Enjoy the best 2 day Osaka Itinerary

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The Perfect 2 Day Osaka Itinerary

This 2 day Osaka Itinerary was put together when I lived in Japan and I made it a goal to visit as much of country as possible.  Everyone has heard of the most popular cities of Tokyo, Kyoto but to me Osaka is the real star of Japan.

Dontobori 2 day Osaka Itinerary

Whether you have one day or two days in Osaka you will have a wonderful experience.  Even though Osaka is smaller than Tokyo it has a lot to offer and is a great stopover on your way to Kyoto.  

Osaka is the third largest city in Japan and is known as a foodie paradise.  That’s why I’ve included lots of places to eat in this two day itinerary Osaka.

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Day 1 of this 2 days Itinerary Osaka

Osaka Bay is a great place to start on your first day and it is best known for hosting Universal Studios Japan, the American theme park, and Tempozan which includes the Aquarium, the Ferris wheel, and lots of shopping and dining options.

Morning – Start with a trip to the Osaka Bay and visit the Aquarium.

The Aquarium, also known as Kaiyukan, is one of the largest aquariums in Japan and the premier attraction in Osaka.

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Osaka Bay at night

Labeled one of the best aquariums in the world, the aquarium has enormous tanks that hold everything from whale sharks to manta rays even tiger sharks and of course tons of fish.

The Aquarium is pricey at Y2,300 for adults and Y1,200 for kids but it is a great day out especially if it is raining.  You can buy your tickets here.

The Tempozan Ferris Wheel is 112 meters high.  If you decide to ride on the Ferris wheel you will get incredible views of the city, especially at night.  It costs Y800 per person to ride the Ferris wheel.

Lunch Tempozan Marketplace

By now you’ve probably worked up an appetite from walking around. Head to Tempozan Marketplace, which is located between Osaka Aquarium and the Tempozan Ferris Wheel. You’ll find cheap street food stalls and a variety of Japanese and Western options in the food court or you can take a street food tour through Osaka which I highly recommend.

If you are looking for western food, I can recommend Kuma Kafe for pizza or burgers.  Kuma means bear in Japanese and the owner is serving up delicious food if you are not interested in having Japanese food for one meal.

Nearest Station: Osakako

4-4-15 Chikko, Minato-ku Closed Monday and Tuesday.

Afternoon – Banraku Puppet Theatre

Attend a traditional Japanese puppet theatre – known as a banraku.  Banraku dates back to the 1600s and largest puppets are controlled by puppeteers to tell the folk lore and stories from their history.

It is a rare art form and something I also saw in Vietnam.  It is well worth a visit and you can buy tickets the same day for 500 yen.  The shows last two hours and are very interesting to watch.  You can also get an audio guide in English to follow along.

Afternoon – Go Karting around Osaka

Yes this is real.  You can actually take a go kart tour around Osaka!  How cool!

Akiba Kart is a once in a lifetime experience driving a go kart around Osaka to see all of the sites.  You can dress up in a costume and drive around Osaka and see all of the beautiful scenery.

This is really one of those cool, unique things to do in Osaka in 2 days.  I know two days in Osaka is not a lot of time but I would put this activity high on my list.

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Afternoon – Namba Yasaka Shrine

Namba Yasaka Shine is a secret shine that sums up Osaka.  It is a lion shaped face that you can walk into and it is said to take away all the evil spirits and leave you with good luck.  I think the placement in this area makes it quite a quirky thing to visit.

Nearest Station – Nankai station and then an 8 minute walk from there.  Free admission

Dinner – Try Okonomiyaki A Japanese Pancake

While in Osaka you must try a Japanese style Pizza.  Okonomiyaki is a savory pancake with cabbage, meat and savory toppings. Its traditionally a snack food but it is plenty filling for dinner.

Okonomiyaki Chigusa is located at 4 Chome-11-18 Tenjinbashi, Kita Ward

If you are looking for a something a bit different I would recommend going to Yakumido for a Japanese Curry.  It is a small place that packs a punch.

You need to go and try the curry!  Yakumido is located at 2-2-10 Haginochaya, Nishinari-ku.  Open daily for lunch from 11.30-2.30 and dinner from 5-8 pm.

Day 2 – Osaka Itinerary

Morning – visit the Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle dates back to 1583 and took over 100,000 workers to build the castle.  The castle was destroyed several times in the 1500 and 1600 and then rebuilt in 1931.  It still is an impressive sight to see.

The Castle Tower is completely new and even has an elevator in it.  You can go to the top for great views of the city.

The Castle is completely surrounded by stone walls and a moat and gate.  The Nishinomaru Garden has 600 cherry trees that are stunning when they are in full bloom and also a tea house.  The lush garden offers beautiful views of the castle.  The gardens do require an additional admission fee.

Osaka Castle 9 am – 5 pm, 600 yen entrance fee to the castle

Lunch – Sushi Making Course

I always like to take a cooking course when I am in a new city so when I found out I could learn how to make sushi I signed up right away.

Osaka 2 day itinerary

Having lived in Japan I had eaten some of the best sushi I’ve ever had so I wanted to take a small piece of this away with me.

In this Japanese Cooking class you will visit a Japanese home and learn to make sushi and a few other dishes in a relaxed atmosphere in a home kitchen.

