June 24, 2019
Take Primary School Students! The Best 10 Sightseeing Spots In Osaka That Kids Enjoy!
Speaking of Osaka, there’re a wide variety of sightseeing spots including Tsutenkaku, Osaka Castle, and Kuidaore. However, kids would get bored when you keep visiting those places all the time. Now, in this article I would recommend the best 10 sightseeing spots that children can enjoy. All of them are so popular among the locals, so just try if you are interested!
Kids Plaza Osaka
One of the most popular sightseeing spots in Osaka when you are with primary school children is this place – “Kids Plaza Osaka”. Kids Plaza Osaka is the first museum for kids and more than 400,000 visitors are recorded every year. It has a good reputation especially among the parents who have primary school children.
While it was opened in July 1997, the basic concept is to develop the ability, characteristics, and creativity through the games and experiences. There are a wide variety of programmes in the facility, so they won’t get bored no matter how many times you visit!
Name: Kids Plaza Osaka
Address: 2-1-7, Ougi Town, Kita Ku, Osaka City, Osaka
Close: 2nd and 3rd Monday of the month (the following day if on a public holiday), 28th Dec – 2nd Jan (4th Monday only in August)
Access: Short walk from Ougi Station
Map: map to Kids Plaza Osaka
Many kids love animals. If you have children who love to see and meet with animals, this is the place! “Tennouji Zoo” is one of the best sightseeing spots too. If you want to meet with the animals around the world, visit the zoo.
Of all, one of the recommended programmes is this – “Feeding Time”. As its name, you will get to see the scenes of the animals being fed. Children will be so curious! From the popular to rare, so many animals are waiting for you!
Name: Tennouji Zoo
Address: 1-108, Chausuyama Town, Tennouji, Osaka City, Osaka
Time: 9:30-17:00 (until 18:00 on Sat/Sun/Pub in May and Sept)
Access: Walk 5 mins from Doubutsuen Mae Station
Map: map to Tennouji Zoo
One of the popular spots that kids would love to visit on weekends is – an aquarium. Actually, Osaka has the biggest aquarium in Asia which is “Kaiyu Kan”. As kids can learn something different, it offers a wide variety of experience based learning programmes in summer holiday.
Also, if you have a DS, you can hear an audio for free. This will make your kids even more interested in the marine life. In case you forget the DS machine, you will rent one for 500 yen, so no worries!
Name: Kaiyu Kan
Address: 1-1-10, Kaigan Dori, Minato Ku, Osaka City, Osaka
Time: 10:00-20:00 (depending on the season)
Close: Irregular (4 days in Jan/Feb)
Access: Walk 5 mins from Osaka Minato Station
Map: map to Kaiyu Kan
Banpaku Kinen Park (Expo’70 Commemorative Park)
If you are in Osaka, why not visit one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Osaka, “Banpaku Kinen Park”? It has an athletic that kids would love to do some exercise, summer events, barbeque facility and even hot springs too!
If you want to bring your kids, what about visiting “Shizen Kansatu Gakushu Kan” in the park? Here, there’s a chance to learn about the importance and interesting facts about nature, and join the experience based learning programmes. All those programmes vary depending on the season, so please check the official website out!
Name: Banpaku Kinen Park (Expo’70 Commemorative Park)
Address: 1-1, Senri Banpaku Park, Suita City, Osaka
Access: Walk 3 mins from Banpaku Kinen Park
Map: map to Banpaku Kinen Park (Expo’70 Commemorative Park)
Universal Studio Japan
“Universal Studio Japan”, known as “USJ” or “Univa” is a themed park which has a number of fans not only in the Kansai region, but also all over Japan. Small children even enjoy this amusement park. There are a wide variety of events all year round, so you can enjoy this place any time of the year.
Just one day might not be enough to fully enjoy the park. If your children have their favourite characters, it’s going to be more fun! They have not only a plenty number of attractions, but also the original goods that are suitable for souvenirs. If your kids are still in primary, this place is one of the best!
