3 Day Osaka, Japan Itinerary: The Cool Things To Do in Osaka!

By Kach Umandap - Howe February 19th, 2020 Posted in Asia Travel Blog, Travel Blog No comments

Are you off to Japan and want to enjoy Osaka fully? Then here’s the coolest Osaka, Japan Itinerary in case you need to feel Japan’s second-largest city. I wanted to visit and do most of these things during my last visit but my schedule didn’t permit me so when I get back to Japan, these are the things that I will be doing!

Kansai Area is famous for traditional Japanese activities; for instance, most people do the Osaka-Kyoto-Nara trip. If you have enough time, you should spend more time in the heart of Kansai, Osaka!

3 Day Ultimate Osaka Japan Itinerary

Philippine passport holders need a Japan Tourist Visa to enter Japan. You can either get a Single entry Japan visa or a multiple entry that would be valid for 5 years.

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Shunsuke Ono

Before you start your tour, I suggest buying an Osaka Amazing Pass as this will help you in your travels in Osaka. The pass costs JPY 2,700 for one day, and JPY 3,600 for two days. This will allow you to enter sites as well as get selected train rides within Osaka for free. However, you can use it on your Day 2 and 3. So without further ado, here is your ultimate 3-Day Osaka Itinerary Guide.

3 Day Ultimate Osaka Japan Itinerary

Day 1: Osaka Japan Itinerary

Whole day

3 Day Ultimate Osaka Japan Itinerary
Juan Di Nella

If Tokyo has Disney Resort, Osaka has Universal Studios. This is a must when you visit Osaka! Potterheads will love the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and butterbeer! Plus, there are Japanese quirks like Hello Kitty, One Piece, and Dragonball. From morning until night, you’ll enjoy this theme park. Don’t forget to take pictures with the characters and see the night show plus fireworks!

Day 2: Osaka, Japan Itinerary

Morning

  • Osaka Castle (Opens at 10 AM)
  • Castle Museum (JPY 600, free with pass)
  • Nishinomaru Garden (JPY 200, free with pass)
3 Day Ultimate Osaka Japan Itinerary
Dean Cook

Start your day by going to the most famous landmark in Osaka, the Osaka Castle. The grounds are huge and also feature a shrine, museum, and a stunning Japanese garden. After walking around, you can get lunch at Miraiza Osaka-jo. It’s a mall in a historic building near the Castle. If you have already eaten lunch, you can proceed to the Illusions Museum inside or get a Ninja or Samurai Experience.

Afternoon

  • Illusions Museum (JPY 1,200, free with pass)
  • Aqua-Liner – Osaka Suijyo Bus:(JPY 1,700, free with pass)
  • Osaka Museum of Housing and Living (JPY 600, free with pass)
3 Day Ultimate Osaka Japan Itinerary
Photo by shankar s. CC BY 2.0

Go out of Miraiza Osaka-jo and off to the pier near the castle and ride an Osaka Suijyo Bus, the Aqua-Liner. On the river, you can see the view of Osaka; the castle, houses, and skyscrapers. Get off at OAP pier and ride to the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living. Be transported in the Edo Period as you walk the recreated town.

Evening

  • Umeda Sky Building – Kuchu Teien Observatory (JPY 1,500, free with pass until 6 pm)
  • HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel (JPY 1,500, free with pass)
My Luxury Hotel Experience with InterContinental Osaka
Alex Eckermann

Before the clock strikes 6, you should be at Umeda Sky Building. It’s a 30-minute ride from the museum, so it’s better to travel before 5 PM. Search also the sunset time so you can catch it on the Observatory. You’ll have a perfect view of the city! You can get dinner nearby or at HEP FIVE. End your day riding the famous red Ferris wheel before going home. It closes at 11 PM.

If you bought the Osaka Amazing Pass, you would save JPY 7,300 – 2,700 = 4,600 without including the transportation expense. It’s pretty convenient. However, I suggest buying the two days pass as there’s more!

Day 3: Osaka Itinerary

Morning

  • Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (JPY 2,300, with pass JPY 100 off)
3 Day Ultimate Osaka Japan Itinerary
Photo by Kent Wang CC BY-SA 2.0

Go to the largest one of the world’s largest aquarium with about 620 species and 30,000 creatures. From tiny salamanders to penguins, to rays, to whale sharks; they are in here. You can see them as they “just keep swimming.” It’s enormous; it might take you a half day.

Afternoon

  • Dotonbori

When you’re done there, you can go to Dotonbori. Take a picture of the famous “running man.” You can also do your souvenir shopping and more food tasting of Japanese Cuisine.

Evening

  • Tsutenkaku Tower (JPY 800, free with pass)
  • Spa World (JPY 1,200/1,500, with pass JPY 200 off)
3 Day Ultimate Osaka Japan Itinerary
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Proceed to Tsutenkaku Tower a.k.a. the tower reaching heaven. It’s a famous landmark in Japan where Billiken, the God of Happiness, is enshrined. The last admission is at 9 PM, so you still have time from Dotonbori. The final stop for this trip would be Spa World. Have a taste of Japanese culture through an onsen. You can get your stress away after your three day Osaka adventure!

If you bought the Osaka Amazing Pass, surely you can save more than JPY 5,000!

