Osaka private tour that covers top spots with a fun, knowledgeable and truly fluent English speaker? Do you want it to be by spacious, private vehicle and reasonably priced to boot? Well look no further! We show you the true Best and Brightest of Osaka including Dotonbori, Osaka Castle, Shin-sekai, a view from high above, and more! Plus, get some local insight with interesting commentary along the way and at some of our other recommended stops.All of this at your pace with your own personal driver/guide and high quality vehicle service. Even better, if you’ve got something specific in mind, we can change things up to suit your desire!

Pinpoint Traveler has an average score of 4.7⭐ across over 500 reviews on multiple review sites. Below is a sampling of some of our most recent reviews for our Best and Brightest Osaka Car Tour

@Joly
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We had a great day discovering Osaka, like a local, with Kevin. He is very knowledge and we learned a lot of insightful elements. He was punctual, very professional, he knows how to navigate smoothly in the city and maximise the time. He also adjusted the pace for us. We had a great lunch. Overall top experience. We highly recommend this trip in order to discover Osaka and in particular Kevin.
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@joy
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Levi, our tour guide is excellent. He knows very well the history of Japan. Very friendly, accommodating and helpful. He is full of vibrant and very passionate with his work. This tour is worth every penny.
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@GetYourGuide Traveler
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We had a such a great time on this full day Osaka tour. Kevin was really great and friendly and such a knowledgeable English speaking guide. He knows everything there is to know about Osaka and Japan. The day was very well planned and having a car made the day so much more relaxing and effortlessly fun! Communication before the tour was also great, we knew before our trip started we were in good hands! He even showed us parts of Osaka we wouldn’t have on our own, just like a local. Very worthwhile if visiting Osaka. Can’t wait to come back again some day!
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Fun Day
@Stephen_W
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Kevin has an extensive knowledge of all things Osaka and was energetic wanting to show as much as I would like. We had a great day.
Osaka's Best Guide
Osaka's Best Guide
@Richard_O
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We had a wonderful day with our guide, Levy. He was extremely helpful and professional. We saw things that we would not have seen on our own. We ate at a local restaurant that was wonderful.
Wonderful Tour
Wonderful Tour
@Ingrid_S
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We had an amazing day with Dan as our guide. Dan was able to show us around Osaka while also teaching us the way of life in Osaka. The day was spent as if we were speaking to a friend. Money well spent. The information we learned could not have been gained from reading travel guides or signs at locations.
Great Guide and a Comfortable Ride
Great Guide and a Comfortable Ride
@Emmanuel_T
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We had a great time with Levy. He has been living in Japan for more than 20 years and knew a lot about Osaka and its surrounding area; the historical and cultural sites as well as the various districts worth visiting for food, shopping and sightseeing. We were able to customize our trip, which gave us an opportunity to see a good mix of places, including those not well known from tourists, while skipping otyers had already gone to. He is very knowledgeable on any subjects and super easy-going. I recommend this tour: being driven around in a air conditioned car on a hot summer day was much more comfortable than public transportation and allowed us to see much of Osaka in just one day.
Super Excellent...
Super Excellent...
@Marietta_Q
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Everything is memorable. Our tour guide Daniel is so professional. He took care of us very well. He speaks fluent english thats why we enjoyed our tour yesterday.
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Osaka Tour
@Stella_Z
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We enjoyed our tour with Kevin. He is fun to be around, very easy going, knowledgeable in many different aspects of Japanese culture and history. Thanks to Kevin we had an unforgettable tour of Osaka!
My family of 6 enjoyed our customized tour. Ask for Levy, our tour guide!
My family of 6 enjoyed our customized tour. Ask for Levy, our tour guide!
@Phillip_U
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My family of 6 had a wonderful time Osaka with our tour guide Levy. He customized our tour to maximize our experience since we had already seen many traditional areas like shrines and temples during our time here, he Re showed us modern Osaka and all it's glory. He also has a gave us a lot of interesting historical information for a well reounded tour. Thank you Levy for such a unique and tailored experience that my family will not forget! I recommend asking for Levy
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Historic Landmarks

Osaka Castle stands tall as a beacon of Osaka history and a testament to the power the city held in generations long past, while the commercial areas we visit over the course of the day speak loudly to the great prosperity the city enjoys today.

Professional Guide

Real English, real skills, and great personalities. Our guides have the knowledge and expertise to provide you with interesting, fun, and memorable tours.

