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2 Days 1 Night Recommended Tour of Osaka’s Best Sightseeing Spots


Osaka has a lot of sightseeing spots, so how can you fully enjoy Osaka in the limited time of 2 days and 1 night? We love Osaka has compiled a list of “must-see” tourist spots in Osaka for a 2-day/1-night itinerary. We love Osaka has compiled a list of “must-see sights in Osaka” for you to enjoy in 2 days and 1 night.

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【First Day】

Start from Shin-Osaka Station where you can catch the high-speed bullet train
Hakata Station→Shin-Osaka Station: about 2 hours and 30 minutes
Tokyo Station→Shin-Osaka Station: about 2 hours and 30 minutes

First, we will go to Tsutenkaku, Osaka’s symbolic tower!

■Osaka Metro Midosuji Line
Shin-Osaka Station → Dobutsuenmae Station
Travel time:20 minutes
Fare: 280 yen

1. Tsutenkaku Tower, the symbol of Osaka

【11:00】Arrival at Tsutenkaku TowertsutenkakuFirst, Tsutenkaku Tower, the symbol of Naniwa! Tsutenkaku Tower is a luxurious structure inspired by the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. It also has an observatory, and the history of Tsutenkaku Tower is exhibited inside. Why don’t you experience a little bit of the history of Shinsekai and Tsutenkaku?tsutenkakuTsutenkaku Tower is home to Billiken-sama, the God of Happiness. Many people visit Tsutenkaku because it is said that patting the soles of his feet brings good luck. Surprisingly, Billiken-sama was born in the U.S. and came to Osaka in the Meiji era (1868-1912). Let’s hope that this trip will be blessed with good things!tsutenkakuFrom the observation deck, you can see Osaka’s tallest building, Abeno Harukas, and Tennoji Zoo, where the greenery is beautiful! After enjoying the view, go downstairs and enjoy the different exhibits on each floor.tsutenkakuThere is also the history of Tsutenkaku Tower and a diorama. It looked really different a long time ago!shinsekaiThe area around Tsutenkaku is a downtown area known as Shinsekai. There are restaurants, souvenir stores, festival-type stalls with target practice, and many other fun places to go. It is very lively from noon and you can enjoy the lively atmosphere.shinsekaiThis is a target shooting game. The atmosphere is reminiscent of a Showa-era fair.

Lunch: Kushikatsu in Shinsekai

kushikatsuI hope you’re hungry! Osaka is all about kushikatsu! Kushikatsu is a Japanese dish of meat or vegetables that are breaded and then deep-fried on a skewer. There are many kushikatsu restaurants in Shinsekai, so be sure to try Osaka’s specialty! One point of advice to keep in mind is not to dip them in sauce twice!

▼For restaurant recommendations in Shinsekai

Tsutenkaku / Shinsekai
Time required: 2 hours
Tsutenkaku (40 minutes for sightseeing) → Lunch in Shinsekai (60 minutes) → Sightseeing (20 minutes)
After enjoying Tsutenkaku and trying some kushikatsu in Shinsekai, let’s go to Osaka Castle next!
Departure:Depart around 13:00
■JR Osaka Loop Line Inner Loop
Shin-Imamiya Station → Morinomiya Station
Travel time:13 minutes
Fare:160 yen

2. Osaka Castle and Lord Hideyoshi

Take the JR Loop Line from Shin-Imamiya Station to Morinomiya Station. The ride takes about 13 minutes. Osaka Castle Park is a large park surrounding the Osaka Castle Keep, and stretches between Morinomiya and Osaka Castle Park Stations. Therefore, from the direction of Shin-Imamiya Station, we recommend that you take the route “Morinomiya Station→Osaka Castle Keep→Osaka Castle Park Station” for sightseeing.

【13:20】Arrival at Morinomiya StationOsaka CastleOsaka Castle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Osaka. Osaka Castle Park is a vast site, with areas to enjoy plum blossoms and cherry blossoms, depending on the season. Recently, a new theater (Cool Japan Park Osaka), named after the hall by Akashiya Sanma, has opened and offers a variety of theatrical performances. On a fine day, it is also pleasant to take a stroll in the spacious park.

