20 best day trip plan from Osaka: DIY day trip planner for the first timer to the advanced traveler

All 20 day trip destinations from Osaka
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While staying in Osaka, why don’t you try to visit outside Osaka? But traveling with luggage may be a hassle for you, especially if you travel with senior(s) or small child(ren). If you want to minimize traveling with a luggage, just stay in one place and make day trip(s). That may be a solution for you.

There are many places where you can go as day trips from Osaka. You may know that you can visit Kyoto, Kobe and Nara. But we can go not only these places but also many more places.

In this post, I will pick 20 places where you can reach from Osaka by a public transportation. Some of the plans I will show you may not be the place to visit as a day trip, but I’d like to share them with you as an idea. I will tell you a suggested deal for a day trip. If you intend using JR Pass or other deals, I also tell you how much you can use it to make a day trip.

1. Kyoto

You can go up the peak after going through many Torii gates.

Kyoto is easy and very popular day trip destinations from Osaka. There are so many tourist places in Kyoto. It is impossible to cover all places in one day. I picked only “Big Names” and make one day trip sample itinerary.

Travel time to the destination

30 minutes

Suggested deal

JR Pass, Kansai Wide Area Pass, Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass, other JR West Rail Passes cover JR train train trips.
Kansai Area Pass covers this trip by you cannot get your money worth by this trip only.
Kansai Thru Pass may be your choice too. But you have to take non JR trains, such as Hankyu railway or Keihan railway.

Level

Easy

Suggested itinerary

TimePlace and transporation
08:00Osaka station
(JR Kyoto line Special Rapid train)
08:30 / 08:38Kyoto station
(JR Nara line)
08:43 / 10:17Inari station / Fushimi-Inari station
Visit Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine
(Keihan Railway local train)
10:22Kiyomizu-Gojo station
Walk to Gion through Higashiyama
Drop by Kiyomizudera temple,
Lunch time at Gion
13:20Kyoto-Kawaramachi bus top
(Kyoto city bus)
14:00 / 15:03Kinkakujimichi bus stop
Visit Kinkaku-ji temple (Golden Pavillion)
(Kyoto city bus)
15:12 / 15:22Enmachi station
(JR Sagano line)
15:39 / 17:32Saga-Arashiyama station
Visit Bamboo Forest, Togetsukyo bridge
(JR Sagano line local train)
17:49 / 20:45Kyoto station
Drop by Kyoto Tower and dinner at Kyoto station building.
(JR Kyoto line Special Rapid train)
21:15Osaka station
Special Rapid train between Osaka and Kyoto runs every 30 minutes.

2. Nara

nara
Big Buddha in Todai-ji temple is the icon of Nara.

It is also easy place to visit as a day trip from Osaka. Nara is much easier than Kyoto. Because Nara is much smaller than Kyoto and most places can be accessed on foot from Nara station. You can get to Nara by either JR or Kintetsu Railway. But Kintetsu railway Nara station is much more convenient. Unless you use JR Pass or other JR deals, take Kintetsu railway to get there.

Travel time to the destination

50 minutes

Suggested deal

Regular ticket
Kansai Thru Pass covers all train trips but it is not enougth to get your money worth.
JR Pass, Kansai Wide Area Pass, Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass, other JR West Rail Passes cover train trips if you use JR trains.

Level

Easy

Suggested itinerary

TimePlace and transporation
08:07Umeda (Osaka) station
(Osaka Metro Midosuji line)
08:15 / 08:20Namba / Osaka-Namba station
(Kintetsu Railway Rapid Express train)
08:59 / 16:07Kintetsu Nara station
Visit Nara deer park,
Todai-ji temple (Big Buddha),
Kasuga shrine,
Kofuku-ji temple
Naramachi
(Kintetsu Railway Rapid Express train)
16:44 / 16:50Namba / Osaka-Namba station
(Osaka Metro Midosuji line)
16:59Umeda (Osaka) station

Actuall you can do the trip to Nara in a half day. You can combine Nara and other place.