Name: Universal Studio Japan
Address: 2-1-33, Sakurajima, Konohana Ku, Osaka City, Osaka
Access: Short walk from Universal Studio Station
Map: map to Universal Studio Japan
Osaka City Science Museum
Some of you might look for a place that you can get relaxed with you children. Especially in summer holiday, literally everywhere is so crowded with people. When that happens, why not try “Osaka City Science Museum”?
One of the features at “Osaka City Science Museum” is a planetarium. Some kids are already interested in constellation with their science class at school. It could be a good learning experience as well, and of course, you will be able to relax for a little while! How about visiting one of the hidden gems in Osaka?
Name: Osaka City Science Museum
Address: 4-2-1, Nakanojima, Kita Ku, Osaka City, Osaka
Access: Walk 7 mins from Higobashi Station
Map: map to Osaka City Science Museum
There are a wide variety of popular sightseeing spots in Osaka, but when you feel you want to escape from the city life, try this place in MInami Osaka – “World Farm”. Either a day trip or staying over trip, your children would be satisfied for sure!
In this farm, you will get the chance to meet and touch the animals. You are allowed to ride a horse, or even a turtle and that is an unique experience that you can’t have in any other places. This is basically a farm, so having a barbeque with the fresh ingredients is so much fun! If your children are on school holiday, this would be one of the best options!
Name: World Farm
Address: 1456-2, Shiraki, Kanan Town, Minami Kawachi Gun, Osaka
Time: 10:00-17:30 (depending on the season)
Close: Tuesday (if this is a public holiday, the following day will be closed)
Map: map to World Farm
Umeda Joy Police
One of the huge complexes in Osaka, “HEP FIVE”, is extremely popular among the parents with kids. In that “HEP FIVE”, there’s a “Umeda Joy Police”. This place is more like a playground rather than a sightseeing spot, but kids would love to play around with their friends!
Here, there’s an attraction using VR to be enjoyed – children would get so excited to experience these “cool” stuff! From virtual attraction of line cruise to cooperative games, there are a wide variety of facilities.
Name: Umeda Joy Police
Address: HEP FIVE Level 8/9, 5-15, Kakuda Town, Kita Ku, Osaka City, Osaka
Access: Walk 3 mins from Hankyu Umeda Station
Map: map to Umeda Joy Police
Namba Grand Kagetsu
Speaking of Osaka – it is a town of comedy. Especially when children get older, they soon start to be interested in the comedians. If you simply want to enjoy the entertainment with your children, why not try “Namba Grand Kagetsu”?
You can do a lot of things here – watching the performance of Yoshimoto Shinkigeki, taking a photo with comedians, or talking with them! Not only for kids, but you will be laughing out loud! There’s no reason to avoid this experience once you are in Osaka!
Name: Namba Grand Kagetsu
Address: 11-6, Namba Sennichi Mae, Chuo Ku, Osaka City, Osaka
Access: Walk 2 mins from Namba Station
Map: map to Namba Grand Kagetsu
Spa World Sekai no Daionsen
One of the most popular sightseeing spots for kids – is definitely “the pools”. When you have small children, try “Spa World Sekai no Daionsen”. Although it say “spa”, it also offers the pool or water sliders as well as hot springs.
This facility actually lets you stay over night too, and there’s another one called “KIDDY PARK”. At KIDDY PARK, there are a wide variety of attractions that kids would love. And when you get tired, there’s also a cafe and restaurant that you can enjoy the gourmets.
Name: Spa World Sekai no Daionsen
Address: 3-4-24, Yebisu Higashi, Naniwa Ku, Osaka City, Osaka
Access: Short walk from Doubutsuen Mae Station
Map: map to Spa World Sekai no Daionsen
Let’s Enjoy Osaka With Your Kids!
How was it? Although Osaka has a lot of sightseeing spots, it can be quite hard to fully enjoy with small kids. However, when you look deeply, there are also so many places kids would love. I hope this article helps you find the best spot for sightseeing with your kids, and explore the city of Osaka!