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  • Osaka Aquarium (Kaiyukan)
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    4.5
    6596 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    Family trip with 2 children, 8 and 5 yro. Went here 30 Dec 2019, very very crowded. Need 1.5 hours just to queue and get inside the place. Inside is packed, almost all of the aquarium was blocked...

  • Tempozan Ferris Wheel
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    4.0
    1448 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    There was a slight wait for the glass bottom ones but in hind sight, should have just gotten on a regular one. It was ok, nice views up top but nothing too special.

  • Universal Studios Japan
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Universal Citywalk Osaka (TM)
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    4.0
    339 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    Location is excellent, once you come out from JR station, you will see the building , also many hotel station here. it a must go place before and after you visit universal studios osaka. lot of...

  • Tempozan Market Place
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    3.5
    170 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    We visited the ferris wheel and Santa Maria cruise and came to this mall to look for food. There are quite a number of food options in the food court and quite a few Japanese eating stalls. Not a...

  • Osaka Prefectural Government Sakishima Building Observatory
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    4.0
    151 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Osakashi Suminoe-ku Nankoukita 1-14-16 within the Osaka prefecture government office
    This observatory is approx. a three-minute walk from the Nanko Port Town Line's Trade Center-mae Station. It is on the top floor of the Osaka Prefectural Government Sakishima Building, which is also called Sakishima Cosmo Tower. The panoramic viewing space is 252 meters above ground, and is a circuit style with 360 degrees of full glass. You can overlook the Osaka Bay area, Awaji Island, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and Kansai International Airport. Watching the changing scenery from dusk to night while sitting in the west side box seats is popular.

    Interesting, not sure if I would go again but we ended up there so we had a look around. City scape views. May not be of interest to everyone.

  • Spa Suminoe
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    4.5
    89 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Osaka Osakashi Suminoe-ku Izumi 1-1-82
    This super-sized public bath is located inside the Mag's Suminoe amusement complex, directly outside the Underground Yotsubashi Line's Suminoe Park Station. The hot spring's best feature is its enormous garden open-air bath. Each week, the men's and women's baths alternate between the Mori no Tsubo bath, created with stones which came down the Totsukawa river, and the Chikurin bath, which is surrounded by a bamboo forest. The natural hot spring's water is hypotonic, weak alkaline, hot water, which comes from 700 meters underground and is said to be effective for promoting good health and for muscle pain. There are also relaxation facilities including body care and beauty treatment available. It is possible to re-enter the baths afterwards.

    Didn’t expect to be amazed but once you are inside Spa Suminoe, you will definitely agree with me. There are indoor and outdoor onsen and both are really good! Further, it’s only around 6-8 mins...

  • Eggs 'n Things (The Park Front Hotel Branch)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Konohana-ku Shimaya 6-2-52-305
    This is a casual restaurant where you can enjoy a truly all-day breakfast menu with plenty of volume at any time of the day. The interior of the restaurant is all off-white and light beige, with Hawaiian music, surfboards on the walls and staff wearing Aloha shirts, which give the restaurant a very authentic Hawaiian atmosphere. In addition to its best-selling pancakes, the restaurant also serves a popular Eggs Benedict, using the original Hollandaise sauce.
  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center Osaka
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    3.5
    22 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Osakashi Minato-ku Kaigandori 1-1-10 Tempozan Marketplace 3F
    This is an indoor entertainment facility located on the third floor of the Osaka Bay Area commercial facility “Tempozan Marketplace.” It was built as a facility for children to have fun with their families, and there are ride type attractions on the theme of Lego and a 4D cinema. There is also a classroom where visitors can learn how to make Lego works by professional Lego creators, a play zone, as well as a reproduction of Osaka city is in Lego blocks, and an attraction is that visitors are able to be entertained according to their age. It is a facility full of “play” that stimulates children’s imagination. The nearest station is Osakako Station.

    This is a egoland interactive location designed for small kids.It has an excellent selection of Lego sets and a few that I was not familiar with.

  • Naniwa Kuishinbo Yokocho
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    4.0
    65 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Osakashi Minato-ku Kaigandori 1-1-10 Tempozan Marketplace 2F
    This food theme park is located on the second floor of the Tempozan Market Place shopping center in the Tempozan Bay Area facing Osaka Bay. The decor seeks to capture the lively mid 1960s Osaka vibe from when Osaka hosted the World's Fair and has a retro downtown feel. This popular spot is overflowing with classic Osakan food staples including famous okonomiyaki (savory pancake packed full of vegetables, seafood, and meat) chains, kushikatsu (meat skewers), takoyaki (fried octopus dumplings), warabi-mochi (bracken starch jellies), and more.

    Don’t get this confused with the western food court outside, this is a series of little alleys with little food places tucked in all over. Very traditional Japanese places. Only tried one but it was...