Southern part of Kyoto such as Uji, Fushimi Inari, are located on the way to Kyoto station. It is very easy to combine these and a trip to Nara

Kobe can also be combined with a trip to nara. It is totally opposite direction of Nara. But many Kintetsu Railway train continue to operate Kobe-Sannomiya station of Hanshin Railway. For example, in the sample itinerary above, Kintetsu Railway Rapid Express depart at 16:07 from Nara and arrive in Namba at 16:44. If you do not get off this train at Osaka-Namba and continue to travel, you will get to Kobe-Sannomiya station at 17:28.

Please find more information about a trip to Nara from the post below:

3. Kobe, Rokko and/or Arima Onsen

Kobe umie Mosaic is shopping complex in waterfront area.

Kobe is an easy day trip destination along with Kyoto and Nara. Arima Onsen is located at the north of Kobe. It is one of the oldest hot springs in Japan. You can enjoy an onsen for a day trip if you like. Mt. Rokko is between Arima and Kobe. You can go up Mt. Rokko and see the spectaculer view of Kobe. You might see snow on top of Mt. Rokko in ther winter time.

I show you the sample itinerary which covers Kobe, Rokko and Arima Onsen. But you can remove Rokko, Arima and make it as a half day trip. You can combine Kobe and Nara. Himeji can also be combined with Kobe. I will explain you about Himeji after the trip to Kobe.

Travel time to the destination

30 minutes

Suggested deal

Arima & Rokko One-Day Excursion Pass (Hanshin version)
If you do Kobe and Himeji or Kobe, Kansai Thru Pass or Kansai Area Pass is recommended. JR Pass and other JR deals cover the trip.

Level

Moderate
If you remove Rokko and/or Arima, it is easy.

Suggested itinerary

TimePlace and transporation
07:42Osaka-Umeda station
(Hanshin Railway locla train)
08:09 / 08:15Mikage station
(Kobe city bus)
08:47 / 09:00Rokko Cable Shita station
(Rokko Cable Car)
09:10 / 09:20Rokko Cable Sanjo station
(Rokko Sanjo Bus)
09:30Rokko Garden Terrace
Take in the picturesque views of Kobe
(Walk 5 minutes)
10:50Rokko Sancho station
(Rokko Arima Ropeway)
11:02 / 14:09Arima Onsen station
Enjoy roaming Arima onsen and lunch time
(Shintetsu Railway local tran)
14:13 / 14:14Arimaguchi
(Shintetsu Railway local tran)
14:24 / 14:26Tanigami station
(Kobe city subway)
14:36 / 14:48Sannomiya / Kobe-Sannomiya
(Hanshin Railway)
14:49 / 19:56Motomachi station
Visit China Town,
Harbour Land
Meriken Park
Port Tower
Eat Kobe Beef dinner
(Hanshin Railway)
20:19Osaka-Umeda station
You may travel in the oppsite direction if you want to see the night view of Kobe.

Please find more information in the following post:

4. Himeji

Himeji Castle is well known as UNESCO World Heritage Site. ©JNTO

It is well know as the place of World Heritage Site Himeji castle. I believe it is one of the spectactular castles in Japan.

I will give you a sample itinerary which covers Himeji castle, Kokoen garden and Mount Shosha. But you can visit only Himeji castle and visit Kobe in same day. Kobe is located on the way to Himeji.

Travel time to the destination

45 mintues (by the JR local train and the Shinkansen
1 hour (by JR Special Rapid train)
1.5 hours (by Hanshin railway and Sanyo railway)

Suggested deal

JR Pass, Kansai Wide Area Pass, Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass, Sanyo Sanin Area Pass cover the Shinkansen.
Kansai Area Pass covers does not and Special Rapid is the choice.
Kansai Thru Pass covers only Hanshi Railway and Sanyo Railway.

