What to see in Osaka in 7 days

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Japan's third largest city, Osaka is a modern city, where even a more traditional part manages to survive. Unfortunately, the city was almost completely razed to the ground during the bombing of the Second World War, which is why much of the ancient architecture has been lost.
But despite this, the city is more alive than ever and is full of museums, palaces and lots to see! IS even the fun is not lacking: don't miss a day at Universal Studios Japan!

Given the extension of the city and the many things to see, it is essential to start with clear ideas and an itinerary. Discover with us what to see in Osaka in 7 days!



Index

  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. 6 day
  7. 7 day
  8. How much is a week in Osaka
  9. Before leaving: useful tips
  10. User questions and comments

1 day


Start with the Osaka Castle, one of the treasures of Japanese architecture and symbol of the city. Open from 9am to 00pm, admission costs JPY 17 (approximately € 00).
The castle is located inside the Nishinomaru Garden, a park, always open from 9:00 to 17:00, admission costs only 200,00 JJPY (approximately € 1,70).

For lunch, stop at the nearby Soba-to-Rayu-de-konatta restaurant (average cost per person € 8,00).
Take the metro, get on the Nagahoritsurumiryokuchi Line, and get to the Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park, where is the Sakuya Konohanakan, a beautiful botanical garden that houses many species of plants. Open from 10:00 to 17:00, admission costs only JPY 500,00 (approximately € 4,20).
Also take a nice walk in Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park, admiring its lake and also its waterfall, the Seseragi Waterfall.
Take the same metro again, return to the castle area, getting off at Shinsaibashi Station.

End the day in the central district of Namba, one of the most famous in the city, full of life. Dine at Ramen Zundo-Ya Shinsaibashi, to taste the famous ramen (average cost per person € 8,00).



In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 23,2 km / 58 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Osaka Castle (€ 5,00), Nishinomaru Garden (€ 1,70), Sakuya Konohanakan (€ 4,20), Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park (free), Namba district (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 27,00
  • 1-Hour Cherry Blossom and Osaka Castle Cruise Osaka Castle: -Hour Samurai Lesson and Ninja Sword Lesson
  • Lunch at Soba-to-Rayu-de-konatta (Get directions), Dinner at Ramen Zundo-Ya Shinsaibashi (Get directions)

2 day


Start by visiting theOsaka Museum of History, the museum on the history of the city. In this modern structure, you will have to start visiting the exhibitions "in reverse", starting from the top floor and then gradually descending towards the ground floor.
Open daily from 9:30 am to 17:00 pm, admission costs JPY 600,00 (approximately € 5,00).

For lunch, stop at the Uodokoro Tengo restaurant (average cost per person € 8,00).
After lunch, go to the Dōtonbori neighborhood, one of the best known in the city, the entertainment district par excellence. Here visit theHōzenji Temple, a small Buddhist temple, an oasis of tranquility in the chaos of the city (always accessible).
Then get lost among the signs and the illuminations of Ebisu Bashi-Suji Shopping Street, full of shops, clubs and restaurants, and then reach the Kuromon Market, a typical Japanese fresh produce market.

Stop for dinner in one of the many places, perhaps at Daiki-suisan kaitenzushi Dotombori, where you can eat a good sushi (average cost per person € 10,00). After enjoy one nice walk along the Tombori River walk.



In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,1 km / 1 h 4 min
  • Places visited: Osaka Museum of History (€ 5,00), Dōtonbori district (free), Hōzenji Temple (free), Ebisu Bashi-Suji Shopping Street (free), Tombori River walk (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 23,00
  • 20 minute cruise on the Dotonbori bridges street food tour to eat like a local
  • Lunch at Uodokoro Tengo (Get directions), Dinner at Daiki-suisan kaitenzushi Dotombori (Get directions)

3 day


Start withOsaka Museum of Housing and Living, a museum that consists of the reconstruction of a traditional city. Here you can walk through streets, houses, clubs and you will feel like you have stepped back in time. The museum is festively decorated all year round and themed events and exhibitions are organized. You can also wear the typical kimono! Open daily except Tuesdays from 10am to 00pm, admission costs JPY 17 (approximately € 00). We recommend that you spend at least all morning here.

