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  • The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Tenjimbashi 6-4-20 Housing Information Center Building 8F
    The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, which opened in 2001, is located in Tenjinbashi in the Kita Ward of Osaka City. The Museum is focused on the cultural and historical aspects of how people in Osaka lived during the period from the latter part of the Edo period through to the Showa period. The ninth floor of the Museum building features a row of life-size replica buildings facing onto a “main road,” including Machiya shop-houses, stores, a firewatching tower, etc.; visitors can enjoy strolling around this recreation of an Osaka street scene from days gone by. The eighth floor has dioramas and other exhibits showing Osaka’s streets looked like at different times between the Meiji period and Showa period. The Museum also holds seasonal special exhibitions.

    It’s too small a museum and the air inside is pretty stale at the new exhibition area where we have to pay an additional of 200yen. Visit if only you have additional time to spare.

  • CupNoodles Museum Osaka Ikeda
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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.

    Made the effort to come out to Ikeda to take a look. Not a huge place but plenty of photo opportunites with cup noodles of different flavours on all the walls... the DIY making of the cup noodles is...

  • Osaka Museum of History
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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.

    We visited this place while visiting Osaka castle castle nearby. From the upper floors, we could get a good view of Osaka castle and the surrounding park directly across. We browsed through the...

  • Kids Plaza Osaka
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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.

    Easily spent 4 hours+ in this kids castle. A lot of things to play and explore. Spacious and Kids friendly. Bring your own foods and drinks are allow. There are free locker at the plaza. Will...

  • Osaka Science Museum
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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.

    Everything is in Japanese but you can get the jist of the experiments. 4 floors of things to do. Good few hours on a wet or too hot day.

  • National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku)
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    Osaka Suitashi Senribampakukouen 10-1
    The National Museum of Ethnology (or Minpaku) is located in the Expo Commemoration Park in Suita City, Osaka. With exhibits centered around cultural anthropology and ethnology it is the world's largest ethnology museum. Researcher's have collected some 345,000 articles of daily life tools and native dress from every part of the globe. Exhibits in the Main Building are divided into nine geographical regions and with both musical and spoken exhibitions, starting in Oceania before heading eastward in a lap around the globe. Come be introduced to a variety of world-wide cultures with nearly 12,000 displayed materials that focus on daily tools and necessities of life as well as 800 video shorts that show different cultural etiquettes and arts as well as daily activities. Special events and themed exhibitions are held multiple times throughout the year.

    This is one of the best museums I have visited. Could have spent the whole day here and then came back the next day. It has a large display on the peoples of Japan but thats just a part of it. The...

  • Open-air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses
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    Osaka Toyonakashi Hattoriryokuchi 1-2
    Located in Hattori Ryokuchi Park in Toyonaka City, Osaka Prefecture, the Open-air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses was the first open-air museum of its kind in Japan when it opened in 1956. The Museum has on display 12 representative examples of traditional farmhouses from different parts of Japan—from Iwate Prefecture in the north to Amami-Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture in the south—that have been relocated to the Museum site. Several of the buildings on display have been designated as Important Cultural Properties, including Gassho-zukuri style farmhouses from the Hida and Shirakawa-go regions, and a Nanbu Magari-ya (L-shaped farmhouse) from Iwate, northern Japan. Inside each house, typical furniture and living utensils from the region in question are displayed.

    This is well worth the visit to give you a glimpse of Japanese life in years gone by. An amazing selection of authentic looking structures. Plenty of space, quiet and relaxing. A terrific escape...

  • Sakai City Museum
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    78 Reviews
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    Osaka Sakaishi Sakai-ku Mozusekiunchou 2 inside Daisen Park
    This museum is located in Daisen Park, just 500 meters from the JR Hanwa Line's Mozu Station. The museum was opened in 1980, as a memorial project for the city's 90th anniversary. Many items pertaining to Sakai City's history, art and customs are preserved displayed in the museum's permanent exhibition, including reproductions of a map of Emperor Nintoku's stone mausoleum and a terracotta unearthed from Emperor Nintoku's tomb in the Kofun / Nintoku Tomb exhibition, and a model of the city of Sakai and a Sakai (matchlock) gun in the Free City Sakai exhibition.

