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15 Day Trips From Osaka (for Every Type of Traveler)

October 21, 2018

Osaka is located in Japan’s Kansai region, which has something for everyone—breathtaking scenery, delicious eats, historical wonders, and more. So check out these 15 incredible day trips from Osaka for every type of traveler! Any questions? Drop us a line.

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Trips for the Nature Lover

Nara deer park

Nara deer Park in Japan

If you’re looking for something unique to add to your Japan bucket list, Nara is the place for you! Nara’s deer park, which hosts over 1,200 freely roaming deer, is the perfect destination for the animal lover and nature nerd. You can even pet them!!

Travel time from Osaka: ~40 minutes

Awaji Island

Awaji Island Japan

This island off the coast of Kobe is pretty much a nature lover’s paradise. Walk along the gorgeous hillside Yumebutai Gardens or head over to the Monkey Center and see some adorable snow monkeys. Whatever you choose, this needs to be added to your Japan itinerary.

Travel time from Osaka: ~1.5 hours

Mount Koya

Mount koya in Japan

Dive deep into the history of Buddhism and climb up one of the most sacred mountains in Japanese history. Mount Koya—home to blooming cherry trees and serene rock gardens—is a great place to go in Japan if you’re looking for a good hike and some calm, quiet vibes.

Travel time from Osaka: ~1 hour 40 minutes

Trips for the Foodie


Kobe Japan

You can’t go to Kobe and not try Kobe beef! If it’s your first time in Japan, you’ll definitely want to carve out space on your Osaka travel itinerary for this delicious day trip!

Travel time from Osaka: ~30 minutes

Yuasa Soy Sauce Factory

Soy sauce in Japan Yuasa Soy Sauce Factory

Take a trip to the birthplace of soy sauce at Yuasa Soy Sauce Factory where tours are free. Not only is this a great option for doing Japan on a budget, but you might just leave with a treat to bring home from Japan!

Travel time from Osaka: ~1 hour 20 minutes


Wakayama tuna sushi

This city is home to Kuroshio Ichiba Market, one of the best foodie destinations in Japan. Head over to the market to experience a live tuna-cutting show and the learn the art of Japanese meal prep.

Travel time from Osaka: ~1 hour 10 minutes

Trips for the History Buff


Kyoto Japan

Just as Osaka is a great day trip from Kyoto, Kyoto is likewise for Osaka. Overflowing with historical landmarks like Fushimi Inari-taisha, the infamous Shinto shrine, Kyoto is the place to go if you’re a geek for history.  Ask a travel planner what you should put on your Kyoto itinerary for the day.

Travel time from Osaka: ~1 hour


Hiroshima Japan

Though haunted by a harrowing history, Hiroshima a must-see place in Japan. You’ve probably already seen some pictures the famous Peace Monument, but now you’ve got to plan a trip to Japan and see it for yourself!

Travel time from Osaka: ~2.5 hours


Matcha in Kanazawa

So you think you’ve already had the best matcha tea? Think again. With beautifully restored ancient tea houses you can tour, it’s safe to say that Kanazawa’s matcha tea and treats are unparalleled. You can even ask your Hero to sign you up for a traditional tea ceremony.

Travel time from Osaka: ~3 hours

Trips for the Thrill Seeker


Ninja in Iga Japan

Get your ninja skills ready because this Japanese adventure is taking you to Iga, home of the ninja! Whether you just want to sit back and watch the pros or give it a try yourself, this is definitely a Japan highlight you can’t miss.

Travel time from Osaka: ~1 hour 20 minutes

Universal Studios Japan

Universal Studios Japan

Heading on a last minute trip to Japan? No worries—this day trip is close by and easy to plan. Equal parts daring and fun, Universal Studios is one of the best things to do in Osaka.

Travel time from Osaka: ~15 minutes


Sumo in Ryogoku Japan

While there are some sumo tournaments in Osaka, they only happen in March. The biggest and best arena to watch a traditional Japanese sumo match is in Ryogoku, which is just outside of Tokyo. It’s a bit far, but with a Japanese Rail Pass (JR Pass for short) and a quick Japanese Uber ride, you can get there in no time.  

Travel time from Osaka: ~3.5 hours

Trips for the Instagram Photographer

Shirahama beach

Shirahima Beach in Japan

Cameras at the ready! With white sand beaches and bright blue water, this Japanese vacation destination is nothing short of gorgeous. This luxurious Japanese travel spot is sure to break your Instagram!

Travel time from Osaka: ~1.5 hours

Naoshima Island

Naoshima Island in Japan

If you’re looking for somewhere to go in Japan for breathtaking views and super cool artwork, you need to ask your travel guru about Naoshima Island. This artsy isle calls for pictures, so add it to your Japan itinerary and bring your best selfie face!

Travel time from Osaka: ~3.5 hours

Kinosaki Onsen

Kinosaki Onsen

Kinosaki, arguably one of the best onsens in Japan, also boasts having some of the prettiest cherry blossom trees in the spring. The best time to visit is in April when the trees are in full bloom! Beautiful and tranquil, you won’t want to miss this Japanese must-do!

Travel time from Osaka: ~2.5 hours


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