Traveling to Osaka with your family is always the best idea since Japan is really friendly with kids, tweens, and teenagers. This is the second-largest metropolis after Tokyo, for some good food, scenic sights, and great fun! Osaka has many things to do for families, from exciting attractions to amazing sightseeings. There will be a good moment that you ever has on your Japan trip.
1. Universal Studios Japan
This is a must-visit place, the best choice forever when traveling to Osaka. The trip to Osaka could not complete if you haven’t come here. Universal Studios Japan always has many new rides that bring you to new experiences. Emerging with attractions from Harry Potter, Minions, Spider-Man, Jurassic Park, Jaws, and more!
Without a doubt, the queues for rides do get ridiculously long, so make sure you purchase your Universal Studios Osaka tickets in advance and grab the Express Pass to skip the lines at all the attractions.
2. Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
The best way to explain about the ocean for your kids is to bring them to aquarium, and why don’t you do this when your family in Osaka? Osaka’s KAIYUKAN is the world’s largest aquarium.
Kaiyukan shows the aquatic animals by recreating the natural environment of their habitats. Exhibiting 27 tanks (the largest being 9 meters deep!), your kids will see not only fish, manta rays and whale sharks, but also amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals representing the beautiful and diverse natural environments.
3. HARUKAS 300 Observatory
What is the excellent way to have a bird’s eyes-view help you to see Osaka in 360 degrees? Well then, your family could go to HARUKAS 300 Observatory. Rising 300 meters above the ground, OSAKA HARUKAS ranks as Japan’s highest building, with its observatory, HARUKAS 300 locates on the 58th to 60th floor of ABENO HARUKAS.
Enjoy the fresh air or you can visit the Sky Garden 300 restaurant where you can indulge in a delicious meal while savoring the view.
4. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Osaka
Most of the kids always like Lego and Legoland Discovery Center Osaka is a good place indoor entertainment for your family. Filled with millions of famous toy bricks, the theme park is a land of creativity waiting to be discovered by the children. You can easily spend the whole day here with your family and not even notice the time go by.
There’s plenty to do at the park besides playing with LEGO blocks: go on a tour of the brick factory, watch a 4D movie or go in for a hands-on experience at a brick-making class — and more!
The park is conveniently located just a five-minute walk from a subway station so a visit to the park will not be a big detour from your sightseeing plans.
5. NIFREL Interactive Aquazoo
When mentioned about the zoo, most people always think of a zoo with many caged animals and just animals. But you will change your mind and surprising in front of NIFREL Interactive Aquazoo. It’s a “living” museum based on the concept of “Kansei-ni Fureru (literary, touching the sensitivity) to be designed to enjoy creatures and nature intuitively and closely as if to enjoy the art.
You’ll find an interesting mix of sea creatures, birds, and land mammals, including giant salamanders, raccoon-like coatis, rays, jellyfish, sharks, and otters.
The attraction has 7 zones with different artistic presentations that highlight the individuality of each creature, so, your family may need a day to explore this zoo.
6. HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel
If you really want to rewind your childhood with the kids, then why not try the huge wheel on top of Umeda, Osaka’s HEP FIVE . One of the landmarks of Umeda, Osaka. From the highest point of 106 meters above ground, everyone can see all the way out to the Akashi Strait.
HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel is located in HEP FIVE, a shopping mall that is replete with clothing stores, dining facilities, and “amusement zones”. Hop aboard one of the 52 gondolas and revel in the spectacular views from the sky, or enjoy the sun setting over Osaka if you ride before nightfall. Bring along your family together, as each gondola accommodates up to 4 people!
7. Sakuya Lumina Night Walk at Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle is a must-visit place for everyone in Osaka and always crowed tourism here in the day time. Well then, why your family doesn’t do a different thing with others when trying Sakuya Lumina Night Walk at Osaka Castle. The Sakuya Lumina Night Walk is a fun-filled stroll around the castle at night. An experience is blending enchanting sound and light inside Osaka Castle Park.
Through this activity, you’ll be able to marvel at the castle and see every nook and cranny lit up with vibrant nightlights. This is a magical experience not only for kids but also for everyone of all ages.
8. Kyoto Temples & Shrines: Fushimi Inari-taisha, Arashiyama, Kiyomizu-dera
It would be incomplete when you are traveling to Osaka and do not pass by Kyoto for a short-visit. Bringing your family to Kyoto with a tour around Temples & Shrines: Fushimi Inari-taisha, Arashiyama, Kiyomizu-dera. Let your kids explore the tranquil beauty of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, a listed UNESCO World Heritage site.
Visiting the gold leaf zen temple of Kinkaku-ji and explore its immaculate Japanese gardens. The top two floors of the temple are entirely covered in gold leaf, and the image of this shimmering temple mirrored in the calm waters of the reflective pond will undoubtedly take your breath away, so make sure to have a family pic in this place!
9. Arashiyama & Nara Park
Have you ever had an unforgettable stroll through the magical bamboo forest at Arashiyama? This is a chance to have a beautiful shot with your family from the tranquil waterfront to the atmospheric bamboo forest. Only one trip combines Arashiyama & Nara Park in one day.
Rolling back to nature with your family, let the kids interact with tame deer in Nara Park, the home of 1000 freely roaming tame deer and with plenty of deer food available, you can give your children feeding them by themselves!
10. Spa World in Osaka
Spa World in Osaka should be a right place your family should visit at least one time. Indulge yourself in a world-class spa experience with 2 natural hot spring bathing zones that features European and Asian inspired designs.
There’s no more need to travel all around the world to get a glimpse of the culture of Rome, Greece, Spain, Japan, Bali, and more.
If your kids are looking for excitement while you are relaxing, you can let them enjoy access to Spa World’s amusement pools equipped with thrilling water slides for your ultimate pleasure. This onsen locates at the heart of Shinsekai area.
Osaka not only has modern architecture, famous historical landmark – Osaka castle but also has a dynamic nightlife and hearty street foods. Your kids will have the best moment with fantastic cultural experiences and amazing attractions. Don’t miss out on Universal Studios Japan, the well-known movie-themed amusement park of Asia, it would be the top of things that bring a good vacation when traveling with kids Japan.