    This museum is nicely located just in front of Nintokus Kofun and therefore something which should be visited together. The museum is nicely laid out with good and easy descriptions which makes it...

  • Osaka Museum of Natural History
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    52 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Higashisumiyoshi-ku Nagaikouen 1-23
    This museum was founded in 1950 and is located within “Nagai Park” in Higashi Sumiyoshi Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture. The museum is based on the theme of humans surrounding natural history, and they carry out such activities as data collection, exhibitions, and educational activities. The permanent exhibition rooms are based on the four themes, “The Natural World Around Us”, “History of Earth and Life”, “Evolution of Life” and “The Lives of Living Things”. You can enjoy learning about nature in the local area of Osaka, the ecology, and evolution of living things and the environment while taking turns at games and videos. Special exhibitions are held several times a year at the museum. The in-house and outdoor events mainly held on weekends are also popular.

    Located inside Nagai Park, entry is free with your Osaka Amazing pass, otherwise it is chargeable. Good for those who like museums and history. Vist if you have the time and when visiting Nagai park.

  • Glion Museum
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    Osaka Osakashi Minato-ku Kaigandori 2-6-39 (in Osaka/red brick warehouse)
    Museum and showroom of classic cars near Osaka Port. This 100-year-old redbrick warehouse has a retro atmosphere making you imagine New York and London, with restored vintage cars from such companies as Toyota and Ford on display. This antique space also has models and other items a car fan will delight over, and even the T3R driving simulator.

    If you’re a car guy and don’t visit this place when travelling in Osaka, get ready for regret. This place has a few sections (open display, restaurant/bar, ticketed display, free display). The free...

  • Kishiwada Danjiri Kaikan
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    Osaka Kishiwadashi Honmachi 11-23
    This museum is approximately a 13-minute walk from the Nankai Line's Kishiwada Station. You can learn all about the Kishiwada Danjiri festival at this facility. Actual items used in the Danjiri festival are exhibited in the event hall on the second floor, and every hour, there is a screening of the Danjiri festival on the 27-screen display. Also exhibited here, are things such as the Old Kamiyacho, which was made in 1842 and retired in 1990. In the experience corner on the fourth floor, you can experience what you feel like to ride on the top of Danjiri big roof, which is just like the stage star and often a carpenter does the role, and the exciting Danjiri-bayashi, with the great Taiko drums and small Taiko drums.

    These portable shrines are drawn along by columns of young men during festival days. I saw such a parade in 2013.

  • Bicycle Museum
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    Osaka Sakaishi Sakai-ku Daisennakamachi 18-2
    This is the only bicycle museum in Japan, located approximately six minutes' walk from the JR Hanwa Line's Mozu Station. Here, visitors can learn about the history of the development of bicycles from around 300 actual bicycles (including replicas) and from books on the subject. In the Bicycle Plaza, located in Daisen Park, next to the museum, you can try riding replicas of 1800s bicycles, and there is also a bicycle-riding class for people who cannot ride a bicycle.

    The friendly staff played the introductory video in English when they knew I couldn’t understand Japanese. Puts into perspective what you get to see in the bicycle museum. (Following info are...

  • Mino Park Museum of Insects
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    Osaka Minoo-shi Minookouen 1-18
    A museum located inside Minoh Park in Minoh City. Designed around the concept of the world that insects see, the museum displays live and preserved examples of insects which live in Minoh as well as around the world. There's also a theater which shows animated videos and a kids' room which holds events such as insect petting sessions. Visitors can view a variety of plants and butterflies in the museum's butterfly garden.

    This is located within Mino-o park and you will see it on the way to the waterfall. Its more kids than adults. Visit only if theres time.

  • Osaka Prefectural Museum of Yayoi Culture
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    Osaka Izumishi Ikegamichou 4-8-27
    This is the only museum in the country dealing with documents and information on Yayoi culture, located approximately 600 meters from Shinodayama Station on the JR Hanwa Line. There are two permanent exhibition rooms displaying Yayoi culture to see and documents regarding the Ikegami Sone ruins, The World of Ikegami Sone. Visitors can experience Yayoi culture through authentic material, replica and video as well as enjoy learning about themes such as rice making, innovative technology, and a statue of Himiko holding a mirror. A wide variety of exhibitions including seasonal special exhibitions and archeology seminars are also held.

