Things To Do in Osaka: 4 Things I Loved about Osaka, Japan

Things To Do in Osaka: 4 Things I Loved about Osaka, Japan

Japan is one of those countries that you need to see to believe. Before visiting Japan this past March, my partner Russell and I did a lot of research. We researched everything from the currency to transport, shopping, food and general must-know information about Japan. Every single YouTube video we watched, was filled with beautiful footage and every vlogger saying that Japan is amazing. So after reading all of these incredible reviews that claimed Japan was the best place they had ever visited, we had high hopes.

We spent a lot of time narrowing down our itinerary, making sure we had a list of everything we wanted to see and do. Osaka was second on our trip around Japan, and we spent 7 days exploring the city! With over 8 million people, it’s Japan’s third most populated city. 

There was quite a bit that we wanted to see in Osaka, and although we had 7 days, unfortunately we didn’t see everything. We did, however, cross a good amount of things off our list. So at least that’s better than not being able to explore Osaka at all!

Getting to Osaka, Japan

From within Japan: The Shinkansen Bullet Train travels to Osaka from most major cities throughout Japan. This is probably the coolest and most fun way to travel around the country!

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From Australia: Virgin Airlines Australia can fly you direct from Melbourne to Osaka for a little under $1,000. For a cheaper option, fly to Tokyo for around $700, then catch the Shinkansen Bullet Train from Tokyo to Osaka! Not only will you be saving money, but you’ll also see more of the country!

From everywhere else: Check your favourite airline for daily deals to Japan. The same applies here in regards to internal travel around the country. When in doubt – bullet train! Especially if you prefer to fly into Tokyo and travel by train to Osaka.

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Here are 4 things I loved about Osaka

1. Universal Studios (more specifically, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!)

What is one of the best things to do in Osaka? Well if you’ve been on my blog before, you’ll know that I’m a full blown cat lady. Russell and I adopted a kitten last year, and named her Hermione after our (my) obsession with Harry Potter. So there’s that.
As soon as I knew Harry Potter World existed, I just had to go. Unfortunately I didn’t make it to the Universal Studios in California when WWHP opened. So when I discovered that there was one in Osaka’s Universal Studios, it was immediately added to my list. Right at the top, in the everything-on-this-list-is-happening-no-matter-what column. 

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The weather changed so quickly! It was sunny in the morning, then came the clouds and rain!

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Whether you’re a Harry Potter fan or not, I definitely suggest visiting Universal Studios. There are lots of other things to see and do within the main park, if you don’t like Harry Potter. But for those who do, and have also named their pets after wizarding characters, you won’t want to miss it! 

The decoration, detail and sets are spot on – I genuinely felt like I had walked through my TV and landed out the front of Hogwarts. It’s incredible. The park staff members are great too. They’re always in character, super friendly and will do anything they can to help you navigate the park. 

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My tips for Harry Potter World in Universal Studios:

  • Make sure you try a Butterbeer – if you haven’t seen the movies or read any of the books, you won’t know what I’m talking about. But it’s is a well-known, delicious beverage within the wizarding world.
    You can purchase Butterbeer a few ways: 1) from outdoor ‘carts’ around the HPW park, 2) from an indoor take away bar or 3) at a sit-down restaurant. We got ours from the indoor bar, because the restaurant was fully booked!
    You can get your Butterbeer in either a regular throw-away cup, or a souvenir cup which will cost you less than 1,000 yen.

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  • Prepare to wait in lines – theme parks in general around Japan are super busy. Universal Studios is no exception. The lines for rides and food will probably be longer than you expected, so be prepared! Consider eating at non-meal times during the day, and bring your own snacks and water. As for rides, you can purchase an Express Pass** for the park to make your day less about waiting in line, and more about riding rollercoasters!
  • Strategically purchase your Harry Potter themed souvenirs – gifts and souvenirs within Universal Studios are super expensive. Harry Potter merchandise in particular. They know people will buy the products regardless of the cost, so why not up the price? It’s annoying and definitely unnecessary, but that’s business. If you’re trying to stick to a budget, do some research before you visit and make a list of the souvenirs you know you definitely want to buy. For example, I knew I wanted a Gryffindor scarf and Hermione’s wand. Both of these were way overpriced, so I didn’t buy anything else!
    Tip: there is Harry Potter merchandise in stores around the rest of Universal Studios park, so if you can’t decide what you want while in HPW, that’s okay! Think about it while you explore the rest of the park, then stop by later!

