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5-day Trip to Osaka and Surroundings Itinerary

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day 1

Exploring Osaka's Highlights

Osaka Itinerary - February 27

Morning. Start your day with a traditional Japanese tea ceremony experience at Osaka Tea Ceremony Experience. Immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere and learn about the art of tea preparation. Afterward, visit the iconic Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo) and explore its beautiful gardens.
Afternoon. Head to Dotonbori, Osaka's famous food and entertainment district. Take a stroll along the vibrant streets and indulge in local street food. For lunch, try the delicious ramen at Ichiran Ramen. Afterward, visit the Kuromon Ichiba Market to experience the bustling atmosphere and sample fresh seafood.
Evening. In the evening, take a walk to Hozenji Yokocho, a charming alley filled with traditional restaurants and bars. Enjoy a delicious dinner at Kuromon Ichiba Market and savor the local flavors. End the day with a visit to the Tsutenkaku Tower for panoramic views of Osaka's skyline.
day 2

Kyoto's Cultural Heritage

Kyoto Itinerary - February 28

Morning. Take a day trip to Kyoto, a city known for its rich cultural heritage. Start your day by visiting the Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion), a stunning Zen Buddhist temple covered in gold leaf. Explore the beautiful gardens and take in the tranquil atmosphere.
Afternoon. Afterward, visit the Fushimi Inari Taisha, famous for its thousands of vibrant red torii gates. Take a hike up the mountain and enjoy the scenic views. For lunch, try the local specialty, kaiseki cuisine, at Dotonbori Konamon Museum.
Evening. In the evening, explore the historic district of Gion and experience a traditional tea ceremony at Maikoya Kyoto. Immerse yourself in the world of geisha and samurai as you learn about Japanese culture and traditions.
day 3

Discovering Nara's Beauty

Nara Itinerary - February 29

Morning. Take a day trip to Nara, a city known for its ancient temples and friendly deer. Start your day by visiting the Todai-ji Temple, home to the Great Buddha statue. Explore the temple grounds and interact with the deer in Nara Park (Nara Koen).
Afternoon. Afterward, visit the Kasuga Taisha, a beautiful Shinto shrine surrounded by a serene forest. Take a walk along the lantern-lined paths and admire the traditional architecture. For lunch, try the local delicacy, grilled mochi, at Takoyaki Wanaka.
Evening. In the evening, explore the charming streets of Naramachi, a preserved traditional neighborhood. Visit the Nara National Museum to learn about Nara's history and art. Enjoy a dinner at Kani Doraku Dotonbori Honten, known for its delicious crab dishes.
day 4

Hidden Gems of Osaka

Osaka Itinerary - March 1

Morning. Embark on a guided walking tour of Osaka's hidden gems with Osaka Hotspots and Hidden Gems Guided Walking Tour. Discover the local neighborhoods and hidden temples that are off the beaten path. Enjoy a breakfast at a local cafe along the way.
Afternoon. After the tour, explore the vibrant neighborhood of Shinsekai and join the Osaka Shinsekai Food Tour. Indulge in the local street food and try specialties like takoyaki and kushikatsu. For lunch, visit Sushiro Dotonbori for a sushi feast.
Evening. In the evening, join a Osaka Guided Pub Crawl and experience Osaka's nightlife. Visit local bars and izakayas, and enjoy drinks and snacks along the way.
day 5

Fun at Universal Studios Japan

Osaka Itinerary - March 2

Morning. Spend the day at Universal Studios Japan, one of Osaka's top attractions. Enjoy thrilling rides, explore movie sets, and immerse yourself in the world of cinema. Grab a quick breakfast at Tsutenkaku Tower before heading to the park.
Afternoon. Indulge in a delicious lunch at one of the park's many restaurants. Try the famous butterbeer at The Three Broomsticks in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Afterward, continue exploring the park and enjoying the various attractions.
Evening. In the evening, head back to Osaka and visit Den Den Town (Nipponbashi), known as Osaka's "Electric Town." Explore the anime and electronics shops, and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. End the day with a relaxing visit to Spa World for a rejuvenating spa experience.
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