The Best Things To Do With Kids In Osaka
- See also: The Best Hotels for Families in Kyoto
My kids’ favorite stop in Osaka was this museum which is essentially a train museum with a few airplanes thrown in for good measure. Very accessible for kids and right on the subway line.
One of the largest museums in the world but it gets very busy so get here early (i.e. 20 minutes before the doors open.) There’s a large area to run around outside so an adult could stand in line while kids play and burn off energy. Then step inside the moment the doors open. Plan for at least 2 hours inside and maybe more if your kids really like whales, penguins, otters, and dolphins.
This is a very very big ferris wheel and offers great views of the Osaka port and Kobe. It takes about 20 minutes to go all the way around. It’s located about 5 minutes from the aquarium.
Located about 20 minutes by train outside Osaka this amusement park is similar to the North American versions offering rides, games, shows, and lots to eat. It’s also very expensive.
Called the Floating Garden Observatory this double-skyscraper gives incredible views of the Osaka region. It’s fun getting up and down by elevator and escalator, and is located just a 10 minute walk from the either the Umeda subway stop or Osaka Station.
Day Trip To Kyoto
Kyoto deserves more than just a day of course. But if you’re based in Osaka and have limited time then a day is better than nothing. The train trip between Osaka and Kyoto is about 15 minutes by Shinkansen and 30 to 40 minutes by JR or subway. The highlights for kids will likely be the train station itself (very cool), the train museum (just a short walk away), and Nijo Castle (a great combination of history lesson and outside walk.) That said, Kyoto has a lot to see. If time permits spend a few days here.