HomeOsaka Trip + Itinerary Guide for First-Timers By Marcos Detourista. Updated on January 1, 2019.Here’s a starter Osaka travel guide with sample itinerary, budget, places to visit & more. During my first trip to Japan, I began my journey in Osaka.This city is a must-visit if you plan on following Japan’s golden route, which passes through many of the country’s top destinations like Tokyo, Mount Fuji, Nagoya & Kyoto. I decided to maximize my itinerary by arriving at Kansai Airport (near Osaka) and flying out from Tokyo.Osaka is famous for its exciting shopping districts and much sought after street food like Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki. It’s also the perfect base to explore nearby tourist spots in the Kansai region like Kyoto, Nara, Kobe & Himeji.Of course, the best highlight of the trip to Osaka for Happy Potter fans is enjoying a view of Hogwarts Castle while sipping a mug of Butter Beer, at Universal Studios Japan.Traveling to Osaka for the first time? Scroll down to get started on planning your trip. I’ve included a sample itinerary, places to visit/things to do, list of expenses/budget breakdown and extra travel tips.Follow me on Instagram Osaka ItineraryWhat to do in Osaka in 4 days? Here’s a 4 days & 3 nights (4D3N) itinerary for your do-it-yourself (DIY) trip. This itinerary will take you to Universal Studios Japan and top attractions in Osaka, as well as side trips to nearby destinations such as Nara, Kobe & Himeji.Feel free to tweak the activities & timings below based on your traveling style, schedule & attractions that interest you the most.Day 1: Osaka ArrivalTimeActivityFlight to OsakaArrive at Kansai International Aiport (KIX). Claim tours, passes & tickets booked online.0805 PMOsaka-KIX airport to Osaka city center/hotel transferOsaka hotel check-inCheapest ratesBest reviewsDay 2: Universal Studios & Osaka City Marcos at Hogsmeade village, in Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Umeda Sky Building, Osaka Osaka Castle Unversal Studios Japan, Okasa Universal Studios Japan in OsakaTimeActivity0830 AMOsaka Castle1000 AMUniversal Studios JapanUmeda Sky BuildingHelp Five Ferris Wheel Day 3: Osaka & Beyond Marcos at Dotonburi shopping and food district, Osaka Dotonbori food district, Osaka Himeji Castle Glico Sign, in Dotonburi, OsakaTimeActivity0800 AMOsaka to Himeji trainHimeji CastleKobe Beef food tripHarukas 300 ObservatoryStart Dotonbori walking tourShinsaibashi Shopping ArcadeHozenji Temple and Hozenji YokochoKuromon Market & Dotonbori street food trip. Must try Takuyaki & Okonomiyaki.Dotonbori Glico Sign, Ebisu Bridge & Tombori RiverDotonbori Gate (along Midosuji Street, near Yoshinoya)Day 4: Osaka & Beyond Nara Park deer herd Todai-ji temple (UNESCO World Heritage Site), NaraTimeActivityOsaka to Nara trainStart Nara sightseeingNara ParkNara temples & UNESCO World Heritage sitesTrain back to Osaka or onward to KyotoOsaka BudgetYour travel expenses will largely depend on your traveling style and how much you plan to spend on activities, accommodations & food. To help you set your own budget, here are budget estimates if you follow the 4 days and 3 nights (4D3N) itinerary posted above. Make sure to review all discounts & online booking prices.Transport expenses breakdownJPY 6,300JR West Kansai Pass — Per person discount price online. Includes 4 days unlimited rides on JR trains in West Kansai area. Covers Kansai Airport-Osaka City Center train, JR trains within Osaka & JR trains to/from Kyoto, Nara & Himeji.Book hereActivities/attraction costs breakdownJPY 7,400Universal Studios Japan — Per person discount price online. Includes 1-day admission ticket/entrance fee. Must book this early to grab cheaper price online, at least 2 weeks ahead of travel date.Book discount hereJPY 600Osaka Castle — Admission ticket/entrance fee per person.JPY 1,500Umeda Sky Building — Admission