During your trip to Japan, it is fun to visit famous tourist spots. However, joining hands-on activities to know more about Japanese culture will be even more memorable. In this article, we will introduce you the selected hands-on activities that you can try at Osaka.
1. Samurai Experience (The Japan Tatedo Association)
When talking about Japan, you cannot but point out the famous “Samurai”. Join the 60 minutes regular course for the “Samurai Experience” offered for international tourists visiting Japan by the “Japan Tatedo (sword fighting) Association”, and you will get to wear a kimono and experience special movements of samurais, as well as some forms of “tate (sword fighting often seen in plays and movies)”. After some practice during the course, you will get to perform an exciting fighting scene against a “bad guy”. Your samurai experience will be irresistibly exciting with BGM and effective sounds evoking the mood. Finally, the experiment will be finished with a complementary photo shoot. This is something you can be very proud of, since even among Japanese, there are not many people who have had this fun experience!
Time：Contact for details
Fee: 21,600 JPY (incl. tax)
※For 4 participants joining the regular course
※Please contact the association when considering of visiting by 1 person
Reservation：Required（Through the reservation form on the website）
2. Make Japanese Food Samples (Morino Sample)
Food samples (display food) you find in restaurants in Japan are nothing but pieces of art made by skilled craftsmen. At “Morino Sample”, a company located in Osaka that produces various food samples, you can experience the procedures by making your own food samples. Using the same ingredients and tools used by the professionals, you will get to have a hands-on experience making your own samples of an obento (packed lunch) or sweets.
Dates: (Basically) Saturdays, Sundays and National holidays
Opening Hours: Varies
Time Required: 90-120 minutes
Fee: Obento-making: 1,500JPY＋additional cost for each topping（100-1,200JPY), Sweets-making: 3,000JPY
※An obento-making experience is also available during the weekdays (reservation required); sweet-making experience course is also available during weekdays for a group of more than 2 participants (reservation required)
※The shown fees are do not include tax
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3. Make you own Instant Ramen Noodles (The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum)
At The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum, you can learn the history of “instant ramen noodles (cup noodles)” and also enjoy exploring the rich collection of displays and the attractions. In the museum, there are areas where you can buy gifts and also enjoy bites of cup noodles, some of which are only sold in some limited areas of Japan. “My Cup Noodle Factory”, where you can create your own cup noodle, is one of the top attractions.
You will get to design your own cup, choose your favorite soup base among 4 flavors; soy sauce, seafood, curry or chili tomato, and then choose your own 4 toppings from the 12 that are offered. Some examples of the toppings are shrimp, eggs, scallions and corn. In the end, you will have your very own original cup noodle that you cannot find anywhere else in the world. Sounds yummy? Go ahead and try out!
Fee: 300JPY (tax included) for each cup
Opening Hours: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm (No entry after 3:30 pm)
※No reservation required though the activity may end earlier than scheduled depending on number of participants.
4. Make your Okonomiyaki (Osaka Botejyu)
Who does not think of “food” when they think about visiting Osaka? Among many Osaka delinquencies, one of the most popular dishes is “okonomiyaki”. At “Osaka Botejyu”, a famous okonomiyaki restaurant, you can join an “okonomiyaki-making dojyo (a training school)” and make your own okonomiyaki. During this activity, you will learn about the roots of okonomiyaki. Then, you will choose your favorite ingredients and practice flipping an okonomiyaki. Lastly, when your okonomiyaki is done, you will get to enjoy the savor with other participants. Now, isn’t this some technique that you can show off to your friends after returning to your country?
Locations：Osaka Botejyu West Shop & Main Shop
Numbers of participants： Approximately 4 – 100 in a group
Required time：About 2 hours
Available time: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm on a weekday
Fee：2,630 JPY（tax included）（including soft drink）
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5. Make Traditional Japanese Confectionaries (Konpeitou Museum)
Interested in making traditional Japanese confectionaries? At the “Konpeitou Museum”, you can experience making “Konpeitou (round-shaped sugar candy with prongs on surface)” as well as “Calmera (sugar candy molded caramelized brown sugar puffed by baking soda mixed) “. During the activities, you will get to learn about the history of each confectionary, get to have hands-on experiences making them, and what’s more, get to bring them back home as souvenirs of the trip. So why not try it out?
Fees: Konpeitou-making: 1,000JPY (Need to be over 2 years old), Calmera-making: 800JPY（Need to be over 4th grade in elementary school）
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Did you find anything that interested you? Trying out these activities will surely help you to gain deeper understanding of Japanese culture. So go ahead and have fun!
*Please note that the prices and other information in the article may not be the most up-to-date information.