Osaka is the second largest city in Japan with 2.6 million people. As you would expect with a large city there is a
wide variety of child friendly attractions to choose from.
Kaiyukan Aquarium is a large aquarium with a diverse collection of sea creatures on
display. They have sharks, dolphins, whales, turtles, jellyfishes and penguins. The ticket prices are a little high for an aquarium, but you should expect to spend 2-3 hours
there. The best time to visit the Aquarium is when they are feeding the animals.
There are also a few other nice attractions in the area. You can see the giant Ferris
wheel in the video below or take a cruise in Osaka Bay on the “Santa Maria” a replica of the sailing ship that Columbus sailed to America.
Kids Plaza Osaka
Kids Plaza is a museum where
kids, younger than 12, are encouraged to learn through play. There is a section, for kids to do role-playing. They have costumes for the kids to put on and a supermarket to shop
for plastic groceries in. The Plaza also has climbing areas, water installations and science experiments. Outside is the playground part of the museum and it has big and small
You should plan on spending at least half a day at Kids Plaza. You can leave to buy food and then come back afterwards.
Universal Studios Japan
This is a theme park with rides, shows and restaurants based on famous movies like Spider-man, Terminator
and Jaws. Try to catch the day parade and the night shows while you are there. The park is divided into 9 sections with a 10 section Harry Potter world opening in 2014.
The park can get very busy, so go early and don’t go during the weekend.
The only drawback with the park is that they don’t have enough English speaking staff. Most
of their visitors are from Asian countries.
Sega Amusement Theme Park
The Sega Theme Park is located on the eighth and ninth floor of a shopping
center. They have many arcade games and 8 entertaining hi-tech rides. The rides vary between movies and simulators and there is a Ferris wheel on the roof.
The castle is spectacular and the park is large enough for you to do a lot of walking in. Castle Park is particularly beautiful during the cherry blossom season.
The area has a some interesting history. It was originally the site of a militant temple. In 1583, Toyotomi Hideyoshi destroyed the temple and built Osaka Castle. During
the Second World War the area was used by imperial troops, after which it was turned into a park.
The park also has a large athletic field, a football field, a baseball
field, an open air music theatre and a concert hall.
The interior of the castle is a bit of a let down as it’s not in it’s original shape, but from the top of the tower
you have a great view of Osaka Bay and Mount Ikoma.
Hirakate Park is a theme park for kids.The main attraction at Hirakata Park is the wooden roller
coaster. Have a look at the video below to see the roller coaster in action.