While Tokyo is teeming with towers, shrines, and endless electric lights, Osaka is your ideal destination if you want a bustling destination but still has that laid-back vibe. Plus, it is easier to explore for families especially those with kids.
Here’s a 3D2N Osaka itinerary your family will enjoy:
Getting Around Osaka
You’ll still find Osaka’s cityscape massive, but the places are well connected. Thanks to Osaka’s efficient subway system. The two major lines you must remember are the Midosuji Line (north/south), which links major urban hubs in Osaka, and the Chuo Line (east/west), which connects the Osaka Castle Area with the Osaka Bay Area.
For faster and easier transfers, book your Japan Rail Pass in advance because it will give you unlimited access to rails and bus network buses. City buses and taxis are everywhere, but not all taxi drivers speak English so prepare a map or sketch of your destination.
Day 1 – Kita District
Kita, also known as Umeda, is your ultimate dream city! Experience nonstop shopping, dining, and entertainment here.
– Head to Umeda Sky Building, a 173-meter high rise building that will give you spectacular views of the city.
– Not far from the Umeda Sky Building is HEP 5 Ferris Wheel, which will allow you to see the Osaka Harbor and as far as Mount Ikoma.
– Visit Osaka Museum of Housing and Living and learn about the Edo period.
– Make your own takoyaki at the Takoyaki restaurant called Takonotestu.
– If you want to delight your kids, go to the Gudetama Café instead. The design, color scheme, and menu of the café all feature the cartoon character Gudetama.
– Explore Grand Front Osaka. This large commercial complex north of JR Osaka Station has lots of shops and restaurants, a hotel, office and event spaces, and a residential tower.
– Are you or your kids techies? Head to Yodobashi Umeda, a 13-story department store right across from the north side of Osaka Station. The Yodobashi Camera electronics chain store is a paradise of electrical goods and digital appliances.
– Bring your kids to Kids Plaza Osaka, a children’s play zone and science museum.
Late Afternoon – Evening
– If your family prefers a more relaxed trip, you should not miss the Nakazakicho District, an old-fashioned small neighborhood strewn with antiquated establishments and artisan shops.
– Take a breather at Nakanoshima-koen Park, which is about 15 minutes’ walk south of Umeda/JR Osaka Station. Visit the Museum of Oriental Ceramics or the National Museum of Art, Osaka.
– For a luxurious evening experience, you may also consider the Nakanoshima River Cruise.
Day 2 – Universal Studios Japan
Spend your second day at Universal Studios Japan! This amusement park can be enjoyed by kids and kids at heart! Prepare for exhilarating rides like the backward roller coaster and the flying dinosaur. Children can enjoy a variety of themed areas, street shows, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Address: 2 Chome-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana Ward, Osaka, 554-0031
Opening hours: 8:30 – 22:00
Admission tickets: Book here
Adult 1 day/2day: JPY7,315/JPY12,408
Child 1 day/2 day: JPY5,000/JPY8,334
Senior 1 day: JPY6,575
Handicapped adult 1 day: JPY3,658
Handicapped child 1 day: JPY2,500
You can save more time and skip the line with Universal Studios Japan Express Pass. Order now and get guaranteed access to all movie-themed rides and unique attractions. If you will come to the Universal Studios Japan between September 7 and November 4, 2019, you can experience the Universal Studios Japan Halloween Special, which features Halloween attractions and special presentations. For Halloween horror nights, you can watch the parade of street zombies, dance with zombies during Zombie de Dance, explore the horror maze, and hop on the Space Fantasy -The Ride: Black Hole.
What are you waiting for? Book your Universal Studios Japan Halloween Event Ticket & Express Pass in advance and enter the world of excitement and horror for an entire day.
Day 3 – Minami District
– Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade is a premier shopping space dotted with chain retail stores, high-end boutiques, and stores carrying top designer fashion labels.
– Go to Amerikamura, where teenage fashion and culture is lively and vibrant.
– Grab great deals at the Den Den Town, an electronics district that is also home to numerous manga, anime shops, and maid and cosplay cafés.
– Include cultural spaces in your itinerary, like the National Bunraku Theater, where you can watch Bunraku performances for 2000 to 6000 yen, and the Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum, which displays a permanent Kamigata Ukiyoe exhibit.
– Or bring the family to Hozenji Yokocho, a charming, small district with narrow alleys lined by traditional restaurants and izakaya.
– The Dotonbori area is best seen at night. This famous shopping and entertainment district is peppered with neon lights and signs during the evening.
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