Osaka Itinerary 3 Days

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Osaka Itinerary 3 Days: Overview

Home to historical castles as well as modern landmarks, Osaka, the port of Japan can be called as the perfect amalgamation of modern developments and traditional values. Osaka is located on the Japanese island of Honshu. While the Osaka Castle which is nestled amongst the cherry blossom trees stands as the city’s central landmark, the theme park of Universal Studios adds a unique charm to it. When you spend 3 days in Osaka, you will learn about the rich history of the city well.

Day 1 in Osaka Park, Museums, Shrine

Take a walk under the lush canopy of trees at the Nakanoshima Park and enjoy the picturesque views of the Dōjima and Tosabori Rivers. Have a delicious Japanese breakfast at a restaurant near the park and then head to the Museum of Oriental Ceramics. You can spend the first half of this day taking an interesting and interactive tour of the famous museums of Osaka. The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living will introduce you to the historical past of the city.

After this, you can visit the Mint Museum and then take a walking tour of two museums located in the same area such as the National Museum of Art and Osaka Science Museum. Wish for a lasting love at the Shinto Shrine. If you are here in July, you can also attend the Tenjin Festival.

In the latter half of your day, you can head to the Osaka Castle campus which is a must-see in 3 days in Osaka. In addition to the 16th-century castle, you will find the Nishinomaru Garden, Hōkoku Shrine, Osaka International Peace Center, and Osaka Castle Park in the vicinity.

Day 2 in Osaka Zoo, Temple, Nightlife

Begin this day at Sumiyoshi Taisha, another Shinto Shrine and head to Tennōji Zoo that houses a large number of animal species and habitats. Also, visit the Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts and Tennōji Park. Get a fantastic retail therapy at Nipponbashi shopping district and enjoy a mouthwatering street food at Kuromon Ichiba. You can also buy some fresh vegetables and exotic spices from this market.

Your next stop will be the Buddhist temple of Hozenji close to which there is an oriental art museum called Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum. No place in Osaka could be better than Dōtonbori to spend an evening. Located between the Dōtonboribashi Bridge to Nipponbashi Bridge, Dōtonbori is famous for its theatres, restuarants Dōtonbori, and a lively atmosphere.

Day 3 in Osaka Universal Studio Japan, Aquariums

Save this day to be spent for a great fun at the Universal Studios Japan. This movie-themed park is home to a plethora of activities, attractions, and entertainment venues. You can spend half of your day at the Universal Studios enjoying the thrilling rides and live entertainment.

In the latter half of the day, spend some relaxing time at Mount Tenpō. Next place to head to will be Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, one of the largest aquariums in the world, where you will learn a lot about the marine life.

At night, you would like to enjoy the panoramic views of the city from the Tempozan Ferris Wheel. The illumination show is also a must-see at night.

This 3 day itinerary of Osaka has covered most of the famous attractions of the city. However, you can add more places of your interest to it.

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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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