There are plenty of amazing places to visit in Osaka. Today we will introduce places you can go for free. Go have an exciting new experiences without breaking your wallet.
You can see airplanes right up close at Kansai Airport Observation Hall Sky Deck! It’s only 10 minutes from Kansai International Airport Terminal 1 via the free shuttle bus. On the Sky Deck with its a 360-degree panorama view of planes coming in and taking off. Looking out over the wide expanse of runways, you will feel free and taste the ambiance of the airport. There’s also a play area with playground equipment set up for children, so you can easily bring kids as well. At the third floor “Sky Museum” you can learn about airplanes through simulations and big screen video (reservations necessary beforehand when visiting with a large group). On the fourth floor shopping area, besides standard souvenirs, they also sell aircraft models and various other products related to airplane companies. If you’re into airplanes or aviation, definitely check it out!
A bronze statue of Momofuku Ando, the inventor of instant ramen, greets you at the entrance as you enter the museum. Ando founded Nissin foods and created its main product, “Cup Noodles”, now a familiar staple worldwide. Don’t miss the “Cup Noodle Drama Theater” which reveals the secrets of the ideas and technology behind its creation. You can get a feel what Japan was like 60 years ago at the exhibition which recreates the small research room where chicken ramen was first created. It costs a small fee, but you can make your own cup ramen with your own words or drawings on it with your favorite flavor of soup inside at the “My Cup Ramen Factory” (1 cup 300 JPY (incl.tax)). It’s the kind of place you can have fun with the whole family!
Panasonic Osaka is the corporate showroom of world-renowned home electronics maker, Panasonic. The graphics screen displayed on the facade of the entrance using its own LED technology is definitely worth of look. Inside, there are displays of various new Panasonic products. Especially if you’re a woman, you might want to check out the Panasonic Beauty CLUXTA, a self beauty treatment and powder room where you can try out Panasonic beauty products (however, be aware this costs a fee).
*Picture is of Grand Front Umeda, part of Panasonic Osaka
The Canon Digital House Umeda is a show room of known camera and printer maker Canon for regular users. You can also see products that haven’t been put on the market yet in a special corner divided by categories like cameras, lenses, and scanners, so if you want to be the first to know new info take a look. It’s equipped with a kid’s space, so you can visit with your family without any worries. There is a corner where you can charge Canon-made digital camera and video camera batteries (some products not included), which is a huge help if your batteries have gone dead while you’re out sightseeing.
*Picture is for illustration purposes
The Mint Museum is inside the mint bureau that makes the money used in Japan. The museum is in a building built in 1911 that originally housed a steam power plant. The mint bureau was established in 1871, before Japan was open to the rest of the world. Inside the museum are displays about its history and scales and other devices that were used. You can see footage in the video theater. They also display old Japanese and foreign money. The museum is open Monday to Friday (except holidays and over the New Years) from 9:00 am to 4:45 pm (last entry 4:00 pm). The path in front of the museum is lined with cherry blossom trees and is a popular cherry blossom viewing spot known as the “cherry blossom passage”. However, take note the museum is closed during the blooming peak.
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