Osaka is known as 'the kitchen of Japan' for a very good reason. Takoyaki, okonomiyaki and kushikatsu all originated here, along with many other good things! From Universal Studios Japan to soaking up the cityscape from a rooftop garden, we bring you the best of Osaka with this 7-day itinerary. Pick a day and get your adventure started!
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Do like the Japanese and grab your breakfast from the convenience stores! Nothing says good morning like a piping hot piece of fried chicken from Lawsons! We’d suggest getting one from the Lawsons at Osakako Station and munching on it on the way to your next destination.

Getting There
Lawsons Osakako Station is location just outside of the station at exit 3

Head over to the Kaiyukan Aquarium to walk off your breakfast while looking at the world’s largest dome shaped ceiling tank. Don’t forget to get pictures of the mega superstars, the whale sharks!

Getting There
The Kaiyukan aquarium is a short walk away from Lawsons

Address: 1 Chome-1-10 Kaigandori, Minato Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 552-0022, Japan
Nearest Station: Osakako Station
Opening Hours: 10am to 8pm daily

Head to the food theme park Naniwa Kushinbo to taste some of Osaka’s best foods!

Choose from a huge variety of local Osaka cuisine and enjoy the nostalgic setting inspired by the rough 1960 Osaka neighborhoods. From Okonomiyaki to Kushikatsu, try all of Osaka’s iconic eats in 1 place!

We definitely wouldn’t miss the Takoyakis from Aizu-ya, an original that has been long standing since 1933.

Getting There
Naniwa Kushinbo is just a short walk away

Address: 552-0022 1 Kaigandori Minato-ku Osaka
Nearest Station: Osakako Station
Opening Hours: 11am to 8pm daily

If you want to see Osaka from a variety of angles and heights, there’s no better way to do than on the Tempozan Ferris Wheel Ferris Wheel. If you’re a braveheart, opt for the see-through cabins where the floors are transparent!

Getting There
The Tempozan Ferris Wheel just a short walk away from Naniwa Kushinbo

Address: Ōsaka, Minato-ku, Chikkō 3-11-8
Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00 daily

Your children will definitely love a day out at Legoland! With millions of colored toy bricks, you can build the castles from your imaginations! You definitely should not miss the different Lego rides as well as the 4D Lego movie.

Getting There
Legoland is a short walk away from Naniwa Kushinbo!

Address: 〒552-0022 1 Chome-1-10 Kaigandōri, Minato-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu Opening hours: Weekdays: 10:00am-7:00pm (last entry 5:00pm) | Weekends & public holidays: 10:00am-8:00pm (last entry 6:00pm)

From collectible items to Pokemon themed stationery and even household utensils, bring home a piece for yourself and your friends!

Getting There
Option 1: From Osakako station, hop onto the Chuo Line for 5 stops and alight at Hommachi Station. Transfer to the Midosuji line for 2 stops and alight at Umeda Station.
Option 2: From Osakako station, hop onto the Chuo Line and alight after 2 stops at Bentencho Station. From there, hop onto the JR Osaka Loop line and alight after 4 stops at Osaka Station.

Address: Daimaru Umeda Store 13F - 3-1-1, Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka
Opening Hours: 10am to 8pm daily
Nearest Station: Umeda Station

Have a taste of the famous Tonkotsu Ramen you slurp up in isolated little booths. The rich creamy soup coupled with the springly handmade noodles and thin tender pork slices will leave you wanting more!

Getting There
Ichiran is just a 8 minute walk from the Pokemon center

Address: 3-13 Doyamacho, Kita, Osaka, Osaka
Opening Hours: 24 hours
Nearest Station: Umeda Station

There’s no better place to end off your first day in Osaka than taking in the nightscape. One of Osaka’s tallest and most iconic landmarks is the Umeda Sky Building! Head up to the Umeda Sky Garden to get unobstructed views of the city and skyline. We recommend coming after dinner to take in the nightscape of Osaka from 173 metres above sea level. Do bring along a jacket as it can get pretty breezy!

