Best things to do in Osaka with kids Best things to do in Osaka with kids

Best things to do in Osaka with kids


2019.09.03

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

Best things to do in Osaka with kids

If you are traveling to Japan with children, Osaka is a great place to spend some time as there are plenty of great attractions for kids of all ages.

If you happen to be in Osaka on a rainy day, don’t worry, because there are also some great indoor attractions. These are our top recommended places to go in Osaka if you are traveling with children.

  • 01

    Universal Studios Japan

    Universal Studios Japan

    Universal Studios Japan

    As one of the most popular theme parks in Japan, Universal Studios has tons of things to do for the whole family to enjoy. The park is divided into nine sections: Jurassic Park, Hollywood, New York, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, San Francisco, Minion Park, Waterworld, Amity Village, and Universal Wonderland.

    Each section has shows for kids of all ages and also has thrilling rides with special effects. If you are visiting with a young child, be sure to pay careful attention to the height restrictions of each attraction. There are also tons of shops in the park where you can purchase tax-free goods.

    Universal Studios Japan

    Universal Studios Japan

    Universal Studios Japan

    Universal Studios Japan

    Universal Studios Japan
    rating

    3.0

    2 Reviews
    place
    Osaka Osakashi Konohana-ku Sakurajima 2-1-33
    phone
    0570200606
    opening-hour
    Depends on Sunday
    info
    【URL】https://www.usj.co.jp/
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    Kaiyukan

    Kaiyukan

    Kaiyukan

    Discover the underwater world at one of Japan’s most spectacular aquariums - Kaiyukan. Kaiyukan is home to 30,000 creatures from around 620 species. Each of its 15 large tanks represent a different region of the Pacific Rim, including “Antarctica”, “Japan Forest”, and the main attraction at the aquarium, “Pacific Ocean”.

    The Pacific Ocean tank houses whale sharks and offers an up-close look at these magnificent sea creatures. The best way to tour the aquarium is to start on the 8th floor and head down, getting deeper into the ocean world as you descend floor by floor.

    The aquarium’s new interactive exhibit allows you to experience different environments, touch sharks and stingrays, and more.

    Kaiyukan

    Kaiyukan

    Kaiyukan

    Kaiyukan

    Osaka Aquarium (Kaiyukan)
    rating

    4.5

    6652 Reviews
    place
    Osaka Osakashi Minato-ku Kaigandori 1-1-10
    phone
    0665765501
    opening-hour
    10:00-20:00 (admission until…
    info
    【URL】https://www.kaiyukan.com/
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  • 03

    Takonotetsu Marubiru Store

    Takonotetsu Marubiru Store

    Takonotetsu Marubiru Store

    Osaka is famed for its delicious takoyaki. These ball-shaped snacks are made from a batter that’s mixed with different ingredients, such as octopus, then is topped with sauce.

    At Takonotetsu Marubiru, you and your kids can have a fun, hands-on experience making your own takoyaki and then enjoy eating your creations. If you need help making your takoyaki, don’t worry as the staff will assist you.

    Takonotetsu provides high-quality ingredients for you to use, including batter that’s made using their own secret recipe. Main ingredients for the Takoyaki are green onions, dried bonito flakes, fresh (never frozen) octopus, and a variety of vegetables and meats. You can also choose from a variety of sauces to top off your dish.

    Takonotetsu Marubiru Store

    Takonotetsu Marubiru Store

    蛸之徹
    place
    大阪府大阪市北区梅田1-9-20大阪マルビルB2
    phone
    06-6345-0301
    info
    【URL】http://www.takonotetsu.co.jp/#section-2/
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  • 04

    Kids Plaza Osaka

    Kids Plaza Osaka

    Kids Plaza Osaka

    If you need something to do with your kids on a rainy day, we recommend you head over to Kids Plaza, an indoor complex where your children will be kept occupied for hours.

    This kid-friendly museum is designed to help children of all ages learn while they play and have fun. On the “Creativity” floor, kids can explore their creative side while the “Adventure” floor has a huge, uniquely designed play area. On the “Discovery” floor, kids can learn about science, culture, and society through a range of hands-on exhibits.

    Kids Plaza Osaka

    Kids Plaza Osaka

    Kids Plaza Osaka

    Kids Plaza Osaka

    Kids Plaza Osaka
    rating

    4.5

    368 Reviews
    place
    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Ougimachi 2-1-7
    phone
    0663116601
    opening-hour
    9:30-17:00 (Last entry 45 mi…
    info
    【URL】https://www.kidsplaza.or.jp/en/floor/
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  • 05

    Dotonbori Tsuribori

    Dotonbori Tsuribori

    Dotonbori Tsuribori

    In the middle of the city is an unexpected spot called Dotonbori Tsuribori where you can fish in an indoor fishing pond (although you can’t take the fish home with you).