For lunch, stop at the Harukoma honten sushi restaurant (average cost per person € 10,00).
Then visit the Kema Sakuranomiya Park, one of the places to admire the cherry blossoms. If you are not in the right period do not worry, the park is always a show. In autumn, for example, it turns completely red thanks to the foliage.
After that, walk or take the Osaka Loop Line, reach the The National Museum of Art in Osaka, modern art museum. Open from 10am to 00pm, Friday and Saturday until 17pm, admission costs JPY 00 (approximately € 20).

End with a dinner at Beer Belly (average cost per person € 10,00).



In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,8 km / 1 h 12 min
  • Places visited: Osaka Museum of Housing and Living (€ 5,00), Kema Sakuranomiya Park (free), The National Museum of Art (€ 3,60)
  • Daily shopping: € 29,00
  • ticket for tourist bus, cruise and metro
  • Lunch at Harukoma honten (Get directions), Dinner at Beer Belly (Get directions)

4 day


Start with the Shitennoji Temple, one of the oldest temples in all of Japan! Despite being surrounded by skyscrapers and urban traffic, here you can breathe an atmosphere of calm and serenity. Open daily from 8:30 am to 16:30 pm, admission costs JPY 300,00 (approximately € 2,50). In addition to its beautiful park, visit the neighbors as well Gokuraku-Jodo Garden. Stop for a cup of tea in the traditional tea house. Open from 8:30 am to 16:30 pm, admission costs JPY 300,00 (approximately € 2,50).

For lunch, enjoy a Japanese curry at Rainbow Buddha (average cost per person € 10,00).
Then enjoy a walk in the neighboring area Shitennoji Flea Market, a centenary market. Take a peek at the stalls and go in search of super deals!
Then reach theAbeno Harukas, the tallest Japanese skyscraper! 300 meters high, inside there are a shopping center, a hotel, an art gallery and an observatory, from which you can admire a beautiful view over the whole of Osaka! The observatory is open daily from 9:00 to 22:00 and admission costs JPY 1.500,00 (approximately € 12,60).

End the day with a dinner at Yakiniku Heiwa (average cost per person € 10,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,2 km / 30 min
  • Places visited: Shitennoji Temple (€ 2,50), Gokuraku-Jodo Garden (€ 2,50), Shitennoji Flea Market (free), Abeno Harukas (€ 12,60)
  • Daily shopping: € 37,00
  • entrance ticket to the Abeno Harukas observatory floor
  • Lunch at Rainbow Buddha (Get directions), Dinner at Yakiniku Heiwa (Get directions)

5 day

Discover the Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine, one of the oldest shrines in all of Japan. The buildings that are part of this complex are a beautiful example of Shinto architecture. Open every day from 6am to 00pm, admission is free. Reaching it is very simple: from Namba central station there are frequent local trains of the Nankai company that arrive at the Sumiyoshi-taisha station, a few minutes away from the sanctuary (ticket price 17 JPY, about € 00).

For lunch, stop at Mizuki Sushi (average cost per person € 10,00), not far from Sumiyoshitaisha station, where you can take the Nankai Line train and get off at Shin-Imamiya Station to reach the stop on Keitakuen Garden, a real pearl of the city. It is unknown to most tourists, but it is absolutely worth a visit for its beauty. Among ponds, streams, bridges and tea houses, here you can spend a few hours in complete tranquility! Open daily from 9:30 am to 17:00 pm, admission costs JPY 150,00 (approximately € 1,30).
Take the Nankai Line train and from the previous Shin-Imamiya Station arrive at Namba Station, in the city center.

End the day in the Dōtonbori district and stop for dinner at the Kushinobo Osaka Hozenji restaurant (average cost per person € 15,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 8,1 km / 1 h 46 min
  • Places visited: Grand Sumiyoshi Shrine (free), Keitakuen Garden (€ 1,30)
  • Daily shopping: € 30,00
  • local food tour in Dotonbori and Shinsekai
  • Lunch at Mizuki Sushi (Get Directions), Dinner at Kushinobo Osaka Hozenji (Get Directions)

6 day


You can't miss: the Universal Studios Japan, the first theme park under the Universal Studios brand in Asia. It is the second most visited theme park in the whole country.
The park has different hours, generally in high season from 9:00 to 21:00 and in low season from 10:00 to 17:00, but check the official website for the exact times for the day you will go. The day pass costs JPY 7.800,00 (approximately € 65,50), the 2-day pass costs JPY 15.400,00 (approximately € 129,50).
Reaching it is very simple: from Namba station take the Hanshin-Namba Line train to Nishikujō station, where you will have to take the Sakurajima Line train and get off at Universal-City Station.