Wahoku is a traditional Japanese cuisine and during your time with xx you will learn the customs and history around each dish.

Classes last between 2-3 hours and cost on average Y7,500. Www.washoku-hc.com Machiko will meet you at Sakaisujihommachi station.

Afternoon – Osaka Wonder Bus and Cruise

Osaka’s Wonder Bus and Cruise is a fabulous deal for anyone who wants to be taken around for the day to see the site and to also cruise down the Dotonbori River.

This tour takes you to 14 different sites including the Osaka Castle and more.  You will drive around town in an open air bus with free wifi – perfect for your sore feet.

A one day pass costs $25 USD and is valid for 24 hours.  This hits all of the major Osaka attractions in one day.

Dinner – Ramen at Gunjou in the Kita District

Ramen is one of those essential Japanese dishes that you must try.  A rich bowl of broth, filled with noodles and topped with meat and other tidbits.

Gunjou is a bit tricky to find at first but definitely worth it.  It is a short walk from Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street down Renga Street.  Make sure to look for the red and white sign and go early to beat the crowds.

Its one of the best ramen in Osaka.

Evening – Visit a local Sake Bar

Sake is a traditional rice wine in Japan also known as Nihonshu.  Its the most famous liquor from Japan.  Sake is the Japanese word for liquor and is known as Nihonshu in Japan.

Sake Bar M300 is a good choice if you would just like to try sake.  Its located on the Dotonbori River and is a local shot bar.  You can try sake starting from 300 yen (less than $3USD).

If you are serious about trying sake there are several all you can drink sake bars where you can try different kinds.  Kura bar in Umeda allows you to try different types of sake for 3000 yen (less than $30USD).

Conclusion – What to do in Osaka in two days

This itinerary covers what to see in Osaka in 2 days but honestly I could spend a week there just eating.

If you have an extra day in Osaka or you want to spend an afternoon exploring Kyoto check out this tour.  Kyoto is an amazing place to visit.

I love the vibe of Osaka, and even checking out the old neighborhood of Hozenji Yokocho is a cool activity where you can walk around and look at the old buildings.  Check out the Temple here and visit the courtyard to see the moss covered Buddha.

You might have thought I was kidding about spending a week eating in Osaka but I’m not.  I encourage you to check out as many places as you can, try street food and snacks.  Even try things in the vending machines if you have no idea what they are but want to experiment.

Lastly, there are cool if not odd places to visit like the ramen museum.  Check out how far two minute noodles have come along!

My final suggestion for the 2 day Osaka itinerary is to go to the top of the Umeda Building for gorgeous views of the city.

Now over to you.  Have I missed anything in the Osaka 2 day Itinerary?  What would you add to the list?

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13 thoughts on “Enjoy the best 2 day Osaka Itinerary

  1. Go Karting around Osaka sounds like a lot of fun. When we lived in Pacific Beach we had a couple of go-karters pass us dressed up like Mario Brothers. If I was go-karting in Japan I would definitely be Luigi (just as cool as Mario without the pretense). Or maybe Godzilla. Man, wouldn’t it be cool to ride through the streets as Godzilla?

  2. aahhh! One of my favorite cities in Japan!! There is so many things to do there! And you guys managed to do it in 2 days!! Just eating Okonomiyaki takes forever for me! haha

  3. We were in Osaka for two days but spent one of those days on a day trip to Kyoto. So we missed so much of what there is to see and do in Osaka. We loved the Aquarium but missed a ride on the ferris wheel. A go kart tour would be so fun to do. We saw so many castles in Japan but are sorry we missed the Osaka Castle. And we certainly would love to do a sushi making course. I would love to be able to decorate my meals as beautifully as most to the Japanese meals we ate! Definitely need to head back to Osaka if we return to Japan.

  4. This is a great itinerary, I’m sharing with a friend who’s son is spending the summer in Oaska. The sushi making class looks like fun – we’ve tried making it on our own at home.

  5. I’m definitely bookmarking this for reference. In the planning stages of a fall trip to Japan, I had Osaka on the list and actually stopped there once before. However, I never really went sight-seeing. I’d love to take the bus and visit the Aquarium. Eating is always wonderful in Japan and that pancake looks promising. Thanks for the great suggestions.

  6. That’s a jam-packed schedule for two days with never a dull moment! I’ve seen pictures of folks go-karting around Japanese cities (usually dressed as Mario characters), I’m glad to know it’s real as well as legal! A sushi making course for lunch sounds delightful and cool chance to get to know even more about my favorite food. You had me at Japanese pancakes. Can’t wait to try out this itinerary! Thanks for sharing!

  7. This is fantastic. I was just talking to a friend who is going to spend 2 months in Osaka. Have not spent any significant time in Japan and Osaka is high on the list. Didn’t know about the go-carting experience. That sounds like so much fun. I’m a huge sushi fan and learning how to make it would be something I’d do as well. Great itinerary.

  8. I only went to Tokyo when I was in Japan, I missed so much! I am a foodie so Osaka will definitely on my list for next time I go to Japan – Hopefully next year! I’d never thought about karting but that actually sounds very cool!

  9. I would go for the views from the castle! And all the cherry trees in bloom must be spectacular. Driving a go-cart around town sounds like fun, too, but I wasn’t sure why you might choose to wear a costume. It’s good to learn that Osaka is such a great place to visit.

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