▼For more details about Cool Japan Park Osaka

Osaka CastleOf course, you can enter the Osaka Castle Keep, and from the 8th floor observation deck you can see all of Osaka. The view must have been very different from what Lord Hideyoshi saw (photo on left). Miniature models of the Osaka Summer Battle and documents from the time of Lord Hideyoshi are on display on each floor (photo on right).

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Osaka CastleIn front of the Sakura Gate of Osaka Castle, there is the Osaka Castle Toyokoku Shrine dedicated to Lord Hideyoshi, so why not pray for success in your career?

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Osaka CastleEntering Osaka Castle Park from Morinomiya Station, you will find a plaza with a fountain surrounded by rocks, and there is a Starbucks and another cafe called R Baker where you can take a break.Jo-Terrace OsakaNear Osaka Castle Park Station is a facility called Jo-Terrace Osaka, which has restaurants, cafes, and souvenir shops.

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Osaka Castle Park
Time required:90 minutes
Morinomiya Station → (8 minutes on foot) → Hokoku Shrine (15 minutes) → Osaka Castle Tower (30 minutes) → (6 minutes on foot) → Jo-Terrace Osaka (30 minutes) → (1 minute on foot) → Osaka Castle Park Station
After enjoying Osaka Castle, let’s go to Osaka Temmangu
Departure:Depart around 14:50
■ JR Osaka Loop Line Inner Loop
Osaka Castle Park → Kyobashi Station → JR Tozai Line
Travel time:1 minute
■ JR Tozai Line
Kyobashi Station → Osaka Tenmangu Station
Travel time:4 minutes
Fare:120 yen

3. The god of learning and performing arts at Osaka Tenmangu

【16:00】Arrive at Osaka TenmanguOsaka TenmanguFrom Osaka-jo Koen Station on the JR Loop Line, transfer one stop to the JR Tozai Line at Kyobashi Station, and two stops to Osaka Tenmangu Station. Including the transfer time, it takes only a little less than 10 minutes to get there. Osaka Tenmangu Shrine, dedicated to Fujiwara no Michizane, the god of learning and entertainment, is famous for prayers for success in school, but it also offers other benefits such as “success in life,” “match-making,” and “repelling bad luck,” so please be sure to visit.

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After visiting Osaka Tenmangu Shrine, depart for Tenma, your final destination for the day. If you are going by train, take the Osaka Metro Sakaisuji Line for one section from Minamimorimachi Station to Ogimachi Station. However…if you are still full of energy and want to enjoy Osaka more fully, you can walk to Tenma from here. So let’s move go foot!

4. Japan’s longest Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street

Tenjinbashisuji Shopping StreetNow it’s time to go to Tenma via Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street, the longest shopping street in Japan. Enjoy the atmosphere of Osaka as you stroll along. Nakamuraya, famous for its croquettes, is located in Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Arcade, just a short walk from Osaka Tenmangu Shrine.

Tenjinbashisuji Shopping StreetThe croquettes are freshly deep-fried and hot, and are characterized by their sweet and savory flavor. The croquettes have many celebrity fans, including comedians and musicians, and are often featured on tv and social media.

▼Click here for recommended gourmet information on Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street
[Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street Gourmet] Let’s walk deliciously and happily from Tenjinbashi 1-chome to 6-chome ♪

Osaka Temmangu / Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street
Time required: 60 minutes
Osaka Temmangu (50 minutes) → Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street (10 minutes on foot) →  Tenma

Dinner: Tenma

【17:00】Arrive in TenmaTenmaThe area around Tenma Station on the JR Loop Line and Ogimachi Station on the Osaka Metro Sakaisuji Line is full of trendy restaurants. It is a fun area to enjoy a night out with your friends and family.

▼For more information about Tenma

●[Tenma Gourmet] From the bustle of the market to hideaway shops!  14 Recommended Lunches and Suppers
●[Osaka Hashigoshu] Recommended Italian food around Uratenma chochin Street
●[Osaka Hashigoshu] A popular gourmet town!  Drink at Uratenma chochin street!

