The best of Osaka in 2018
With 2018 coming to a close, we’ve decided to round up 10 of the best Tripsle Activities in Osaka. From hit activities such as Universal Studios Japan to newcomers like HARUKAS 300, there are so many more reasons to visit Osaka this upcoming year. So if you’re in a bind as to what you’d want to do during your time in the second largest city in Japan, here are some of our Tripsle recommended activities!
10. Kintetsu Rail Pass (1 Day/2 Days/5 Days/Plus)
The Kintetsu Rail Pass connects you to the best spots in Osaka, Nara and Kyoto! Enjoy unlimited rides on the Kintetsu Railway and Nara Kotsu Bus Lines for the duration of your pass – be it 1 day, 2 days or 5 days.
For some itinerary inspiration, check out our guide to Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya and Nara via the Kintetsu Rail Pass.
9. Arashiyama & Nara Todai-ji Day Tour from Osaka
If you’re in Osaka, you’ll definitely want to spend a day exploring Arashiyama and Nara, located just an hour away. The Arashiyama and Nara Todai-ji day tour offers a hassle-free option of covering some of the destination’s best highlights, including the famous Todai-ji Temple and the iconic bamboo forest.
Enjoy convenient pick-up from Hearton Hotel Nichi Umeda or Namba OCAT 1F and be dropped off at the same place at the end of the day!
8. Kyoto Temples & Shrines Day Tour from Osaka
The historical Japanese city of Kyoto is so steeped in history and tradition it’s a must to visit the temples and shrines! Join a Kyoto Temples & Shrines day tour from Osaka and visit the gold leaf temple of Kinkaku-ji, the iconic orange tori gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kiyomizu-dera Temple!
Enjoy convenient pick-up from Hearton Hotel Nichi Umeda and get dropped off at the same place at the end of the day!
7. Nankai Line Airport Express – Kansai Airport to Namba Station (Japan Pick Up)
This is the fastest and most convenient way to get to Osaka city from Kansai International Airport at just 38 minutes! The Kanku Tokuwari Rap:t service also runs every 30 mins throughout the day, so don’t worry if you miss your train.
On top of your train ticket, you’ll also receive some shopping coupons for eateries and other F&B options in Osaka when you purchase round trip tickets!
6. ICOCA IC Card
The ICOCA IC Card will be your best friend when you’re in Osaka! This pass is applicable for use on JR lines, buses, subway lines and even for various shopping outlets in and around the Kansai area.
Pre-buy your ICOCA IC Card on Tripsle to enjoy JPY1,500 in preloaded credits (JPY500 deposit). The card is also rechargeable, which means you can readily top it up as and when needed!
5. Kansai Thru Pass
The Kansai Thru Pass is great particularly for those who are intending to visit Osaka, Kyoto and Nara. Ride on subways, railways and buses all throughout the region with one flexible, all-inclusive ticket. What’s even better is that you can also choose to use this pass on non-consecutive days during the period of validity!
4. Osaka Amazing Pass (Kansai Airport/Namba OCAT Pick Up)
The Osaka Amazing Pass truly is amazing. Enjoy unlimited rides on all of Osaka’s public transportation systems and free entry to more than 30 iconic attractions in the city! On top of that, you’ll even receive a booklet of discount coupons for F&B and retail.
Enjoy convenient pick up from Osaka Kansai International Airport Terminal 1 or at the JR Namba Station downtown! Pick up your pass from the airport or in downtown Osaka and start exploring! The card is only activated from first use (either via subway or at an attraction) so you can plan how you want to maximize your time.
Attractions include: Osaka Castle, Osaka Zoo, Nagai Botanical Gardens, Tombori River Cruise and Umeda Sky Garden.
3. Universal Studios Japan Express Pass 7
With a fun-filled day ahead, availing a Universal Studios Japan Express Pass 7 is one way to maximize your time! This specific pass gives you skip-the-line access to 7 of your chosen attractions at Harry Potter, Minion Mayhem, Spiderman, and more! Express Pass holders are also entitled to special reserved spots for parades.
2. Universal Studios Express Pass 4
Coming in in third is the Universal Studios Express Pass 4 which offers pass holders skip-the-line access to four of the parks best attractions including Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Minion Mayhem, The Flying Dinosaur, The Amazing Adventures of Spider Man, and more! You can choose to breeze past the lines at all available attractions on your pass, or just your favorites – it’s up to you!
1. Universal Studios Japan 1 Day E-Ticket
Holding the top spot two years in a row is none other than Universal Studios Japan! Osaka’s darling attraction is one of the main reasons why people choose to visit the city, and for good reason.
Apart from the evergreen rides and attractions like The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the Flying Dinosaur, many people love USJ’s seasonal attractions like Cool Japan that feature tie-ups with names like Nintendo and the Final Fantasy franchise.
If you haven’t been to USJ we promise you it’ll be life-changing!