Fully Narrated Tour

Our tours never leave you to wonder about on your own. Your guide stays with you the whole time, unless, for example, you want a bit of time to roam a garden or have lunch on your own.

We Come to You

Our Osaka private car tour includes pick up at your lodging or port in Osaka, Kobe, or Kyoto (additional charges apply for pickups outside central Osaka).

Does this look like fun? Book tickets today!

Osaka Best and Brightest Tour

Take a sneak peak at some of the sights you'll experience on tour with us!

Tour Overview

The naysayers whom have always been a sayin’, “Why go to Osaka, when we are seeing TOKYO?”. Why see San Francisco when you will see New York? Why see Melbourne when you are seeing Sydney? Then there are those who feel wasting a moment by not being in Kyoto is nothing less than a sin. Well my friends, I am here to tell you that Osaka is AWESOME. That said, we love Tokyo and Kyoto too and are happy to provide you with great tours there too… but Osaka is our hometown and we just adore it. Despite it not being the Belle of the ball.

Your Osaka private car tour has been meticulously designed, but don’t let that stop you

The tour’s been designed to not merely show the Best and Brightest, but to do so with a nice balanced approach. We’ve got a famous castle, an often overlooked temple on spacious grounds (not like Kyoto in design or atmosphere), views and an extra large serving of Osaka style entertainment and shopping districts to lead you through. We also have flexibility. You want to see some of Osaka’s famous cutlery? You want to check out a garden? You want to compare our flagship Shinto shrine vs. our Buddhist temple? You just let us know.

Osaka’s famous for food for a reason

Denying you exposure to Osaka’s food culture would leave us feeling very guilty. We’re happy to take you to an Okonomiyaki place for lunch, or maybe you’d like something else? We don’t have a fixed restaurant to take you so finding something you want to eat will be something we will be happy to do. But it’s not just about eating: Over the course of the day we will show you one or two food markets and even the famous restaurant supply district, should you have the interest.

Easy as pie (or Okonomiyaki)

By now with items on your “Things to See” list neatly checked off -- and a few write-ins as well -- it will be just about time to drive you back to your lodging. You liked Osaka before the day started, but now you LOVE it. Naturally, this was our plan all along and if you’re thinking about taking your Osaka adventure up a couple notches, do be sure to check out our ever-popular night tour for a whole different side to the city (in completely different locations too).

Does this look like fun? Book tickets today! After choosing your date and time, you'll have the opportunity to choose Osaka, Kyoto, or Kobe for your pickup.

Itinerary

No Osaka private car tour would be complete without its own walking tour of Osaka Castle included, arguably the most iconic spot of great historical significance in Osaka. We’ll traverse the grounds, all the while talking about the history, architecture and significance of the spot. Since the rebuilt interior of the castle is rather disappointing (due to some events in recent history), we recommend giving that a miss. Trust us. About 75 minutes.

No Osaka private car tour would be complete without a visit to the Castle, arguably the most iconic spot of great historical significance in Osaka. We’ll traverse the grounds, all the while talking about the history, architecture and significance of the spot. Since the rebuilt interior of the castle is rather disappointing (due to some events in recent history), we recommend giving that a miss. Trust us. About 75 minutes.

Osaka’s Shintennoji is said to be the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan. Though fires and wartime have brought intermittent waves of destruction, the important buildings have always been faithfully reconstructed as they looked over the nearly fifteen centuries of history. Both the buildings and open spaces are very deliberate, and the impact is invariably felt by all. Buddhism came to Osaka from Korea (who got it from China), so the design element differences from Kyoto are noteworthy. We spend 45-75 minutes here, depending on if we can go in the garden.

Come check out the tallest building in Osaka (tallest in Japan as a building excluding the Skytree in Tokyo, which is a tower). We won’t go to the top of this 300 meter building, but we’ll sneak in a view from the free floor that is already high enough. Then it’s down to levels B1 and B2 for a guided walk through the fanciness that is the Japanese department store food hall, where prepared foods, sweets and various meats and seafoods vie for your attention. About 45 minutes here.

Fun for all ages. In a slightly reality-independent way, this is a certifiable must-see while in Osaka. It started big in the 1920s and into the 1930s, then fell into hard times, back into good times, and hard times, and now solidly in good times. Games, a foodie fantasia, fashion (“fashion” being a very subjective term), and that general, unmistakable Osaka vibe. A visit to Shin-sekai is hard to forget. About 30 minutes walking around here.

