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An Amazing 2 Days Osaka Itinerary

2 Days Osaka Itinerary Osaka Castle




Planning to visit Osaka soon but need some help in planning? We have worked out the perfect 2 days in Osaka itinerary to make your trip hassle free! 

During our Osaka 2 days trip, we experienced a lot. So, in this post, we are going to break down exactly how you can travel to Osaka and experience the best things to do there, the best places to stay and what you should be eating.

After all, Osaka is known as Tenka no Daidokoro, or the nation’s kitchen, for many delicious reasons!

Read on to find out more about Osaka in 2 days!

  • Prices are in Japanese Yen, where US$1 = 109.6 Yen, estimated

Background about Osaka

Osaka Japan is located in the Kansai region, and since the 16th century, it has been an important city for merchants and commerce. 

It was a powerful city that was ruled over by the warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who commissioned the building of the Osaka Castle. 


However, in the 17th century, the main influence of Japan moved to Edo (modern day Tokyo). 

This shift in power did not change Osaka as it was left to grow and it prospered for the next few hundred years. 

After World War II, it had to rebuild itself from the bombings, but soon reinvented itself, and today it is a critical manufacturing and business hub of Japan. 

Despite having all these commerce activities around that shapes the city, Osaka is an excellent alternative to Tokyo for tourists.

You will discover one of the best culinary streets all across Japan, amazing historical sites, and easy access to the a former capital of Japan, Kyoto. 

Fun fact 1: In the massive underground shopping area of Umeda, you might still be able to spot fossils from the Jurassic era on the walls. 

Fun fact 2: most of Japan’s comedians come from Osaka, a testament to the friendly attitude and warm culture of the Osaka people.

Recommended: Ultimate List of Things to do in Niseko​ and the Best Ramen in Niseko

Getting to Osaka Japan

By Air

Osaka is served by 2 airports, the Kansai International Airport (KIX) and the Osaka International Airport.

Despite its name, Osaka International Airport is actually the country’s domestic airport, and is also known as Itami. 

KIX serves mainly international flights. 

From Tokyo, there are many flights the ply this route from both Narita and Haneda airports.

Usual fares are around 14,000 yen return, and the journey takes about 1.5 hours.

Transfers to the city from the airport

From KIX, the distance to the city centre is around 40 km. 

There are a few options that you can use from Terminal 1, but very limited options in Terminal 2. In this case, you should take the free shuttle bus over to Terminal 1. 

Nankai Railways train: we find that this option is the best, taking you 35 minutes to reach Osaka Station, costing 1450 yen. Choose the rapi:t limited express option. 

From Itami, it is only 11 km to the city centre, but transfer times could be as much as from KIX. 

Monorail: Take the Osaka Monorail to Hotarugaike Station, then proceed to transfer to Hankyu Takarazuka Line for a ride to Umeda Station.  

By Train

Osaka is well served by an excellent network of trains. Surely you have heard of the news where a train operator had to apologise for being 25 seconds early?That should give you an indication of the reliability of the trains in Japan. 

The main train station in Osaka is the Shin-Osaka station, while in Tokyo, you can use either the Tokyo station. 

From Tokyo, you can opt to take the bullet train, or Shinkansen, which runs along the JR Tokaido Shinkansen line. 

There are 3 types of trains that you can board: 

  • Nozomi – 155 minutes, not covered by Japan Rail Pass
  • Hikari – 180 minutes
  • Kodama – 240 minutes

There are 2 different types of tickets you can use for the trains, regular and Japan Rail Pass, or simply JR Pass.

Fares if you are using regular tickets:

  • Regular – 13,870 yen, one way, on Nozomi trains
  • Reserved seat – 14,920 yen, one way, on Nozomi trains

Fares for JR Pass: 

  • JR Pass – 29,650 yen, return, on Hikari trains

It is important to note that the JR Pass does not allow you to use the Nozomi train, so please do not board the wrong one.

You should also know that the JR Pass is purchased for a week, and gives you unlimited rides on the JR lines. 

Whether it is worth the money or not depends on your usage. If you are travelling long distances, in the case from Tokyo to Osaka, and you use urban trains in either Osaka or Tokyo, then the JR Pass will be well worth the money.

NOTE: The Shinkansen stops at Shin-Osaka Station, which is not likely your final destination. You will need to take a train to Osaka Station, which is 3 minutes away on a JR train. Yes, this ride will be covered by JR Pass, but otherwise it will cost you 160 yen. 

