Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Osaka Area

  • Tempozan Ferris Wheel
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    1672 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Minato-ku Kaigandori 1-1-10
    The Tempozan Ferris Wheel is located in Tempozan Harbor Village in Osaka’s Bay Area. When it opened to the public in 1997, the wheel, which has a height of 112.5 meters and a diameter of 100 meters, was the largest ferris wheel in the world, and consequently attracted a great deal of interest. During the 15-minute ride, visitors can enjoy magnificent views of the Kinki region, including the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Kansai International Airport, Mt. Rokko, etc. The Tempozan Ferris Wheel has four see-through cabins with transparent walls and a transparent floor, which are very popular with young people and tourists. At night, the Ferris Wheel is illuminated using a combination of indirect and direct LED lighting, which is a sight not to be missed.

    You can see the Osaka view from thie Tempozan Ferris Wheee. Its value for your money. There a lot of restaurant near by. Near the Osaka port.

  • Universal Studios Japan
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    Osaka Osakashi Konohana-ku Sakurajima 2-1-33
    A theme park in Osaka City. Come enjoy a variety of attractions based on famous Hollywood movies including Jaws and Jurassic Park. Following the popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter, they opened the Minion Park in 2017 to great domestic and international interest. There is also the Universal Cool Japan area with limited collaboration attractions based on popular video games and anime.
  • CupNoodles Museum Osaka Ikeda
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    677 Reviews
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    Osaka Ikedashi Masumichou 8-25
    This museum in Ikeda City, Osaka, first opened in 1999 at the birthplace of instant ramen. With a variety of displays and hands-on exhibits you can learn all about the history and development of instant ramen by Nissin Foods' founder, Ando Momofuku. Don't miss the display which shows off almost 800 different products from throughout Nissin Foods' history. The Chicken Ramen Factory where you can make your own chicken ramen (fee and reservation required) and the My CupNoodle Factory where you can make your own personal CupNoodle blend (fee required) are both very popular. Admission is free.

    Was interesting to learn the history of Ramen and have fun painting your own labeling. Quirky little museum to spend an afternoon :)

  • Osaka Aquarium (Kaiyukan)
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    Osaka Osakashi Minato-ku Kaigandori 1-1-10
    This aquarium in the Tempozan Bay Area is the world's largest aquarium. It is even more popular now as they have drastically changed how guests view the exhibits, including the Pacific Ocean Tank where you can see whale sharks leisurely swimming about. Enjoy a wide variety of Pacific-Rim themed exhibits to see and enjoy including California Sea Lions, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, and a fish tank with a tunnel from which you can observe the animals.
  • Tennoji Zoo
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    735 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Tennouji-ku Chausuyamachou 1-108
    A municipal zoo located in Tennoji Ward, Osaka City first opened in 1915. The zoo cares for some 200 species and around 1,000 individual animals and is famous the efforts it takes to recreate their natural environments. Popular zoo areas include the African Savanna Zone, home to giraffes, lions, and hippos; Reptile House; Asian Tropical Rain Forest, site of the popular elephant exhibit; and the Friendship Square, a favorite for children where they can pet sheep and goats. Visitors can also watch animals such as the elephants, lions, and penguins being fed.

    The zoo have many exhibits that are no longer active, elephants, koala etc.. Unfortunately we found out only after entering. Of those active, the animals seemed well taken care of though mostly...

  • Expo’70 Commemorative Park
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    Osaka Suitashi Senribampakukouen 1-1
    Boasting a size about 65 times that of the Koshien Baseball Stadium, the Expo ’70 Commemorative Park is a huge park built on the site of the Osaka Expo. Whether for children or adults you can enjoy a day of activities here with facilities ranging from cultural facilities and natural and cultural gardens to the Japanese Garden and an onsen (hot spring facilities). Also, in the central rest area of the Japanese Garden you can see videos of the Expo that took place here in 1970 making it an important place to witness the events that occurred. Access the park from Bampaku-kinen-koen Station on the Osaka Monorail.
  • EXPOCITY
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    500 Reviews
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    Osaka Suitashi Senribampakukouen 2-1
    A massive entertainment complex located inside Expo’70 Commemorative Park in Suita, Osaka which was built on the site of the Expoland amusement park and first opened in November 2015. The complex hosts eight entertainment facilities, including the large Lalaport Expocity shopping mall; the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan-produced Nifrel aquarium; the Pokemon Expo Gym, popular with children; and Orbi Osaka, a nature-oriented hands-on amusement and exploration center. This popular destination features shopping, fun, and learning, making it a fun place for families, couples, and men and women of all ages.

    Good shops and good food hall. We found what we were after the day we went and got a good lunch also. We were hoping the pokemon gym was still there but sadly not.

