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Osaka 4-day-tour Itinerary

The focus on your first day should be Osaka Castle Park and Umeda. Located in the downtown area, Osaka Castle Park is easily accessible and is close to other scenic spots. It is neighbors with the Osaka Museum of History, which exhibits cultural relics and items that relay the history of Kansai. The massive Umeda business district is also nearby. You can end your first day at the one-stop shop for delicacies, entertainment, and shopping.
Osaka Castle Park


On the second day of your tour, visit the magical world of USJ Universal Studios. You might even find that the entire day is not nearly enough! Universal Studios is a popular tourist destination in Osaka, so it would be best to book tickets in advance and purchase the Universal Express Pass to make the most of your time at the park. With a little planning, you can have more fun and spend less time walking and waiting. 
USJ Universal Studio Japan|Photo by Debby

Universal Studios Japan / USJ

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The third day involves a trip to Shinsaibashi, Tennoji, and Dotonbori in southern Osaka. There are a lot of shops at Shinsaibashi, including popular cosmeceuticals stores. Dotonbori is a paradise for Osaka delicacies and various Japanese dishes that are sure to satisfy foodies! Abeno Harukas near Tennoji is the highest skyscraper in Japan. At the Harukas300 observatory 300 meters high, you can enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of Osaka. On sunny days, you might even catch a glimpse of Kobe and Kyoto. You can also visit the highest floating garden in Japan, where you can relax and enjoy a romantic dinner.


On the last day, relax in Minoh Hot Spring to lift your spirits. The famous hot spring resort is located at Minoh National Park in the north, and is known for its good water quality rich in mineral substances. Bathing in the hot spring is not only relaxing to the body and soul and good for your health, but is a wonderful opportunity to experience the authentic Japanese bathing culture.
Minoh National Park|Photo by 663highland via Wikimedia Commons

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Is dotonburi better and more beautiful in daylight or at night? Xx

Hi there, my first day (night) in Osaka will be after 8pm as our flight arrives in the evening, so the next day, as we will have a 1-day transit pass for unlimited subway, tram and bus travel in Osaka, can anyone make some suggestions as to how we spend the whole day in order to maximise use of the pass?

We are keen to see as much as we can and can walk a lot too, we do not care if it is rushed, as we have several days in Osaka so we can always go back to something we want to see in detail or spend more time at.

We are staying in Nishi-Ohashi.


I'm worried I won't have enough time to do everything in Osaka, especially if we do go to USJ. I guess I can always go another year if I don't fit in everything.