There is an option to take the local trains to Osaka, but we will not be covering that since it is quite complicated and requires a few transfers. Not worth the hassle in our opinion. 

By Bus

This will be the most budget friendly way to get from Tokyo to Osaka, but it does require you to take an 8 hour bus ride. 

The best way to go about it is to take an overnight highway bus, which means that you can sleep all the way to your destination.

Due to the heavy competition, the prices are kept below 6,000 yen (one way) for regular seats, and they are pretty comfortable too. 

You can consider Willer Express for online bookings.

By Car

A car could be useful if you intend to have multiple stops along the way to explore small towns, or if you wish to see the areas outside of Osaka. 

The drive from Tokyo to Osaka typically takes about 6 hours along the Tomei and Meishin Expressways, and you will incur a toll of 13,500 yen each way. 

This could be a good option if you have a small group to disperse the cost.

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By Walking

In case you like to try walking, you can reach Osaka from Tokyo in 107 hours if you walk non stop. Just kidding!

The distance between Tokyo and Osaka is 502 kilometres.

Getting around Osaka

It is pretty easy to get around Osaka, thanks to the vast network of public transport. It seems you can get anywhere in a subway. This nifty Japan train guide will tell you more. 

Within Osaka, there are 2 main areas you will need to know: Kita (North) and Minami (South). 

The main train station is JR Osaka Station, where you will find the Osaka loop line, and it is located in Kita. 

As for Minami, the main station is JR Namba Station. 

The Midosuji subway line runs through both these stations, and it is likely you will utilise it most, along with the Osaka loop line. 

If you have spent some time in Tokyo, you might have bought the Suica prepaid card, which can be used here in Osaka too. Otherwise, you can consider getting an ICOCA card for Osaka, which you can find in vending machines in train stations. 

An alternative is to get the Osaka Amazing Pass, which covers all the fees you would incur on public transport such as the subway, bus or tram. 

The Osaka Pass also gives you free entries to about 40 attractions across Osaka, such as a free river cruise and the HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel.

Get your Osaka Amazing Pass here!

Where to stay in Osaka

Osaka Dotonbori in the evening
Osaka Dotonbori in the evening

To make the most out of your two days in Osaka, we suggest staying around either the Kita or Minami area, since they provide the best convenience and are major transport hubs. 

A lot of the activities all revolves around these 2 areas, so this should be where you base yourself. 

Trust us, you don’t want to spend a long time trying to get from your hotel to the places you want to visit. 

Staying in downtown helps you to save a bit on transport if you are not using the Osaka Amazing Pass, plus you can walk back to your hotel at night after a round too many drinks. 

Taxis are prohibitively expensive, hence we would not suggest getting one.  

So here are our hotel recommendations: 



If these hotels don’t suit you, make use of the search box below to find the right one for you. 

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Basic Budget Required for 2 days in Osaka

  • Accommodation: 10,000 yen per night (budget), twin sharing
  • Food: 3,500 yen per day, 500 for breakfast, 1500 yen each for lunch and dinner
  • Transport: 1,000 yen
  • Total per day per person: 9,500 yen, or US$87

What to do in Osaka for 2 days? Save to Google Maps

Here is a Google Map that contains that covers the 2 days in Osaka.

It contains 3 layers, one for each day, and the green icons represent the places to eat. The third layer shows the recommended places to stay in red.

How to use: Take note you will have to be signed in to your Google Account. 

  • Click on the map image below
  • A new window will be opened
  • If you are signed into Google, it will be saved to your maps directly
  • To access, go to Google Maps -> Click on Menu -> Your Places -> Maps

Expert tip: Be sure to download offline maps in Google Maps when you have internet connection. You might not have data or access to WiFi, and the offline version will come in super handy.


2 Day Osaka Itinerary – Day 1

Nakanoshima Rose Garden

Early birds should start their day here at the Nakanoshima Park, which is the first public park to be opened in Osaka. 

The location of the park is unique, as it sits in the middle of the river on a sandbank, in between the Dojimagawa and Tosaborigawa river. 

It is a really beautiful and tranquil park, and it is easy to forget that you are in the middle of the city, or at least not until you raise your heads and look into the skyline. 

Not to be missed in this park is the Nakanoshima Rose Garden, where over 4000 roses are found here. 

