Best Day Trips To Take When You're In Osaka | Clozette

Tokyo may be the first thing that comes to mind when talking about Japan travel, but Osaka comes pretty close as an ideal destination. With its unique charm away from the capital's busy streets, it's also known for its rich culinary culture, being historically the centrepoint for trade and entertainment. But aside from being the home of delicacies like takoyaki and okonomiyaki and must-visit sights like the Osaka Castle and the lively Namba district, it also provides a great entry point to many of Kansai region's amazing towns and cities, without necessarily splurging on shinkansen (bullet train) tickets. Got your itinerary ready? List down these cities for day trips from Osaka that'll surely make your trips worthwhile. 


Day trip from Osaka - Nara Todaiji Temple

Only an hour and a half by train from Osaka's centre, you may have heard of Nara because of the Bambis — yes, deers — roaming freely on their streets and even bowing politely when offered food. But there's more to this destination than just its woodland creatures. Home to the majestic Todai-ji Temple, which houses the 15-metre high bronze Daibutsu-kun Buddha status, as well as other grand Buddhist shrines and temples within proximity to one another, you'll definitely have a rich culture trip experience even with just one day spent in this city. This is with time to spare at night to enjoy the lively eateries and deer-themed shopping districts within the area once the sun sets. 


Day trip from Osaka - Kobe Port

Foodies add Kobe to their list to get an exquisite — and legit — Kobe beef experience. But once you're done with your gastronomic quest, this city's landscape will definitely prove to be educational. As one of the earliest ports to host foreign trade as early as the 19th century, it has an amazing harbour that is now home to many entertainment facilities. If cityscapes are not exactly your thing, there are two other options in Kobe: a hike up Mount Rokko, which provides a great panoramic view of Kobe and Osaka, or a relaxing escape to Arima Onsen, a hot spring resort within the city. It's also a great spot for history and architecture buffs, as Kobe also houses earthquake museums and memorials in commemoration of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake of 1995, showcasing how much the city has recovered and developed since the tragedy. 


Day trip from Osaka - Kinkakuji in Kyoto

With a travel time of two and a half hours from Osaka's centre, Kyoto's iconic streets and temples are among the grandest in Japan and it would be a shame to skip on any of them. As the country's former capital and historically the home to Japan's richest families and political figures, Kyoto is also known as the geisha district, which gives a taste of tradition and art. An entire day can get you around the Gion district where you can catch traditional performances by maikos (geishas-in-training), a stop at the glorious Kiyomizu-dera (World Heritage pure water temple with over 1200 years of history), a quick tour around the mesmerising Kinkaku-ji (a Zen temple covered entirely of gold leaf), and a wondrous sunset view amongst the thousand tori gates at the renowned Fushimi Inari shine. 


Day trip from Osaka - Himeji Castle

Not as popular as the first three mentioned on our list, Himeji is an underrated city amongst tourists despite being just three hours via train from Osaka. Its White Heron Castle is one of Japan's best-preserved castles, known for its signature stark white colour and original beauty untarnished by war, fire or natural disasters. Waiting time to enter the inner keep can take a while, but the long winding road within the fortress vicinity that marks historical wartime strategic points will definitely send you back in time. And if spooky stories are your thing (especially with Halloween coming up), it even has its own spine-chilling tale to tell here.


Day trip from Osaka - Ise Jingu

One of the most sacred shrines in Japan in honour of the sun goddess Amaterasu can be found in this city. A contrast to Kyoto's grandeur, Ise's charm lies in simplicity and serenity, with gravel-lined roads surrounded by lush forestry. If you're with your significant other, viewing the Meoto Iwa or the Married Rocks tied together by a shimenawa (sacred rope signifying purity and sanctity) symbolising marital union, which lies in the crystalline waters near the Futami-Okami shrine, is a good activity. Apart from the religious pilgrimage, it's also home to the exciting Ninja Kingdom theme park, where one can relive a fun historical experience, including ninja-star throwing and sword-fighting. Cool, right?

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Go All White

White is a classic colour, so you’ll never go wrong with it! It still looks fresh and pleasing to the eyes, especially in a crisp fabric. The oversized sweater is also a nice touch.

Unique Details and Bright Colours

Keep things interesting with a pop of colour and interesting details. These neon orange pants with black patches are toned down by a plain white shirt and an army green jacket, creating one cool look.

Oversized Overalls

This outfit screams nostalgia. From the baggy overalls to the quirky buttons, we love all the details. Top it off with the newspaper boy hat and it ties the whole look together.

Go Neutral

Nothing wrong with going monochrome! It’s sleek and stylish, even when wearing trendier pieces like baggy pants. Just add a thin, form-fitting top with a jacket to slip on and off depending on the temperature, and you’ll be good to go.

Crisp and Cinched

An oversized pair of trousers cinched at the waist may seem counter-intuitive, but it does make you look taller. It also shows off your figure beautifully. Matched with a crisp white top, you’ll look like you’re ready to talk business.

Plaid Play

A plaid print adds a nice visual detail to your look. Even with oversized pants, it doesn’t look distracting or too busy, especially in this classic slate grey colour.

Classic Denim Jeans

More than mum or boyfriend jeans, oversized denim pants are just so comfortable to wear. For colder days, you can layer on leggings underneath to keep warm without it looking too bulky.

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