A Day in Osaka: Unveiling the Ever-Changing City's Story

A Day in Osaka: Unveiling the Ever-Changing City's Story


All Year Round


09:00 - 17:15

Meeting Place

Osaka Station


79,000 ~ / groupJPY

A Day in Osaka: Unveiling the Ever-Changing City's Story

Nestled in the heart of Japan’s Kansai region, Osaka stands as a vibrant testament to the seamless fusion of tradition and modernity. Stepping into this dynamic city is like embarking on a journey through time, where ancient temples, historic landmarks, and majestic castles coexist harmoniously with the bustling energy of contemporary life. At the iconic Osaka Castle, visitors are transported back to the feudal era, where samurai warriors once roamed and epic battles shaped the course of history. The imposing silhouette of the castle against the skyline serves as a poignant reminder of Osaka’s rich heritage and storied past.

Amidst the urban landscape, tranquil temples and shrines offer a sanctuary of serenity and contemplation. From the romantic Tsuyuten Shrine to the majestic Hokoku Shrine, each sacred site tells its own tale of devotion and reverence, inviting visitors to connect with Japan’s spiritual heritage. Here, amidst the hushed whispers of prayer and the scent of incense wafting through the air, one can’t help but feel a sense of reverence for the centuries of tradition that have shaped Osaka’s cultural landscape.

But Osaka’s allure extends beyond its ancient landmarks; it also boasts a wealth of museums that offer a window into the city’s diverse history and culture. From the Museum of Ukiyoe, where exquisite woodblock prints and paintings depict scenes of daily life and beauty, to the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, where immersive exhibits recreate Osaka’s neighborhoods through different historical periods, visitors can embark on a captivating journey through Osaka’s past, present, and future.

In every corner of this dynamic city, the echoes of bygone eras mingle with the rhythms of modern life, creating a tapestry of experiences that is as rich and diverse as Osaka itself. Whether exploring historic temples, delving into the city’s museum scene, or marveling at the grandeur of Osaka Castle, visitors are sure to be enchanted by the timeless charm and boundless spirit of this captivating metropolis.


  • Embark on a walking tour that unveils Osaka’s renowned landmarks and hidden gems, guiding you through the city’s treasures.
  • Delve into Osaka’s rich history and culture as we share insightful stories about each stop along the way, offering a deeper understanding of this vibrant city.
  • Immerse yourself in the traditions of Japanese art, experiencing firsthand the cultural heritage that has been cherished for centuries.


Our journey commences at Tsuyuten Shrine, a revered sanctuary that holds a poignant love story at its heart. Legend has it that centuries ago, a devoted couple, separated by fate, made a solemn vow to reunite beneath the branches of a sacred tree. In honor of their unwavering love, the shrine was erected, its hallowed grounds serving as a testament to the enduring power of devotion. As you step into this sacred space, you will feel the echoes of their love story woven into the very fabric of the shrine’s existence. Amidst the serene beauty of its surroundings, let yourself be transported back in time, where love conquers all and miracles are born.

After immersing ourselves in the enchanting ambiance of Tsuyuten Shrine, our journey continues to the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living. This unique museum offers a captivating glimpse into the daily life of Osaka’s residents throughout the centuries. Step into meticulously recreated streetscapes from different historical periods, where traditional wooden machiya townhouses line the cobblestone paths. Wander through bustling marketplaces, where merchants ply their trade and the aroma of street food fills the air. Experience the sights and sounds of bygone eras as you explore the museum’s immersive exhibits, gaining a deeper appreciation for Osaka’s rich cultural heritage.

As our exploration continues, we will pause for a delightful lunch along the bustling Tenjinbashi-suji Shopping Street. Known as one of the longest shopping streets in Japan, this vibrant thoroughfare offers a plethora of dining options to suit every palate. From traditional street food stalls serving up savory snacks to cozy cafes and bustling eateries, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Indulge in the flavours of Osaka’s culinary delights as you savour local specialties amidst the lively atmosphere of this iconic shopping district.

Following our satisfying lunch, we will embark on a journey through history as we make our way to the iconic Osaka Castle. Towering majestically against the city skyline, this magnificent fortress is a symbol of power and resilience, with a storied past dating back to the 16th century. As we approach its towering walls and imposing moat, prepare to be transported back in time to an era of samurai warriors and feudal lords. Explore the castle’s impressive grounds, adorned with lush gardens, defensive walls, and towering turrets, and marvel at its breathtaking architecture. Inside the main keep, discover immersive exhibits and artifacts that chronicle the castle’s rich history and significance in shaping Japan’s feudal era. With its grandeur and historical significance, Osaka Castle promises an unforgettable journey through Japan’s rich cultural heritage.