This is a great way to start the day, away from the crowds and plenty of fresh oxygen and sunshine. 

Our advice is to bring along your breakfast and relax on one of the benches, enjoying the scenery with your delicious food. 

Start time: 8 am
Address: 1 Chome-1 Nakanoshima, Kita Ward, Osaka, 530-0005, Japan
Getting here: Take the metro to Yodoyabashi Station and head east. It is a 5 minutes walk to reach the park. 
Fee: Free
Opening hours: 24 hours
Time spent here: 1.5 hours

Kita Ward, Osaka Station

We kick start the 2 days Osaka itinerary by exploring the area of Kita Ward. Over here, you will see the bulk of Osaka’s futuristic skyscrapers, as it is home to many commercial businesses. 

In case you get confused, Kita is commonly referred to as Umeda, so these 2 names can be used interchangeably. 

It also acts as the central transportation hub of Osaka, since the JR Osaka Station (main station of Osaka) and Umeda Station are both found here.

You will be amazed when you exit the train station, as the underground shopping complex is massive, almost like an underground city!

There are 3 department stores to choose from within Osaka station itself: 

  • Lucua
  • Lucua 1100
  • Daimaru Umeda

Just outside of the station, Hankyu and Hanshin department stores are the most popular spots for shopping. 

Besides shopping, you will also find lots of good restaurants in this area.

Head to Hankyu for higher end goods while you can find budget friendly stuff over at Hanshin.

Start time: 10 am
Address: 3 Chome-1-1 Umeda, Kita Ward, Osaka, Japan
Getting here: Take the metro to Osaka Station. Department stores are scattered around the station
Fee: Free
Opening hours: Most department stores operate daily, from 10 am to 9 pm
Time spent here: 1 hour

Grand Front Osaka

From Osaka station, head northwards and take a 5 minutes walk over to Grand Front Osaka, yet another shopping mall in the Kita ward.

As usual, you can find the usual suspects here, and you might actually consider staying here, since the Intercontinental Hotel is located right above. 

This stop is optional, since it is on the way to the Umeda Sky Building, and if you are not keen on shopping, it could be good for a short rest at one of its cafes. 

Start time: 11.10 am
Address: 4-1 Ofukacho, Kita Ward, Osaka, 530-0011, Japan
Getting here: Walk from Osaka Station
Fee: Free
Opening hours: Most department stores operate daily, from 10 am to 9 pm
Time spent here: 45 minutes

Umeda Sky Building

View from Umeda Sky Building Osaka
View from Umeda Sky Building Osaka

This major Osaka landmark is conveniently located 10 minutes away from Osaka Station, and is home to mainly commercial offices. 

However, there is one great reason to come here, which is the views from the open air observation deck known as Floating Garden Observatory on the 39th to 41st floors. 

Up here, you can enjoy some of the best views across Osaka and the Osaka Bay, and it is different from most observatory in that it is open air. 

It gets pretty windy so be sure to hide away your caps and umbrellas!

If you prefer to enjoy the views indoors, head down to the 40th floor where the Sky 40 Cafe is located. 

Our travel tips: If you do not wish to pay to enter the observation deck, you can still take the lift up and “observe” from the lobby area. Free of charge!

Start time: 12 pm
Address: 1 Chome-1-87 Oyodonaka, Kita Ward, Osaka, 531-6023, Japan
Getting here: Walk from Osaka Station or Grand Front Osaka
Fee: 1500 yen
Opening hours: 9:30 am-10:30 pm
Time spent here: 30 minutes

Get discounted Umeda Sky Building tickets here!

Lunch at Dashichazuke En

DashiChazuke En Osaka

Have you ever tried Chazuke before? Or you have no idea what it is? 

Essentially, this is a dish where you pour either dashi (Japanese cooking stock), green tea or hot water over cooked rice. 

A variety of toppings are included, and at Dashichazuke En restaurant, the options are pretty diverse. 

Just place your order at the vending machines, make a payment and you will then be assigned to a table. 

The food is served pretty quickly, but do take note that the seating arrangement here can be quite cramped. 

After all, this is a place where people come in for quick and easy meals. 

