A well-rounded Osaka itinerary is the most important element to a successful holiday in Japan. Conquer some of Osaka’s most popular sites with a 2-day itinerary or mix and match attractions and expand your Osaka itinerary to 5 days!
Osaka 2-day itinerary
Day 1, morning
Universal Studios Japan: wander through The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and more Hollywood-themed attractions in Asia’s first Universal Parks & Resorts theme park.
Namba, Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori: these three interlinking districts are famous for shopping, sightseeing and food. Enjoy some green space at Namba Parks. Shop in local boutiques and mega shopping plazas in Shinsaibashi. Stroll through a neon glow while snacking on street food in Dotonbori.
Day 2, morning
Osaka Castle and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan: visitors can spend up to three hours exploring both Osaka Castle and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan separately, but squeezing a view of both into one morning is doable. Take an early-morning tour of Osaka Castle Park and be first in line at 9 a.m. when Osaka Castle opens.
From there, jump on the train at Tanimachiyonchome Station for a short ride to Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, which opens at 10 a.m.
Afternoon and evening
Shitennoji temple, Tsutenkaku tower and Shinsekai: tour one of Osaka’s oldest temples at Shitennoji before soaking up the view from Tsutenkaku tower. End the evening in Shinsekai, known for its flashy atmosphere and colorful assortment of Japanese restaurants and street food.
Check In to a hotel or apartment near Namba Station
Step Out to Osaka’s most popular attractions
Osaka itinerary 5 days (add to 2-day itinerary)
Day 3, all day
Top things to do in Kyoto
- ▪ Fushimi Inari Taisha
- ▪ Kinkaku-ji temple
- ▪ Kiyomizu-dera temple
- ▪ Nishiki Market
- ▪ Arashiyama bamboo forest
Day 4, morning and afternoon
Day 4, evening
Day 5, morning
Museum of Housing and Living: wander through a traditional Japanese town to see how folks lived in the Edo period.
Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street: stroll through six areas of specialty shops, clothing boutiques and souvenir stores on the longest covered shopping street in Japan.
Tennen Onsen Naniwa-no-yu: end your holiday in Osaka with a blissful soak in a Japanese hot spring bath.
Check In to a hotel or apartment near Shin-Osaka Station