Osaka is located in Kansai region in Japan, the second largest metropolitan city apart from the capital Tokyo. Osaka is the city I visited the most in Japan, where filled with Japanese pop-cultures, fashion, great food and most important, very convenient connecting other region’s popular destinations.
Lots of the region’s main attractions can be accomplish in one day, so I usually stay in Osaka and planning return daytrip to other cities in Kansai. Here are few ideas of where you can go for a day started from Osaka:
1. Inside Osaka
Start your day visiting the amazing 黑門市場 Kuromon fish market where you can get all kind of freshest seafood and sashimi as a budget but luxurious breakfast! From a selections of raw fishes, fresh oysters to hot meal like gill eel or scallop don, there’s always something perfect for you(and heaven for seafood lover like me)!
Head to the amazing Shisaibashi shopping streets, you can find all kind of stuffs, from signature snacks shop, boutiques, cosmetics to toy shops, along with a mouthful of Osaka famous takoyaki and ramen!
Kobe is well known for its special kettle ranching that producing tender and juicy beef steak. Kobe is next to a port wit beautiful night view.
Kitano Ijinkan, where used to be a military area in Japan and buildings there are pretty westernized. There are 8 household refurnished into interesting museums with different themes. We brought the passes (3000 yen) that included all of their admissions.
Don’t leave Kobe without trying its beef steak, grease are evenly spreader, grill it or simply boil the beef slice in a hot pot, it melt right into your mouth! Taste that I will never forget!
Nara was the first capital of Japan and many temples and historical artifacts are well kept in the regions, and just hour away from Osaka. It’s a city full of vintage and handcraft shop.
Nara is most well known for the deer park, where deer are religious animal which they can walk around the park freely. They get used to human so it’s a popular detonations to pet them and a special encounter with these adorable animal . There are stalls selling biscuits for deer and be careful they are quite aggressive when they notice the food, especially the male one!
Wakayama has some beautiful old temples and one of the most famous castles. You can start your day walking a beautiful hiking path 熊野古道 Kumamon Kodo, used to be the path for Buddhist religious practices. The path was recorded as world’s heritage by UNICEF in 2004 and the whole path takes 5 days to complete.
Universal Studio is perfect for movie junkie and kidult like me, it’s my forth time here and I’m still excited about it! Make sure you get your ticket before arriving (for example in travel agency or the airport) so you can pass the long queue just for buying tickets!
USJ opened a Harry Potter themed area The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Remember to the exchange the special timed entrance ticket for the Harry Potter area. It’s first come first serve that very easy to run out due to its high popularity.
Must go: The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, Space Fantasy, Back To The Future, Terminator 2, Water World and Backdraft.