Start time: 12.45 pm
Address: Japan, 530-0001 Osaka, Kita Ward, Umeda, 3 Chome−1−1, within Eki Marche Osaka, Osaka Station
Getting here: Walk from Umeda Sky Building
Fee: From 680 yen
Opening hours: 10 am-10:30 pm
Time spent here: 45 minutes

HEP Five and Ferris Wheel

HEP FIVE Red Ferris Wheel Osaka
HEP FIVE Red Ferris Wheel Osaka

This is another large shopping mall, located just on the east side of the Osaka Station. 

If you have not had enough of your shopping fix, HEP FIVE is a good place to check out for its reasonably priced fashion and huge variety. 

Right on top of the mall, you will find a red Ferris Wheel, where you can really good views of the area around it. 

Might be worth a ride if you missed out the Umeda Sky Building. The Ferris Wheel booth is located on the 7th floor of the building.

Start time: 1.45 pm
Address: 5-15 Kakudacho, Kita Ward, Osaka, 530-0017, Japan
Getting here: 10 minutes walk from Osaka Station
Fee: 600 yen
Opening hours: 11 am-10:45 pm, for ferris wheel, 11 am – 9 pm for shops
Time spent here: 1 hour

Osaka Castle Area

Osaka Castle Japan
Osaka Castle Japan

We don’t know what to think of the fate of the Osaka Castle, which was originally built by the warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

It was built in 1583, and got destroyed in 1615 by Tokugawa troops who came not long after Hideyoshi’s death. 

Again, it was rebuilt in the 1620s, but bad luck descended as it was struck by lightning and got burnt down. 

What we see today is a reconstruction, and was fortified in 1931. 

Today, the castle and the surrounding Osaka Castle Park is one of the most famous sights for visitors to Osaka, not only to learn about its history in the Osaka Museum of History, but also to take in the beautiful views. 

The green expanse is a nice escape from the giant shopping complexes of downtown Osaka, and makes for nice photo opportunities. 

How much time you spend here really depends on which attractions you want to visit. 

For our itinerary, we recommend not entering the castle during the day, but rather spending more time in the park. 

In the evening, you should consider attending the Sakuma Lumica, a light show where the Osaka Castle Park is transformed into something quite magical.

Start time: 3.15 pm
Address: Japan, 530-0001 Osaka, Kita Ward, Umeda, 3 Chome−1−1, within Eki Marche Osaka, Osaka Station
Getting here: Walk from HEP FIVE to Higashi-Umeda Station, take the Tanimachi line and alight at Tanimachiyonchome Station. 15 minutes walk to the Castle via Otemon Gate
Fee: Free for the park; 600 yen for the Castle; 600 yen for history museum
Opening hours: Park is open 24 hours daily; Castle 9am-5pm daily; Museum 9:30am-5pm, closed on Tuesdays
Time spent here: about 3 hours, including Sakuma Lumiya

Osaka Castle Park Sakuma Lumina
Osaka Castle Park Sakuma Lumina

Dinner at Izakaya Toyo

Izakaya Toyo Osaka
Izakaya Toyo Osaka

An izakaya is an informal eating and drinking place, so come with an empty stomach and a relaxed mind. Quite the opposite of a sit down restaurant. 

Toyo-san, who helms Izakaya Toyo, is now a living legend in Osaka, no thanks to being featured on Netflix. 

But before Netflix came along, he was already famous for using a blowtorch to grill tuna cheeks which he mixes up using his bare hands! 

And the food is exceptionally delicious and fresh. 

The owner is not getting any younger, and he does not have a successor, so don’t miss out this opportunity to try out one of the best Japanese street food!

A word of warning: the queues here can be quite long, so you will have to be patient. Service is pretty fast though. 

Start time: 6.45 pm
Address: 3 Chome-2-26 Higashinodamachi, Miyakojima Ward, Osaka, 534-0024, Japan
Getting here: You can choose to take a 20 minute walk from the Castle grounds, or take the metro from Osakajokoen station and alight at Kyobashi station. 2 minutes walk from the station. 
Fee: From 450 yen
Opening hours: 2.30 pm – 8.30 pm, closed on Sundays and Thursdays
Time spent here: 1 hour

Osaka 2 day itinerary – Day 2

Minoo Falls

Along Minoo Park Osaka
Along Minoo Park Osaka

On day 2 of this itinerary, you will start by traveling out of the city area. 

Less than an hour away from Osaka is the beautiful forested valley, where Minoh Park is.

You can use both Minoo or Minoh, so don’t be surprised if you see these two words.

