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Osaka is a city with an intangible energy and liveliness that permeates through everything: the people are friendly, the food is delicious and unique, and the shopping unique and abundant. If you only have one day, here’s how to experience the best of what the city has to offer.

Day

1

MORNING
  • Rise and Shine.

    Experience the excitement of an authentic Japanese tuna auction at Osaka’s Central Fish Market. In just 30 minutes, hundreds of tuna will be sold, the best pieces going for thousands of dollars.

  • Traditional Breakfast.

    Located just outside the fish market, Endo Sushi has been serving some of Osaka’s finest fish more than a century. It’s widely considered to be the best sushi in Osaka. Getting there early ensures you won’t have to wait long.

MIDDAY
  • Wander through Osaka Castle.

    Surrounded by moats and protected by the greatest stonewall in Japan, this centuries-old castle looms large over Osaka Castle Park and the 3,000 nearby cherry blossom trees.

  • Explore the Osaka Museum of History.

    Opened in 2001, each floor of this immersive museum displays a different period in Osaka’s 1,400-year history. You’ll see everything from a full-size recreation of the inside of the ancient Naniwanomiya Palace to a reconstruction of a Kabuki Theater to life-size models of 20th century city streets.

AFTERNOON
  • Ancient History.

    Founded in 593 by Prince Shotoku, Shi-Tennoji is believed to be Japan’s oldest temple and the country’s first Buddhist temple. Explore the grounds, which include the Gokuraku-jodo Garden, a treasure house that displays sacred objects and a five-story pagoda that is open to the public (as long as you put on slippers before entering). The temple is famous for its basking turtles — try to spot one if you can.

  • Time to Shrine.

    Dedicated to three gods that protect sea voyages, the Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine is a stunning example of traditional Japanese style. Built in a certain style of architecture
    called Sumiyoshi-zukuri, it’s one of the few styles that is considered purely Japanese.

EVENING
  • Relax and Recharge.

    After having explored Osaka, enjoy a few hours of downtime at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Osaka, where treatments are inspired by the deep-rooted belief that one needs to stop, recharge and reconsider to progress. Soothe yourself with The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka’s original facial and foot treatments using crystal sticks containing gold powder, which is designed in commemoration of samurai lord Hideyoshi Toyotomi’s love for gold.

  • Meander through Dotonbori & Shinsaibashi.

    These lively districts are known for their shopping, nightlife, street food and neon lights. Osaka is particularly famous for its street food, especially takoyaki (grilled octopus) and okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancake). Don’t miss the matcha soft serve for a sweet treat.

  • Evening Stroll.

    At the end of the Shinsaibahi shopping arcade, you’ll find the Tonbori River Walk, where on any given evening, you may run into live music, performers, events or a festival. Right alongside the water, it’s a perfect place to take a walk after dinner to end your evening.