spend 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.

Misaki Park

Osaka's southern-most amusement park has everything you could possibly want: rides, a zoo and even dolphin shows.

Hirakata Park

43 attractions are sited in the park, making full use of the hilly landscape. An amusement park for families, located in a bed-town of Osaka.

Osaka Museum of Housing and Living

A section of the townscape of Osaka in the late Edo Period is recreated to perfection. There are also exhibits and introductions of the townscapes and housing of the Meiji, Taisho and Showa periods.

Osaka Science Museum

With 200 experiential exhibits themed on "Space and energy" as well as science shows and a planetarium this museum can be enjoyed by the entire family.

Osaka Zoo

The third zoo to be built in Japan, with a history of more than 100 years. The natural living environments are reproduced in the African Savanna Zone and the elephant barn, among others.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Be surprised by the huge whale shark. Smile at the drifting jellyfish. Various wonders of the sea are displayed in the tanks.


Conveniently located only 10 minutes from JR Osaka Station, the Universal Studios Japan theme park features a variety of rides and shows associated with well-known movies and TV programs produced in Hollywood.>> Universal elements and Universal Studios Japan? & ? Universal Studios. All rights reserved. CR07-0661/SA07-260