Level

Easy

Suggested itinerary

TimePlace and transporation
09:01Osaka station
(JR Kyoto line local train)
09:05 / 09:18Shin-Osaka station
(The Sanyo Shinkansen Hikari 533)
09:47Himeji station
(Walk 20 minutes)
10:10 / 13:40Himeji castle and Kokoen garden
Lunch nearby
(Shinki Bus local bus for Shoshazan Ropeway)
14:03 / 14:15Shoshazan Ropeway station
(Shoshazan Ropeway)
14:20 / 15:20Shoshazan Sanjo station
(Shoshazan Ropeway)
15:25 / 15:32Shoshazan Ropeway station
(Shinki Bus local bus for Shoshazan Ropeway)
16:02 / 16:29Himeji station
(The Sanyo Shinkansen Kodama 852)
17:12 / 17:23Shin-Osaka station
(JR Kyoto line local train)
17:27Osaka station

If you visit Kobe and Himeji in same day, please refer the link below:

5. Koyasan (Mt. Koya)

Approach to Okunoin temple in Mt. Koya

Koyasan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site alongside Himeji Castle, and is known as the head temple of Zen Buddhism.

Only Nankai Railway is the way to get to Koyasan. JR pass and other JR deals do not help you to travel.

Travel time to the destination

2 hours
*If you pay extra for the limited express train, the trip time is 1.5 hours.

Suggested deal

Koyasan World Heritage Ticket or Kansai Thru Pass

Level

Easy

Suggested itinerary

TimePlace and transporation
08:13Namba station
(Nankai Railway express train)
09:04 / 09:13Hashimoto station
(Nankai Railway local train)
09:56 / 10:05Gokurakubashi station
(Nankai Koyasan Cable Car)
10:10 / 10:16Koyasan station
(Nankai Rinkan Bus)
10:25 / 13:30Senjuinbashi bus stop
Visit Kongobuji temple
Dajo Garan
Lunch time
(Nankai Rinkan Bus)
13:40Okunoin-guchi bus stop
(Walk 45 minutes)
14:25 / 14:50Okunoin temple, Torodo
(Walk 20 minutes)
15:10 / 15:13Okunoin-mae bus stop
(Nankai Rinkan Bus)
15:35 / 15:52Koyasan station
(Nankai Koyasan Cable Car)
15:57 / 16:06Gokurakubashi station
(Nankai Railway local train)
16:53 / 17:10Hashimoto station
(Nankai Railway express train)
18:02Namba station

Please find my trip report in the post below. I believe it helps you to create your trip plan:

6. Miyama

Miyama, Kyoto
The scenery of Kayabuki no Sato

Miyama retains abundant nature and the oscenery of Japanese agricultural and mountain villages. It is very similar to Shirakawago, but it is more accessible and just about an hour from Kyoto, and has recently become known as an easily accessible place to see the scenery of the village.

Travel time to the destination

1.5 hours

Suggested deal

JR Pass, Kansai Wide Area Pass, Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass, other JR West Rail Passes cover train trips if you use JR trains.

Level

Moderate

Suggested itinerary

TimePlace and transporation
08:22Osaka station
(JR Kyoto line Special Rapid train)
08:51 / 08:58Kyoto station
(JR Sagano line local train)
09:43 / 09:46Sonobe station
(JR Sanin line local train)
10:05 / 10:10Hiyoshi station
(Nantan city bus)
11:06 / 15:51Kita (Kayabuki no Sato) bus stop
Visit Kayabuki no Sato
*You can get off a bus at Agake bus stop.
You can rent a bike there to visit Kayabuki no Sato
and other places.
(Nantan city bus)
16:47 / 17:03Hiyoshi station
(JR Sanin line local train)
17:12 / 17:16Sonobe station
(JR Sagano line local train)
17:53 / 17:59Kyoto station
(JR Kyoto line Special Rapid train)
18:28Osaka station

7. Hikone and Omi-Hachiman

Omi hachiman Omihachiman Hatchobori
The canal of Hatchobori in Omi-Hachiman

Hikone Castle is one of the twelve castles which the original tower remains, and is also known as one of the five castles designated as a national treasure of Japan.

Omihachiman is known for an impressive scenery of the old townscape at Hachimanbori and superb view from Mt. Hachiman.

You can visit these places by JR trains

Travel time to the destination

1.5 hours

Suggested deal

JR Pass, Kansai Area Pass, Kansai Wide Area Pass, Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass, Kansai Hokuriku Area Pass, Sanyo Sanin Area Pass cover all train trips.

