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Osaka Family-friendly activities

Our most recommended Osaka Family-friendly activities

Universal Studios Japan E-Ticket (1, 1.5 or 2-Day)

1. Universal Studios Japan E-Ticket (1, 1.5 or 2-Day)

Go beyond the screen and ride The Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan. Experience cutting-edge rides, shows and attractions based on your favorite blockbuster films, TV series, and Japanese animations. Universal Studios Japan is one of only four Universal Studios locations across the globe and the only one available with Japanese animation-themed attractions. It boasts more than 30 rides and attractions to satisfy every cinematic fantasy. Experience the world's first Mario-themed area and Mario Kart: Koopa's Challenge™ attraction, both of which received Thea Awards, an enormous honor around the globe in the themed entertainment industry. And don't miss The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, Minions, and other magnificent worlds enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

Osaka: Universal Studios Japan Entry Ticket & Transportation

2. Osaka: Universal Studios Japan Entry Ticket & Transportation

Relax as you travel door-to-door by van or coach from your Osaka hotel to Universal Studios Japan, and enter the theme park without delay with your pre-purchased day ticket. Enjoy the wide variety of attractions on offer including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal Wonderland. The whole family will have fun on the rides and taking in movies and shows. Explore the many shops and stop for refreshments or a meal. Photo opportunities abound! At the end of the day you’ll return to your hotel in Osaka with the same easy door-to-door transportation service. A number of departure and return times are available to choose from.

Osaka: teamLab Botanical Garden Entry Ticket

3. Osaka: teamLab Botanical Garden Entry Ticket

Visit the newly reopened Nagai Botanical Garden, which is run by the art collective teamLab as a hybrid garden and art space. Wander through the grounds home to roughly 1,200 species of plants, then enjoy the interactive art installations which come alive at night. Stroll through the botanical gardens, with its 240,000 square meters of grounds and wide array of plant species to admire. Stop by the central pond and relax in the serene natural beauty of the gardens. As night draws in, stay to discover teamLab’s unique art project which explores how nature can become art. The concept of the project is that non-material digital technology like light displays can turn nature into art without harming it.  Watch incredible light spectacles which actively interact with the surrounding nature, animals, and visitors, and become part of the artwork yourself as you experience it. 

Osaka: Tsutenkaku Tower Entry Ticket

4. Osaka: Tsutenkaku Tower Entry Ticket

Pre-book your entry ticket to the observatory of Osaka's landmark tower, Tsutenkaku. Enjoy the views of Osaka while exploring the tower’s Golden Observatory, Observatory of Light, and Tsutenkaku Garden. Head to the top floor to learn more about the tower and relax with drinks at the café. Golden Observatory (87.5 m)The Golden Observatory is decorated with golden colors and features a golden Billiken statue waiting to be greeted. Observatory of Light (84 m)Osaka people love shining objects, and this floor captures that love. At night, the light observatory on the 4th floor quickly transforms into a disco fever with flashy lighting and mirror balls. Tsutenkaku Garden (26 m)Find a modern Japanese-style "Tsutenkaku Garden" with bamboo fences and stone lanterns, designed with the theme of "wind, light, water, greenery, and heart. The garden will be lit up at night to create a fantastic atmosphere. Top Floor (22 m) and BeyondReach the top floor to learn about the area called "New World" where the tower located. You can see dioramas, videos, and photographs that show how the area looked 100 years ago. Optionally, stop at Cafe de Luna Park to enjoy some drinks (cost not included). If you want to go up to the rooftop, tickets are available at the Golden Observatory (cash). You can purchase tickets to reach some of the tower's special observation platforms. The special outdoor observatory, Tenbo Paradise, stands 94.5 meters above the ground, with an 8.5-meter diameter observation corridor. It is located at the top of Tsutenkaku and has no obstruction to the surroundings, so you can fully enjoy the views.

Osaka: LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Admission Ticket

5. Osaka: LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Admission Ticket

Arrive at the LEGOLAND® Discovery Center and marvel at the incredible number of attractions visitors can enjoy with their families. Tour the LEGO® brick factory, attend a LEGO class to learn how to make special LEGO® creations, witness an enormous diorama of the city of Osaka created using LEGO® bricks, and explore the Duplo® playground where smaller children can play safely. Experience a variety of games that stimulate the imagination including a 4D Cinema with special-effects that will make you jump out of your skin in surprise, and the shooting ride “Kingdom Quest” to rescue the captured princess. Japan’s first LEGO® VR Attraction “The Great LEGO® Race” is a virtual reality experience where you are invited to buckle up and go for a ride inside the most incredible, exhilarating, and fun LEGO® race ever created. Immerse yourselves in a LEGO® world racing brick-built vehicles in the hopes of becoming the next Champion. Please note, adults can not enter without a child. Adults (aged 16 and over) must be accompanied by a child (aged 15 and under) in order to enter.

Osaka City: Food Origins Exploration Game

6. Osaka City: Food Origins Exploration Game

Play a 1.5-hour exploration game in the heart of Osaka city and discover the historical changes of the city from the Edo period to the present. Explore food heaven in Osaka, follow the clues, and try delicious and peculiar dishes along the way. Follow each culinary clue on your smartphone and get exact directions to the next location so you will not need a map, GPS, or guide. Unlock the secret story of each place as you solve the problems and guess the answers. Play individually, as a group, and solve the clues together as you walk or split into smaller teams and compete against the others. Download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure!

Osaka: Kendo Workshop Experience

7. Osaka: Kendo Workshop Experience

The planned regular model program is so many that you can learn from one. There are change of clothes, etiquette, basic lecture, hitting with bamboo swords and hitting to the teacher. Anyone can experience them safely because experienced instructors will teach. At intervals, you can study Kendo culture course. You learn not only on the competitive aspects such as match and how to hit, but also on the history of Kendo and the manner as a martial art. After that, put on face protector which is called Men, you do hitting to the teacher again and match-style mini-game. Next program is demonstrations by national level instructors. You can see a lot of actual techniques up close. Finally, there are etiquette and photography. Let's take a picture of the memory of the Kendo experience. All participants will receive a special Kendo towel to use when putting on their face protector for Kendo. Then this Kendo experience will be dissolution after changing of clothes. After Kendo experience, you can go Izakaya (restaurant) in Japan. There's even「Special Samurai meal」in the menu so you can come over and feel how it's like to be a Samurai.

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What people are saying about Osaka

Activity outside in very cold December, too bad the activity starts late. Otherwise beautiful

The game in Osaka was an amazing experience to do with kids. We enjoyed it a lot.

All perfect. Exceptional transfer service. Thankseeeeee

Expensive! The purchase of the pass is not detailed ...