What to do in Osaka in one day

09:00 – Cross Hotel Osaka

09:30 – Osaka Castle

10:30 – Remone

11:00 – Kuromon Market

12:30 – Hakata Ippudo Namba

14:00 – Sumiyoshi Taisha

16:00 – Pablo Yakitate Cheese Tart Shop

17:00 – Osaka Aquarium

18:30 – Dotonbori

19:30 – Tsuki no Odori

21:00 – Yamamoto Noh Theatre

22:30 – Moon Tower

23:59 – Club Pure

 

We mapped out your day trip in Osaka

Each highlight of your day trip is numbered, simply follow the guide

What you should absolutely know about Osaka

City highlights, food & drinks, expressions, weather, how to get there and how to get around

Osaka is a both a blend of historical and cultural gem for the Japanese people with its 16th-century shogunate Osaka Castle and the Shinto Sumiyoshi­taisha shrine. It also houses a major commercial port and quite the bustling city. During you Osaka day trips, cheer on the Orix Buffaloes or Hanshin Tigers as they play at their home stadium. Bask in the glow of the neon lights while enjoying Osaka’s great nightlife and club atmosphere. Embark on a half-day bike tour to hit all of the city highlights. Immerse yourself in Osaka’s rich culture and you’ll never want to leave

Enjoy a traditional bunraku puppet show showcased in the National Bunraku Theatre. Visit the Osaka Castle or spend the day at Universal Studios Japan. The Umeda Sky Building, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and Tempozan Ferris Wheel are also must-sees for any traveler

Osaka can be described as a food lovers paradise. Try these foods while in Osaka: Takoyaki (grilled octopus), Kushikatsu (deep fried veggies, meat, and fruits), kura shushi, takoyaki (deep fried appetizers served with octopus and crunchy greens), delicious kobe beef

“Hello” in Japanese is “Yaa” and “Goodbye” is “Sayonara”. To ask someone how they are, ask “Ogenki desuka?” and to reply, “I’m fine, thanks”, it is “Watashi wa genki desu. Arigato!” “Yes” is “Hai”, “iit” means “No”, and “Thank you” is “Arigato”

Summers in Osaka are very humid and rainy, with temperatures around 80 degrees. Fall is pleasant, hovering in the 60s and 70s. Winter temperatures drop to just above freezing, so make sure to bundle up. Spring can be chilly, getting up to 50 degrees

Take the JR Hakura Express Train into the city center for 1,700 Yen. This trip takes about a half hour. Rapid trains connect from the airport to the train station around Osaka 1,060 Yen. Hop on a direct bus for around 1,500 Yen

The best means of transportation would be via buses such as the Hankyu Bus, Keihan Bus or Kintetsu bus, all costing around 6,000 to 8,000 Yen. Osaka also has subway and train lines. Note that Osaka is a pedestrian-oriented city

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