  • Glion Museum
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Kamigata Onsen Ikkyu
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    4.0
    43 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Osaka Osakashi Konohana-ku Torishima 5-9-31
    KamigataOnsenIkkyu is a hot spring facility for day use, just a two-minute walk from the NishijimaGochome bus stop, a rather convenient location for visitors to Universal Studios Japan. The water Is piped in directly from a simple hot spring with a low alkaline level in the city, and it boasts a number one ranking from an MBS Network television program about hot spring facilities in Kansai. Whether it's the Ki no Yu (Wood Bath), with the soothing fragrance of wood, or the Ishi no Yu (Stone Bath) with artfully arranged stone, visitors can enjoy a variety of bathing experiences to their heart's content in either setting. The facility also contains a restaurant that serves authentic Japanese, Western, and Chinese cuisine, a rest area with tatami mats where guests can relax after bathing, and even a feature rare in hot spring facilities, a hair salon.

    This is a really nice onsen with about eight different baths at various temperatures. A few of them are outside and there is a flat area for sunbathing. There are two saunas and a steam room. There’s...

  • Red Lobster (Universal City Walk Osaka Store)
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Konohana-ku Shimaya 6-2-61 Universal/City Walk Osaka 5F
    Find this famous, long established American seafood chain from Florida in Universal City Walk. Situated opposite Universal Studios Japan where you can get a great view of the park. As their name suggests their signature menu item is the bright red lobster, but you should also try their other menu items such as seafood filled paella, thick cuts of juicy steak, or the three ways you can enjoy oysters.

    It’s surprising that they have a halal menu and varieties of drinks. It’s also available to custom the menu. The workers are very friendly and kind, gave us the best service. The prices are also...

  • Maishima Sports Island
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Osakashi Konohana-ku Hokkouryokuchi 2
    This large, multi-faceted leisure facility has a focus on sports. It was built in the 1990s as part of the Osaka Olympic Initiative. It features the multi-purpose Maishima Arena, a baseball stadium, tennis courts, sports grounds, and more. They also have lots of facilities for enjoying the great outdoors, such as a campground, lodges, and a barbecue area, as well as nice spots for a stroll including hills with a view and a plaza with a fountain.

    大阪のサマソニ会場でした。屋内外どこも古めの和式トイレです。スポーツ目的の施設なので仕方がないですがロングスカート・ワイドパンツの方は一度考えた方が無難です。

  • Osaka City - Yao City - Matsubara City Environment Facilities Association Maishima Incineration Plant
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    4.0
    32 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Osaka-shi Konohana-ku Hokukoshiratsu 1-2-48
    This incineration plant is located close to the Konohanaohashi-Nishizume bus stop and was designed by Vienna-born artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. The stunning building is covered with red and yellow lines. Ordinarily, both individuals and groups must make an advance reservation to tour the facility, but occasionally the plant holds special open house days during which time visitors are free to view it. To date, more than 250 thousand people have visited this popular destination. During tours, visitors are shown the plant and also provided with information about the facility by the plant mascot.

    A must to visit is the Mihama Incineration plant and adjacent building both designed by Hundertwasser. Forget about all the fabulous temples and castles this is a must see Easy to get to by...

  • Little OSAKA
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Shopping
    Osaka Osakashi Konohana-ku Shimaya 6-2-61 Universal/City Walk Osaka 3F
    This Osaka souvenir market is located in the shopping complex “Universal City Walk” next to Universal Studios Japan. Visitors will find a variety of unique Osaka souvenirs such as Takoyaki flavored snack food, Kansai limited parody goods, and Yoshimoto (an entertaining company) goods, etc. The shop also contains “Glico-Ya” the antenna store for Ezaki Glico (a popular confectionery company) and the Glico running man signboard at the shop is a landmark. The nearest station is Universal City Station.

    You can just save your trouble going around looking for gifts to be brought home Anythings found in this shop is suitable for age 1 to 100 and they are all so cute Definitely recommended for as a...

  • Santa Maria Sailing Model Ship of Osaka Bay
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Osakashi Minato-ku Kaigandori 1-1-10
    A tour cruise ship operating in the bay area in Minato Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture. The ship’s dock is located near the Tempozan Harbor Village mall and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Modeled after the Santa Maria, Columbus’ flagship when he set sail to journey around the world, this sailing vessel, popular with children, is about two times the size of the original. During their journey, riders can enjoy views of bay area sights like Maishima and Universal Studios Japan. The twilight cruise (reservation required), which sets off with the setting sun, is particularly popular.
  • Garlic Ramen Osaka Tenyo (Taishobashi Branch)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Taishou-ku Sangenyahigashi 1-1-1
    This ramen restaurant is located at the base of Taisho Bridge, approximately three minutes' walk from the JR Taisho Station. This restaurant's best-selling ramen boasts a unique soup, made from pork bone, chicken stock, pork belly meat, vegetables and other ingredients. The soup takes 10 hours to make and the recipe has remained unchanged since the restaurant first opened. The ramen uses medium thickness egg-noodles, which the soup sticks well to. The pork used in the ramen is domestically sourced and softly stewed fresh pork belly, from places like Kagoshima and the Kinki region. Customers may choose whether to include garlic or not.
  • Osaka City Sewerage Science Museum
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Osakashi Konohana-ku Takami 1-2-53

    Really interesting museum that made sewerage science a lot more fun than it sounds. English translations. The one thing that would make it 5-star would be a bit more explanation of the chemical...

  • Mizuno Sportology Gallery
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    4.5
    7 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

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