Translated by Takuya Erik Watanabe
Enjoy The Best of Osaka! A Two-Day Sightseeing Itinerary
While in Osaka, make sure you enjoy the exquisite local dishes and visit all the places that this vibrant city is famous for. This is an itinerary recommendation for a two-day visit in Osaka!
Written by Jumpei Kawashima
Enjoy Famous Osaka Spots In Two Days
Osaka is the largest city in the Kansai region. It boasts easy access to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe, and is a key city in traveling in western Japan.
There are many famous sightseeing destinations in Osaka, as well as unique gourmet delicacies like okonomiyaki and takoyaki to enjoy. Today we'll be sharing our recommended two-day itinerary route for exploring Osaka.
Day 1 Morning - Afternoon: Universal Studios Japan
First we'll be heading to Universal Studios Japan (USJ).
USJ is a theme park where you can enjoy the world of Warner Bros. There are various attractions to enjoy, so we recommend spending most of your first day here.
Day 1 Afternoon - Night: Tsutenkaku Tower and Local Cuisine At Shinsekai
From USJ, next up is Shinsekai.
Shinsekai is an area with many shops and food joints. The old townscape of Osaka is still alive here with many flashy signboards. The symbolic tower Tsutenkaku is also found here. If you want to experience a truly retro Osaka atmosphere, this is your go-to spot.
Shinsekai is famous for kushikatsu. Kushikatsu is deep-fried skewered meat, vegetables, and seafood. Here at Shinsekai, you'll find many kushikatsu specialty restaurants. Most kushikatsu joints will deep-fry your food after you order, allowing visitors to enjoy the fresh and crispy texture.
Day 1 Night: Night View from Ferris Wheel in the North
After you've enjoyed the famous kushikatsu, head to HEP FIVE in the northern part of Osaka. On the roof of HEP FIVE there is a red Ferris wheel, from which visitors can enjoy a view over the city of Osaka.
Get off the Ferris wheel and our first day is over. Make sure to get plenty of rest for the following day.
Day 2 Morning: Look Over Osaka From Umeda Sky Building
In the morning of the second day, we'll start at "Umeda Sky Building".
The artistic design of the building has been chosen by British magazine THE TIMES as one of 'The World's Top 20 Buildings'. From the observatory on the top floor, visitors can enjoy a 360 degree view of the city.
After taking photos of the city, it's time to go shopping!
Day 2 Daytime: Shop in the South, Namba
Namba is a spot in the southern side of the city with many stores and shopping streets. In front of Namba station there are large shopping buildings such as Namba Marui and Namba Parks.
After shopping to your heart's desire at Namba, you'll head toward Shinsaibashi on foot.
Day 2 Daytime - Afternoon: Osaka-Like Cityscape In Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi
Dotonbori is an area where there used to be many traditional theaters, and is now home to several entertainment facilities. The iconic Glico sign and Kani Doraku can also be found here.
Dotonbori also has many shops selling various cheap and delicious Osaka foods. We recommend strolling around the area with a light snack in hand.
Shinsaibashi is within walking distance from Dotonbori. It's an area where young locals gather for its many shopping streets and various casual fashion shops.
There is also an area known as Amemura in Nishi-shinsaibashi. Here, there are many shops that handle used clothes and imported goods, so the area is sometimes referred to as the "Harajuku of Osaka". If you're in the Shinsaibashi area, we recommend stopping by Amemura as well.
In between your shopping sprees, you might want to take a break in the Horie area. Many fancy cafes and variety shops line the streets in Horie. Sit down and have some tea while you rest in a cafe of your liking.
Day 2 Afternoon - Night: Night View Of Osaka From Abeno Harukas
In the afternoon, head to Abeno Harukas by Abeno station. The building boasts a height of 300 meters above the ground, and is known as the tallest building in Japan.
Abeno Harukas has a 360-degree glass-walled observatory called Harukas 300. From here you'll be able to enjoy the sunset over Osaka.
Day 2 Night: Try Okonomiyaki!
For your last dinner in Osaka, we recommend the famous okonomiyaki. It's a hot plate dish made from flour, water, and other ingredients - it resembles a savory pancake. Okonomiyaki is a traditional food that has been eaten for decades, mainly in Osaka and the Kansai area.
There are many okonomiyaki specialty restaurants in Osaka. Some of them will prepare your okonomiyaki right in front of you too. You'll be able to end your Osaka trip with a traditional Japanese dish and a full stomach.
We've come to the end of our two-day Osaka trip. This time, we included many of Osaka's major sightseeing spots.
Osaka is the largest city in the Kansai region, and offers entertainment in the form of theme parks, shopping, gourmet dishes, and more. When touring Osaka, be sure to make use of our special itinerary!