We’ve got a little flexibility here, but we love showing people not only the internationally famous Kuromon Ichiba (seafood market with an emphasis on the ready-to-eat), but also some cool back streets, the kitchenware district, and then of course a walkabout in the Dotonbori area proper. 1 to 1.5 hours.

Historic and Cultural Landmarks

Osaka Castle stands tall as a beacon of Osaka history and a testament to the power the city held in generations long past, while the commercial areas we visit over the course of the day speak loudly to the great prosperity the city enjoys today. Seeing the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan is no slouch of an activity either.

Easy Access

Can’t be much easier than us picking you up at your lodging!

Know Before You Go

There are a couple of things we’d like you to take note of before joining us.
  • Please come wearing comfortable shoes. It’s a car tour, but there is inevitably a fair bit of walking in the big city. For those who wish to avoid walking, please let us know and we will modify the itinerary to suit your requirements.
  • We operate rain or shine, except in cases of typhoons deemed serious enough to shut down train service.
  • Enjoy all the exciting stops described above and more on this private vehicle tour! The plan described is a model course, and there is the possibility for change based on our guests’ interests. Timing and external factors (such as traffic conditions) may force deviations from this model course.
Inclusions:
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • All vehicle costs
Exclusions:
  • Food and drinks
  • Admissions (which will range from zero to a few hundred yen or so, depending on if you change the plan)
  • Osaka Pickup: Port or USJ pickups incur a 2,500 yen extra fee each way. Fees are for the whole group, not per person.
  • Kyoto or Kobe pickups: All points in the city are included at the posted price.
  • Extra fees may be levied if an itinerary change incurs significant cost for our guide or vehicle. We will work that out in advance with you.
Options:
  • Extensions are available at 6,500 yen/hr. Please inquire.

Large Group Tours


Join us on the ultimate adventure! 🚐 Whether your squad is big or small, we’ve got the wheels to match. From a fleet of cars for large groups to a mini-bus for an epic journey, we’re here to turn your group tour into a memorable experience. Let’s make memories together and fill every seat. Book your group adventure now! 🌐✨

Our Tour Guides

We've got around a dozen guides at your service. Here we showcase a few of our most active ones.

Kevin

We think it's important that everyone who works for Pinpoint Traveler is an active guide too, even the owner. Kevin's been in Japan thirteen years, but spent the first ten in the corporate world. Now he shares his love for Japan outside the confines of the office.
Shoji Pinpoint Traveler Osaka Guide

Shoji

Born in Japan, but moved to Canada when he was still quite young, Shoji is back and ready to share is passion for Japan with you. His main dominion is Osaka and on down to Koya-san and Wakayama, but he's such a popular guy that we often send him even further afield by request.
Mardi Pinpoint Traveler Osaka Guide

Mardi

Mardi's our Kyoto guide-in-chief, and her love for the city is infectious. She's got an uncanny ability for giving people just the right amount of information while still ensuring the tour stays light and fun. Be it temples and shrines, gardens, or nightlife, Mardi's your gal.
Dan Pinpoint Traveler Osaka Guide

Dan

Dan is a Spaniard, so of course his Spanish is native level, but his English is fantastic as well. He's got a warm personality and consistently makes our guests feel like they've made a new friend within minutes of meeting him. He also knows Osaka and Kyoto like no one's business!
Levy Pinpoint Traveler Osaka Guide

Levy

With nearly twenty years in Osaka, Levy's got this place WIRED. He's a major samurai and history aficionado, and in addition to knowing all the top sights like a true pro, he knows Osaka's nightlife better than (dare we say it!) the vast majority of Japanese who call Osaka home. Levy's originally from Israel, and runs tours in Hebrew too.
Suzie Pinpoint Traveler Osaka Guide

Suzie

Suzie is Japan born and raised, and we can't recommend her enough for tours in Tokyo and Yokohama. Our prior guests frequently say nicer things about Suzie than any of our own mothers have said about us! The consummate pro, she's not just got all the info, but also an uncanny knack for knowing what to show our guests.

Not profiled here are guides who speak Spanish (Kyoto, in addition to Dan in Osaka), French (Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo), and German (Kyoto and Tokyo).

Pickup Point

We'll pick you up in Osaka, Kyoto, or Kobe.

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