Following our exploration of Osaka Castle, our adventure takes a creative turn as we delve into the world of ukiyo-e, traditional Japanese woodblock printing. At the Ukiyoe Experience, immerse yourself in the intricate artistry and craftsmanship of this centuries-old tradition. Step into a traditional workshop and learn from skilled artisans as they guide you through the process of carving wooden blocks and applying vibrant pigments to create stunning prints. Discover the secrets behind iconic ukiyo-e masterpieces, from vibrant landscapes to intricate portraits, and try your hand at this timeless art form under expert guidance. With its hands-on approach and immersive atmosphere, the Ukiyoe Experience offers a unique opportunity to connect with Japan’s artistic heritage and unleash your creativity.

As our day in Osaka draws to a close, we will conclude our journey with a visit to the vibrant district of Dotonbori. Known as the heart of Osaka’s entertainment and culinary scene, this bustling area pulsates with energy day and night. Take a leisurely stroll along the iconic Dotonbori Canal, lined with neon-lit billboards and bustling eateries, and soak in the electric atmosphere of this iconic district. Marvel at the larger-than-life signage, including the famous Glico Running Man and the towering Kani Doraku Crab, which have become symbols of Dotonbori’s lively spirit. Indulge your senses with a feast of local delicacies, from savory takoyaki and crispy okonomiyaki to freshly grilled seafood and delectable sweets. As you immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and flavors of Dotonbori, bid farewell to Osaka with cherished memories of a day well spent in this dynamic city.


09:00Meet us at the Osaka Station to start your journey.
The meeting place is immediately after exiting the Central Gate of the station.

09:15Our first stop is Tsuyuten Shrine offers a serene escape with its traditional architecture and peaceful ambiance, making it a popular spot for couples seeking blessings for their relationships.
10:00Next, we will visit the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, where meticulously recreated streetscapes and immersive exhibits offer a captivating glimpse into Osaka's architectural history and urban evolution.
11:30Enjoy your lunch break along the bustling shopping street, where you will find a plethora of food options to satisfy every craving.
12:45After lunch, we will make our way to Osaka Castle, an iconic symbol of power and resilience that stands as a testament to the city's rich history and feudal past.
15:00Arrive at Dotonbori area. In this area, we will participate in various activities such as visiting shrines and experiencing traditional arts.
16:00We will walk through Shinsaibashi, the city's main shopping area.
16:30We will return to JR Osaka Station together to end the tour. However, if you would like to spend the rest of your day in the city centre, please let us know at any time.
17:15Say goodbye at JR Osaka Station.


JR Osaka Station @ 09:00

You can see us immediately after exiting the JR Osaka Station central gate. We are waiting in front of the Travel Service Center OSAKA, between the Currency Exchange and the ticket machines. We will be holding up a sign that says “Snow Monkey Resort.”


  • The times listed in the itinerary are for reference only and the actual tour may vary depending on actual conditions such as weather and trains.
  • This is a walking tour that takes you outdoors for hours. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes and clothing. Please bring sunshade and rain protection if necessary.
  • If you feel uncomfortable during the tour, please let us know. We will do our best to help you.
  • This tour includes free time. We will make sure you know when and where to meet again. If you get lost or forget your meeting point, please call us immediately.


  • Entrance fees for each spot during the tour
  • Train tickets required for the tour 
  • Ukiyoe experience fee
  • Guided tour with English/Chinese speaking guide


  • Food and drinks
  • Train tickets before and after the tour


Can I join this tour from Kyoto?
Yes, you can join from Kyoto by taking the Shinkansen from Kyoto Station to Shin-Osaka Station. It only takes 14 minutes!
Is this tour suitable for children?
Yes, it is suitable for children. However, only one thing to keep in mind. Since it is a walking tour, you will be walking for hours. If your child is too young, make sure you can hold them when needed.

(Travel Agency License No: Nagano 2-562)
Snow Monkey Resorts Tours
Nagano City Kurita 1015-7, NK Copo 202, Nagano, 380-0921 Japan
Tel: (81)26-219-6256
Member of All Nippon Travel Agents Association
Travel Service Supervisor: Tomoko Kasahara