Spend a whole day of total fun inside the Park, consisting of 9 different zones. Among the most popular attractions is the faithful reproduction of Harry Potter's Hogwarts Castle, as well as many shops featured in the films. There is no shortage of attractions on the most popular films!

For dinner, stop at the Hard Rock Cafe Universal Citywalk (average cost per person € 25,00), here you will be very close to the station and then reach your hotel.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 31,8 km / 44 min (by train)
  • Places visited: Universal Studios Japan (€ 65,50)
  • Daily shopping: € 100,00
  • Universal Studios Japan: e-ticket (1 or 2 days) admission to Universal Studios Japan and transfer private transfer to / from Universal Studios Japan
  • Lunch at Universal Studios Japan (Get Directions), Dinner at Hard Rock Cafe Universal Citywalk (Get Directions)

7 day


Visit the beautiful Kaiyūkan, the immense aquarium of the city, one of the most beautiful in Japan. Here you can learn about many marine species and, in the largest tank, there are some manta rays and a whale shark. Due to its size, at least the whole morning should be dedicated to it. Open daily from 10:00 to 20:00, admission costs JPY 2.300,00 (approximately € 19,30).

For lunch, stop at Chikko-men-kobo honten (average cost per person € 10,00) and then enjoy a nice walk in this area of ​​the bay.
Drive to the Osaka Port Diamond Point viewpoint and then ride the Ferris wheel, the Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel, to admire a beautiful view over the whole city. With its 112 meters it is one of the largest in the world. Open every day from 10:30 am to 22:00 pm, the ticket costs JPY 800,00 (approximately € 6,70).
Head back downtown for your last night on the town. Take the Chuo Line subway from Ōsakakō station to Hommachi Station, where then take the Midosuji Line subway to Namba station.

End the day in the Dōtonbori district with dinner at the Menya Gaten restaurant (average cost per person € 8,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 8,1 km / 1 h 43 min
  • Places visited: Kaiyūkan Aquarium (€ 19,30), Osaka Port Diamond Point (free), Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel (€ 6,70)
  • Daily shopping: € 45,00
  • entrance ticket to the Kaiy? kan Aquarium
  • Lunch at Chikko-men-kobo honten (Get directions), Dinner at ()

How much is a week in Osaka

NB: The prices expressed in the table above are to be intended "per person".

Contrary to what one might think, Japan it is not only an expensive destination, on the contrary, by adapting it is possible to travel low cost! As for Osaka, looking well and booking in advance will find excellent deals on hotels and b & bs. Eating in restaurants is also not expensive. What will mainly affect your budget is certainly the cost of the flight.

  • starting from € 430,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 30,00 per room -
  • ticket for tourist bus, cruise and subway street food tour to eat like a local city tour tailored for families
  • Total cost of a week, flight included: from € 1.110,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Osaka: in the intermediate seasons, i.e. spring and autumn, the temperatures are pleasant. In spring there is cherry blossom and in autumn the city glows with wonderful shades
  • Kansai International Airport is approximately 50 km from downtown. Reachable by JR Haruka Limited Express train, with the Japan Rail Pass (ticket cost JPY 3.180,00, approximately € 26,70); or by Kanku Kaisoku train (ticket cost JPY 1.160,00, about € 9,70); or by Osaka Airport Limousine Bus (ticket cost JPY 1.500,00, approximately € 12,60); or by booking your transfer to Osaka online
  • always make sure you book your accommodation near a metro station. The districts of Namba and Dotonbori are touristic and central. The Umeda and Kyobashi areas have an excellent quality / price ratio
  • Getting around: on foot only in the center and within each district For the rest, use taxis or public transport such as the metro or trains - find out more
  • Local currency: Japanese Yen (JPY) / € 1,00 = 118,86 JPY
  • Time zone: + 8h compared to Italy; + 7h when summer time is in force in Italy
  • Entry requirements: valid passport, in possession of a return flight ticket, Italian citizens can travel to Japan without a visa for tourist stays under 90 days
  • Recommended cards and passes: Osaka Pass, includes free entry to over 40 attractions and unlimited use of the subway, tram and bus. One day pass € 23,19, two days € 30,93

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