Getaways around Osaka ( To do during World Expo 2025 ! )

The Osaka World Expo 2025 promises to attract visitors from all over the world, offering a platform to discover technological, cultural and environmental innovations. For visitors wishing to explore beyond the city and immerse themselves in Japan's natural beauty and cultural richness, a number of fascinating getaways are available around Osaka. Here are some suggestions for getaways that promise unforgettable experiences.

1. Kyoto

Distance: Less than 30 minutes by train

The ancient capital of Japan, Kyoto is a treasure trove of temples, shrines and traditional gardens. Don't miss the Kinkaku-ji (the Golden Pavilion), the Fushimi Inari-taisha with its thousands of red torii, and the historic Gion district.

Recommended activities :

  • Visit Kiyomizu-dera temple: A UNESCO World Heritage site offering panoramic views of Kyoto.
  • Stroll through Arashiyama: Stroll through the bamboo forest and explore the Iwatayama Monkey Park.
Le temple Kiyomizu dera

Le temple Kiyomizu dera

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la forêt de bambous Arashiyama

la forêt de bambous Arashiyama

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le parc des singes d'Iwatayama

le parc des singes d'Iwatayama.

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2. Nara

Distance : Approx. 1 hour by train

Known for its free-roaming deer and historic temples, Nara is the perfect day trip. Todai-ji, with its monumental Buddha statue, is a must-see.

Recommended activities:

  • Nara Park: Interact with the sacred deer that roam freely.
  • Kasuga Taisha Temple: A Shinto shrine famous for its stone and bronze lanterns.
cerf dans le parc de Nara

cerf dans le parc de Nara

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Le temple Kasuga Taisha

Le temple Kasuga Taisha

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3. Minoh Park

Distance : 30 minutes from the city by car, 1 hour by public transport

Minoh Park in Osaka Prefecture is a natural spot prized for its autumn colors and 33-meter waterfall. The path leading to the waterfall passes through lush forests and offers spectacular views.

Along the way, visitors can sample fried maple leaves and explore temples such as Ryuanji. Easily accessible from Osaka, the park is a peaceful retreat ideal for hiking and nature-watching.

cascade du parc Minoh

cascade du parc Minoh

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cascade du parc Minoh

cascade du parc Minoh

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4. Himeji

Distance : 30 minutes to 1 hour by train

Himeji Castle, nicknamed the "White Fortress", is a perfect example of Japanese castle architecture. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is often considered Japan's most beautiful castle.

Recommended activities:

  • Visit Himeji Castle: Explore the beautifully restored fortifications and gardens.
  • Koko-en Garden: A traditional Japanese garden adjacent to the castle.
Le château d'Himeji

Le château d'Himeji

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Château Himeji

Vue sur le château de nuit depuis le Musée d'art de la ville

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5. Uji

Distance: Less than 40 minutes by train

Uji is famous for its green tea and rich cultural heritage. Visit Byodo-in, an iconic temple featured on Japanese 10-yen coins.

Recommended activities

  • Tea ceremony: Discover the traditional art of tea-making at one of the local tea houses.
  • Visit the Byodo-in Temple: Admire the elegant architecture of this 11th-century temple.
Temple Byodo-in

Temple Byodo-in

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Uji

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6. Kobe

Distance : Less than 30 minutes by train

Kobe is famous for its world-famous beef, but also offers attractions such as the historic Kitano district and Mount Rokko.

The best activity is tasting Kobe beef, a delicacy you can enjoy in one of the many specialized restaurants. Or enjoy the view of Kobe and the Seto Inland Sea from Mount Rokko.

Mer intérieure de Seto

Mer intérieure de Seto

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Nunobiki Falls

Nunobiki Falls

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La ville de Kobe

La ville de Kobe

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Boeuf de kobe

Boeuf de kobe

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