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Family Fun in Osaka

Your free curated guide for Expats living in the Tokyo Area in Japan and families traveling to Japan. Osaka is an easy get away from Tokyo with plenty of fun for the family.

Best Living Japan is Mom created, curated and made! We are sharing our favorite family friendly attractions by area, including the latest events, best restaurants, exciting Tokyo cooking and craft classes, Japanese antiques and gift shopping, early open breakfast spots, indoor play centers, playgrounds and more! Don`t forget our popular Tokyo One Day Itineraries with Kids, Moving to Japan Guides. We provide all this information for free since we want you to enjoy your life and time in Tokyo and Japan as much as we do! .

Laugh, Learn & Live! Enjoy Osaka with your family and kids.

Tennoji Zoo (Osaka)

Tennoji Zoo Park

Tennoji Zoo (Osaka Zoo), opened in 1915, is Japan`s third oldest zoo. Over the years Osaka City`s Recreation and Tourism Bureau has been working to contribute to the protection and preservation of wild species by renovating the zoo`s old facilities into more efficient ones as well as introducing natural habitats for the …

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Osaka One Day Itinerary – Osaka with Kids

Osaka is a lovely city filled with yummy street food, lively locals and a number of fun things to do. Many travel to Osaka from Tokyo by plane or shinkansen (bullet train). If traveling via the bullet train you`ll arrive at Shin-Osaka station. It`s a busy station with a number …

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Hotel MYSTAYS Shin-Osaka Conference Center – Recommended Family-Friendly Hotel

hotel mystays shin-osaka

The Hotel MYSTAYS Shin-Osaka Conference Center (ホテルマイステイズ新大阪コンファレンスセンター) is a great, affordable family-friendly place to stay. Located 5 minutes from Shin Osaka Station, and surrounded by convenient stores and local amenities, the hotel is convenient if arriving in Osaka from Tokyo, Kyoto, and surrounding cities. My son and I spent a full day in Kyoto and arrived …

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Merrymomo Macrobiotic Cafe, Osaka – Healthy Japanese Meals

Merrymomo

Merrymomo (メリーモモ) serves delicious, seasonal macrobiotic meals that are organic and balanced for the body. The owner, Mika Katsube, is a mother, cook and lecturer on macrobiotic foods. She is incredibly warm and welcoming, and when not busy she`ll take the time to explain the dishes on the menu as well as the …

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Ogimachi Park Playground – Osaka Family Play Spot

Ogimachi Park Playground

The Ogimachi Park Playground is the perfect place to spend the day. Located just behind the Kansai TV Studio which holds Kids Plaza – an amazing museum where kids learn through play, this huge play park has a number of slides, climbing wall that scales the Kansai TV Studio, open …

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Genmian Brown Rice and Vegetables Cafe, Osaka

genmian

Genmian Brown rice and vegetables cafe is a welcome stop after days of sightseeing, and takoyaki and kushikatsu (Osaka street food). Genmian cafe serves healthy meals with carefully selected ingredients focusing on brown rice and seasonal vegetables that are close to pesticide free. They serve meat and poultry that is …

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Hotel MYSTAYS Otemae, Osaka – Recommended Family-Friendly Hotel

Hotel MYSTAYS Otemae

Hotel MYSTAYS Otemae is a great place to stay for family travelers. This hotel conversion offers a variety of clean and spacious rooms to chose from – most equipped with their own separate kitchen. The rooms are reasonably priced and sleep two to up to seven adults. They provide a stocked kitchen and an …

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Bornelund Playville, Osaka – An Indoor and Outdoor kids` Play Space

Bornelund Playville

Bornelund Playville is an extension of the Bornelund toy shops and popular Kid-o-Kid indoor playcenters. Bornelund combined the two adding an outdoor play space filled with plants, water, sand and natural-type of playground versus the colorful plastic equipment we`ve grown accustomed to. They opened their first Playville in Tennoji Osaka in October last …

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Nakaoe Park Playground, Osaka

Nakaoe Park

Nakaoe Park (中大江公園) is a large 100 square meter space divided into four large multi-purpose areas; an area for toddlers, a playground, an open space, and green space with beautiful cherry trees in Spring. We were staying at the Hotel MyStays Otemae and stumbled upon this park after an early morning wake up from …

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J.S. Pancake Cafe – Twelve locations in Japan serving brunch all day

J.S. Pancake Cafe

J.S. Pancake Cafe (ジェイエス パンケーキカフェ) serves delicious and filling brunch all day every day. J.S. Pancake Cafe is owned by the Japanese casual clothing brand, Journal Standard, and specializes in savory and sweet pancakes. They have twelve locations in Japan including two in Tokyo and one in Yokohama. We stopped in at the Tennoji location in the Mio …

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Dratec Racing Simulators, Shinsaibashisuji, Osaka

Dratec

We stumbled across Dratec (ドラテク) Racing Simulator shop while exploring Shinsaibashi suji, one of Osaka`s oldest and busiest shopping districts. Dratec Driving Technique houses four race car simulators consisting of triple screen displays, audio and vibration systems and software that includes 100 tracks from around the world. These simulators are actually …

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Kids Plaza Osaka – The Museum Where Kids Learn Through Play

Kids Plaza Osaka

Kids Plaza Osaka is an excellent indoor museum to take your kids to rain or shine. Built as an educational museum in 1997 it provides three floors of exhibits and activities that will keep your kids interested and engaged for hours. Located just behind the museum is the huge Ogimachi Park Playground. When entering …

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Camden Blue Star Donuts, Shinsaibashisuji, Osaka

Camden Blue Star Osaka

Camden Blue Star Donuts is a Portland-born doughnut shop that opened in Osaka`s bustling Shinsaibashisuji neighborhood in September 2016. Little A and I were thrilled to have stumbled onto Camden Blue Star after a long morning of sight seeing in Shinsaibashisuji. We had visited their Daikanyama Log Road location in Tokyo just last month and were …

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Universal Studios Osaka

Universal Studios Osaka is made up of eight sections: Hollywood, New York, San Francisco, Jurassic Park, Lagoon, Waterworld, Amity Village and Universal Wonderland. It features famous rides based on popular movies such as Spiderman, Back to the Future, Terminator 2, Jurassic Park and Harry Potter. Universal Studios Osaka Address: 2-1-33 …

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