Level

Easy

Suggested itinerary

TimePlace and transporation
08:22Osaka station
(JR Kyoto line and Biwako line Special Rapid train)
09:27 / 09:45Omi-Hachiman station
(Kokoku Bus)
If you like to walk, you can do it.
It takes 30 minutes. You can save 220 yen.
09:51 / 13:25Hachimanbori bus stop
Visit Hachimanbori,
Himure Hachimangu shrine,
Mt. Hachiman Ropeway
and lunch time.
Try Omi Beef.
(Kokoku Bus)
13:40 / 13:52Omi-Hachiman station
(JR Biwako line local train)
14:13 / 16:52Hikone station
Visit Hikone castle
(JR Kyoto line and Biwako line Special Rapid train)
18:09Osaka station

8. Hieizan (Mt. Hiei) and Lake Biwa

Enryaku-ji temple in Mount Hiei is the head temple of the Tendai sect opened by Saicho. It is called the place of origin of Japanese Buddhism.

Koyasan is more popular as the tourist destination. But in the history of Japanese Buddhism, the importance of Enryakuji Temple in Hieizan is comparable to Koyasan.

Lake Biwa is the largest lake in Japan. You can enjoy the view of the lake from Mt. Hiei. And also Hamaotsu is located by the lake. It is a nice spot to take a break. You can take a cruise on the lake from Hamaotsu if you want.

Travel time to the destination

2 hours

Suggested deal

Mt. Hiei and Lake Biwa round trip ticket
JR Pass and other JR deals do not cover most of this trip plan

Level

Moderate

Suggested itinerary

TimePlace and transporation
08:25Umeda (Osaka) station
(Osaka Metro Midosuji line)
08:27 / 08:40Yodoyabashi station
(Keihan Railway limited express train)
09:37 / 09:47Demachiyanagi station
(Eizan Railway local train)
10:01 / 10:15Yasehieizanguchi station / Cable Yase station
(Eizan Cable Car)
10:24 / 10:30Cable Hiei Station / Rope Hiei station
(Eizan Ropeway)
10:33 / 10:52Hieisancho station
(Kyoto Bus)
11:00Enryaku-ji bus center
Visit Enryaku-ji temple Todo area
Lunch time
(Walk 5 minutes)
15:00Cable Enryakuji station
(Sakamoto Cable)
15:11 / 15:20Cable Sakamoto station
(Kojaku Kotsu Bus)
15:25 / 15:30Sakamoto-Hieizanguchi station
(Keihan Railway local train)
15:46 / 17:34Biwako-Hamaotsu station
(Keihan Railway – Kyoto subway local train)
17:57 / 18:02Sanjo Keihan station / Sanjo station
(Keihan Railway limited express train)
18:56 / 19:03Yodoyabashi station
(Osaka Metro Midosuji line)
19:05Umeda station

9. Wakayama

Tama train
Tama train of Wakayama Dentetsu Railway

Kumano Sanzan and Shirahama are well known in Wakayama, but these places are a little far away and I recommend Wakayama city where you can easily enjoy.

Travel time to the destination

1.5 hours

Suggested deal

Regular ticket
JR Pass and other JR deals cover only JR train ride.

Level

Moderate

Suggested itinerary

TimePlace and transporation
08:04Osaka station
(JR Kishuji Rapid train)
09:43 / 09:52Wakayama station
(Wakayama Dentetsu Railway)
Enjoy the ride on Tama train, Toy train or other fun train.
10:24 / 11:05Kishi station
Meet the cat station master
(Wakayama Dentetsu Railway)
Enjoy the ride on Tama train, Toy train or other fun train.
11:37 / 13:06Wakayama station
Lunch break
Try Wakayama Ramen
(Wakayama Bus)
13:18 / 15:04Wakayama castle (Shiyakushomae bus stop)
Visit Wakayama castle
(Walk 20 minutes)
15:26Wakayamashi station
(Nankai Railway Kada line local train)
Enjoy the ride on Medetai Densha on Kada line
15:50 / 18:03Kada station
Enjoy walking at the seashore of Kada
Stay until sunset. It will be memorable.
(Nankai Railway Kada line local train)
Enjoy the ride on Medetai Densha on Kada line
18:32 / 18:41Wakayamashi station
(Nankai Railway express train)
Enjoy the ride on Medetai Densha on Kada line
19:48 / 19:55Osaka station
(Osaka Metro Midosuji line)
20:04Umeda station

Wakayama Dentetsu and Nankai Railway Kada line change the type of train which they use daily basis. Please check the updated information before you go.