  • Osaka Museum of History
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    596 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Otemae 4-1-32
    This museum northwest of Naniwanomiyaato Park in Chuo Ward, Osaka City opened in 2001. A permanent exhibit entitled ''Toshi Osaka no Ayumi'' covering the history of Osaka from ancient times to today takes up the 7th to 10th floors. The top floor features a recreation of the council hall of the Nara-period Naniwa Palace complete with 70 cm-thick vermillion-lacquered pillars and life-sized figures of government officials. Each floor presents the history and culture of Osaka through recreations of buildings, miniature models, videos, and abundant artifacts. The remains of Naniwa Palace are preserved in the museum's basement. Tours are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

    This museum provide a lot information you need to know about Japan. The dioramas area excellent. Great view and permanent display.

  • Minoo Park
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    4.5
    290 Reviews
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    Osaka Minoshi Mino
    This natural park extending along the northern mountainous district of Mino City has close to 1,000 varieties of plants and is inhabited by more than 3,000 varieties of insects. Visitors can enjoy a variety of nature in all four seasons such as spring’s cherry blossoms and winter’s frost-covered trees and icicles, but the changing leaves in autumn are particularly beautiful. This is also known as a famous place for its waterfall, and the Mino-no-Taki waterfall with a width of five meters and a drop of 33 meters has been designated as one of Japan’s top 100 waterfalls. A hiking course follows a mountain stream from the bridge at the park entrance to the large waterfall, and is constantly traversed by people throughout the year. The park is approximately 30 minutes by train from downtown Osaka.

    If youre looking for a nature trek away from the bustling Dotonbori and Namba, Minoo is the nearest place instead of taking a trip to Nara or Kyoto. Minoo Park is great during Autumn, as they sell...

  • NIFREL
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    290 Reviews
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    Osaka Suitashi Senribampakukouen 2-1 Within EXPOCITY
    A museum located inside Expo’70 Commemorative Park where visitors can enjoy exciting, novel exhibits which go beyond the boundaries of a dedicated aquarium, zoo, or art museum. Based on the concept of coming in contact with various sensibilities, the facility is divided into seven zones designed to stimulate the viewer’s sensitivities through animals viewed from a variety of perspectives, including colors, abilities, and shapes. The facility also has white tigers and numerous exhibits featuring waterside mammal’s such as miniature hippos and the popular capybara. There is a picnic-themed café in the museum as well as a souvenir shop. The closest station is Bampaku-kinen-koen Station.

    Small aquarium which cost $3000 yen for both of us, it was weird starting with aquarium then randomly ending with lemars still a good walk around to get out of the cold.

  • Kids Plaza Osaka
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    4.5
    368 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Ougimachi 2-1-7
    Japan’s first hands-on learning museum for children, Kids Plaza Osaka is dedicated to helping children experience new things and emotions through play and to extend the possibilities and individuality of children. The Kids Town, designed by artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, is a maze-like area made up entirely of curved lines. The museum is overflowing with exhibits where children can learn about world cultures, nature, chemistry, and society while playing. The museum also conducts events where children and parents can join in together and the facilities are complete with a nursing room and dining tables. The museum is also popular with families with young children. Ogimachi Station is the closest station to the museum.

    A great experiences no only for childrens, its a place for adult also. The fee is cheap and you can spend your whole day here with the family

  • Universal Citywalk Osaka (TM)
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    349 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Konohana-ku Shimaya 6-2-61
    This is a commercial facility next to “Universal Studios Japan (USJ),” with a number of restaurants, shops, and hotels made to look like a street from Hollywood. In addition to restaurants and fast food shops where visitors can enjoy gourmet from all around the world, the food theme park where you can eat and compare Takoyaki (octopus dumplings), a specialty of Osaka, is also popular. There are also many shops selling souvenirs of Osaka, busy with tourists on their way home from USJ. The nearest is Universal City Station.

    When u come to Osaka, please at least spend your time in here. u may come here after the USJ. its really nice to take photos and enjoy the scenary

  • Hirakata Park
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    216 Reviews
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    Osaka Hirakatashi Hirakatakouenchou 1-1
    This long-standing amusement park, located near Hirakata-koen Station, has a long history in the country. It contains a wooden rollercoaster, free fall ride, a large Ferris wheel, and several other attractions that can be enjoyed all day by adults and children alike. There’s also a small zoo and petting facility as well as restaurants, shops, and many other features. Events are held throughout the year, and there’s a pool open in the summer and an ice skating rink in the winter. Popular entertainers often serve as brand ambassadors, which has garnered the park fame.

    It is a quaint traditional theme park and not crowded. While the journey there is long, the time taken was worth it as the kids enjoyed themselves very much. Not the usual Universal Studios or Disney...

  • Osaka Science Museum
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    230 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Nakanoshima 4-2-1
    A science museum in Nakanoshima, Kita Ward, Osaka City, that focuses on Space and Energy. It first opened in 1989. Here both children and adults can explore space and its discoveries, chemistry, science, electricity, energy, and so much more from all angles in exhibits spread out amongst the different floors. The staff will also present science shows in the areas of their expertise. In the underground planetarium with the world's largest 26.5-meter dome screen you can enjoy videos of the cosmos.

