SPEND TIME WITH THE FAMILY
Zoos, a world-class aquarium and an interactive science museum are just some of the many family-friendly activities to be found in Osaka.
Animal-lovers need look no further than the acclaimed Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, where you can get up close and personal with acrobatic dolphins, otherworldly jellyfish, giant spider crabs and the aquarium's crowning glory - a female whale shark. Not too far away, the Tennoji Zoo has many lovely exhibits and is situated in a beautiful park that includes a serene Japanese garden. A little further out of town, Misaki Park is a zoo that also includes thrilling rides and a petting zoo for younger children. If rides are your thing, then Hirakata Park is a must. With rollercoasters, swimming pools and ice-skating rinks, there's enough fun here to fill a whole day. But for the ultimate in theme park fun, Universal Studios Japan has 54 hectares of rides, shows and shops.
History buffs should head to the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living where re-created buildings and streets show what life was like in Osaka during different Periods of its history. Or, for the technologically inclined family, the Modern Transport Museum, which houses exciting driving simulators, lets you get up-close with the history and science of railways. And anybody who enjoys science will love the Osaka Science Museum, a wonderland of interactive exhibits.