Five Spots for Families that are Easily Accessible from Osaka Station
Although the most famous place for an enjoyable family outing in Osaka is Universal Studios Japan, there are actually many more popular destinations. Here are five popular spots that you can get to directly from Osaka Station.
1. ATC Asobi Mare
First up is ATC Asobi Mare. It is one of the largest indoor amusement parks in the Kansai Area, so you can have a full day of fun without worrying about the weather. It has many fun equipment and activities, including an area with Jumbo Blocks from the USA that were designed to fuel children's imaginations, a Toddler Zone with soft toys, a Toy Land, Ball Pool, carts, and tricycles. There is also an area where children can dress up in costumes, like a princess outfit, and have their photos taken.
Age 2 - Adult: (Weekday) 900 JPY (incl. tax) (Weekends, Public Holidays) 1,100 JPY (incl. tax)
Age 1: (Everyday) 600 JPY
Age 0: Free
2. Hirakata Park
This is a popular amusement park in Hirakata City, which is a suburban part of Osaka. There are approximately 40 attractions, ranging from thrill rides to ones that small children can enjoy. It is recommended to try the steam locomotive and dolphin-shaped boats, as you can ride with babies or children on your lap. The park has rooms where you can feed your babies, as well as plenty of areas to rest.
Sample prices for entry and All Access Pass:
Adult (junior high school and up): 4,400 JPY (incl. tax)
Elementary school students: 3,800 JPY
Children (ages 2 - preschool): 2,600 JPY (incl. tax)
Rates valid during: September 9, 2017 - February 25, 2018
*The park is closed on some days during this period.
3. Osaka Tennoji Zoo
This is a popular zoo that gets more than 1.2 million visitors annually. It is home to 900 animals of 200 varieties. The African Savanna Zone designed in the image of a national park in eastern Africa is particularly popular. It tries to recreate the natural habitat as accurately as possible, so you can observe animals like lions, giraffes, and zebras in their natural state. It is also recommended to try the Petting Corner, where you can feed sheep and other animals.
Adult: 500 JPY
Elementary and junior high school students: 200 JPY
Preschool students: Free
4. Osaka Science Museum
This is a science museum based on the theme of “space and energy". It offers a variety of exhibits and science shows that visitors can participate in, so everyone can enjoy learning about science and space! It is also home to a planetarium with one of the world's largest domed screens (26.5m in diameter) that will let you enjoy beautiful starry skies.
Exhibits: (Adults) 400 JPY (High school and university students) 300 JPY (Junior high school students and younger) Free
Planetarium: (Adults) 600 JPY (High school and university students) 450 JPY (Junior high school students and younger) 300 JPY
*If children under 2 years of age need a seat, it’ll cost 300 JPY as well.
5. Interactive Aquazoo nIFREL
This is a popular museum in Suita City, which is close to the center of Osaka. With experiential exhibits that combine lighting, music, and video to help guests enjoy the unique and charming aspects of animals like they’re appreciating art, it proves to be a museum that transcends aquariums, zoos, art museums, and other traditional genres. It is full of wonder and excitement, with joys such as experiencing animals come right up to you in areas with no fences! Since it is located within a multipurpose complex, EXPOCITY, guests can also enjoy dining and shopping.
Adults (16 and over): 1,900 JPY (incl. tax)
Children (elementary and junior high school students): 1,000 JPY (incl. tax)
Toddlers (3 and older): 600 JPY (incl. tax)
Do visit these locations when traveling to Osaka!
*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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