These are the 10 best tours to do in Osaka in 2022

Osaka, Japan is a must-see city on any trip to Japan. Located close to Kyoto, it’s a great jumping-off point for a variety of tours and excursions, and it offers more affordable accommodation options than the more popular city of Kyoto. Discover the best of Osaka and find out why many people leave Japan with the intention of returning to this food-centric city soon.



ten Osaka Food Tour

Embark on a 3-hour culinary exploration of the city of Osaka with a half-Japanese/half-Australian guide who understands the local culture and food. Dinner and alcoholic beverages are included in the tour price. The tour includes stops at five local restaurants and food stalls, including a hidden restaurant and a street stall. The tour takes travelers through arcade-lined streets and back alleyways not often frequented by tourists for an authentic experience.

  • Recommended visit:
    Osaka Food Tour (10 Delicious Dishes at 5 Hidden Restaurants)

  • Duration:
    3 hours

  • Cost:
    From US$62.28 per adult

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9 Guided tour of the palaces and temples of Osaka

Osaka is a city with a rich history and many architectural marvels to explore, such as Osaka Castle. With a licensed tour guide, travelers can visit many of these attractions in 8 hours. The guide will explain the history, culture, religion and politics of Osaka through history while taking visitors through historic and contemporary sites of significance.

  • Recommended visit:
    Full-Day Private Guided Tour of Osaka Palaces and Temples

  • Duration:
    8 hours

  • Cost:
    From $183.84

    per group (up to 10)

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8 Cooking classes and meals at home

Get an authentic taste of Japanese cuisine while learning how to prepare it yourself on a 3-hour cooking class tour in Osaka. The tour takes place in a Japanese house hosted by Yoko, who also teaches the cooking lesson. Yoko teaches the guests how to prepare the meal, then they can enjoy what they have prepared. Ingredients like seaweed and dried fish and their importance are discussed at length. After the meal, a green tea ice cream is served to guests to gently end a tasty experience.

  • Recommended visit:
    In-Home Japanese Cooking Class and Meal with a Culinary Expert in Osaka

  • Duration:
    3 hours

  • Cost:
    From USD 112.83 per adult

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seven Osaka Bike Tour

See the best of Osaka in just 3 hours on a quick and informative city bike tour. The route is easy, so even novice cyclists can take part in the tour. It’s 90% flat, allowing for leisurely exploration of Osaka without having to navigate the public transportation system. A hybrid bike, helmet, and bottle of water are all included in the cost of the tour. A knowledgeable guide leads the way and provides helpful tips on where to eat and drink, as well as information on important historical sites.

  • Recommended visit:
    Osaka in Brief: 3-Hour Bike Tour

  • Duration:
    3 to 4 hours

  • Cost:
    From US$46.28 per adult

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6 Kyoto Day Trip (Arashiyama and Fushimi Inari)

Kyoto is only a short drive from Osaka and is a must-visit destination in Japan. Take a private vehicle transfer for a day trip to Kyoto from Osaka and see some highlights of this area in just 8 hours. Travelers with limited time in the area can make the most of their visit with this round-trip transfer and tour. The private transfer will take you to Arashimyama Bamboo Grove near Kyoto, Togetsukyo Bridge and nearby temples and shrines. The tour vehicle also stops at Fushimi Inari Taisha, a beautiful shrine with thousands of orange torii gates winding their way up Mount Inari.

  • Recommended visit:
    Kyoto from Osaka: Immersive Arashiyama and Fushimi Inari by Private Vehicle

  • Duration:

  • Cost:
    From US$560 per group (up to 6)

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5 Osaka Highlights and Hidden Gems Tour

Travelers who want an authentic local experience in Osaka can customize their trip with a city tour. They can choose the length of the tour (from 3 to 8 hours) and even ask which specific sites they want their guide to focus on. This is your chance to explore the area with an English-speaking guide who can give you insight into Osaka’s history and culture.

  • Recommended visit:
    Private Osaka Tour with a 100% Customized Local, Highlights and Hidden Gems

  • Duration:
    3 to 8 hours

  • Cost:
    From US$65.55 per adult

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4 Mount Koya Day Trip

Mount Koya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most sacred mountains in the world. Travelers visiting Osaka should make an effort to visit this private day trip that lasts 7 hours and includes commentary from a licensed local guide. Mount Koya is in Wakayama Prefecture and the tour can be customized to the traveler’s interests upon request.

  • Recommended visit:
    Mt. Koya Sacred Full-Day Private Tour (Osaka Departure) with Licensed Guide

  • Duration:
    7 hours

  • Cost:
    From US$106.16 per adult

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3 Osaka walking tour

Travelers who want a simple Osaka experience can purchase a walking tour. This is your chance to see the city on foot at a leisurely pace while learning from a local guide. The guide is included in the price of the trip, as well as a soft drink and a tasting. Travelers will spend approximately 3 hours exploring areas such as the Dotonbori entertainment district, Hozenji Temple, and riding the subway.

  • Recommended visit:
    Osaka walking tour

  • Duration:
    3 hours

  • Cost:
    From US$38.93 per adult

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2 Osaka Pub and Nightlife Tour

Spend approximately 4.5 hours making new friendships that will last a lifetime on this guided pub crawl around Osaka. A licensed guide leads the group (must be at least 20 years old) through ice-breaking games and activities as they venture into Osaka after dark. Benefits of joining the tour, aside from the social aspect, include a free welcome shot at each bar visited and 50% off all drinks on the tour.

  • Recommended visit:
    Osaka pub crawl and nightlife tour

  • Duration:
    4 hours and 30 minutes

  • Cost:
    From US$14.15 per adult

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1 Go-kart tour of Osaka

Japan is known for all things fun, quirky, and cute, so it’s no surprise that a GoKart tour of Osaka comes with an adorable costume rental. Spend approximately 2 hours touring the streets of Osaka in a small-group GoKart. The tour takes travelers to neighborhoods like Dotonbori and Namba, and passes popular landmarks like Tsutenkaku Tower. Insurance costs and fuel surcharges are included in the ticket price for the tour. Travelers must have a valid international driving license to participate.

  • Recommended visit:
    Osaka GoKart Street Tour with Fun Costume Rental

  • Duration:
    2 hours

  • Cost:
    From USD 53.08 per adult

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