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How to Spend 2 Days in Osaka

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How to Spend 2 Days in Osaka
Two days in Osaka allow you time to thoroughly explore the thrilling city, with its contrasting neon-lit center and traditional backstreets, as well as venture to nearby Nara for stunning temples and a brush with nature. Here’s how to spend 48 hours sightseeing, eating, and reveling in one of Japan’s most fun cities.

Day 1: Explore the City
Morning: Begin your stay in Osaka with a group or private tour of its top sights. Tours typically include stops at must-sees such as Osaka Castle, Shitennoji Temple, and the Dotonbori district. Alternatively, a hop-on hop-off bus and boat tour allows you to create your own itinerary and typically includes a public transit pass.

Afternoon: After seeing the sights from a vehicle, get a closer look on an afternoon walking tour that reveals gems hidden amongst the main landmarks. Walking tours often include admission to places such as Osaka Castle, as well as a river cruise around nearby Nakanoshima island.

Night: Get a taste of the culinary delights upon which the city built its reputation as a foodie hot spot on an evening street food tour of downtown Osaka. Feast on local classics including grilled seafood, meat skewers, and savory pancakes, as well as the takoyaki (battered octopus balls) for which the city is known.

Day 2: See Marine Life and Deer
Morning: Begin your second day with a visit to the world’s largest aquarium. The Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is home to an enormous variety of sea life, from seals and penguins to whale sharks and manta rays. Prebooking skip-the-line tickets saves time; some packages also include a cruise on the bay.

Afternoon: Head for the charming nearby city of Nara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to explore its temples, shrines, and reserve home to more than 1,000 free-roaming deer. Afternoon tours from Osaka typically include hotel pickup and drop-off plus round-trip train travel.

Night: Conclude your Osaka visit with an evening food and drink tour. A small-group tour takes you to some bars and restaurants missed by most visitors and introduces you to the best of local cuisine, such as kushi katsu (fried food on sticks), dote nikomi (slow-cooked meat), and tonpeiyaki (grilled pork and egg). 
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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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Osaka private 3hours food tour: street food in Namba districtHalf-day Tours

Osaka private 3hours food tour: street food in Namba district

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It can be overwhelming to figure out what to eat on your first time in Osaka. Let an English-speaking guide take you and your friends on this small group street food tour. Discover new foods and flavors, and let your guide personalize the tour to your tastes. Taste foods like oden, okonomiyaki, and takoyaki, and down a few beers if you'd like, at food stalls recommended by your guide.
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Nara Afternoon Tour - Todaiji Temple and Deer Park from OsakaHalf-day Tours

Nara Afternoon Tour - Todaiji Temple and Deer Park from Osaka

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Discover the historic environs of Nara, a UNESCO World Heritage site, as you explore its temples, shrines and famous deer park on this excursion from Osaka. Visit Todaji Temple, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Japan, before seeing Kasuga Shrine, which features over 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns. Then stop by Nara Park, a 1,250-acre reserve that’s home to more than 1,000 free-roaming deer. Your Nara excursion also includes rail tickets between Osaka and Nara, a guide, and all entrance fees.
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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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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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Osaka Afternoon Walking Tour : Osaka Castle and Osaka River CruiseHalf-day Tours

Osaka Afternoon Walking Tour : Osaka Castle and Osaka River Cruise

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Discover the best sights of Osaka during this half-day tour and river cruise. First join your guide to explore Osaka Castle, one of the city’s best-known sights, taking time to enjoy the castle’s unique architecture and wealth of exhibits. Then climb aboard your boat for a cruise around nearby Nakanoshima lsle. During your ride you be able to admire seasonal views like colorful autumn leaves or blossoming cherry trees, as well as landmarks including the Umeda Sky Building, City Hall and Osaka Castle. Your Osaka excursion also includes all admission fees.
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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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