I got on these two railways in a day before. Please find my trip report in the link below:

10. Biwako Valley

Biwako Valley
The view of Lake Biwa from Biwako Valley

Biwako Valley is a mountain resort located on Mt. Horai overlooking Lake Biwa. You can enjoy various outdoor activities in the summer time and snow mountain resort in the winter.

Travel time to the destination

2 hours

Suggested deal

Kansai Area Pass covers a round trip to Shiga station.
JR Pass, Kansai Wide Area Pass, Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass, Kansai Hokuriku Area Pass, Sanyo Sanin Area Pass and Takayama Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass also cover the train trip to Shiga

Level

Easy

Suggested itinerary

TimePlace and transporation
08:23Osaka station
(JR Kyoto line and Kosei line Special Rapid train)
09:05 / 09:12Katada station
(JR Kosei line local train)
09:23 / 09:43Shiga station
(Kojaku Bus)
09:53 / 10:00Biwako Valley bus stop (Ropeway base station)
(Biwako Valley Ropeway)
10:05 / 15:45Biwako Valley summit station
Enjoy
(Biwako Valley Ropeway)
15:50 / 16:02Biwako Valley bus stop (Ropeway base station)
(Kojaku Bus)
16:12 / 16:24Shiga station
(JR Kosei line local train)
16:36 / 16:38Katada station
(JR Kyoto line and Kosei line Special Rapid train)
17:27Osaka station

11. Kinosaki Onsen

One of the famous hot springs, Kinosaki Onsen is also a nice place to see cherry blossom. ©Toyooka City/©JNTO

Kinosaki Onsen is one of the most famous hot springs in Japan. This year is 1300 years since Kinosaki opened.

Travel time to the destination

2.5 hours

Suggested deal

Kansai Wide Area Pass
JR Pass, Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass cover this trip too.

Level

Moderate

Suggested itinerary

TimePlace and transporation
8:14Osaka station
(The limited express Konotori 1)
10:58 / 17:42Kinosaki Onsen station
Enjoy roaming in the town of Kinosaki onsen,
riding a ropeway
visiting shrines
and/or visiting Kinsaki Marine World aquarium
(The limited express Konotori 26)
20:37Osaka station

12. Amanohashidate and Ine

Kasamatsu park amanohashidate
The view of Amanohashidate from Kasamatsu Park

It is a plan to visit Amanohashidate which is one of the “Three Views of Japan”, and Ine, which is sometimes called “Venice in Japan”, in one day.

Travel time to the destination

3 hours

Suggested deal

Kansai Wide Area Pass or Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass
Add Rental Cycle Kasamatsu Marugoto Ticket 
JR Pass user must buy Umino Kyoto Amanohashidate Ine Free Pass One-day

Level

Advanced

Suggested itinerary

TimePlace and transporation
08:14Osaka station
(The limited express Konotori 1)
09:49 / 10:06Fukuchiyama station
(Kyoto Tango Railway local train)
11:11Amanohashidate station
(Walk)
11:15Amanohashidate pier
Rent a bike and biking to Ichinomiya pier
11:45-12:00Ichinomiya pier
Return a bike and walk to Kasamatsu Park cable car (5 minutes)
12:10Fuchu station (Kasamatsu Park lower cable car station)
(Cable car or lift)
12:15Kasamatsu Park station
(Sightseeing and lunch time)
13:45Kasamatsu Park station
(Cable car or lift)
13:50 / 14:07Fuchu station / Cable Shita bus stop
(Tankai bus)
14:37 / 15:00Ine Hinode pier / bus stop
Ine cruise
15:25 /16:04Ine Hinode pier / bus stop
(Tankai bus)
16:32Cable Shita bus stip
(Walk 5 minutes)
16:45Ichinomiya pier
(Amanohashidate cruise)
16:57Amanohashidate pier
(Shopping / walk to the station in 5 minutes)
18:05Amanohashidate station
(The limited express Hashidate 8)
18:49 / 19:00Fukuchiyama station
(The limited express Konotori 26)
20:37Osaka station

13. Tottori Sand Dune

tottori sand dune
Tottori Sand Dune is the second biggest one in Japan. But the biggest one is not open for public.