**An Express Pass is a type of ticket to Universal Studios. Instead of paying for just the general one-day ticket, an Express Pass gets you onto a certain amount of rides, almost straight away. There are a few different options to choose from when purchasing an Express Pass, which can become quite confusing. But it’s well worth it to get on the most popular rides, without having to wait hours and hours in line. 

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2. Dotonbori Shopping District

I’m one of those people who thinks I have under packed (at the very least, packed less than my last trip), start shopping then realise that I have still packed way too much. The most ironic part about this whole situation, is I pretty much wear the same thing every day anyway. It’s totally unnecessary for me to pack more than a pair of leggings and handful of t-shirts. 

This was particularly a problem when we arrived in Osaka. Dotonbori was another place on our itinerary that we made sure to visit. If you’re not sure what Dotonbori is, it’s essentially a giant shopping district with a ton of different sections, streets and undercover outdoor malls.

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You’ll find the big chains like Forever 21, Gap and H&M. Fast food and coffee pit stops like McDonalds and Starbucks. But the best thing about the Dotonbori shopping district, is all the side streets and unique stores. There’s something for everyone, no matter your price range or taste.

It’s not only unique stores, either. Japan is renowned for its cuisine, so if you’re a foodie, Osaka (and Dotonbori in particular) will be a totally different experience. I’m not a foodie. I’m very basic and boring when it comes to food, so I tend to stick to Western options. But just walk down any street, and there’ll be an endless amount of new, delicious smells.

Tips for Dotonbori Shopping District:

  • Don’t leave Dotonbori without exploring its huge Daiso store – Daiso is a chain dollar store in Japan, with locations absolutely everywhere. Russell and I went on a Daiso shopping spree during our last week in Japan. We bought everything from souvenirs, a cat toy for Hermione, travel-friendly toiletry bags, chop sticks (oh, ALL the chopsticks), key rings, Hello Kitty tissues and so much more. An entire bag full of goodies, for less than $20. Bargain if you ask me. We won’t call it being stingy, let’s call it smart shopping due to being broke. 
  • The famous Japanese cheesecake can be found in Dotonbori – I’ll be honest. Russell and I spent a lot of time trying to find this so called oh-so-amazing Japanese cheesecake. We walked up and down the main street of Dotonbori so many times, searching to find the this place. Eventually we saw a long line of people, and figured we had finally made it. It cost us 600 yen for a regular cheesecake size. We excitedly walked the cheesecake 20 minutes back to our hotel, got comfy and sat down with a slice. Let me just tell you, it wasn’t worth the effort. Maybe we got a dud cheesecake, or maybe we’re just not used to Japanese desserts. But it tasted like egg to me. I felt like I was eating scrambled eggs.
  • It’s always going to be busy – I think the only time that we explored Dotonbori and it wasn’t shoulder to shoulder busy, was our first full day in Osaka. We walked to Dotonbori way too early, nothing was open, and therefore the place was empty. But apart from that, you’ll struggle to manoeuvre your way through the crowds. So if you want a less painful shopping experience, try to arrive when stores open at around 11am. There will be less people, and you won’t want to scream after being hit on the ankle by yet another Japanese person’s shopping suitcase. Yes, I’m being serious. People use suitcases when they go shopping.

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  • Hit up Gap for some cheap warm clothes. I’ve visited the US multiple times, so I know how awesome Gap can be for sale items. I’m a sucker for a warm and cosy hoodie, so when we walked into Dotonbori’s Gap store and saw that they were on sale, I was prepared for some spending.
    Here’s a little lesser known fact about me: I prefer men’s hoodies over women’s. I’m sorry but I don’t see how women enjoy wearing such tight jumpers. It would drive me mad, I like to be able to move! #butthatsjustme

3. Kyoto is super close to Osaka, and is a day trip (or two) you won’t regret

Kyoto isn’t really talked about as much as a tourist destination. There aren’t any theme parks or huge shopping malls. For the most part, it’s still a very historic area.

There are a few things to see and do in Kyoto, and you’ll be amazed by each of them. For this extremely beautiful and photogenic city in Japan, make sure to set aside at least a day to explore. It’s a nice break from the hustle and bustle of big city Japan, and you’ll find yourself enjoying the serenity.

Here are 3 things you should definitely do while in Kyoto:

  • Bamboo Forest – this is amazing to see in person. No matter which direction you look, you’re greeted with an endless amount of impressive tall bamboo trees. 