This is the perfect place to visit if you love nature and need a getaway from the urban sprawl that is Osaka. 

Upon reaching the nearest station to the park, Minoh Station, you can check out the small office alongside the station where you can find information about the park. 

They also provide a foot bath service where you can rest your feet after the hike. 

As you exit towards the north of the station, the hiking trail starts, and ends at the highlight of the park, Minoo Falls, a 33 metres waterfall.

Along the way, you will get the chance to see a few small temples, and you can step inside to explore further, notably the 3 Saikouji Temples and Ryuanji Temple. 

The footpath takes you along the Minoo river, and it is a pleasant walk, without any steep incline that will challenge your legs. 

Approaching Minoo Falls

As you venture further into the park, you will come across some quaint restaurants, where you can consider getting a light breakfast if you haven’t done so.

There are also some small shops along the way, but overall the main objective will be to reach the insides of the park. 

As the landscape changes and you see more trees, you will know that you are near the waterfall. 

There are 2 snack bars located right beside the waterfall, so you can take the time to relax and recharge here before returning the same way. 

From the station to Minoo Falls, the entire walk should not take you more than an hour on a leisurely pace, stopping now and then to take photos of the pretty scenery. Total distance covered is around 3 km one way.

If you have more time, you can also visit the Insectarium, and insect museum that contains over 6000 samples of insects. 

Minoo Falls Osaka
Minoo Falls Osaka

The best time to visit is during fall, when the foliage turns into an autumn gold and rust coloured leaves, and it becomes a very popular spot where locals come to enjoy this phenomenon. 

If you travel during this time, there will be small stalls being set up, and one of the most commonly seen snacks is the deep fried maple leaves, also known as momiji tempura.

Start time: 8 am
Address:  2-2 Minookoen, Minoo, Osaka 562-0002, Japan
Getting here: From Hankyu Umeda Station, take the train on the Takarazuka line and change to the Hankyu Minoh line at Ishibashi. Final stop is Minoo Station. The journey takes about 30 minutes.
Fee: 270 yen one way
Opening hours: 24 hours
Time spent here: 4 hours, from leaving Osaka to next location below

Lunch at Harukoma Honten restaurant

Harukoma Sushi Japan
Harukoma Sushi Japan

You are probably starving by now, so good news! Go visit Harukoma Honten restaurant for sushi lunch!

This is one of the best places to eat sushi in Osaka, and you can see it even before you enter. 

The place is packed and bustling, making you think that you are actually visiting the fish market. 

However, this just adds to the charm, and the sushi is top notch. 

You are given a menu in English and a piece of paper, where you write down what you want. The staff will then pick it up from you to process the order. 

The sushi comes in 2 pieces for each order, so if you just want 2 pieces, write down 1 beside your choice. For example, Tamago 1, and you will get 2 pieces of tamago sushi. 

The sushi slices are huge, and is definitely worth every cent. Be sure to try out the tuna belly, or Toro. Enjoy, and thank us later.

Sushi at Harukoma Honten

Start time: 12 pm
Address: 5 Chome-5-2 Tenjinbashi, Kita Ward, Osaka, 530-0041, Japan
Getting here: From Minoh Station, take the train on the Hankyu Minoh line to Ishibashi Station and change to the Takarazuka line. When you reach Osaka-Umeda Station, change to the Osaka Loop Line and alight at Temma Station. The restaurant is 5 minutes walk away.
Fee: Starts from 100 yen
Opening hours: 11 am – 10 pm daily except Tuesdays
Time spent here: 1 hour

Explore Minami: Shinsaibashi-Suji

Shinsaibashi Street Osaka
Shinsaibashi Street Osaka

This is the area that contrasts with Kita, where people arrive to seek entertainment. Minami is regarded as the other downtown in Osaka, and there are lots to keep your entertained here.

After lunch, it is time to burn off those calories from the yummy sushi bar, and the best place to do that is along Shinsaibashi, one of the most famous shopping streets in Osaka.

In this roofed arcade, you will find all the major department stores, led by Daimaru, as well as lots of big brand names. 

If you wander off the side streets, you get to discover traditional Japanese stores that sells old school art, scrolls, kimonos and more. 

All in all, there is 580 metres worth of retail heaven for you to shop till you drop.