    This museum was great! There are many things to learn about science here. There are 4 floors and each floor is a good experience. The foods here are good, too. My favorite one was the balance that...

  • Osaka Castle Park
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Osakajou
    Osaka Castle Park in Chuo Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture is a municipal park. Inside the large park, there are historic buildings and public facilities. Inside the Tenshukaku (castle tower) of Osaka Castle, which was restored in 1931, is open to the public for a fee as a historical museum and is also popular with overseas tourists. It is also a well-known place for seasonal flowers, such as cherry blossoms in Nishinomaru Garden (fees apply) and plums in the plum grove in Osaka Castle and has many visitors during the flowering seasons. At the Osaka-jo Hall and the Osaka Castle Band Shell, a range of music events, such as concerts, are held.
  • The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka
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    275 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Nakanoshima 1-1-26
    The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, which opened in 1982, is dedicated to ceramics from the East Asia region. The Museum’s collection—which is focused mainly on Chinese and Korean ceramics—is world-class in terms of both quantity and quality. The 300 or so representative items that make up the Museum’s permanent exhibitions effectively bring across the appeal of ceramics, such as the painstaking effort made to ensure that ceramics reflect the light to best effect. The Museum’s themed exhibitions and special exhibitions are also very popular.

    I visited this place on february, it is just nice. Easy to access by subway, just a few hundreds walking distance.

  • The National Museum of Art, Osaka
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    193 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Nakanoshima 4-2-55
    This art museum is located in Nakanoshima, Kita Ward, Osaka City. Founded in 1977, it relocated to its current location in 2004. It is notable for being one of the only underground art museums in the world. The museum primarily collects and exhibits works of modern art from the post-war era to now. In addition to exhibiting its collection, the museum also holds exhibitions and seminars about a range of art genres with a focus on contemporary art. Other events organized by the museum include workshops for children.

    A stunningly ugly building with two underground exhibition floors. When I visited, you had to pay separately to see shows on each floor, and then extra for an audio guide. To add insult to the...

  • National Bunraku Theatre
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    161 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Nippombashi 1-12-10
    The National Bunraku Theatre, which opened in 1984, is located in the Chuo Ward of Osaka City. The 753-seat Large Hall is mainly used for performances of Ningyo Joruri (Bunraku) puppet theatre, one of Japan’s traditional performing arts; it is also used as a venue for theatrical productions, dance performances, etc. The Small Hall is used for performances of Rakugo, Manzai, Rokyoku (Naniwa-bushi recitation), etc. The National Bunraku Theatre also holds special performances for schoolchildren etc. who may not be familiar with Bunraku, with explanations. The Exhibition Hall in the National Bunraku Theatre has permanent exhibitions of books etc. relating to the history of Bunraku, as well as holding special thematic exhibitions.

    I attended the National Bunraku theatre to see a Bunraku (puppetry performance). Three puppeteers work in unison to make the puppets come alive and a narrator accompanied by a samisen player...

  • Tempozan Market Place
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    3.5
    173 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Minato-ku Kaigandori 1-1-10
    A shopping mall and entertainment complex located in the Osaka Bay area inside Tempozan Harbor Village, famous for the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, one of the largest aquariums in the world. The three floors of the facility are packed with restaurants, cafes, fashionable apparel stores, and lifestyle goods shops. The mall has a full array of facilities appealing to families, including Naniwa Kuishinbo Yokocho, a food theme park where visitors can enjoy the delights of Osaka cuisine; Tempozan Animal Park, where you can play with dogs, cats, and other small animals; and Legoland Discovery Center Osaka, an indoor museum where kids can play with Legos. The closest station is Osakako Station.

    Don’t get confused - the food court is a standard shopping centre food court but behind it is an area looking like old shops which has some great Japanese food in it. We had vegetarian okonomiyaki...

  • Hankyu Sanbangai
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    171 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Shibata 1-1-3
    Hankyu Sanbangai is a large-scale shopping center attached to Hankyu Umeda Station. An artificial river flows through the underground part of the shopping center. It was constructed as a symbol of Osaka, the City of Water. The origin of this name is Trevi Plaza, a space where people come to relax while eating. The best spot of the shopping center is the food court on the second basement of the North Building, with its 1,000 seating capability. There are rows of many popular stores here, catering to customers from all walks of life. Many different types of facilities exist side by side here, such as children's rest rooms and Japanese areas, filled with antique works of art.

    On basement level two (BF2) there are over 100 small food shops all reasonably priced and many with English menus or some ability to understand my terribly limited Japanese. We had okonomiyaki one...

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While Osaka prefecture is the country's second smallest prefecture, its capital, Osaka City, is the country's third-largest and arguably one of the most popular in the Kansai region thanks to its vibrant nightlife, the Osaka people's openness, and its much-loved cuisine, which has earned it the nickname "the nation's kitchen."

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