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How to Spend 1 Day in Osaka

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How to Spend 1 Day in Osaka
Don’t overlook Osaka, Japan’s 3rd-largest city—lest you miss out on experiencing a metropolis that is charmingly easy-going, visually striking, and passionate about eating. Wall-to-wall neon lights compete for attention with a lovely river and some of Japan’s best dining. With only one day in Osaka you’ll want to do as much as possible. Here’s how.

Morning: See the Sights
One of the best ways to maximize your short time is by booking a private tour and visiting only places of most interest. Aboard a chartered bus, limo, or van in the company of just your party, you can set your own itinerary and explore Osaka’s sights—such as Osaka Castle, Shitennoji Temple, and the vibrant Dotonbori district—at your own pace, either independently or with a guide. Alternatively, a hop-on hop-off bus and boat tour allows you to create your own sightseeing plan, disembarking along the route at your leisure. Tours typically include a public transit pass for further exploration.

Afternoon: Explore Deeper
Having taken in the sights from a vehicle, hit the streets on foot for a closer look. Afternoon walking tours reveal local culture and gems hidden amongst the city’s main attractions by heading off the beaten path to lesser-known neighborhoods such as Shin-Sekai, Namco, and Tennoji. Another option is to embark on a tour specifically focused on a certain aspect of Osaka culture, such as a temple and shrine tour that takes you to the most important sacred sites, or one focused on otaku (manga and anime enthusiast) culture through visits to cosplay theaters, game shops, and maid cafés.

Night: Enjoy the Nightlife
Osaka really comes to life after dark, when the neon glows brightly and the bars and restaurants fill up with revelers. Get a taste of Osaka’s buzzing nightlife culture on a food and/or drink-focused tour. Your options include pub crawls that hop between bars and finish up in a nightclub; street food tours that introduce you to local casual specialties, such as takoyaki (battered octopus balls); and tours that take you down the city’s backstreets and into hidden away bars and izakaya (casual taverns).
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Deep Osaka All-Inclusive Nighttime Foodie Cultural ExperienceHalf-day Tours

Deep Osaka All-Inclusive Nighttime Foodie Cultural Experience

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Go off the beaten track—and avoid tourist traps—on this nighttime walking tour of Osaka. In a small group of no more than six people head for the foodie districts of Tenma and Kyobashi to sample local dishes, enjoy a few drinks, and get to know the locals.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Evening Street Food Hopping Tour in Downtown OsakaCulinary & Gourmet Tour

Evening Street Food Hopping Tour in Downtown Osaka

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Don’t leave visiting Osaka’s most enticing eateries to chance, guarantee culinary delights on this private 3-hour food tour of downtown Osaka. Alongside a gastronome guide, you’ll visit popular bars and food stalls to feast on Japanese classics including grilled seafood, meat skewers, savory pancakes, and Asian-style pizza. Wash it down with included beer, sake, and soft drinks, and absorb the vibrant atmosphere and bright lights of downtown Osaka. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included. 
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

PRIVATE Half-Day Osaka 4-Hour Off-The-Beaten Track Walking TourHalf-day Tours

PRIVATE Half-Day Osaka 4-Hour Off-The-Beaten Track Walking Tour

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Experience the best of both worlds on this half-day Osaka walking tour, designed to reveal popular attractions and hidden gems. Tick off icons such as Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo) and Tsuruhashi Market, and explore the Dotonbori district, famed for its Japanese snacks and neon signs. Plus, explore lesser-known neighborhoods such as Shin-Sekai—full of unique charms. Choose from a morning or afternoon tour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Osaka Backstreet Night TourHalf-day Tours

Osaka Backstreet Night Tour

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When visiting Osaka, it can be challenging to discover where the locals go to eat and drink. Join some Osaka residents for a night out, and come home feeling like you’ve made new friends. Your personable guides navigate a small group of eight or fewer to the izakayas and backstreet bars of Namba, Shinsaibashi, and Amemura, where you sample local food and drink throughout the evening.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Osaka Bus and Boat Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour with Subway PassHop on Hop Off

Osaka Bus and Boat Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour with Subway Pass

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See the sights of Osaka with a hop-on-hop-off tour over two consecutive days by bus and boat. Just book online and select a 2-day ticket with either a 1- or 2-day subway pass to help you get around the city with ease. Travel to landmarks such as the Buddhist temple of Shitennoji Temple and Osaka Castle, and explore neighborhoods like Umeda and Shinsaibashi at your own pace. Complimentary Wi-Fi is included on board the bus, so you can post photos as you travel around.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Osaka Pub Crawl and Nightlife TourHalf-day Tours

Osaka Pub Crawl and Nightlife Tour

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Enjoy a night out in Osaka without stressing over where to go with this nightlife tour of the city. With visits to at least three bars and one club included, the crawl showcases the city’s most happening venues and introduces you to like-minded travelers at the same time. Enjoy discounted drinks and free shots, and explore Osaka after dark with a group of up to 50 people, aged mostly between 21 and 38 years old. Drinkers must be at least 20 years old, and ID is required.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Private Osaka Custom Full-Day Tour by Chartered VehicleDay Trips

Private Osaka Custom Full-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

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Choose your own adventure in Osaka thanks to this fully-customizable 8-hour private tour. Travel aboard your very own chartered bus, limo or van as you explore a range of of Osaka’s most unique sights. Depending on your interests you might visit historic Osaka Castle, explore Shitennoji Temple, eat and drink your way through the Dotonbori district or take in the views from the Umeda Sky Building. A driver, chartered vehicle and round-trip transport from Central Osaka are included.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Local Style Osaka Day Trip with an a Native English Speaker in Japan 36 years!Full-day Tours

Local Style Osaka Day Trip with an a Native English Speaker in Japan 36 years!

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Find an oasis of peace amid the hustle and bustle of Osaka. Escape the busy crowds on an intimate small group tour of Osaka’s oldest and most famous shrines and temples. After making your offerings, enjoy sake and appetizers with your new friends (personal expense). Then see Osaka from above at the Tsutenkakku tower. This all inclusive tour lets you relax while your guide does the navigating.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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