Leisure / Outdoors Spots in Osaka Area

  • Tempozan Ferris Wheel
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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.

  • EXPOCITY
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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.

  • Grand Front Osaka
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    530 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Ofukachou
    Grand Front Osaka is a multi-function commercial complex located in the Kita Ward of Osaka City, to the north of Osaka Station and Umeda Station. It comprises a North Building, South Building, and high-rise residential tower, with a hotel, shopping mall, restaurants, a theater, office space, plazas, rental space, etc. The large shopping area has over 260 individual stores, including fashionable luxury brand boutiques, interior furnishings stores, etc.; many of the stores are their brands’ first Kansai region store, or the Kansai region flagship store.

    Its located right next to Umeda JRStation. Number of shops is not that many however there are many food and beverage choices upstairs and we tried some of them which were all good quality at...

  • 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.
  • 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...

  • 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 :)

  • Namba Parks
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    364 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Naniwa-ku Nambanaka 2-10-70
    Namba Parks is an office and shopping complex in the Naniwa Ward of Osaka City, built on the site of what was formerly Osaka Stadium. It comprises Parks Tower, a 30-storey office building, and Namba Parks Shops & Diners, a shopping mall. The gradually-ascending Parks Garden rooftop garden has an abundance of plants and trees, and is a great place for urban residents to relax and enjoy being in close proximity to natural greenery. The mall has a comprehensive range of facilities, including a wide range of luxury brand boutiques, upscale restaurants, a game center, movie theatre, etc.

    Tucked in the southern side of Namba Station, it’s not as crowded as other shopping malls in the area. It’s good for those who look for a bit more upmarket brands or goods that are still reasonably...

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Minoo Park
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    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...

  • 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

  • HEP FIVE
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    169 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Kakudachou 5-15
    HEP FIVE is a fashion shopping mall in Osaka City. The building is very distinctive, with a red ferris wheel on the roof, and with the use of a striking red and white color scheme for the external walls. This is a trend-setting mall, with around 170 shops—mainly selling fashion and miscellaneous goods targeted at female consumers—and restaurants. The ferris wheel on the roof is an Umeda district landmark, enabling visitors to view Osaka City and Mt. Rokko from a height of 106 meters above ground level. The mother-and-child pair of red whale sculptures hung in the first-floor atrium were designed by famous industrial designer Tatsuya Ishii.

    What I like about this mall is that I can get the Manhattan portage bag for almost half the price online. What more I get it tax free though the lady at one of the shop was rude when I requested for...

  • 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.

  • Hattori Ryokuchi Park
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    147 Reviews
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    Osaka Toyonakashi Hattoriryokuchi 1-1
    This is one of Osaka Prefecture's most famous green areas and is only a five-minute walk from Ryokuchi-koen Station. This area of land, which is 33 times the size of Koshien Baseball Stadium, has a botanical garden where you can enjoy plants from all the seasons, tennis, a horse-riding facility, a swimming pool, a play area with a large playground, the Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farm Houses, an outdoor stage, and more. The park was selected as one of Japan's Best 100 City Parks. The park is rich with nature with pine trees, green roads, and a nearby forest with fountains and streams. Many events are also held at the various facilities across the park. People visit at all times of the year when they're in the North Osaka area.

    Old Japanese Farmhouses are a must see. They came from all over Japan and are preserved here at the Park. Great place fo

  • 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...

  • LUCUA
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    136 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Umeda 3-1-3
    This is the east building of LUCUA osaka, Japan’s largest station commercial facility located at Osaka Station. It is filled with approximately 200 fashion and cosmetic shops, cafes, restaurants and sweets stores. There are also many stores that choose it for their Kansai region or Japan debuts, a reason why it bustles with mainly female customers every day.

    Lucua is one of the several departmental stores right in or next to JR Osaka station, besides Lucua101, Daimaru, Grand Front Osaka etc, just to name a few. It covers several floor areas and sell a...

  • 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...

  • Tennoji Park
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    218 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Tennouji-ku Chausuyamachou 1-108
    A municipal park located in Osaka City’s Tennoji Ward. Facilities such as the Tennoji Zoo; Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts; and Keitakuen Garden, a renowned garden which once belonged to the Sumitomo clan, are located inside the park. Historic Mt. Chausu, found in the northeast part of the park, served as the headquarters of Tokugawa Ieyasu during the winter campaign of the siege of Osaka, as well as the headquarters of Sanada Yukimura during the summer campaign of the siege. In October 2015, the park entrance area was remodeled as the natural lawn Park Market facility, and here visitors can find fashionable cafés, a farm fresh vegetable market, restaurants, a dog run, and futsal court.

    My family had decided to steer clear of the shopping area, especially since it’s the weekend. It was one of the best choices made. Though there was a crowd in the park, everything was still rather...

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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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