Getting There
The Umeda sky building is just a short walk away!

Address: Oyodo-Naka, Kita-ku, Osaka city
Opening Hours: 9.30am to 10.30 pm daily
Nearest Station: Umeda Station

Start off your morning with a high, literally! Munch on the cutest bear pancakes as you take in the sweeping views from 60 storeys high at the Harukas 300 observatory deck! Standing at 300 metres tall, be prepared to get blown away at Japan’s tallest skyscraper. The floor to ceiling glass panels will bring you unobstructed panoramic views that on clear days will show you sights of Tokyo even!

Located at the topmost floor of Abeno Harukas is the heliport, open to visitors via a tour for an additional fee of USD6.32 (JPY500). This 20-minute tour puts you at the tallest point of Japan. But, there are only 30 slots a day so get your tickets fast!
P.S. Your Instagram pictures here will definitely be a huge hit!

Address: 1-1-43 Abenosuji, Abeno Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 545-8545, Japan
Opening Hours: 9:00am-10:00pm
Nearest Station: Tennoji station

If you have extra time to spare in Osaka, also worth checking out is the Nifrel interactive Aquazoo! Part zoo, part aquarium and part science museum, get ready for a day of fun at Nifrel! Get up close and personal with this open-concept zoo where you get to see animals like ring tailed lemurs, miniature hippos, jellyfish and so much more.

Art exhibits like Wonder Moments will also leave you feeling like you’ve stepped into an alternate universe.

Getting there:
2-minute walk from Osaka Monorail Bampaku-kinen-koen Station

Address: 〒 565-0826 EXPOCITY Nifrel, 2-1 Senribampakukoen, Suita-shi, Osaka
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00am-8:00pm

Head to one of Japan’s most famous landmarks and national treasure - the Osaka Castle! This 5 tiered 8 storey castle is definitely a sight to behold. After exploring the castle grounds, be sure to grab a Matcha ice cream at Osaka Jou Honzen, located right on castle grounds.

Getting There
From Tennoji station, take the JR Osaka Loop Line for 5 stops and alight at Morinomiya station. The Osaka Castle will be a 4 minute walk away.

Address: 1-1 Osakajo, Chuo, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 540-0002, Japan
Opening Hours:9am to 5pm
Nearest Station Morinomiya Station

Yes, we know what you’re thinking, why would you want to eat a lobster roll in Osaka when there are plenty of Japanese food waiting to be feasted upon. Well, Luke’s Lobster rolls are no fuss, no nonsense and just pure delicious packed into parcel. The warm buttery toasted bun coupled with the fresh cold lobster meat and a touch of their secret recipe will leave you in heaven.

Getting There
Option 1: From Morinomiya station, take the Chuo Line for 3 stops to Hommachi station. From there, transfer to the Midosuji line and alight at Namba station. Luke’s Lobster is just 500 metres away!

Option 2: Take the JR Osaka Loop line from Morinomiya station to Shin-Imaiya station. From there, change to the Nankai line and alight at Namba station! Luke’s lobster is just 200 metres away!

Address: Osaka Shinsaibashi Outlet, 大阪府大阪市中央区心斎橋筋1-3-21, Osaka shi Chuo-ku Shinsaibashi 1-3-21
Opening Hours: Daily 11am to 9pm
Nearest Station: Namba Station

You can’t go home without visiting a world famous Japanese hot springs, also known as an onsen. Head over to Spa World and let the warm waters take your troubles away. It may come across as a bit of a culture shock for some of us, stripping down to absolutely nothing. We suggest starting with one of the not so hot pools first and letting your body get accustomed to the heat before attempting the hottest pool. Also not to be missed is the “horizontal waterfall” that gives you a free back massage while you’re at it!

#Klooktip: Use the Toku tokens from your Osaka Amazing Pass to get a discount on your entry fees!

Getting There
Option 1: From Namba station, take the Nankai Koya line and alight 1 stop later at Shin-Imamiya station and walk 650 metres.