    とても資料が多く、勉強になります。 地元の子供の、勉強に良いと思います。 ご家族で訪問するのがよいでしょう。

  • Osaka Prefectural Sayamaike Museum
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    Osaka Osakasayamashi Ikejirinaka 2
    This museum is dedicated to land development history, with the dyke and unearthed cultural assets from Japan's oldest dammed reservoir, the historic Sayamaike. The dam was designed by architect Tadao Ando. The first thing to draw visitors' eyes is the permanent exhibition of a cross section of the dyke, which was created using the Shikiha koho method of construction, in the Asuka period. A 15-meter high and 60-meter wide section of the dyke was reconstructed for the exhibition, so the stratum of 1,400 years since the dyke's construction can be clearly seen. A place of lifelong learning, there are also many special exhibits and items of interest in the museum.

    書物がたくさんあります。歴史を感じました。昔の暮らしについての特別展などもあり、田植えの道具や食事の道具など昔の工夫を感じることができました。

  • Mint Museum
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Tenma 1-1-79
    This museum is a 15-minute walk from the subway Minamimorimachi Station and was the first in Japan to use a gas lamp as a landmark. The museum building was originally a thermal power plant built in 1911 and is the last western-style brick building built in the Meiji period in the precincts of the Mint Bureau. On the second floor, in addition to a display of the medals used in the Tokyo ad Nagano Olympics, there is a corner where visitors can learn the history of the Mint and touch the gold and silver bullions. On the third floor, coins and currency from around the world are displayed with LED lighting. The information inspection room is also open and visitors can learn extensively about money.
  • Mizuno Sportology Gallery
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    Osaka Osakashi Suminoe-ku Nankoukita 1-12-35 Mizuno Corporation Osaka head office building 1F
    Approximately five minutes' walk from the Nanko Port Town Line's Nakafuto Station, this gallery is on the first floor of the sporting equipment manufacturer, Mizuno's head office. Sports-related exhibits line the walls, with everything from official Olympic posters from the Meiji period to the present day, to uniforms of baseball players in the late Taisho period, to leather gloves from the early Showa period. There is also a corner where visitors can touch models of equipment currently being used by present-day athletes.

    If you love Mizuno sport goods, you definitely like this gallery. Many goods, e.g. baseball gloves, sport shoes, and good s that many famous athletes used, Olympic goods are exhibited. Admission is...

  • Osaka Gas - Gas Science Museum
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    Osaka Takaishishi Takasago 3-1
    This information center is located in Takasago, Takaishi City, Osaka Prefecture. Visitors to the center can enjoy learning about natural gas and the global environment. Group visits (adult-orientated or children-orientated) school trips, and family visits are all welcome. Children-orientated groups can easily learn about energy from a screening of fighting robots and judging a Shining Robot Contest, and from actually using fire and touching the exhibits. Visits are by reservation only, but are free of charge.

    無料なのがいいです。小学校の時に社会見学に行きましたが、大人になっていくとまた違った見方が出来てお勧めです。

  • Osaka University of Arts Museum
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    Osaka Minamikawachigunkananchou Higashiyama 469 Tsukamoto Hideyo Memorial Hall Art Information Center
    This museum is on the Osaka University of Arts campus. This museum displays over 4,000 pieces of art and craft work from in- and outside of Japan in regular and special exhibits. They have a collection of gramophones from early 19th century models to the middle of the 20th century, as well as a collection of photography by Henri Cartier-Bresson, one of only four in the world. Originally founded in 1981 as the Osaka University of Arts Tsukamoto Hideyo Memorial Museum and Arts Information Center, the materials it gathered were eventually opened for viewing in 2002 to allow wider access to society.
  • OSTEC Exhibition Hall
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    Osaka Osaka-shi Nishi-ku Utsubohonmachi 1-8-4
    A science and technology exhibition facility located in Utsubohonmachi 1-Chome, Nishi Ward, Osaka City. Here you will find exhibitions on cutting-edge technologies by some 30 Japanese companies and organizations. The facility is divided into five technological categories: new materials, new lifestyles, the environment, communication and images, and energy. Visitors can experience the technologies on display through games and other exhibits. In addition, the facility holds events such as experiment and crafting classes on Sunday's and during the summer school holidays.

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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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