Osaka is Japan’s third largest city and a great place for a day trip if you’re staying in Kyoto. Most travelers will arrive at Osaka International Airport which is about 30 minutes from Osaka. I arrived around 7am and had an entire day to see the city.
WHAT TO DO
Osaka Castle is one of the most famous sites in Osaka. Make sure to go inside the castle. It’s similar to a museum inside and has a beautiful view over looking the city from the top of the castle.
Umeda Sky Building
Umeda Sky Building has an observation platform. I did not get a chance to visit, but I definitely recommend going during sunset! Let me know how it is!
Photo by @taramilktea
I recommend finding a hotel close to this location. It’s a busy street full of shopping and lots of food options. It is also where Dontonburi is located.
Tsutenkaku is a tower and well-known landmark of Osaka and located in the Shinsekai district.
Shitenno-ji is the first Buddhist and oldest officially administered temple in Japan.
Sumo Wrestling – I wanted to do this but was unable to get tickets. Make sure to check the schedule and purchase tickets in advance.
Kyoto is a must!! Only 30 minutes away by train but I do recommend visiting Kyoto for 2-3 days. See my Kyoto Guide here: How To See Kyoto In 2 Days
Nara is where you will see deers roaming freely and you’ll be able to feed them. I’m definitely coming back to visit next time. It’s 30 minutes away by train.
Kobe for authentic kobe beef! 20 minutes by train.
Universal Studios Osaka for the day to have some fun and get away from the city
WHAT TO EAT
Osaka is known for the food! Take a look at all the Michelin Star restaurants. A must eat in Osaka is Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki.
I had okonomiyaki at Mizuno in Dontonburi. They cook right in front of you which was awesome but we waited almost 2 hours!! It does have a michelin star so if you’re interested in going here I suggest going before 6pm!
Kuromon Ichiba Market – I love Japanese markets! You get the freshest seafood!
Pompompurin Café – A chain and located near the Umeda Station. I spent quite some time in the Umeda Station shopping and in the food fall in the basement =)
Location: Kita-ku, Osaka Shibata 1-1-3. Hankyu Three Avenue South Building Second Floor
Matcha anywhere you can get it!
Three days in Osaka by Pages of Travel
A food guide to Osaka by Continents Condiments
I hope this guide helps you with everything you need to know when visiting Osaka!