Osaka Itinerary 2 Days

Osaka Itinerary 2 Days Guide

Osaka is the third largest city of Japan and one of the favorite weekend getaway amongst many. It may not equal Tokyo or Kyoto, but it has so much up its sleeve for the tourists. While its charming old neighborhoods will make you step back in time, during night time its downtown will dazzle in neon sign boards. If you are planning to spend 2 days in Osaka. Then take a look at the itinerary below and you will get an idea about how to make the most of your time.

How to Spend 2 Days in Osaka

Day 1 in Osaka Aquarium, Tempozan Marketplace, Shopping:

On your first day in Osaka, you must explore the Osaka Bay Area. Let your first stop be the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. It is known to be one of the largest public aquarium in the world and showcases marine life in about 27 tanks. A tour of this aquarium will almost take around 2 hours. Then head towards Tempozan Marketplace which is packed with a number of restaurants serving a variety of cuisines. Step into a fine restaurant and enjoy a scrumptious lunch. After lunch, make your way towards the Kita district of Osaka. This is the area where you can go on a shopping spree. The place is packed with shopping malls and stores to the brim, allowing you to shop to your heart’s content. Then it is time to head towards Osaka Castle. Known to be an important historical landmark in the city, this castle should be included in your 2-day itinerary of Osaka. The castle land is spread over 15 acres and is home to many other significant buildings. You must go to the observation deck of the castle from where you may enjoy the panoramic views of the city. At night, head back to Kita district to have a delicious restaurant at one of the restaurants in the area.

Day 2 In Osaka Minami District, Shinsekai, Tsutenkaku Tower, Shitenno-ji

Start off your second day in Osaka by visiting the Minami district. You must walk Hozenji Yokocho or the Traditional Alley. Walking along the cobblestone paths that are lined with old stores, you will certainly feel transported back in time. You should then wander in the Dotombori area. Here you must visit the Ebisu-bashi built over the Dotombori canal. It is considered to be a significant landmark in Osaka. There are a large number of restaurants in the area where you can have a good lunch. Next, you must visit the Shinsekai neighborhood. This is an old neighborhood created in 1912. You must head towards Tsutenkaku Tower which has been featured in many local movies. The observation deck offers panoramic views of the city. You must then head towards Shitenno-ji. This is the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan and dates back to 593 AD. As the day comes to an end, head back to Minami district which is the best place to taste the nightlife in Osaka.

48 hours in Osaka are just right to explore this beautiful city. Pocket this 2-day itinerary of Osaka and have a great time.

Tours and Activities in Osaka for 2 Days

Booking tours and tickets for popular attractions saves a lot of your time spent in a queue. Below are some of the tours and tickets recommended for 2 days in Osaka

Best Hotels in Osaka for 2 Day Trip

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  • Can you suggest a day trip from Nagano to the monkey park via the Bullet train on Dec. 31?

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    • Hi Ray. I suppose you are asking about how to travel from Nagano to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park via the Bullet Train. Traveling by train, you will have to go from the Nagaden Nagano Station to the Yudanaka Station in Yamanouchi. Either purchase a Snow Monkey 1-Day pass or a ticket which costs 1,260 yen if you take the Nagano Electric Railway Limited Express. From Yudanaka Station, you will have to take a bus to Kanbayashi Onsen bus stop which is nearest to the monkey park. 

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  • Can I buy a visitor train pass once I arrive in Japan?

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    • Sure you can! 

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