Travel time to the destination

3 hours

Suggested deal

Kansai Wide Area Pass or Sanyo Sanin Area Pass
JR Pass covers this trip partially.

Level

Moderate

Suggested itinerary

TimePlace and transporation
07:36Osaka station
(The limited express Super Hakuto 1)
10:12 / 10:45Tottori station
(The sightseeing bus “Loop Kirinjishi Bus)
11:07Sakyu Center (Tottori Sand Dune)
Sightseeing and lunch
14:13Sakyu Kaikan (Tottori Sand Dune)
(The sightseeing bus “Loop Kirinjishi Bus)
15:00 / 16:54Tottori station
(The limited express Super Hakuto 12)
19:31Osaka station

14. Okayama, Kurashiki and/or Bitchu Takahashi

Kurashiki Bikan Area is only 15 minutes away from Kurashiki station on foot. ©JTA/ ©JNTO

Okayama is only one hour away from Osaka by the Shinkansen. Kurashiki is located next to Okayama. You can get there by a local train in 10 minutes.

Binchu Takahashi is another 30 minutes away from Kurashiki. It is a small town with old townscapes and is also known for Matsuyama Castle, one of the 12 castles that still have the original castle tower. I believe it is wotrth visiting. But if you feel too much, you can cut off Bitchu Takahashi and make Okayama Kurashiki one day trip. It is much easier.

Travel time to the destination

2 hours

Suggested deal

JR Pass, Sanyo Sanin Area Pass
Require a small extra on top of Kansai Wide Area Pass, Kansai Hiroshima Area Pas

Level

Advanced
Moderate if you visit Okayama and Kurashiki only

Suggested itinerary

TimePlace and transporation
07:50Osaka station
(JR Kyoto line local train)
07:54 / 08:04Shin-Osaka station
(The Sanyo Shinkansen Sakura 547)
08:53 / 09:05Okayama station
(The limited express Yakumo 5)
09:41 / 09:50Bitchu-Takahashi station
(Shared taxi)
10:00 / 11:40Fuigo Toge
Hike up for 20 minutes to get to Matsuyama castle
(Shared taxi)
11:50 / 13:02Bitchu-Takahashi station
Lunch break
(The limited express Yakumo 14)
13:25 / 15:32Kurashiki station
Visit Kurashiki old town
(JR Sanyo line local train)
15:49 / 18:38Okayama station
(The Sanyo Shinkansen Sakura 564)
19:28 / 19:38Shin-Osaka station
(JR Kyoto line local train)
19:42Osaka station

15. Naoshima

The “Pumpkin” at Naoshima island is one of the icons there.

Naoshima, which has been popular as an artistic island in recent years, is also a destination where you can make a day trip.

Travel time to the destination

3 hours

Suggested deal

Kansai Wide Area Pass covers all train trips.
JR Pass, Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass, Sanyo Sanin Area Pass also cover all train trips.

Level

Advanced

Suggested itinerary

TimePlace and transporation
07:00Osaka station
(JR Kyoto line local train)
07:03 / 07:15Shin-Osaka station
(The Sanyo Shinkansen Sakura 545)
08:04 / 08:24Okayama station
(JR Rapid Marine Liner 11)
08:38 / 08:41Chayamachi
(JR Uno-Port line local train)
09:10 / 09:22Uno station / Uno port
(Shikoku Kisen Ferry)
09:42 / 16:02Miyanoura port (Naoshima)
Visit various places in Naoshima.
I recommend you to rent a bike.
(Shikoku Kisen Ferry)
16:22 / 16:42Uno station / Uno port
(JR Uno-Port line local train)
17:05 / 17:09Chayamachi
(JR Seto-Ohashi line local train)
17:29 / 17:53Okayama station
(The Sanyo Shinkansen Sakura 562)
18:38 / 18:53Shin-Osaka station
(JR Kyoto line local train)
18:57Osaka station

16. Hiroshima and Miyajima

One of well known places in Japan, World Heritage Site, Miyajima Itsukushima shrine. ©Hiroshima Prefecture / ©JNTO

A day trip to Hiroshima and Miyajima seems to be too much. But it may be much easier than your thought.

