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5 Best Day Trips From Osaka

Set in the heart of the Kansai region, the multi-cultural city of Osaka is a great base for exploring the riches of Japan. However, for a truly enthralling experience, be sure to head out beyond the city and explore hidden wonders of Japan with these top day trip ideas.

Nara

Popularly regarded as the ancient capital of Japan, Nara is a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of modern day cities. It is a spectacular picturesque city well known for its temples, shrines and gardens. If you want a glimpse into the artistic world of Japanese traditions, then you must visit the ornate Kōfuku-ji Temple and the Kasuga-taisha shrine. These shrines are exemplary examples of traditional Japanese craftsmanship. If you’re in for an extended divine experience, the Gangō-ji temple, which is just a short walk away, is also worth a visit. Apart from this, you may stumble upon the infamous bell tower of Tōdai-ji chiming away in glory. But no trip to Nara is complete without a stopover at the Nara Deer Park where you can aimlessly wander among the realm of deer. You can even feed them but before giving them a biscuit, bow to them and watch them do the same back to you!

Tōdai-ji Temple

Tōdai-ji Temple

Nara Deer Park

Nara Deer Park

Mode of transport: Train is the most preferred mode of transport. From the bullet train to the normal train, there are several different types. Choose one based on your budget and time. For those who prefer road trips, you can also go via car.

Duration: 1 hour +

Kyoto

There are a plethora of things you can do in the former capital city, Kyoto. Home to several heritage sites, Kyoto will keep you on your feet. Start your journey from the structural wonder of the Kiyomizu-dera Temple and head to the iconic Fushimi Inari shrine. Another architectural wonder that is worth visiting is the Kinkaku-ji temple. If you want a dose of nature, then take a walk among the soaring bamboo stalks in the spectacular Arashiyama Forest. There is plenty to do and see in Kyoto.

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Bamboo Forest

Bamboo Forest

Kinkaku-ji Temple

Kinkaku-ji Temple

Mode of transport: Train is the most preferred mode of transport. From the bullet train to the normal train, there are several different types. Choose one based on your budget and time. For those who prefer road trips, you can also go via car.

Duration: 1 hour +

Himeji Castle

If you’re chasing a bucolic retreat or a date with some ancient history, then a day trip to this historic site is just your ticket. Part of the collection of Japan’s historically diverse sites, Himeji Castle is one of the largest and best-preserved temples. Its ornate architecture and detailed carvings is truly eye-catching. Despite having experienced the wrath of the Great War, its ruins remain unscathed. If you’ve had enough of the interiors, there’s nothing like a stroll around the extravagant garden. If you’re right in time for the cherry blossom festival, then you may be lucky enough to gape at the pink paradise too.

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle

Mode of transport: Train is the most preferred mode of transport. From the bullet train to the normal train, there are several different types. Choose one based on your budget and time. For those who prefer road trips, you can also go via car.

Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes

Kanazawa

The Kanazawa region has often been an overlooked jewel in Japan’s tourism. Nonetheless, its wide array of attractions makes it a card to draw for those who seek to explore the nooks and corners of the mainland. The region boasts of beautiful samurai districts and artistic temples. But the crème de la crème of its landmarks is the Kenroku-en garden. This expansive castle spread over 29-acres forms the green heart of Kanazawa. If you are a nature enthusiast then the grand Kanazawa garden is a must visit. Apart from this, the 21st-Century Museum and Ishikawa Museums are quite educative. After a long day’s tour, you can top it off with lip-smacking treats at the local stalls.

Mode of transport: Train is the most preferred mode of transport. From the bullet train to the normal train, there are several different types. Choose one based on your budget and time. For those who prefer road trips, you can also go via car.

Duration: 3 hours

Hiroshima and Miyajima

It goes without saying that a visit to the quiet city of Hiroshima is incomplete without a stopover at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. A tour around this memorial is a glaring reminder of its tragic past. On the contrary, if you seek to enjoy Hiroshima at its best, then head to the Hiroshima Castle for panoramic views of the sunset. If you have time to spare then, a ferry ride the eclectic island of Miyajima is advisable. The island draws its fame for its Buddhist shrines, but the famous Itsukushima Shrine tops the chart. While you’re at it, make sure you catch a glimpse of the magnificent Tori Gate that appears to be floating on water.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Tori Gate

Tori Gate

Mode of transport: Train is the most preferred mode of transport. From the bullet train to the normal train, there are several different types. Choose one based on your budget and time. For those who prefer road trips, you can also go via car.

Duration: 2.5 hours

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