ticket/entrance fee per person.JPY 600HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel — Admission ticket/entrance fee per person.JPY 1,248Harukas 300 Observatory — Per person discount price online. Includes Admission ticket/entrance fee.Book discount hereBudget Trip – Backpacker expensesJPY 6,300Transport — Airport train & selected trains in Osaka-Kansai areaJPY 7,500Accommodations — JPY 2,500 per night in a budget hostel dorm/bed x 3 nightsJPY 10,000Food — JPY 2,500 per day inexpensive meals budget x 4 days.JPY 23,800Sub-total — Excluding attractions/activities & flights. Including accommodations, food & transport. Approximately PHP 11,424 / USD 214 / SGD 286. Or, a daily budget of JPY 1,700 / PHP 816 / USD 15 / SGD 20.JPY 11,348Activities — Admission tickets/entrance fee on selected activities above.JPY 35,148Total — Including activities & 4 days expenses above. Approximately PHP 16,871 / USD 316 / SGD 422. Or, a daily budget of JPY 2,511 / PHP 1,205 / USD 23 / SGD 30.I’ve included backpacker budget estimates for food & accommodations to give you an idea of how cheaply you can do the trip. If you have money to splurge on hotels, food, and luxuries, simply use the expenses posted to calculate your own budget.Other expensesJPY 1,067Japan local SIM card — 1GB data for 6 daysBook discount hereJPY 500Japan pocket WIFI hotspot — Per day device rental.Book discount hereJapan travel insuranceBook online Osaka Itineraries & Travel BlogsMore travel tips coming once the detailed Osaka travel guide is out. In the meantime, feel free to check out my Pinterest board and list of helpful Osaka travel blogs below for inspiration.https://www.pinterest.ph/detourista/osaka-travel-guide-blog/https://www.pinterest.ph/detourista/japan-travel-guide-blog/Follow updates on Pinterest@detourista.1 DayWhat to do in Osaka in 1 day (24 hours or less).VisitOne Day in Osaka, Japan: A Complete Itinerary – TreksplorerVisit5 Places to Visit If You Only Have 1 Day in Osaka – Yoga Wine TravelVisitOne-Day Suggested Osaka Itinerary: Osaka Castle and Dontonburi – Missus ChewyVisitOne-Day Itinerary: Osaka, Japan – Foodicles2 DaysWhat to do in Osaka in 2 days (48 hours or less).VisitOsaka: a 2-days itinerary with an Osaka Amazing Pass – Miss HappyFeetVisitOsaka travel guide (2 days budget + itinerary – The Pinay Solo Backpacker3 DaysWhat to do in Osaka in 3 days.Visit3 days in Osaka Itinerary: Complete Guide + Nara Day Trip– The Invisible TouristVisitThe Only Osaka Itinerary You’re Ever Going to Need – Leave Your Daily HellVisitOsaka itinerary 3 days — What to do in Osaka for 3 days? – Living Nomads4 DaysWhat to do in Osaka in 4 days.VisitA 4 Day Osaka Itinerary – You Could TravelVisitOsaka and Kyoto: Budget Travel Guide – The Poor Traveler5 DaysWhat to do in Osaka in 5 days.Visit5 Days Easy Relaxing Osaka Itinerary – Goldilocks Lifestyle TravelVisitKansai: See the Best of Japan in 5 Days With This Itinerary– Wee Gypsy Girl6 DaysWhat to do in Osaka in 6 days.Visit6 Day Osaka Itinerary for First Time Visitors – Life As An AussieVisitMy 6 Days 5 Nights Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo Trip Itinerary – Symphony of LoveVisitThe Only 7D6N Tokyo-Osaka-Kyoto Itinerary You’ll Need For Your Japan Trip – Have Halal Will Travel1 WeekWhat to do in Osaka in 1 week (7 days or more).VisitThe Budget Traveller’s Guide to One Week in Osaka – Konnichiwa JapanVisit7 Days Suggested Itinerary in Kansai region (Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Kobe, etc), Japan – Japan Wonder Travel BlogVisitThe Perfect 7 Day Itinerary for Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Hiroshima, Japan – The Atlas EditVisitThe Perfect Itinerary for Osaka and Kyoto – Kansai Travel Guide – iWanderedhttps://www.pinterest.com/detourista/best-of-detourista/Don’t Stop HereDid you find this travel guide helpful? 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