Travel time to the destination

2 hours

Suggested deal

Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass
JR Pass, Sanyo Sanin Area Pass cover this trip.

Level

Advanced

Suggested itinerary

TimePlace and transporation
07:00Osaka station
(JR Kyoto line local train)
07:03 / 07:15Shin-Osaka station
(The Sanyo Shinkansen Sakura 545)
08:45 / 08:53Hiroshima station
(JR Sanyo line local train)
09:20Miyajimaguchi station / Miyajima port
5 minutes walking from the station to the port
(JR Miyajima Ferry)
Crossing time 10 minute
Operates every 15-20 minutes
09:50 / 12:00Miyajima port
Arrival and depature times are approximate.
Visit Itsukushima shrine
(JR Miyajima Ferry)
12:34Miyajimaguchi station / Miyajima port
(JR Sanyo line local train)
13:01 / 18:54Hiroshima station
JR Bus Chugoku
Hiroshima Sightseeing Bus “Meipuru-pu”
Lemon route
13:36 / 14:36Hiroshima castle
JR Bus Chugoku
Hiroshima Sightseeing Bus “Meipuru-pu”
Lemon route
14:41 / 16:55Atomic Bomb Dome / Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
JR Bus Chugoku
Hiroshima Sightseeing Bus “Meipuru-pu”
Lemon route
13:01 / 18:54Hiroshima station
(The Sanyo Shinkansen Sakura 566)
20:32 / 20:44Shin-Osaka station
(JR Kyoto line local train)
20:48Osaka station

I have the other post which tells you about this day trip. You can find more information in the link below:

17. Takayama (or Kanazawa) and Shirakawago

Takayama
In the Takayama historical preserved district, you can enjoy shopping and eating local foods at the stands along the path.

Two very popular sites in Hida area are squeezed into a day trip plan. It is also possible to visit as a day trip from Osaka.

Travel time to the destination

4 hours

Suggested deal

JR Pass
Takayama Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass and the Shinkansen regular ticket for Osaka to Nagoya is also considerable.

Level

Advanced

Suggested itinerary

TimePlace and transporation
07:03Osaka station
(JR Kyoto line local train)
07:06 / 07:18Shin-Osaka station
(The Tokaido Shinkansen Hikari 638)
08:25 / 08:43Nagoya station
(The limited express Wide View Hida 3)
10:56 / 14:30Takayama station
(Nohi Bus)
15:20 / 17:30Shirakawago
(Nohi Bus)
18:45 / 19:08Kanazawa station
(The limited express Thunderbird 46)
21:49Osaka station
You can take one later train which is Thunderbird 48 (Kanazawa19:47 -22:31 Osaka) to make some extra time for dinner in Kanazawa station.

You can combine Kanazawa and Shirakawago too. Please find the post below to get more information about this day trip.

18. Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

snow wall
Snowwall can be seen in the spring season after this route opens.

It is the world class mountain sightseeing route. It is quite difficult to get from Osaka to the Alpine Route, but a day trip is not impossible. It’s a pretty tight schedule, but see it as a reference.

This plan can be used for a day trip from Nagoya.

Travel time to the destination

5 hours

Suggested deal

JR pass
Any other rail passes do not cover this trip.