Well then, day 1 is over. We are moving to the hotel where we are staying. Since you have plans for tomorrow, I would recommend that you stay in the Namba area. I will show you how to get to each area for your reference.

▼For information about hotels

■ To Namba Station
Osaka Metro Sakaisuji Line Ogimachi Station → Nihonbashi Station (transfer)
Osaka Metro Sennichimae Line Nipponbashi Station → Namba Station
Boarding time:15 minutes
Fare: 230 yen
■ To Umeda Station
JR Temma Station → JR Osaka Station
Boarding time:3 minutes
Fare: 120 yen
■ To Tennoji Station
JR Temma Station → JR Tennoji Station
Boarding time:19 minutes
Fare: 180 yen

【Second Day】

Let’s start the second day. Today, we’ll visit the pride of Osaka, the holy land of comedy! Let’s go to Namba Grand Kagetsu!

▼For breakfast

5. Speaking of comedy, Yoshimoto Shinkigeki

【9:15】Arrive in NambaNamba Grand KagetsuIf you come to Osaka, you must see Yoshimoto Shinkigeki! It is so funny that people who have seen it once will always come back for more. It is recommended to make a reservation in advance as it gets very crowded! Please check the website for performance schedules and reservations.
>Namba Grand Kagetsu Official Site

▼How to get to Yoshimoto Shinkigeki from Namba Station
【Picture Guide】The shortest way to get to Namba Grand Kagetsu from Namba Station on the Osaka Metro Midosuji Line

6.Dotonbori,the symbol of Kuidaore

【12:30】Arrive at DotonboriDotonboriAfter seeing Yoshimoto Shinkigeki, walk a little north to Dotonbori (about a 5-minute walk). This area is called “Minami” and is one of the two major areas in Osaka with the “Kita” Umeda area.DotonboriIt is a shopping street that symbolizes Osaka, a gourmet city. There are many things to see and do, including a large sign for Kani-Douraku, Glico Running Man, and Hozenji Yokocho.

▼For more information about Dotonbori

DotonboriThis is “Ukiyo Koji,” a very narrow alley between Dotonbori and Hozenji Yokocho. The alley is filled with Taisho-romance, and you can get to know the atmosphere of Namba in the olden days.DotonboriThere is also “Issunboushi Daimyojin” in this Ukiyo Koji, and there is a popular omikuji (fortune) that often comes true. The reason for the name “Issunboshi” is that legend has it that Issunboshi left for the capital of Kyoto to exterminate demons at the Dotonbori River.DotonboriThis is Hozenji Yokocho. Long-established restaurants line both sides of the narrow stone-paved alley. It is a quaint side street with a Showa-era atmosphere.DotonboriAnd in Hozenji Yokocho, there is the “Mizukake Fudo” (water sprinkling statue of Buddha). Mizukake Fudo, which grants any wish, is a place to make a request by pouring water on it. For details, please check the article.

▼Click here for details on Mizukakefudo
Thorough introduction of the power spot of Osaka Minami [Osaka Sennichimae, Mizukakefudoson]

Lunch: Okonomiyaki in Dotonbori

DotonboriHow about Osaka’s specialty “Konamon” for lunch on the second day? The photo shows okonomiyaki from the popular restaurant “Mitsuno. There is always a long line, but it is really delicious!

▼Information for eating okonomiyaki
【Namba okonomiyaki】The taste of authentic Osaka Minami

▼Information for eating takoyaki
【Osaka takoyaki】I’ve compared eating takoyaki at Dotonbori and Namba

▼Click here for gourmet information on Dotonbori and Namba
【Dotonbori Gourmet】Recommended lunch you definitely want to eat

【Namba Lunch】Recommended lunch to eat around Namba Station!

