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; a busy station with a number of hotels, restaurants and shops in the area. A family-friendly hotel we recommend staying at is the Hotel MYSTAYS Shin-Osaka Conference Center. English-friendly, clean and affordable.

Also, if you plan to visit Osaka to see as much as you can we recommend purchasing the Osaka Amazing Pass via Voyagin or Klook! (trusted partners). The Osaka Amazing Pass 2019-2020 offers complimentary admission to 50 facilities, coupons for discounts and benefits, and unlimited bus and train rides for the duration of the pass. More Details –>

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Ogimachi Park Playground Ogimachi Park Playground Ogimachi Park Playground

Take a short 15 min train ride to the huge Ogimachi Park Playground. The Ogimachi Park Playground is the perfect place to let the kiddos run around and stretch those legs. Located just behind the Kansai TV Studio which holds Kids Plaza this huge play park has a number of slides, climbing wall that scales the Kansai TV Studio, open space, a separate playground with swings, slide and sand pit, and a 25m indoor pool as well as an outdoor pool. An added bonus is a shopping street with local shops and restaurants located at the station, minutes from the park. For more details –>

Address: 1-1-1 Ogimachi, Kita-ku, Osaka (〒530-0025 1-1-1 Ogimachi, Kita-ku, Osaka City)
Phone: 06-6312-8121   06-6363-8911
Access: 3 minutes from Ogimachi Station on the Sakaisuji line.
Parking Hours: 8:00 – 23:00

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Kids Plaza Osaka Kids Plaza Osaka Kids Plaza Osaka

Located in front of Ogimachi Park Playground is Kids Plaza an excellent indoor museum to take your kids 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.

We loved the discovery floor, which holds workshops and exhibitions as well as a large nature exhibit and science area; the adventure floor with food stands and various shops where your kids can play shop keeper; the huge maze where your kids can climb and explore, and creative floor with different programs aiming to improve individual expression & creativity. For more details –>

Kids Plaza Osaka

Address: 2-1-7 Ogimachi, Kita-ku, Osaka
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 9:30 – 17:00; Weekends and Holidays 9:30 – 19:00 (Last admission 45 minutes before closing); Closed on Mondays (if Monday is a national holiday then Tuesday is closed); Closed over New Years Holiday 12/28 – 1/2
Admission fee: Adult 1400 yen; Elementary and JHS students 800 yen; 3 years and older 500 yen; Seniors (65 years+) 700 yen. Annual Passport: adults 8,700 JPY, Elementary and JHS students 4,700 JPY, 3 years and older 2,700
JPY. 6-month Passport: adults 4,700 JPY, Elementary and JHS students 2,700 JPY, 3 years and older 1,700 JPY
Phone: 06-6311-6601

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Tsutentaku Tower Tsutenkaku Tower

Tsutenkaku Tower, the “Eiffel Tower of Naniwa,” is a must visit if in Osaka. Tsutenkaku Tower stands at 103m with two observation levels; the indoor observation level at 84m (276ft), and the outdoor observation deck at 94.5m (310ft). You can buy a ticket to the 1st observation deck or a ticket to visit both. I highly recommend buying the ticket to visit both.

See great views of the city and old photos of Shinsekai, Tsutenkaku and Luna Park from 100 years ago, and visit Wakuwaku Land where you can purchase souvenirs from a variety of food manufacturers that are only available in Kansai. For more details –>

Address: Ebisu-higashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Osaka
Hours: 9:00-21:00 (admission until 20:30); 2nd observation deck hours (10:00 – 18:00 L.O. 17:30)
Phone: 06-6641-9555

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Tennoji Zoo Park Tennoji Zoo Park Tennoji Zoo Park

Located next to Tsutenkaku Tower is Tennoji Zoo (Osaka Zoo). Your choice to do one or the other. Tennoji Zoo opened in 1915 and is Japan`s third oldest zoo. The Zoo houses approximately 1,500 animals representing 300 of earth`s species on 27 acres (11 hectares) of land. Kids love walking through the urban oasis, seeing the various animal species and making a stop off at their petting zoo to hold and feed animals. Food trucks and drink vending machines located in the park. For more details –>

Address: 1-108 Chausuyama-cho, Tennoji-ku, Osaka City (〒543-0063 大阪市天王寺区茶臼山町1-108)
Zoo Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 9:30 – 17:00 (last entry 16:00); May and September: Sat, Sun & Holidays open till 18:00 (Last Entry 17:00). Closed on Monday. (Tuesday if Monday is a holiday), Year-end and New Year holiday (Dec.29 – Jan. 1)
Admission fee: Adults 500 yen; Elementary and JHS students 200 yen
Phone: 06-6771-8401
Access: 5 minute walk from Dobutsuen-Mae Station (Midosuji Line). 10 minute walk from Tennoji Station.

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

Located just a short walk from Tennoji Zoo, sits Bornelund Playville, an extension of the Bornelund toy shops and popular Kid-o-Kid indoor play centers. 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.  Bornelund Playville offers a safe space for children ages 6 months up to 12 years old. They house a large ball pit, climbing wall, trampoline, indoor playground and space for crafting and various workshops. The outdoor playspace takes you back to nature. Kids can take their shoes off and run around in the sand, climb nature-like playground equipment, swing and play in the small cabin equip with a kitchen all while surrounded by trees and plants. For more details –>

Address: 5−55 Chausuyamachō, Tennōji-ku, Osaka (阪府大阪市天王寺区茶臼山町5番55号 天王寺公園)
Phone: 06-6777-9889
Hours: 9:00 – 19:00 (last entry 18:30). Winter Hours November – February 9:00 – 18:00 (last entry 17:30). Closed 12/31 – 1/1 and on special days. Holiday hours from 12/28 – 1/3 Part 1: 9:00 to 11:45; Part 2: 12:00 to 14:45; Part 3: 15:00 to 18:00. Please check their website for details.
Access: 3 minute walk from Tennoji Station.

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Genmian Brown Rice and Vegetables Cafe is a nice, healthy lunch/dinner spot. 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 antibiotic-free, farm raised and nurtured and a registered dietitian supervises the balancing of each meal. For more details –>

Tennoji Address: 10-48 Hideninchō, Tennōji-ku, Osaka. Mio Plaza (大阪市天王寺区悲田院町10-48天王寺ミオプラザ館館4階)
Hours: Weekdays 11:00 – 22:00 (LO 22:00); Saturday, Sunday and Public holidays 11:00 – 22:00 (LO 22:00)
Phone: 06-6773-1055
Access: 1 minute from Tennoji Station

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Spa World Spa World Spa World

End your day resting your feet at Spa World, Tennoji, Osaka – 23 Hours of Pure Relaxation

Spa World Osaka is an excellent place to relax after a long day of sightseeing. Open from 10:00 – 8:45am the next day, this popular onsen theme park is equip with all your relaxation needs; themed saunas, stone spas, indoor and outdoor onsens, massages, a fitness gym, sleeping rooms, a pool with lazy river and slides, kids park, game room, and hotel. For more details –>

Address: 3-4-24 Ebisu-higashi Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi
Phone: 06-6631-0001
Hours: 10:00 – 8:45am the next day
Access: Osaka Subway, outside Dobutsuen-Mae Station; JR – located just outside Shin-Imamiya Station; Nankai Railway located just outside Shin-Imamiya Station.

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