Option 2: From Namba station, take the Midosuji line 2 stops to Dobutsuen Mae station, Spa World is 400 metres away!

Address: 3-4-24 Ebisu-higashi Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi
Nearest Station: Doubutsuenmae Station
Opening Hours: 24 hours

Take in sights of the Dotonbori River aboard the Tombori river cruise near sunset. This 20 minute ride will take you to see all the major sights along the river without you having to squeeze through the crowd to get a decent picture. Be sure to ask your local guide for his favorite spots and the best deals along the riverfront!

Getting There
From Dobutsen-Mae station, take the Midosuji line 2 stops and alight at Namba station. From there, transfer to the Sen Nichimae line for 1 stop and alight at Sakuragawa station. Dotonburi river is a 2 minute walk away!

Address: 1 Chome-6-7 Dotonbori, Chuo, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0071, Japan

Finally, it’s time for dinner! If you’re looking for an authentic sukiyaki place to get your hot pot fix, head to Kitamura, one of Osaka’s favorite sukiyaki restaurants! Dig into the Kansai style sukiyaki which uses the best domestic beef, sugar and soy sauce to produce that perfect balance of sweet and salty.

Getting There
From Sakuragawa station, take the Sen-Nichimae line and alight at the next stop at Namba station! Kitamura is a 10 minute walk away.

Address: 1-16-27 Higashishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka

At first mention of Osaka, Dotonburi probably springs to mind! The iconic Glico man, the neon lights and huge electronic billboards that line the streets provide an almost eccentric atmosphere. Also lining the streets are numerous branded and independent shops to fulfil your shopping needs. Our battle strategy would be to tackle the stores and stop many times along the way for street snack breaks like Takoyaki and Melon Pans! After all, if you didn’t put on at least 5 kilos on your trip, did you really go to Japan?

Who needs sleep when you’re on a holiday! If you still have that bit of energy left in you, make the most out of your trip in Osaka and play the night away in the Round 1 arcade! Not only will you find the normal arcade games, you’ll even find things like slot machines and table tennis.

Getting There
From the Glico man, Round 1 is just a 10 minute walk away!

Kickstart your morning with traditional Japanese Kaiseki Breakfast at Nakanoshima Nadaman, complete in a room with Tatami mats! Nothing says waking up like a table filled with foods like rice porridge, grilled fish, and of course miso soup to name a few. With such a huge spread, you’re sure to be fuelled for the exciting day ahead.

Getting There
From Shin-Fukushima station, Rihga Hotel is just a 11 minute walk away.

Address: Rihga Royal Hotel B1, 5-3-68, Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0005, +81-06-6443-7101
Nearest Station: Shin-Fukushima Station
Breakfast Timing: 0700-1000

From Fukushima station, take the JR Osaka Loop line to Sakurajima before transferring to the Sakurajima Line to Universal City Station. This is usually the same train service so you would just need to continue on the vehicle till your stop.

Address: 2 Chome-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 554-0031, Japan
Nearest Station: Universal City

Now that your bellies are filled, head on over to Universal Studios Japan for a magical day out! Some of the must-rides include the Flying Dinosaur which features the world’s LONGEST track and the farthest initial drop. You can also relive the movie magic in the Jaws, Jurassic Park and Spiderman Rides! Be warned that you will be drenched after the big splash.

Don’t forget to take home a yellow friend from the Minion Mayhem park on your way out!

If you’re feeling hungry after all those rides, stop by The Three Broomsticks for lunch and feast like Harry and Hermione on roast meats and everyone’s favourite caramel drink - butterbeer!

Check out our insider tips and tricks to get the most out of your day at Universal Studios Japan.

We understand that after spending the whole day out and about, all you’ll want to do is to feast on a good dinner and rest your tired feet. Head over to the Isomaru Suisan Bar for some of the freshest seafood in Osaka. From chirashi dons to grill it yourself shellfish that are served alive and kicking, stuff yourselves silly!

