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How many days are recommended to visit Osaka?

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1. Posted by Kuci kuci (Budding Member, 2 posts) 19 Nov '12 00:57

I will be visiting Osaka in May 2013 for 10 days. How many days would be best to visit Osaka?

1. I have initial plan to spend 5 days in Osaka, would it be a little too long?

2. I plan to stretch out to other Kansai region during my stay, would it be easier to reach out from Osaka or Kyoto region?

Thank you in advance for your help on my queries above.

2. Posted by Peter (Admin, 5417 posts) 19 Nov '12 01:47

Of the places we visited in Japan, it was probably my least favourite, but of course tastes vary :) For any city that size, 5 days will really only scratch the surface anyway, so it certainly wouldn't be lost time. We did a day trip out to Himeji one of the days we were there. Worked well from Osaka.

If you have the choice of staying in Osaka or in Kyoto though, I'd recommend making it Kyoto. Really loved that city

3. Posted by douglascdglonts (Budding Member, 2 posts) 19 Nov '12 02:40

I think 5 days is too long for Osaka 2 or 3 days is enough.

4. Posted by Chapincita (Budding Member, 19 posts) 19 Nov '12 03:31

I agree, but if like me, you love the onsen experience, you can spend an entire day at http://www.spaworld.co.jp/english/service.html I visited with my daughter last July and we greatly enjoyed the European zone. I'm still wishing for a return trip during an even month of the year so I may experience the Asian zone.
This facility is so grand that even if you don't know about onsen or are still a bit uncomfortable with the whole share bathing notion, I think it's a great place to start. and if you're a fan of onsen... well all the better. I highly recommend it!

5. Posted by Kuci kuci (Budding Member, 2 posts) 19 Nov '12 17:13

Dear Peter, Douglas & Chapincita! Thank you for sharing!

I have shorten my stay in Osaka, and plan to spend more time in Kyoto! I have drafted my itinerary briefly, would appreciate further inputs?

Day 1 : Arrival in Osaka - night. Put up a night downtown.
Day 2 - Day 4 : Depart to Kyoto fr Osaka
Day 5 : Branch out to Nara from Kyoto
Day 6 : Takayama/Nagoya/Yoshino/Mount Koya, which is more worthy to visit?
Day 7 : Takayama/Nagoya/Yoshino/Mount Koya, which is more worthy to visit?
Day 8 : Back to Osaka, day trip to Kobe is it sufficient?
Day 9 - 11 : Exploring Osaka - any must see places to recommend?
Day 12 : Fly back home

There are 2 particular places I would like to explore in Kyoto, one is the Bamboo forest in Arashiyama and the Fushimi Inari Shrine.. anyone been there? Would you recommend to put up a night nearby? I thought a day trip would be just sufficient.. but from the picture, sceneries in Arashiyama looks very enticing.

Thanks again! ;)