    Kids will have a blast here catching different kinds of fish, including sturgeon, carp, and catfish. You can even try catching an eel with your bare hands! You can choose to fish for 30 minutes or one hour.

    Dotonbori Tsuribori

    Dotonbori Tsuribori

    Ark booth
    place
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doutombori 1-chome 6-9
    phone
    0662131804
    info
    【URL】http://doutonbori-turibori.com/
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  • 06

    Tennoji Zoo

    Tennoji Zoo is home to around 1,000 animals from 200 different species, so there is always a lot to see. Visitors especially love the effort that has been made to recreate the natural habitats of the animals, so you feel like you are really out in the wild.

    Children will love watching the feeding times and being able to pet some of the animals. Tennoji Zoo is very easy to find as it is next to Shinsekai.

    Tennoji Zoo
    rating

    3.5

    735 Reviews
    place
    Osaka Osakashi Tennouji-ku Chausuyamachou 1-108
    phone
    0667718401
    opening-hour
    9:30-17:00 (Admission until …
    info
    【URL】https://www.city.osaka.lg.jp/contents/wdu170/tennojizoo/en/information/about/
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  • 07

    NIFREL

    NIFREL

    NIFREL

    Expocity is a commercial facility next to the Expo '70 Commemorative Park and is a great place to go on a rainy day. There are many spots for kids to play in this complex but NIFREL is especially recommended.

    NIFREL is an aquazoo where you can get an up-close look at the behaviors and characteristics of aquatic creatures. What is special about NIFREL is that it combines art with the ocean world to give you a unique experience.

    There are several different zones, such as “NIFREL MAKES” where kids can enjoy hands-on activities and interact with ocean creatures. In the “ABILITIES” area, they can enjoy watching the marine animals change their appearances to blend into the environment.

    NIFREL

    NIFREL

    NIFREL
    place
    Osaka Suitashi Senribampakukouen 2-1 Within EXPOCITY
    phone
    0570022060
    opening-hour
    10:00-18:00 (Last entry17:00…
    info
    【URL】https://www.nifrel.jp/en/guide/#floormap
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  • 08

    VS PARK

    VS PARK

    VS PARK

    VS offers not only virtuality reality games but also plenty of active games to get your kids moving. They have some unusual games, such as “bass ping pong” where you play on a cylindrical table instead of a flat one, accompanied by special lighting effects & music.

    “Basket 4” is a game that combines basketball with a giant, life-size version of the Connect Four game. There are tons of games at VS Park to keep the whole family busy for hours.

    VS PARK

    VS PARK

    VS PARK LaLaport EXPOCITY
    place
    Osaka Suita-shi Senribanpakukoen 2-1 LaLaport EXPOCITY Facility Uchi
    phone
    0663697186
    info
    【URL】https://bandainamco-am.co.jp/others/vspark/activity.html#act_basket4
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  • 09

    Hirakata Park

    Hirakata Park is an amusement park in Osaka that has tons of rides and attractions for the whole family to enjoy! There are thrilling roller coasters, as well as smaller rides and activities for younger children.

    In the summertime you can enjoy the pool area, called “The Boon”. There are four different pools here, including a lazy river pool, a hilltop observation pool, a gradually deepening pool, and a pool area that’s been designed especially for kids with play equipment and fountains.

    There are also high-speed water slides, such as the “Hurricane Slider” that’s great for older children and adults, as well as the “Kiddy Slider” for younger visitors.

    Hirakata Park
    place
    Osaka Hirakatashi Hirakatakouenchou 1-1
    phone
    0570016855
    opening-hour
    10:00-17:00 * Sunday Sunday…
    info
    【URL】http://www.hirakatapark.co.jp/en/theboon/
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  • 10

    Nisshin Cupnoodles Museum Osaka Ikeda

    At the Cupnoodles Museum it's all about the noodles! This is a fun museum where your kids can enjoy making their own ramen noodles by hand. You can design your very own custom-made Cupnoodles package - something you can’t do anywhere else in the world!

    After designing the package, they can pick their favorite soup and toppings. In the tasting room, you can try all kinds of instant noodles. The only downside to this museum is that it’s a bit far away from Central Osaka.

    CupNoodles Museum Osaka Ikeda
    rating

    4.5

    684 Reviews
    place
    Osaka Ikedashi Masumichou 8-25
    phone
    0727523484
    opening-hour
    9:30-16:30(Last entry15:30)
    info
    【URL】https://www.cupnoodles-museum.jp/en/osaka_ikeda/
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