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  • Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine – this shrine is the most popular in Japan. There are thousands of bright orange torii gates forming the amazing pathway that are spectacular to see.
    Tip: be patient when it comes to taking photos. Unless you visit Fushimi Inari early in the morning, be prepared to share the shrine with a lot of other travelers and tourists (and of course, local Japanese people). When we wanted photos standing in amongst the torii gates without anyone else in the shot, all we had to do was wait 30 seconds or so! There will be a gap in the crowd of people, so eventually you’ll get a good, clear photo. If someone sees you taking a photo, they will also tend to wait for you to finish before walking past anyway!

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  • Arashiyama – a beautiful, scenic and historic area of Kyoto which was where I saw my very first Japanese cherry blossom tree! We had originally planned to visit the monkey park in Arashiyama, but given the location, it was difficult to find on Google Maps. We decided to walk across to the town side, do a bit of shopping and eventually stumbled upon the bamboo forest! Arashiyama is a beautiful little town, and the perfect place to admire the relaxing side of Japan that isn’t often talked about.

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There are dozens of awesome things to do in Osaka. Although it’s not as big and bustling as Tokyo, it’s still filled with awesome theme parks, beautiful scenery, and plenty of historic towns to really get a feel for what Japan used to look like. I genuinely think that no matter which part of Japan you visit, whether you stay in the city or head north for some beautiful landscapes and snowy mountains, you’ll fall in love with the whole country. 

What were your favourite things to do in Osaka? Tell me in the comments below!

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Rhiannon is a travel blogger from Adelaide, Australia. Together with her partner, they have been traveling the world for around two years, and hope to not only visit every country in the world one day, but also live in Japan. Rhiannon started this blog back in September 2016, and has been helping people just like you, travel the world with ease!

6 Day Osaka Itinerary for First Time Visitors

6 Day Osaka Itinerary for First Time Visitors

Back in March 2017, we spent the entire month exploring Japan. Osaka was the second stop on our four week adventure, and we were very excited. We decided to spend a couple of days in Yokohama, to introduce ourselves to the language and getting around. Yokohama was nice, but we were happy to finally experience the hustle and bustle of big city Japan.

There were a lot of things that drew us to Osaka. One of the main reasons being the fact that Osaka is home to Japan’s Universal Studios, where the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is found. You’ll learn more about our Harry Potter obsession later in our Osaka itinerary.

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We spent a total of six days in Osaka, and there were quite a few things we wanted to see in the city during that time. It was a very busy week, but we’re glad we decided to set aside an entire week to explore Osaka. If you’re planning a trip to Japan and Osaka is on your bucket list, here is our suggested six day Osaka itinerary to help you plan an epic Japanese adventure!

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Where to stay in Osaka

We stayed at Hotel MyStays Sakaisuji-Honmachi during our time in Osaka. Our hotel was in a super convenient location, being only a 20 minute walk away from the main shopping district, Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi Street.

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Day 1 – Arriving in Osaka & Osaka Castle

Hotels in Japan have a pretty strict check-in time, usually between 2pm and 3pm. We arrived a little too early to check in, so instead of hanging around and waiting, we decided to walk to Osaka Castle. It ended up taking us around 30 minutes to walk from our hotel to the castle, but after two hours sitting on the Shinkansen Bullet Train, we definitely appreciated the walk.

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Osaka Castle has been rebuilt quite a few times, with its most recent refurbishment back in 1997. Osaka Castle now features an elevator inside the castle itself, providing easier access for anyone who is unable to use the stairs to reach the top. After making it to the observation deck, you’ll be rewarded with amazing views of Osaka Castle Park and the rest of Osaka City. Make sure to bring your camera for this one.


Tip: If you haven’t spent the previous two hours sitting on a train, and don’t actually feel like walking thirty minutes, you can catch the JR Loop Line to Osakajokoen Station. This is a 10 minute train ride from Osaka Station, and will cost around 160 yen.

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View of Osaka City from the top of Osaka Castle. Pretty spectacular view for only 600 yen!

Osaka Castle Quick Tips & Information

Directions: Take the Tanimachi Subway Line or Chuo Subway Line to Tanimachi 4-chrome Station
Cost: 600 yen
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm (last entrance at 4:30pm)
Closed: December 28th – January 1st

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If you visit Osaka from mid November through until early December, those trees will be covered in beautiful Autumn leaves!

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Osaka is such a dense and busy city. It’s pretty amazing being able to see such a modern city, from such a traditional side of Japan.

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Day 2 – Osaka Shopping Day

Our first full day in Osaka was spent exploring the craziness of the city’s most popular shopping streets. If you love to shop, be sure to set aside quite a bit in your budget for Osaka! There are so many different stores, selling a huge range of awesome souvenirs, clothes and electronics. You won’t be able to tear yourself away from the bargains, I promise that much!

