Osaka Itinerary 5 Days

What to Do in Osaka in 5 days

Spending 5 days in Osaka will help you thoroughly explore the beautiful city. With a number of attractions in store, no day in Osaka will be left dull. Below are the attractions that you must include in your 5-day Osaka itinerary to have a memorable vacation.

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5 Days in Osaka: Trip Ideas

Osaka is a delight! Located on the Japanese island of Honshu, Osaka is best known for its progressive architecture, historical profusion, and uplifting food options. Lovingly called Japan's "Capital of Cuisine," Osaka is divided into 5 sections: north, east, south-east, southwest, and central with each having a unique character of its own.

And with 5 days in Osaka, you can not only cover the best of Osaka but also manage to cover two day-trips. Yet for the people who wish to pull this off, we have summed up our Osaka itinerary 5 days that will let you experience the true colors of the city, beautifully! Gear up!

What to do in Osaka for 5 days?

Day 1 of 5 days in Osaka:

Your 5 days osaka itinerary should ideally start with your exploring the city attractions first. And so, start your day by visiting the Osaka Castle in the morning. One of Japan's most famous landmarks, this castle complex covers the area of 106.7 hectares with more than 600 cherry trees.

By mid-morning, make your way to Dōtonbori. A premier tourist destination, this district is known for its varied shopping and entertainment choices.

After a leisurely lunch at one of the restaurants here, move on to visit the Tsūtenkaku. Located in the Shinsekai district, this tower was built in 1912s the symbol of Shin-Sekai or the new world. While the tower is 103 meters tall, the observation deck is located at 91 meters. Just a few meters away is the Osaka Tennoji Zoo. Housing more than 1,000 animals of 230 different types, this zoo is a hit among people of all age groups. In the evening, you can come back to the Dōtonbori to see hundreds of neon lights.

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Day 2 of 5 days in Osaka:

Keep this day especially reserved for adventure. The Universal Studios Japan should keep you hooked for a good 8 hours. Located 13 kilometers from the city center, a subway will take you to the most awaited attraction of your trip. With thrill rides, cool gift shops, and innumerable food choices, USJ is not to be missed!

After a day at USJ, head to the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Note that this aquarium is open till 8 PM, and after visiting the museum, you can walk a bit in the Tempozan Harbor Village area before heading back to the city.

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Day 3 of 5 days in Osaka:

After a yummy-in-my-tummy kind of a breakfast, you have more food to look forward to. The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum is a museum dedicated to instant noodles and Cup Noodles inventor, Momofuku Ando. After spending some time here, explore the nearby district.

In the afternoon, visit the Satsukiyama Zoo. This mini-zoo has no entry fee, but a tonne of cute animals that you can pet.

Get back in the city for lunch, and later visit the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living. Featuring the life of the past, this museum has many exhibits of buildings & streets in Osaka.

Later in the evening, if you have some time on hand, you can also visit the Osaka Museum of History which is located near the Osaka Castle.

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Day 4 of 5 days in Osaka:

Head out of the city on day 4. Located 57 kilometers north of Osaka, Kyoto is known for its numerous classical and historical monuments. The city has many Buddhist temples, imperial palaces, gardens, Shinto shrines, traditional wooden houses, and the many places that can be termed as the origins of the Japanese culture. During the early autumn or late spring, this city is covered with hundreds of cherry blossom trees.

A few attractions here are Kiyomizu-Dera, Fushimi Inari-Taisha, Kinkaku-ji, Nijō Castle, and Arashiyama among many others. Plan your day well and choose your top attractions to visit in Kyoto.

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Day 5 of 5 days in Osaka:

Across the Osaka Bay, the island of Awaji is located at about 1.5 hours’ drive. Perfect for a day trip, Awaji Island. Some of the ancient scriptures suggest that this island was the first ever Japanese island that formed. Take the Akashi Kaikyō Bridge, the world's longest suspension bridge, to reach the island. Abundant with history, nature, gastronomy, and many natural attractions, Awaji island is full of surprises.

Tours and Activities to Include

Traveling like a local without any help from trip planners is good. But here are some organised tours and activities that you must try

Best Hotels in Osaka for 5 Day Trip

This is the list of frequently added hotels in past by our travelers to their Osaka itinerary 5 days. Check out the hotels that suit you and add them to your trip plan.

With Less Days in Hand

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