This article will provide a guide on how to plan your Osaka trip. This guide will be practical for most people. Feel free to adjust according to your needs.
If this is your first time to Osaka, you will be interested to read:
- 12 Must Visit Osaka Attractions & Travel Guide
- 15 Must Visit Kyoto Attractions & Travel Guide
- 5 Must Visit Nara Attractions & Travel Guide
- 15 Must Visit Tokyo Attractions & Travel Guide
1. How many days in Osaka?
For traveling in Osaka, we do suggest 4 to 6 days to allow ample time for sightseeing, exploration and shopping. You can add 3 or 4 nights to visit Kyoto, 2 or 3 nights to visit Kobe and 1 full day trip to Nara.
We do not recommend combining Tokyo and Osaka in the same trip as it will end up a rush trip without giving you the chance to explore the surrounding.
2. Flight Ticket – How Much to Pay?
Buy Immediately Price – Less than RM700 / SGD200
Cheap Price – Less than RM900 / SGD300
Reasonable Price – Less than RM1,200 / SGD400
The cheapest air fare we bought was RM650 for 2 ways during non peak months.
End March and early April are considered as super peak period due to Sakura season hence it is very rare for airlines to offer promotion. Price during this period is usually around RM1,500/SGD500.
Air Ticket Budget – RM900/SGD300 per pax.
3. When to visit – Osaka Climate
Below is the climate chart for your travel planning considerations.
4. Accommodation – Where to Stay in Osaka & How much to Budget?
There are shortage of hotels in Japan hence hotel rates are much more expensive. We recommend to book Airbnb instead as you are able to get much cheaper price or more value accommodation.
We recommend this Airbnb (Private Room or Whole Floor) as it is a fusion between hotel and Airbnb. It can be booked by whole group or even a couple. It is 15 mins walk or 1 station away from the hotel to Dotonbori. The best part, they even have baggage storage room.
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5 Days Trip Budget : RM280/SGD95 X 4 nights / 2 pax = RM560/SGD190
5. From Airport to Osaka City
From Kansai International Airport you can either take the Airport Limousine Bus or Train to the city.
1. By Train – Kansai Airport to Osaka Namba Station (Nankai Airport Express) – 920 JPY per way
2. By Airport Limousine Bus – Kansai Airport to Osaka Station – 1550 JPY per way
For More Info : Kansai Airport to Osaka Airport Limousine website
Airport Transfer Budget – RM35 X 2 Way = RM70/SGD24
6. Getting Around Osaka
Getting around Osaka is not expensive when you buy Subway Day Pass. The day pass price is 800 JPY for weekdays while 600 JPY for weekend. You can use it on all subway lines.
For your travel convenience, open this Osaka Metro Map on your phone so you wont need a metro map.
JR Pass is not needed to travel within Osaka and certainly not recommended as well. You are unable to use JR pass on Subway. We do not recommend JR Pass if you are traveling in Kansai region only as per way ticket to Kyoto, Kobe & Nara are very affordable.
Tips : For intercity train timetable or price, you can check Google Maps or Hyperdia.
1. Osaka Station to Kyoto – 560 JPY per way
2. Osaka Namba to Kintetsu Nara Station – 560 JPY per way
3. Osaka Station to Kobe – 410 JPY per way
Transportation Budget = RM30 X 5 Days = RM150/SGD50 per pax
Note: The Transportation Budget is for traveling in Osaka only. Add on the other cities’ transportation cost if you are visiting other cities.
7. How Much to Budget for Food
Japan has a wide range of choices from cheap eats (ok not so cheap for Penangnites) to expensive Michelin Star fine dine. Here’s the guideline
500 yen & below : Most Japanese fast food chain & convenience shop like 7 Eleven do offer meals below 500 yen & they are widely available. (Penang term: Economy Fried Bee Hoon)
500 to 900 yen : Will get you the basic level of most food available in most restaurant. A bowl of Ichiran Tonkotsu Ramen cost 790 yen in Japan. (Penang term: Common food like Chicken Rice, Hokkien Mee, Laksa)
901 to 1200 yen : This amount will allow wider choice of food with extra toppings. (Above food Geh Liao!)
Sushi : Around 4,000 yen per person per meal.
Sushi is considered an expensive meal even for Japanese and is not eaten frequently. In reality, sushi is more famous in overseas than in Japan. Kaiten Belt Sushi Restaurant are normally cheaper than Custom Order Sushi Restaurant.
Tips : For some restaurants especially higher ends (with Michelin Star), lunch is typically much cheaper & offer more value to diners so do double check both lunch & dinner price.
Food Budget = RM40/SGD12 X 2 Meals a day X 4 Days + 1 Sushi meal RM130/SGD40 = RM450/SGD150
Note: If you love Japanese food, it is advisable to allocate higher budget as there plenty delicious food in Japan
8. How much to Budget for Sightseeing
The majority expenses for sightseeing will be at USJ while other attractions which require entrance fees are reasonably priced.
Sightseeing Budget = RM400/SGD135 per person
Related Article : 12 Must Visit Osaka Attractions
9. Total Budget
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