Where to Stay in Osaka, Japan

Where to stay in Osaka, Japan if you want Luxury

InterContinental Osaka

My Luxury Hotel Experience with InterContinental Osakaerience with InterContinental Osaka

Located near the stations, Umeda Sky Building and Grand Front Osaka is Intercontinental Osaka. With spacious and luxurious rooms with complete amenities, you would get a relaxing sleep. They have rooms and suites, an indoor pool and fitness center as well as a bathhouse. Check out my personal review with them in this article.

Price: King Rooms starts at USD 350

Where to stay in Osaka, Japan if you’re on a Budget

The Park Front Hotel at Universal Studios Japan

3 Day Ultimate Osaka Japan Itinerary Enjoy Osaka to its Fullest

A few from USJ’s gate is The Park Front Hotel at Universal Studios Japan. This hotel has large rooms with separate bathroom and shower. There are onsite restaurants, convenience stores, and coin laundry on the premises.

Price: Standard Rooms starts at USD 125

Where to stay in Osaka, Japan if you’re a backpacker

Osaka Hana Hostel

3 Day Ultimate Osaka Japan Itinerary Enjoy Osaka to its Fullest

Osaka Hana Hostel is in Chuo Ward near Shinsaibashi Train Station. They have dorm rooms with shared bathrooms as well as private rooms. You can cook your own meal at the shared kitchen.

Price: 6-Bed Dorms (Mixed and Female) starts from USD 17

List of Restaurants that you can try while in Osaka, Japan

Pierre Restaurant

My Luxury Hotel Experience with InterContinental Osaka

Piere is a  one-star Michelin Restaurant located in InterContinental Osaka. They serve French cuisine with Japanese Touches. I got to eat here and I highly recommend this. Everything is absolutely delicious!

Matsusakagyu Yakiniku

3 Day Ultimate Osaka Japan Itinerary Enjoy Osaka to its FullestEnjoy a fulfilling meal as you cook your own beef. Don’t worry, the chefs will teach you or assist you if you need help. The beef here in Matsusakagyu is absolutely delicious and melts in your mouth.

Kimukatsu Osaka Shochikuza

3 Day Ultimate Osaka Japan Itinerary Enjoy Osaka to its Fullest

Try one of the best Katsus (breaded and fried meat cutlets) in Kimukatsu. It’s so juicy and mouthwatering; it will truly make you full. Make sure you have a reservation so that you won’t wait for long!

Frequently Asked Questions for Osaka, Japan

1. What are the languages spoken in Osaka?

Japanese is mostly spoken in Osaka, Japan. Though the Japanese know how to speak English, most are quite shy. If you don’t know basic Japanese, then, I suggest downloading google translate.

2. What currency do they use?

Japanese Yen are used throughout the city.

3. Are credit cards accepted?

Yes, major credit cards are accepted. However, for those small restaurants or shops, it’s better to pay in cash.

4. How much will you spend in Osaka?

It’s quite expensive in Japan; prepare at least USD 100 per day (with food and accommodation). You can pay  JPY 1,000 per meal at a restaurant. However, what will make you spend are the attractions and shopping.

5. Do you have any saving tips?

  • Use Osaka Amazing Pass so that you can save on attractions and transportation
  • Avail Japan’s tax exemption program for tourists
  • For breakfast, if it’s not free at the hotel, you can buy onigiri (rice balls) at the convenience stores
  • Bring water container and refill it, water is quite expensive (about JPY 100+)

6. Where to purchase Souvenirs?

You can shop for Japanese souvenirs at Tokyu Hands or Don Quijote.

7. Where to stay in Osaka, Japan?

Namba or Umeda districts are great places to stay. However, you can also book near attractions or train stations.

You can also check the following articles: Best Hostels in Japan and Best Luxury Hotels in Japan.

8. Is it safe to travel to Osaka?

Yes, Japan is one of the safest places to travel in the world. Japan is my first international country, and I traveled it solo. You don’t have to worry as people are polite and kind; however, you always need to be vigilant.

9. Should I get travel insurance before heading to Osaka?

I always recommend buying travel insurance when we go out of the country since we don’t know what will happen. You can check out SafetyWing.

10. Do I need a visa for Japan?

Philippine passport holders need a Japan Tourist Visa to enter Japan. As for other nationalities, please check if you need one before going.

11. How to get to Osaka?

There is Kansai International Airport that serves Osaka. There are flights from the Philippines, the rest of Asia, the US, Canada, and Europe. You can also travel via train or bus if you are coming from Tokyo or other parts of Japan.

3 Day Ultimate Osaka Japan Itinerary

I hope you find this 3 Day Osaka Itinerary helpful for your future adventures in Japan! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me. Don’t also forget to comment about your experience in Osaka. Happy Travels!

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Written by Kach Umandap - Howe

Co-Founder of Two Monkeys Travel Group. Since 2013, Kach has visited all the 7 continents (including Antarctica) and 143 countries using her Philippines Passport. In 2016, she got married then a year later bought a sailboat and went on sailing adventures with her two cats - Captain Ahab & Little Zissou in the Caribbean for 2 years. She now lives in Herceg Novi, Montenegro. She writes about her experiences traveling as a Filipina traveler with a PHL Passport. Also tips on backpacking trips, luxury hotel experiences, product reviews, sailing & adventure travel.

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