Osaka is famous for its delicious Japanese cuisine, too. There are hundreds of street vendors and restaurants throughout Osaka, and even more so in Dotonbori.

Dotonbori & Shinsaibashi Street 

Together, Dontonbori and Shinsaibashi Street make up the most popular shopping district in Osaka. Located in Minami,  close to Namba Station, Dontonbori is home to a seemingly endless amount of boutiques, restaurants, souvenir stores, quirky dessert cafes, international clothing chains like Forever 21, H&M and Gap, and much more.

If budget shopping chains aren’t your thing, walk down the 600m long Shinsaibashi Street. You’ll find a ton of unique shopping boutiques, restaurants and bars to suit any taste. There are also a few department stores selling all sorts of high end fashion, cosmetics and accessory labels.


While walking through the insanely busy streets of Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi, you’ll generally find Japanese snacks like Takoyaki (octopus filled batter balls, Yakitori (meat on a stick) and various seafood dishes.

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You’ll find street food like this this all over Osaka! Meat on a stick is very popular in Japan, and is sold almost everywhere.

Amerikamura

Another area within the Minami district that you might want to check out is Amerkiamura. If you’re familiar with Tokyo’s Harajuku District, think of Amerkikamura as Osaka’s version. You’ll get a good taste of Japan’s teenage fashion and culture, while browsing tons of clothing and thrift stores that line the streets.

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The insanely busy, but super duper fun, Dotonbori Shopping District.

In my opinion, a lot of the stores in Amerikamura were fairly overpriced. Most of them sold almost identical products to one another that had been imported from the US. Since Russell and I had already visited the United States, we weren’t interested in many of the products on sale. But it was still a cool experience to walk around and soak in the bustling atmosphere.


We also found a couple of Book-Off stores while exploring this area. If you’re not familiar with what the Book Off brand is, check out this post. Essentially, Book-Off is a second hand store selling everything from clothes, DVD’s, CD’s and books, to old and new gaming consoles and games!

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Day 3 – Osaka Bay

We started our third day in Osaka with a brief stop at Starbucks. It was here that I had my very first cup of coffee!
I know what you’re thinking: how on earth did you go 25 years without drinking coffee? Well to be totally honest, I have absolutely no idea.

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This is the infamous first ever cup of coffee.

I’ve always loved the smell of coffee, but never really got around to tasting it. After that first sip of my very first cappuccino, though, I was hooked. Don’t worry, since March last year I’ve certainly made up for the lack of coffee in my life.

Tempozan Ferris Wheel

After a quick breakfast (and coffee) at Starbucks, we caught a train to the Tempozan Ferris Wheel – the largest ferris wheel in Osaka. It was a clear day, so we had amazing views of the Osaka Bay area and city in the distance.


For 800 yen, we had 15 minutes to enjoy the incredible panoramic views of Osaka. Bring along your camera and be sure to film some footage from the top. It’s one of the best stories to share with family and friends, especially if you’re a Harry Potter fan….

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While at the top of the Tempozan Ferris Wheel, we noticed that Universal Studios was on the other side of the bay. All it took was a distant sighting of Hogwarts Castle, and the nerd in me was released. We were planning to visit Universal Studios a few days later, but I still wanted to jump off the ferris wheel, swim across the bay and stand in awe outside of Hogwarts.

If you aren’t a Harry Potter fan, I apologise for putting you through that.

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First sighting of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios!

After our day exploring Osaka Bay, we headed back to our hotel for a quick rest and rejuvenation before walking to Dotonbori for some dinner. While we were researching our trip to Japan, Russell and I read a lot about Japan’s famous cheesecake, generally found in Osaka. It took us a long time and a lot of walking, before we finally found the so-called famous cheesecakes.


Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it was pretty average. It honestly tasted like someone had scrambled a bunch of eggs, filled a cake pan with said eggs, and baked it. Each to their own, but we didn’t like it at all. If you’re still curious, a fairly large size cheesecake costs around 600 yen.

Day 4 – Kyoto Day Trip

Day four was our very first day trip from Osaka to Kyoto. Let me start by saying Kyoto is absolutely incredible. If you’re looking for a town where you can learn about Japan’s history, enjoy some beautiful scenery and feel as though you’re hundreds of years in the past, I definitely suggest setting aside a day or two to explore Kyoto.

