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Aistė asked

Four hours in Osaka - what to see?

Hi everyone! We will be going from Kyoto to Himeji and stopping in Osaka for three-four hours. We will be using JR trains.
Is it possible to see anything in Osaka in so little time? Which objects and landmarks should we prioritize? Is it possible to see both Osaka Castle and Dotonbori?
Thank you so much!

Japan   Kyoto (Japan)   Osaka (Japan)

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It would be difficult to see both Osaka Castle and Dotonbori in the limited time frame. I'd suggest leaving the castle-you intend going to Himeji and I think the castle there more interesting. Himeji Castle easy to get to from Himeji train station. Concentrate on Dotonbori area-Shinsaibashi shopping arcade, accessed easily from Shinsaibashi station and a short walk from Dotonbori (which is a short walk from Namba Station). The Hozenji Temple is close to Dotonbori with its moss covered statue-nice little temple. Amerika Mura close by as well

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Anything is possible. I've done Osaka to Himeji to Hiroshima and back in one day. Took in the castle and some artwork in Himeji, explored the Hypocenter area and museum in Hiroshima. The trick is to be realistic about how much of the landmarks you're going to be able to take in. If you want to see multiple things, maybe you don't climb the castles. Stuff like that. Good luck!

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Claudia from New York City
Hi Aiste,
Four hours is quite short but you can have a quick trip to Umeda Sky Building to its Floating Garden Observatory. You'll get a panoramic view of the city at 170 meters.
Matcha Japan Travel Magazine has detailed info and the fastest way to get to Umeda Sky Building from JR Station.
Or go for a meal at Dōtonbori . It will be difficult to fit in both Osaka Castle and Dotonbori in 3-4 hours. 
There are coin-operated lockers on the first and third floors of the station if you need to store your bags. 

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  1. Umeda Sky Building (attraction)
  2. Dōtonbori (attraction)
  3. Osaka Castle (attraction)

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