Whether it’s your first time in Osaka or the 5th, you’re sure to have heard about all the exciting things to do just outside the city! Although some of these unique stops can’t warrant a full vacation of their own, they’re perfect for a day trip away~ In this blog we’ve compiled the top such destinations to help you make the most of your next trip to Japan!

  1. Kyoto
  2. Nara
  3. Awaji Island
  4. Kobe
  5. Kishi Station

1. Kyoto

Located just 30-45 minutes away by train, Kyoto is a city steeped in history and culture and perfect for a day trip from Osaka. With over 1,600 Buddhist temples, 400 Shinto shrines, and 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, Kyoto is a treasure trove of architectural marvels and spiritual sanctuaries. The city’s most iconic attractions include the golden pavilion of Kinkaku-ji, the vermilion torii gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine, and the serene Arashiyama Bamboo Grove.

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2. Nara

 

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Nara undoubtedly most famous for Nara Park, where over 1,000 free-roaming deer, considered sacred messengers of the gods, interact with and are even known to bow to visitors. But that’s not all! As Japan’s first permanent capital, Nara is also well known for sites of spiritual significance including the Todaiji Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine.

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3. Awaji Island

 

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Awaji Island, located in the Seto Inland Sea between the islands of Honshu and Shikoku, is a scenic destination known for its natural beauty including the famous Naruto Whirlpools. The gravitational pull of the moon and ocean currents form these powerful tidal whirlpools, which reach up to 20 meters in diameter and rush at speeds of 20 kilometers per hour during spring tides. Beyond the whirlpools, Awaji Island offers other attractions such as the Awaji Yumebutai complex, designed by renowned architect Tadao Ando, beautiful beaches, and local culinary delights, making it a compelling day trip destination for those exploring the Kansai region.

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4. Kobe

 

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The port city of Kobe is renowned for its international atmosphere, delicious Kobe beef, sake breweries, and the picturesque Harborland district – making it a must-visit destination for your next day trip from Osaka. One of its most iconic attractions is the breathtaking night view from Mount Rokko. The mountain consists of peaks ranging from 600 to 931 meters high and provides stunning panoramic vistas of Kobe’s glittering cityscape and harbor.

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5. Kishi Station

 

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Wakayama’s Kishi Station, the final stop on the Kishigawa Line, has gained international fame for its unique feline station masters. This station’s story began when a calico cat named Tama, who frequented the area, received an official appointment as stationmaster in 2007. Tama dramatically increased ridership and brought much-needed attention to the struggling rural line. Following Tama’s passing in 2015, her apprentice Nitama took over the role, continuing this beloved tradition.

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We hope this guide has helped you uncover the best day trips from Osaka for your next visit to Japan! To discover even more of the best things to do in Japan, visit Trazy.comYour Travel Shop for Asia!

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