Osaka has many attractive sightseeing spots. Here are 6 amusement parks that can be enjoyed by both children and adults. You can also take babies in strollers and small children to these places.
1. Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is an aquarium that boasts of being one of the biggest in the world. Most of the areas have gentle slopes, so people of all ages can enjoy this aquarium. Inside this 8-story building, you can see creatures from various areas around the world swimming in different tanks, including the Pacific Ocean tank, a large one in which whale sharks swim in comfort. You can also watch various animals being fed. There is an area where you can touch sharks and rays, so adults as well as children can enjoy learning about marine life.
Access: About a 5-minute walk from Osakako Station on the Osaka municipal subway
NIFREL is a new type of museum that fuses together an aquarium, zoo, and museum. It was created with the concept of "feeling with your senses," and it is located in Japan's largest complex, EXPOCITY, in Expo Commemoration Park, the site of Expo '70. In each of the 7 zones, you can experience the mystery of life, such as the animals moving freely right in front of your eyes in the Ugoki ("movement") zone. The museum cafe sells a limited amount of rare "edible water" for 250 JPY (incl. tax). Please try its mysterious texture!
Access: Two minutes' walk from Banpaku Memorial Park Station on the Osaka monorail
A pig-nosed turtle in the Mizube zone
A burrowing owl in the Ugoki zone
3. Tennoji Zoo
This zoo is in Tennoji Park and opened in 1915, so it's the third oldest zoo in Japan. In the nocturnal animal house, there are kiwis. This is the only zoo you can see kiwis in Japan. They keep the lighting low so you can see them moving around even in the daytime. In the African Savannah zone, there are fierce animals such as lions and jaguars, but they all have lovely names. Maybe you'll feel as though you've grown close to them when you learn their names?
Access: About 5 minutes' walk from Dobutsuen-mae Station on the Osaka subway Midosuji Line
4. Lego Land Discovery Center Osaka
Lego Land Discovery Center Osaka is in a large commercial facility called the Tempozan Marketplace and you can play with Legos. The most popular attraction is the Lego Studio 4D Cinema. It's not just a 3D movie that pops out of the screen, but it's an impressive 4D movie with rain and wind! There's also an Osaka Castle made with Legos that you can see. There's a cafe where you can take a break and have some snacks or a drink. They offer lunchboxes made in the shapes of Legos, so you can have it as a souvenir after you finish your meal.
Access: 5 minutes' walk from Osakako Station on the Osaka subway Chuo Line
5. The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum
Momofuku Ando, the inventor of instant ramen, used his house in Ikeda to develop his invention. This is why Ikeda is called the birthplace of instant ramen and they built this museum to commemorate that. At the Chicken Ramen Factory, you can experience making ramen from scratch for 500 JPY (junior high school age and above (incl. tax), reservations required). At the My Cup Noodle Factory, you can make your own original Cup Noodle (300 JPY (incl. tax)). There are 5,460 combinations available so you can truly go wild! In addition, there are exhibits of Cup Noodles from all over the world, a tasting room, and more. Please check it out!
Access: 5 minute walk from Ikeda Station on the Hankyu Takarazuka Line
6. Hirakata Park
Hirakata Park is an amusement park decorated with seasonal plants and has over 40 kinds of attractions ranging from thrillers to children's rides. At Wonder Garden and the Animal Crossing Hug Hug Town (500 JPY for ages 2 and up (tax. incl)), there are animals like red pandas and capybaras that you can touch. There are various ways for people of all ages to enjoy this park, from a comfortable leisurely time to an exciting thrill experience. You can also bring your own food and drink inside the park.
Access: About a 3-minute walk from Hirakata Koen Station on the Keihan Honsen
Amusement parks in Osaka allow both children and adults to play while fully using their senses. Some parks have discounts in place, so please check the HP in advance and have fun!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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