Plus, since this place is opened 24 hours a day, order a bottle of sake, and feast the night away!

Address: Isomaru Suisan, 2 Chome-8-12 Sonezaki, Kita, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 530-0057, Japan
Opening Hours: 24 hours Nearest JR station: Osaka Station

For the uninitiated, Nara is a compact city packed with rich heritage and beautiful Japanese architecture located just 30 minutes away from Osaka.

Nara Transport pass options: There are many different passes for you to travel to and around Nara, here are some of your options!

Kintetsu Rail Pass
We personally prefer the Kintetsu line because the Kintetsu Nara station is more centrally located than the JR Nara station and has better access to the main attractions.
Getting to Nara from Osaka by Kintetsu Rail
Hop aboard the Kintetsu nara Line from Osaka Namba station and arrive at the Kintetsu Nara station.

Kansai JR Pass
You’re going to need a Kansai Japan Rail Pass for your travels on the JR Lines for the activities on this itinerary. If you are planning to travel to other Japanese cities like Tokyo, we’d suggesting getting the 7 Day Japan Rail Pass instead that covers the whole of Japan!
Getting to Nara from Osaka by JR Line
Hop aboard the JR Osaka Loop line and alight 12 stops later at Nara Station.

Do as the locals do and start off your day with a bowl of Chagayu! This 1200 year tradition - a tea flavored rice gruel that is great for breakfast. The subtle flavor of the tea is absorbed by the rice paired with dishes like grilled fish. This hearty breakfast is guaranteed to fuel your sightseeing!

Getting There
Cafe Awogaki is just a short walk away from Yamato-Saidaiji Station!

Address: 1071, Takabatakecho, Nara-shi, Nara, 630-8301
Nearest Station: Kintetsu-Nara Station
Opening Hours: 10.30am to 9pm daily

You can’t say you’ve been to Nara without a visit to Nara park! These gentle creatures roam freely around the park waiting for a mid-day snack. Be sure to purchase a packet of feed before heading there because it sure makes great bait for the perfect deer selfie!

Getting There
Nara Park is just a 10 minutes walk away from Awogaki!

Head to the Kofukuji temple and experience what it feels like to be one of the most powerful families in Japan in the olden days! The National Treasure Museum and the Eastern Golden Hall are some of the must visits when you’re in the area.

Getting There
Kofukuji Temple is just a short walk away from Nara Park!

Address: 48 Noboriojicho, Nara, Nara Prefecture 630-8213, Japan Opening Hours: 9am to 5pm daily

Nara’s most celebrated shrine, Kasuga Taisha Shrine, was dedicated to the deity responsible for the protection of the city. Famous for the many lanterns that were donated by worshippers, these are hung all around the temple grounds.

Getting There
Kasuga Taisha is just a 15 minute walk away!

Address: 160 Kasuganocho, Nara, Nara Prefecture 630-8212, Japan
Opening Hours: 6am to 6pm daily

After feeding all those deers, it’s time to feed yourself! Head to Kamameshi Shizuka for a piping hot bowl of Kamameshi, rice cooked in an iron pot. Our favorite part of this dish is the rice that gets slightly burn at the bottom, adding a nice charred flavor to the dish. Being one of the more popular restaurants, be prepared to wait for at least 30 minutes for a seat during peak hours!

Getting There
The restaurant is just a short walk away!

Address: 59-11 Noboriojicho, Nara, Nara Prefecture 630-8213, Japan
Opening Hours: 11am to 7.30pm daily, Closed on Tuesdays

UNESCO world heritage site Todaiji Temple is definitely a sight to behold. Home to one of the world’s largest bronze Buddhas and the world’s largest wooden building, you wouldn’t want to miss this! Buddha’s hand alone is the size of a human being.

Getting There
Todaji Temple is just a short walk away!