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest 

One of the main reasons we wanted to visit Kyoto, was the Bamboo Forest. If you’ve never been lucky enough to see photos of this place, I’ll include my favourite below to fuel your Japan wanderlust. Picture absolute relaxation in an incredibly traditional and beautiful part of Japan.

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The Bamboo Forest is one of the most beautiful and relaxing places in Kyoto.

Arashiyama Bengal Cat Cafe

I’m a huge cat lady. I treat my cat, Hermione, as if she were my child. So being away from her for the whole month we spent in Japan, was super hard! Lucky there is an adorable Bengal Cat Cafe in Arashiyama, which we definitely paid 600 yen to visit and spend around half an hour playing with some adorable Bengal cats.

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First sighting of Cherry Blossoms

One of the things I was most excited for in Japan, was seeing Cherry Blossoms. For some reason, although blossoms are found all over the world, they remind me of Japan every time I see one.

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Beautiful Cherry Blossom trees in Arashiyama, Japan. This photo would have an entirely different look if you visit during November and December! Beautiful autumn leaves grow on all of the trees!

Day 5 – Harry Potter World

The day that we had been waiting for! After a pretty stressful and confusing morning with missing trains and catching the wrong one, we finally arrived at Universal Studios. After much consideration, we decided to spend a bit of extra money and purchase an Express Pass each.

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The magical Hogwarts, up close and personal. I’m basically a wizard. “You’re a wizard, Harry”

As it turned out, this was the best decision we made all day. The lines for almost all of the rides were close to three hours long. With the Express Pass, though, we were able to get on seven of the most popular rides almost straight away.

Universal Studios Express Pass

When purchasing tickets to Universal Studios Japan, there is an Express Pass available, both online and at the gate. The Express Pass gets you onto seven of the most popular rides, with significantly shortened wait times. Yeah, it’s quite expensive, and I know not everybody can afford or justify spending that much on a theme park ticket.


But we only had one day to explore Universal Studios, and we both absolutely love rollercoasters and theme parks, so we were happy to spend that extra money.

There’s one thing I can say for sure: the Express Pass pays for itself after the first ride. We decided to ride Hogwarts 4D first, and when we entered the Express Pass line, the standby line was an 140 minute wait. From the moment we showed our Express Pass, to the moment we were off the ride, was around 20 minutes.


Not to mention the fact that’s it’s literally the second best theme park tide I’ve ever been on. A close second to Space Mountain at Disneyland, Anaheim.

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We are both pretty big Harry Potter fans. Myself in particular. I have a Deathly Hallows tattoo on my ankle, and we named our cat Hermione. I probably don’t need to say more. So we were pretty excited to be finally visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. As you can imagine, I had far too much to say about our experience as Muggles in the Magical world, so I had to publish an entirely seperate post about the topic. Read about our day at Harry Potter World at Universal Studios here.

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Universal Studios Cost & Information

1 day Studio Pass: 7,600 yen
2 day Studio Pass: 12,800
Express Pass 7: 20,700 yen
Address: 2 Chome-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 554-0031, Japan
Purchase Tickets: Buy Universal Studios Japan tickets here

Day 6 – Kyoto Day Trip

Our final full day in Osaka was spent on another day trip into Kyoto. This time, the reason for our visit was to see the Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. It took around an hour to get to Fushimi by train(s), but it was definitely worth the tip. Fushimi is known for the thousands of torii gates that lead up a beautiful path through the mountain.

Fushimi-Inari Shrine

To avoid the crowds, try and arrive early in the morning. The shrine itself is open from dawn to dusk, so the earlier you arrive, the less busy it will be. This will also give you the chance to take some pretty amazing photos. Whenever we wanted a good photo (well okay, it was normally just me) we had to wait for the crowds to subside to steal a clear shot. Luckily, other visitors tend to stop walking or move out of the way when they can see you’re taking a photo. Most of the time, anyway.

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A lot of patience went into capturing the above three photos! It probably looks like we have Fushimi to ourselves. Well, sadly that’s extremely far from the truth. We were amongst hundreds of people, and had to squeeze our way through most of the time. But that’s one thing you should get used to before visiting Japan for the first time – being surrounded by thousands upon thousands of people.


That just about covers our entire six days in Osaka, Japan! I hope you found our Osaka itinerary helpful, and use it to plan your very own epic Japan adventure! Although we only spent six days in Osaka, we still managed to see a ton. 

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Rhiannon is a travel blogger from Adelaide, Australia. Together with her partner, they have been traveling the world for around two years, and hope to not only visit every country in the world one day, but also live in Japan. Rhiannon started this blog back in September 2016, and has been helping people just like you, travel the world with ease!