Level

Advanced

Suggested itinerary

TimePlace and transporation
6:21Osaka station
(JR Kyoto line local train)
06:24 / 06:36Shin-osaka station
(The Tokaido Shinkansen Hikari 636)
07:42 / 08:00Nagoya statin
(The limited express Shinano 3)
10:06 / 10:41Matsumoto station
(The limited express Azusa 5)
11:15 / 11:35Shinano-Omachi station
(Alpico Kotsu local bus)
12:15 / 13:00Ogizawa station
(Kanden Electric Bus)
13:16Kurobe Dam station
Lunch time
15 minutes walking
14:20Kurobeko station
(Kurobe Cablecar)
14:25 / 14:40Kurobedaira station
(Tateyama Ropeway)
14:47 / 15:15Daikanbo station
(Tateyama Torolley Bus)
15:25 / 16:20Murodo (walking)
(Tateyama Highland Bus)
17:10 / 17:20Bijodaira station
(Tateyama Cablecar)
17:27 / 17:30Tateyama station
(Toyama Chiho Railway local train)
18:40 / 20:16Toyama station
(The Hokuriku Shinkansen Tsurugi 731)
20:38 / 20:47Kanazawa station
(The limited express Thunderbird 50)
23:28Osaka station
I make one extra hour at Toyama station, so you can recover if you miss a conneection on the Alpine route. But this 20:16 depature at Toyama is the last train connection for Osaka.
This plan is not recommend for late fall season because of a fewer operation on the alpine route.

19. Kurobe Gorge and Toyama

Kurobe Gorge Railway
A one hour 15 minutes train journey will give you spectacular views, and you won’t be able to take your eyes off for a moment.

Catch the earliest Shinkansen train to get Kurobe-Unzakionsen statin. Change to a local train going into the Kurobe valley. Enjoy the stunning view from the open air carriage.

Travel time to the destination

3 hours

Suggested deal

JR pass and Hokuriku Arch Pass cover the Shinkansen train trips. Toyama Chiho Railway and Kurobe Gorge Railway fares are extra.

Level

Advanced

Suggested itinerary

TimePlace and transporation
06:30Osaka station
(The limited express Thunderbird 1)
09:13 / 09:21Kanazawa station
(The Hokuriku Shinkansen Hakutaka 558)
09:33 / 12:19Toyama station
Visit the tourist spots in Toyama
(The Hokuriku Shinkansen Hakutaka 562)
12:31 / 12:44Kurobe-Unazukionsen station / Shin-Kurobe station
(Toyama Chiho Railway)
13:13 / 13:32Unazuki Onsen station
(Kurobe Gorge Railway )
14:54 / 16:43Keyakidaira station
Easy hiking and tea break
(Kurobe Gorge Railway )
17:58 / 18:14Unazuki Onsen station
(Toyama Chiho Railway local train)
18:37 / 19:03Kurobe-Unazukionsen station / Shin-Kurobe station
(The Hokuriku Shinkansen Hakutaka 571)
19:38 / 19:47Kanazawa station
(The limited express Thunderbird 48)
22:31Osaka station
You may drop by Kanazawa instead of Toyama.

20. Beppu and Yufuin

Yufuin no Mori is one of most popular trains in Japan.

This plan is not recommended for everyone. It is a very tight schedule, and it takes a long time to travel, but please see it as the plan that you can fo so far in one day.

Travel time to the destination

5 hours

Suggested deal

JR Pass, Sanyo Sanin Northern Kyushu Pass

Level

Advanced

Suggested itinerary

TimePlace and transporation
06:12Osaka station
(JR Kyoto line local train)
06:15 / 06:25Shin-Osaka station
(The Sanyo Shinkansen Sakura 541)
09:04 / 09:24Hakata station
(The limited express Yufuin no Mori 1)
11:36 / 12:38Yufuin station
Lunch break
(The limited express Yufuin no Mori 3)
13:37 / 13:50Beppu station
Kamenoi Bus
14:08Umi Jigoku bus stop
Visit 5 Jigoku which means “hell.”
These “Jigoku” are onsen for viewing.
16:20Tetsurin bus stop
Kamenoi Bus
16:25 / 17:25Jonouchi bus stop
Visit 2 more “Jigoku” here.
Kamenoi Bus
17:55 / 19:19Beppu station
(The limited express Sonic 54)
21:28Hakata station

Last word

When I was writing this post, more than 30 trip plans came up in my brain. It was very difficult to choose 20 plans. I understand you don’t agree with some or many of my choices, but I hope you find an idea to create your trip plan.

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