The following is a medium paced, full day itinerary exploring an eclectic selection of Osaka's historical, modern and everyday life attractions. While we sometimes travel by train, this route is predominantly done on foot, walking some seven kilometers.

Start at Tenma Station on the Osaka Loop Line
Walk a few steps to enter Tenjinbashi-suji Shopping Street
1 minute
Tenjinbashi-suji Shopping Street
Very long shopping street with a neighborhood feel 45 minutes
Claiming to be the longest shopping street in Japan, the covered Tenjinbashi-suji Shopping Street stretches more than two kilometers, and contains a variety of shops frequented by locals. Through this the area maintains an old-fashioned neighborhood charm.
Walk from the southern end of Tenjinbashi-suji Shopping Street to Osaka Castle's Kyobashi-guchi entrance
25 minutes
Osaka Castle
Reconstruction of the large feudal castle 90 minutes
The vast park around Osaka Castle contains lots of green space and impressive fortifications and moats. The castle keep is a reconstruction from the 1930s and contains a museum and observation deck.
Walk from Osaka Castle to Tanimachi Yonchome Station
10 minutes
Take the Tanimachi Subway Line from Tanimachi Yonchome Station to Tennoji Station
5 minutes
Abeno Harukas
Japan's tallest skyscraper with observation deck 60 minutes
Japan's tallest skyscraper boasts the Harukas 300 observation deck on floors 58 to 60. From here visitors are afforded great views of the city and many of its sites. In addition, the building also houses a large department store, an art museum and a hotel.
Take Midosuji Subway Line from Tennoji Station to Namba Station
5 minutes
Osaka's main entertainment district 120 minutes
The Minami district is Osaka's most famous entertainment hub, offering an abundance of dining and shopping choices. Within this area stand the iconic Dotonbori Bridge, Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade and Amerika Mura to name but a few.

Recommended Additions

Osaka Tenmangu Shrine

Founded in the 10th century, this is one of the most important of hundreds of shrines across Japan devoted to the Shinto deity of scholarship. Destroyed and rebuilt many times throughout history, the current main hall and main gate date back to 1845.

Hotels around Osaka

Recommended Hotels
Hilton Osaka Hotel
Very convenient high-class hotel just across from JR Osaka Station.
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Hotel Granvia Osaka
Very conveniently located inside JR Osaka Station City.
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Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport
Directly connected to the terminal building, this is the most convenient hotel at Kansai Airport.
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InterContinental Hotel Osaka
Beautiful hotel in the convenient Umekita district near JR Osaka Station.
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J-Hoppers Osaka Guesthouse
Popular and inexpensive hostel about a 15 minute walk from JR Osaka Station.
Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel
Located on the upper floors of Japan's tallest building, this hotel offer fabulous views over the city.
Remm Shin-Osaka
Recently opened business hotel conveniently located inside JR Shin-Osaka Station.
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Swissotel Nankai Osaka
Well established, leading hotel conveniently located above Nankai Namba Station.
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The Ritz-Carlton Osaka Hotel
Often considered Osaka's leading luxury hotel, located a short walk from JR Osaka Station.