Time required:5 hours
Yoshimoto Shinkigeki (3 hours) → Lunch at Dotonbori(60 minutes) → Minami sightseeing (60 minutes)
After enjoying Minami and getting hungry at Dotonbori, go to Umeda next!
Departure:Depart around 14:30.
■ Osaka Metro Midosuji Line
Namba Station → Umeda Station
Boarding time:9 minutes
Fare: 230 yen

7. Shopping and Takoyaki in Umeda, Osaka’s Central Station

【14:40】Arrive in UmedaUmedaEnjoy shopping in Umeda, the center of Osaka. You can find everything at Hankyu Department Store, Hanshin Department Store, Daimaru, HEP Five, Yodobashi Umeda, etc. Osaka Station City, the station building of Osaka Station, houses the largest commercial facility in Umeda, LUCUA Osaka, so please enjoy shopping.UmedaToki no Hiroba is located directly above Osaka Station. The atmosphere changes with the seasons, and there is also a café where you can spend a relaxing time. If you are tired after a long day of shopping, you can take a break.

▼Click here for information on souvenirs you can buy around Osaka Station
【Osaka souvenirs】 Recommended Osaka souvenirs you can buy at JR Osaka Station / Umeda


UmedaWhen you come to Osaka for sightseeing, you want to eat takoyaki, don’t you? After a long day of shopping, you might be hungry, right?

▼Click here for takoyaki information around Umeda

UmedaThis is Ohatsu Tenjin. It is only an 8-minute walk from Osaka Station, so please visit there. It is said that lovers who vow eternal love come to this shrine in honor of the love story of Ohatsu and Tokubei.

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【Ohatsu Tenjin Shrine】Benefits are a matchmaking!  Goshuin & amulet and shopping street

8. Sky Garden Observatory with the best views

【17:10】Arrive at Umeda Sky BuildingUmeda Sky BuildingA 10-minute walk from Umeda, you will arrive at the Umeda Sky Building, a very unique structure with two buildings connected at the top floor that is attracting worldwide attention.Umeda Sky BuildingAnd the hanging garden on the top floor is the best night view spot where you can enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view. How about entering just before sunset and enjoying the beautiful sunset – night view for about 30 minutes? During the long days of spring and summer, you will not have time to eat if you watch the night view, so please be sure to think about your return time!Umeda Sky BuildingThe night view is like this. The 360-degree panoramic view is breathtaking.

Dinner: Finally, enjoy a drink in Umeda

【18:00】To UmedaUmedaBack to Umeda for your last night out. There are many good restaurants in Umeda. There are also restaurants with a night view, so please try to find one with a view. If you walk a little north, you can go to Nakatsu area. There are many delicious restaurants here as well.

▼Introduction of surrounding facilities
[Umeda Dinner] Introducing 22 recommended restaurants that you definitely don’t want to fail!
[Osaka Nakatsu Gourmet] You should definitely go!  Recommended lunch / dinnerUmedaChayamachi Aruko is located under the Hankyu Railway elevated tracks in Chayamachi. This is also a good place to visit, as it features the first store in the Kansai region and new business model stores of well-known stores.

▼Click here for details
Detailed introduction of Umeda’s new gourmet spot [Chayamachi Aruko]!  Enjoy the first store in Osaka

Umeda area, Sky garden
Time required: 5 hours 20 minutes
Shopping in Umeda (2 hours) * Including takoyaki break on the way → Ohatsu Tenjin (30 minutes) → Umeda Sky Building (50 minutes) → Umeda dinner (2 hours)
Did you enjoy Osaka?  I’m going back to Shin-Osaka.
Departure: Depart around 20:00
■ JR Kyoto Line
Osaka Station → Shin-Osaka Station
Boarding time: 3 minutes
Fare: 160 yen


【20:00】Arrive at Shin-Osaka Station
How was it? We have taken you on a bullet tour of Osaka’s major sightseeing spots. There is quite a distance to walk, so please plan according to your own physical strength. There are still many other places that I would like you to visit, so I will introduce them again another time. We hope you enjoy your visit to Osaka! Finally…

▼Click here for souvenirs you can buy at Shin-Osaka Station
【Osaka souvenirs】 Recommended Osaka souvenirs that you can buy at JR Shin-Osaka Station

Please refer to this as well!
【Osaka sightseeing】 Thorough commentary by locals.  35 Recommended Sightseeing Spots and Gourmet Information in Osaka
【Osaka Date】 Osaka people teach!  Introducing recommended spots that couples want to go

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