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The PERFECT 3 Days in Osaka Itinerary [2024 Guide]

Dotonbori At Night 3 Days In Osaka Itinerary

If you’re planning a trip to Japan’s second-largest city, make sure you make the most of it with our perfect 3 days in Osaka itinerary!

Osaka is the compromise between the more progressive Tokyo and the more traditional Kyoto.

This ultra-urban metropolis has been a key economic hub for Japan since the 16th century.

During World War II Osaka was a major manufacturing hub for weapons and munitions.

This meant that it was a major target for American forces. At the end of the war, the city was in ruins.

Since then Osaka has been a major part of Japan’s economic miracle churning out high-quality tech and electronic products. 

What Osaka lacks in activities, it makes up for with bustling alleyways, markets and arcades that are the cities heart and soul.

However, Osaka is most famous for its incredible food and you’ll eat lots of it during this Osaka itinerary.

READ MORE: Check out our guide on the best things to do in Osaka!

Get ready to experience Kuidaore (食い倒れ) which literally translates ‘to eat oneself into ruin.’

The city’s most well-known district of Dotonbori is chock full of incredible restaurants and food stands.

In Osaka you can find Matsusaka, Kobe and Ohmi beef – three of Japan’s top beef brands.

Whilst burning a rather substantial hole in your pocket, dining on these varieties will change your views on what meat is supposed to taste like.

This is the city where conveyor belt sushi and takoyaki were invented. So get stuck in and experience Kuidaore during your 3 days in Osaka itinerary!

Dotonbori At Night 3 Days In Osaka Itinerary
Welcome to Osaka’s most happening district – Dotonbori

Osaka Itinerary Travel Guide

Before we get too deep into this Osaka itinerary, here are a few tips to help you figure out how to get there, and around the place.

Getting There and Away

Osaka is a great hub for both international and domestic travel.


Osaka is very well connected to Asia and the rest of the world through Kansai International Airport.

From the airport, there are numerous direct trains and buses into central Osaka. 


Shin Osaka station is one of the largest in Japan and a major train travel hub in the Kansai region of Japan. Every train station is well connected in the area.

Osaka station is an hour by train from both Kyoto and Nara and approximately 3 hours from Hiroshima.

If you’re looking at further travel around the Kansai region it’s worth considering Kansai region JR passes.

They are much cheaper than a national Japan Rail pass…

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