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Suggestion for day trip from Osaka

Singapore, Singapore
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Suggestion for day trip from Osaka

Hi all, need suggestion for a day trip from Osaka. I have read up online but can’t seems to find something. This is my 2nd trip to Osaka, i have been to Kyoto & Nara already from my previous trip. My itinerary so far for this trip:

Stay near Umeda station

Day 1: land in KIX - visit rinku outlet & rest early

Day 2: Visit USJ

Day 3: needs suggestion for day trip

Day 4: himeji/kobe (start of 5days kansai-hiroshima JR pass)

Base in Hiroshima

Day5: osaka to hiroshima & explore Hiroshima

Day6 : Miyajima & Iwakuni(if time permits)

Day7: Okayama & Kurashiki

Day 8: Onomichi

Day9:Sandan-kyo valley

Day10: fly home from Hiroshima

Any suggestion for my day 3 which I m in Osaka? Also welcome suggestions or improvement to my itinerary. Other alternative or more interesting day trips from hiroshima also welcome.


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1. Re: Suggestion for day trip from Osaka

Nagahama in Shiga, for castle, Lake Biwa, Kurobe building, to be followed by Otsu and Lake Biwa cruise?

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2. Re: Suggestion for day trip from Osaka

Thanks for the fast reply! I will check out lake Biwa

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3. Re: Suggestion for day trip from Osaka

Have you been to Uji? If not that could be interesting.

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4. Re: Suggestion for day trip from Osaka

My last trip I had 2 free days and one I did Hikone Castle first thing in the morning then took the train to Otsu and did a Lake Biwa cruise for about 80 mins. The cruise was timed perfectly as it was about to depart in 30 minutes when I arrived at the port. The cruise was alright as it stopped at 2 other ports to pick up other passengers before heading back to original port all within 80 mins. It was just something to do and relax after all the walking in Hikone. After Otsu, I stopped over at Kyoto Station and just walked around the area before heading back to Osaka Station. I enjoyed this day.

My other day was supposed to be Koyasan but I was too tired and just stayed in the city. I'm still trying to get to Koyasan. I have another trip in Oct and have a free day. Hopefully, I can make it.

I also did Uji to check out Byodoin Temple (I'm from Hawaii and we have a replica of it here) on my way to revisit Nara for couple hours. Wisterias was in bloom when I went. It was a nice detour.

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5. Re: Suggestion for day trip from Osaka

I second Koyasan. It was serene and beautiful. I liked it more than Nara. I had gone during the autumn season so might be a bit biased (the autumn colors were the prettiest). Here's a trip report of my visit there: reviewsandrambles.com/2017/…

If you're interested in Japanese culture and theater, you can also consider going to a Bunraku (puppet) show or Kabuki Performance in Osaka. For these you can consider Osaka Shochikuza Kabuki Theater and the National Bunraku Theater.

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6. Re: Suggestion for day trip from Osaka

After a day at USJ you might feel like something without too much travel.When are you travelling?

I recently went to Mimurotoji in Uji and the garden was AMAZING.But depends when you go.The garden features azaleas, hydrangeas, lotuses and maple trees, depending on season.I liked it much better than Bowdoin.

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7. Re: Suggestion for day trip from Osaka

I will reach Osaka on 24 May with my USJ trip on 25May. So the day trip will be for 26May saturday.

After all the suggestion, I think we may head to Uji. Koyasan seems to be too much for travel as a day trip. I read it will take almost 2hrs just to get there. And yes, probably we will be exhausted after USJ and its still just the start of our holiday. Lol.

Did not know about of Uji but after googling after reading suggestions here it seems like a good choice. From picture it actually feels like Nara but just without the deers. Should be a good contrast after USJ.

Thanks for all the suggestion

Edited: 20 May 2018, 01:50
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