How to spend three days in Osaka: Osaka itinerary

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Osaka is one of the largest cities in Japan. But despite its size, three days are more than enough to see the most important attractions. From relaxing in the middle of nature to enjoying the city at night, this three day itinerary will go you through everything Osala has to offer!

OSAKA ITINERARY DAY 1

1. Arrive and check-in at the hotel or wherever you choose to stay. Rest for a bit if you are tired.

2. Buy a snack to eat on the way or have a proper meal at a restaurant.

3. Go to Osakako Station. The bay area is a 10 minute walk from the station. Visit Osaka Aquarium.

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You will see spectacular marine life displayed in 15 tanks, each having species from a different region of the Pacific.

Information

  • Name:  Osaka Aquarium
  • Address: 1 Chome-1-10 Kaigandori Minato Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 552-0022
  • Price: 2300 yem
  • Access: a 10 minute walk from Osakako Station
  • Opening hour: 10:00
  • Closing hour:  20:00
  • Holiday: irregular days
  • Website (English): http://www.kaiyukan.com/language/eng/

4. After the aquarium, have fun at Universal Studios Japan

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The two attractions are a 5 minute walk away from each other. Universal Studios is a theme park with 8 different sections: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Wonderland, Amity Village, Waterworld, Jurassic Park, San Francisco, New York and Hollywood.

Information

  • Name:  Universal Studios Japan
  • Address:  2 Chome-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 554-0031
  • Price:  different kind of tickets, the most ordinary one being  6,980 yen
  • Access: a 10 minute walk from Osakako Station
  • Opening hour: 10:00
  • Closing hour: 18:00
  • Holiday:  none
  • Website (English): http://www.usj.co.jp/e/

5. Have a meal at one of the restaurants inside the park and visit the souvenir shops.

6. Enjoy the nightscape from the Tempozan Ferris Wheel, one of the largest Ferris Wheels in the world.

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7. Go back to the hotel and rest!

 

OSAKA ITINERARY DAY 2

1. Have breakfast either at the place you’re staying, at a restaurant or buy a snack.

2. Go to Minoo Park and enjoy nature.

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Minoo is forested valley 30 minutes from the center of Osaka that has a beautiful walking trail and a waterfall. The trail is about 3 km long and goes along the Minoo River.

Information

  • Name: Minoo Park
  • Price: free
  • Access: just outside Minoo Station

3. Go to Umeda Sky Building

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Take the train from Minoo Station on the Hankyu-Mino Line at Ishibashi to the Hankyu Takarazuka Line. Get off at Umeda Station. Go up to the Umeda Sky Building’s observation deck and immerse into the beautiful nightscape.

Information

  • Name:  Umeda Sky Building observation deck
  • Address: 1-1-88 Oyodonaka, Kita-ku Osaka 531-0076
  • Price: 800 yen
  • Access: a 10 minute walk from Umeda Station
  • Opening hour: 10:00
  • Closing hour: 22:00
  • Holiday: none
  • Website:

4. Have dinner at one of the restaurants in the area.

5. Time to rest!

 

OSAKA ITINERARY DAY 3

1. Have breakfast either at the place you’re staying, at a restaurant or buy a snack.

2. Go to Osaka Castle. Enjoy the city view from the top floor that houses an observatory. Relax in the castle’s beautiful gardens.

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Information

  • Name: Osaka Castle
  • Address: 1-1 Osakajo, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 540-0002
  • Price:  600 yen
  • Access: just outside Osakajokoen Station
  • Opening hour: 09:00
  • Closing hour: 17:00
  • Holiday: ecember 28 to January 1
  • Website (English): http://www.osakacastle.net/english/index.html

3. Visit Tsutenkaku Tower

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4.  Take the train from Osakajokoen on the Osaka Loop Line and get off at Shin Imamiya Station. Visit Tsutenkaku Tower and the Shinsekai area, an old neighborhood with lots of cheap restaurants and shop. You can either have a meal here or just buy a snack and wait until the next destination.

Information

  • Name: Tsutenkaku Tower
  • Address:  1 Chome-18-6 Ebisuhigashi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 556-0002
  • Price: 700 yen
  • Access:
  • Opening hour: 09:00
  • Closing hour: 21:00
  • Holiday: none
  • Pamphlet (English): http://www.tsutenkaku.co.jp/Guide-pdf/mishiran-guide-english.pdf

5.Take the train from Doubutsuen Mae on the Midosuji Subway line and get off at Namba Station. Visit the Dotonbori area which is a 10 minute walk from the station.

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Here you will find the Glico sign, the oldest banner still in use from the area as well as several shops and restaurants.

6. Embark on the train to the next city!

Enjoy your 3 day trip in Osaka! Have a good trip and travel!

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