Address: 406-1 Zoshicho, Nara, Nara Prefecture 630-8211, Japan
Opening Hours: 8am to 4.30pm daily

Roam around the grounds of the Heijo Palace and feel like royalty. This UNESCO world heritage site served as the emperor’s residence in the days of ancient Nara.

Getting There
Kofukuji Temple is just a short walk away from Nara Park!!

Address: 48 Noboriojicho, Nara, Nara Prefecture 630-8213, Japan Opening Hours: 9am to 5pm daily

Japanese people love little shopping arcades and before leaving Nara, you should definitely drop by this shopping street to pick up a souvenir or two!

This shopping street is also home to Nakatanidou, a mochi store famous for its dramatic pounding performances. This chewy rice cake is filled with a sweet red bean paste and makes for a great mid-day treat.

Getting There
Take the Kintetsu Nara line back to Kintetsu Nara station and the shopping street is a 2 minute walk away!

Address: Hashimotocho, Nara, Nara Prefecture 630-8217, Japan

Seki is home to one of the best steak you’ll have in Japan. Using only 33 month old Kuroge Wagyu, sourced from the westside of Japan, this tasty red meat with it’s marbling and fat content is sure to melt in your mouth. This Michelin starred Teppanyaki place is definitely worth it’s slightly extravagant price tag. But, you’re on a holiday so we’d say go for it and treat yourself!

Getting There
Seki is a 2 minute walk away!

Address: 21-1, Konishicho, Nara-shi, Nara, 630-8226
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 3pm, 5pm to 11pm daily

Located just a 15 minute train ride away, Kyoto is home to Japan’s most beautiful temples, shrines and even nature parks.

With JR Pass
Option 1: Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka to Kyoto station. Use your JR Pass on this high speed shinkansen that will take you to kyoto in just 15 minutes!
Option 2: JR Kyoto Line from Osaka station to Kyoto station. Hop onto the special rapid train with your JR pass that will take you from Osaka station to Kyoto station in 29 minutes!
Without JR Pass
Keihan Main Line from Yodoyabashi station to Sanjo station. This ride will take you 55 minutes and cost JPY 410.

We chose tours for Kyoto because without a guide to explain the stories and history behind these significant national shrines, monuments and temples, it’s surely not the full experience. Kickstart your first morning in Kyoto with the Arashiyama tour!

Getting There
Meet tour guide at Kyoto Station

Built by famous movie star Denjiro, this Okochi mountain villa is a spectacular sight not to be missed. The lovely gardens provide a sweeping view of the city and every corner provides a good photo opportunity!

The famed Arashiyama bamboo forest is definitely a must visit in Kyoto. Stroll along the bamboo lined avenues and take in the lush green views. Standing amidst these soaring stalks of bamboo will definitely leave you feeling as if you’ve stepped into another world.

It is said that the Nonomiya Shrine is home to a power stone called “Okame-ishi” and if you rub the stone, your wishes might just come true! For those looking for some help in the romance department, the matchmaking tablet in the shrine is said to be especially popular.

The shrine is also home to deities like the God of Conception, Smooth Childbirth, Prosperous Businesses, Health and Wisdom.

The Tenryuji Temple is ranked the most important temple in Kyoto’s Arashiyama district. This world heritage site is first amongst the city’s give great Zen temples! #Klookfunfact : This temple was built to appease the former emperor’s spirits after he had passed away.

The Togetsukyo Bridge or more commonly known as the Moon Crossing Bridge is Arashiyama’s most iconic landmark. Take in breathtaking views of the surrounding foliage as you take a leisurely stroll across the bridge.

The Arashiyama morning tour ends here.

After all that walking, you surely can’t wait to dig into some food. This narrow 5 block shopping street more affectionately known as “Kyoto’s Kitchen” is a great place to stuff your bellies with Japanese specialties. Take a walk down the busy lanes and explore the variety of locally produced food.