Start time: 1.30 pm
Address: Shinsaibashi-suji, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, 542-0085
Getting here: Take the metro to Shinsaibashi Station on Midosuji line and use exit 2
Fee: Depends on your wallet
Opening hours: Depends on individual shops, but usually from 10 am till late
Time spent here: 1 hour

Dotombori Street

Dotonbori Osaka
Dotonbori Canal Osaka

Next stop, Dotombori Shopping Street, or also known as Dotonbori Street.

Here, you will find the brightest and cheesiest neon signboards, underneath which you can wine and dine in the city’s best restaurants and bars. 

Walk along Dotombori to discover Japan’s food culture, for there are countless little food shops and unique restaurants that will vie for your attention. 

In fact, one fun fact we learned is the expression “kuidaore”, which literally means eat till you drop!

Some of the Japanese foods you must try includes the beef shabu shabu, takoyaki and okonomiyaki. 

While checking out Dotonbori, don’t forget to look up and find the 2 famous signboards here, the Glico Running Man above Ebisubashi Bridge and the Kani Doraku Crab. 

The entire street is pretty long, so be sure to take regular breaks in between, It is also a great excuse to stop and eat and drink a cold beer!

Moving westwards along the canal, you will eventually end up at Dotonbori bridge, one of the icons of Osaka. It makes for a great photo, and you got to try to snag a spot in the middle of the bridge for the best one.

If you find yourself to have spare time, make a short jaunt over to Hozenji Temple near Dotonbori. 

Inside, you will find a very unique moss covered Buddha statue in the courtyard. Legend has it that the structures around it were all destroyed in an air raid during World War II, but this statue miraculously survived.

Moss covered buddha statue Osaka Hozenji Temple
Moss covered buddha statue Osaka Hozenji Temple

Start time: 2.45 pm
Address: 1 Chome-9 Dotonbori, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0071, Japan
Getting here: 2 minutes walk from Shinsaibashi
Fee: Depends on your wallet
Opening hours: Depends on individual shops, but usually from 10 am till late
Time spent here: 3 hours

Dinner at Ikkaku Chicken

Ikkaku Chicken Osaka
Ikkaku Chicken Osaka

After all the craziness of downtown Minami, it is time to sit down for a nice meal. 

Our recommendation is Ikkaku Chicken, quite possibly the place that serves the juiciest chicken in Osaka. 

The queue here is going to be long, so make sure you are not starving before coming up. 

It is located on the third floor of a building around Shinsaibashi, and the queue time can reach up to an hour at peak periods.

Basically, there are only 2 things to eat here: old chicken and young chicken. Yes this is not a joke. That also means you are not going to have to scratch your head over what to order. Just order both!

The young chicken is juicier, but the old chicken is pretty good too, having a slightly taste profile. 

Pair all these grilled chickens up with onigiri, or Japanese Rice Balls, and you are set!

Start time: 6.00 pm
Address: Japan, 〒542-0085 Osaka, Chuo Ward, Shinsaibashisuji, 2 Chome−6−14, 3F
Getting here: Short walk over from Dotonburi
Fee: From 890 yen
Opening hours: Monday – Wednesday, Friday, 5 pm – 11 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11 am – 11 pm; closed on Thursdays
Time spent here: 1 hour

Guided Tour options

We like to travel free and easy, but sometimes a tour does make sense. 

So in case you prefer something more structured and organised, you can consider using one of these tour services we have identified:

  • Private Guided Tour by a Local Host

Get discounted Private Tour here!

  • Dotonbori Street & Kuromon Market Walking Food Tour

Sign up for the Walking Tour here!

Is Osaka worth visiting?

We think it is really difficult not to fall in love with Osaka. 

It is so diverse and the Japanese people are warm and friendly.

The food is awesome, and there are so many things to explore, not just in well known tourist spots, but also hidden side streets where traditional Japanese culture still lives on. 

If you only have 2 days in Osaka, this itinerary is well diversified and covers many interesting locations. Do not try to do more beyond this itinerary, as you will be very stretched for time. 

However, there are other places you might enjoy too, or you might have more time, so simply add any of the following to your itinerary and removing what you are not interested in: 

  • Universal Studios Japan
  • Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
  • Tempozan Ferris Wheel
  • Tsutenkaku Tower
  • Tennoji
  • Osaka Bay Area
  • Shinsekai
  • Kuromon Market
  • Day trip to Kyoto

Which part of Osaka did you enjoy the most? Leave a comment down below!

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Getting around Japan. 
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