For a very long time, Osaka has prospered because of its port. And again in the 21st century, the main stage for Osaka sightseeing is the bay area. Centered on Tenpozan, this area has plenty of attractions: an aquarium, shopping malls, a ferris wheel, viewing platforms, and a theme park. There are also sports facilities and campsites, so you can enjoy exercising in the outdoors. We recommend this area for groups of friends and families.
Entertainment on the water
You can find Tempozan Harbor Village at the tip of Osaka Port. Here you can see across all of Osaka Bay from one of the largest ferris wheels in the world, visit colorful and multi-cultural shops and restaurants at Tempozan Marketplace, and see about 30,000 animals and plants of 580 different species at the world-class Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. There is also a shuttle boat here that will take you to Universal Studios Japan®.
Trade and commerce in the Osaka Bay area
On Sakishima, between Tenpozan and the sea, is the ATC (Asia and Pacific Trade Center), where you can enjoy food from around the world and outlet mall shopping. Behind that is a bay area landmark, the Osaka Prefecture Goverment Sakishima Office Observatory (Cosmo Tower), the largest observatory in western Japan. INTEX(International Exhibition Center) Osaka, a world-class exhibition center that hosts international business shows, has become a symbol of modern Osaka’s trade and commerce.
An entire island dedicated to sports
Maishima, a man-made island in Osaka Bay, abounds with sports facilities, including a baseball stadium where national tournaments are held. There are also many charming outdoor facilities, where you can go auto-camping, hold a barbecue, or stay in a log house. Also, the sunset from Maishima Shin-yuhigaoka is a sight you won’t want to miss.
The greatest movie theme park in the world
Universal Studios Japan® is an outstanding theme park born from Hollywood movies. It includes realistic reproductions of hit movie sets and many other exciting attractions. Leave reality behind for a day, and enjoy thrilling rides, breathtaking Hollywood shows and world-class entertainment.