P.S. They give our FREE samples. Our top pick for things to eat at Nishiki Market are Soy Milk Donuts from Konna Monjya and Kyoto-style Beef Manju Bun from Ajidontsuki

Getting There
Take the Hankyu line from Arashiyama station to Kawaramachi Station

After eating through the alleys of the Nishiki market, it’s time for more exploration! This 5 storey castle was initially used an the imperial palace before it opened up to the public. This UNESCO world heritage site gracefully showcases one of the best surviving examples of castle palace architecture.

Getting There
From Kyotoshiyakusho-Mae station, hop onto the Tozai line and alight 2 stops later at Nijojo-Mae station. The castle is a 7 minute walk away.

Fans of the movie Memoirs of a Geisha would definitely love these cobbled streets of Gion. You’ll spot real life geishas on their way in this bustling entertainment district. We’d suggest renting a kimono for yourselves for some great picture perfect moments. You might even hear faint tunes of geishas practicing their musical skills.

Getting There
Take the Tozai line from Nijojo-Mae station (3 stops) to Sanjo station and Gion is a short walk away!

Also known as the Gion Shrine, the is one the most famous shrines in Kyoto. We suggest coming at evening for the lantern light up - every lantern bears the name of a local business in return for a donation.

Getting There
Yasaka shrine is just a short walk away from Gion.

End off your day in Kyoto with a feast on Kyoto style sushi at Izuju sushi! This sweet style of sushi is best eaten without soy sauce as the staff say it overpowers the taste of the rice. We suggest getting the sharing plate that allows you to try as many items from the menu as possible. Do note that there might be a long line but we think it’s definitely worth it!

Getting There
Izuju is a short walk away from Yasaka shrine.

Tsujiri is one of the most famous green tea shops in Kyoto to end off the night! Afterall, no meal is complete without dessert! Known for their matcha desserts, the green mountain of shaved ice and Matcha Parfait is our top pick!

Getting There
Tsujiri is a short walk away from Izuju sushi!

Wander into the depths of sake cellars and taste the unique flavors of the Japanese favorite rice wine beverage! Learn the secrets behind the different brewing techniques that turn the Fushimi Hill spring water into sake. We’d recommend getting the free sampling add on if you’re a fan of sake!

The iconic orange torii gates of the Fushimi Inari Shrine are almost a must when in Kyoto. Explore the depths of the forest and arrive at these striking scarlet gates for your Instagram moment. The sake brewery tour ends here and you will be dropped off at Kyoto Station.

Getting There
Meet the guide at Kyoto station or Karawamachi station

The train stations in Japan house numerous Japanese restaurants and food courts. You’ll definitely be spoilt for choice at The Cube! With a whole myriad of sit-down restaurants ranging from Okonomiyaki to Tonkatsu and even Japanese style spaghetti, you won’t have to worry about not finding something you like.

Getting There
Take the JR Nara line from Inari to Kyoto Station

(Heian Jingu Shrine, Sanjusangen-do Temple, Kiyomizu-dera Temple)

Klook your Kyoto afternoon exploration tour and visit all 3 places mentioned above! Meet your local guide at Kyoto station and have him show you the local’s point of view of these places as well as tell you the stories behind them. Afterall, if you’re visiting these shrines on your own, you’ll be missing out on the great history of Japan!

With a distinctive chinese influence all around, the Heian Jingu shrine is one of the younger shrines in Kyoto. The iconic giant torii gates will probably be the first thing you notice as many stand under these gates for their pictures.

The Sanjusangen-do temple is Japan’s longest wooden structure. Iconically known for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, step into the main hall and get blown away but the sheer magnitude of Kannons. The attention to the intricacy of these gold statues will have you staring at each one in great detail.

At the base of the Kiyomizu-dera’s main hall lie 3 streams. The Japanese believe drinking from these springs will bring longevity, success at school and a blossoming love life respectively. However, be warned that drinking from all 3 streams is considered greedy.

At the base of the Kiyomizu-dera’s main hall lie 3 streams which Japanese believe that if you drink from, it will bring you longevity, success at school and a fortunate love life respectively. However, be warned that drinking from all 3 streams is considered greedy.

We all know that Japan is home to some of the most bizzare themed cafes! It’s no surprise they have a ninja restaurant with a real life ninja show. This acrobatic, fire performance and projection mapping combination will leave your eyes glued to the stage.

After the show, tuck into ninja-inspired dishes like shuriken star shaped crackers and black deep fried chicken! If you’re lucky, the ninjas might even head to your table to wow you with their magic.

Klook your ninja dinner and show at Labyrinth for a great night with the gang on your last night in Kyoto!

Getting There
From Kawaramachi Station (Hankyu Kyoto Main Line), the restaurant is a 2-minute walk from Exit 9

You’ll only be needing 1 transport pass to cover the whole of Rokkosan and that’s the Rokkosan Tourist Pass. It includes the following:
- Kobe City Bus No 16 Round Trip
- Rokko Cable Car Round Ticket
- Unlimited Rides on Rokko Sanjo Bus

Getting There
JR Line: If you’ve got a JR pass, we’d suggest taking the Tokaiyo Sanyo line (5 stops) from Osaka station to Rokkomichi station.

Hankyu Line: If you've got the Hankyu pass, take the Hankyu line from Hankyu Umeda to Hankyu Rokko.

First thing you need to do when you get up Mount Rokko is definitely to take in the majestic views! Located at the upper end of the Rokko cable car, get ready for the million dollar view that overlooks Kobe, Osaka and the bay. Be sure to pack a light jacket because it can be pretty chilly so high up! Stop by the Tenran Cafe for some pasta and be sure to get a seat at the terrace area to eat and take in the views.

Getting There
Take the Kobe city bus to the Rokko cable shita station and the cable car to the top!

Home to approximately 1500 kinds of alpine plants, these flora grow at 865 metres above sea level! Take a stroll in the botanical gardens and stop to smell the flowers. Visits in the different seasons will also show the different varieties of the flowers.

Getting There
Take the Rokko Sanjo bus and alight at Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden

Head to the Rokko garden terrace for more panoramic views of Japan. On a clear day, you’ll be able to see views of Osaka bay and the city of Kobe. There is even a lake that you could rent a paddle boat and explore the surroundings with!

For your last meal in Japan, we suggest a feast! The famous Genghis Khan barbeque is definitely something you must try before leaving Japan! Serving the iconic melt in your mouth Kobe beef, seafood and a variety of vegetables, we suggest getting seats near the window for some great views.

Spend your last night in Japan at the Rokko Shidare Observatory for the perfect ending to your trip. Lit up by LED lights, this dome shaped feature sure makes for great pictures!

Here are some suggested stays for every wallet size. These are conveniently located near Osaka station, so it’s easy for you to get around!
Budget Hotel
USD 60/night and below
  • Drop Inn Osaka
  • Osaka Guesthouse Hive
USD 150/ night and below
  • Hotel Mystays Premier Dojima
  • Osaka Umeda OS Hotel
  • First Cabin Hanshin Nishuimeda
USD 300/night and below
  • Osaka Marriott Hotel
  • The Westin Osaka
Before leaving the airport, be sure to pick up the following items.
Item Location
4G WiFi Device Kansai International Airport (KIX) Terminal 1 Building: 1F, International arrival lobby, Terminal 1 (Near the information desk at the entrance of the South Arrival Gate)
Operating hours: 7:00am-10:00pm (Pick up & Return)
Osaka Amazing Pass Osaka Kansai International Airport Terminal 1: HIS counter (1/F) next to the Northern Exit in the Arrival Hall
Operating hours: 8:30am-10:00pm
Universal Studios Japan 1 Day Pass and West Kansai JR Pass
Rokkosan Tourist Pass
Kintetsu Rail Pass Kintetsu Osaka Namba Station
Keihan Osaka Kyoto Pass Time: 5:00am-12:00am Address: 3, Kitahama, Chuo-ku, Osaka Prefecture How To Get There: Keihan Main Line / Midosuji Line Yodoyabashi Station
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