Osaka Family Adventure [Activities for Kids and Teens]

If you are traveling to Osaka with your family, we recommend the following hands-on activities, which you’ll find throughout this lively city. Paired with our Osaka Itinerary, add these kid/teen-friendly activities into your plans for an unforgettable family adventure.

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Legoland Discovery Centre

Treat your kids to a hands-on day at Legoland theme park! First, check out the highlights, which include a scale model Lego Osaka, brick-making classes, indoor playgrounds, and a 4D cinema. Then, go on the factory tour, which gives an interesting look behind the scenes: you can learn how legos are made! You can easily spend a whole day at the park, conveniently located just five-minutes from Osakako Subway Station. There’s also a cafe at Legoland serving snacks and full meals.

Location: 1-1-10, Kaigandori, Minato Ward, Osaka

Hours: Weekdays, 10am-7pm. Weekends and public holidays, 10am-8pm.


ADULTS (16+)CHILDREN (3-15)
TICKET ON THE DOOR2,300 yen2,300 yen
ONLINE SAVER TICKET1,600 yen1,600 yen

Tips

  • Buy tickets online and in advance to save money!
  • You can purchase online tickets 24hours in advance. However, you will be asked to select a date and time of visit when you book online.
  • Adults must be accompanied by a child to enter.
  • Last admission for weekdays is 5pm and for weekends it is 6pm.

Kids Plaza & Ogimachi Park

Kids Plaza is a museum where younger kids can enjoy various workshops and activities across five floors. Kid entrance ticket is 800 yen while adults may explore for 1,400 yen. First, check out the top floor, called the ‘lets try’ floor and gives kids the resources to learn about electricity, see the world through insect’s eyes, create a TV program and much more. Then, explore the other floors in this plaza, which include: a giant play area, a makers’ space (including food), a library for quiet time, shops for role-playing games and even a computer studio. The basement floor also has a restaurant. Right outside the Plaza is Ogimachi Park; a park with a giant play area and huge slides.

Location: 2-Chome-1-7 Ogimachi, Kita, Osaka 530-0025

Hours: 9:30am-5pm. Closed the second and third Mondays of each month.

Tips

  • Lockers are available for a 500 yen deposit, and are on the 1st, 3rd and 4th floors.
  • The museum is occasionally closed in April, September and December. Check the website to confirm that they are open.
  • During August, the Plaza often stays open until 7pm.

Universal Studios

If you love amusement parks, Osaka’s Universal Studios is a must! The park features shows, rides and restaurants that are based on internationally renowned movies. The Jaws, Jurassic Park, and Harry Potter themes are all incredibly popular. It’s busy all year round, but the park is more than big enough for you to enjoy all the main attractions without feeling swamped by crowds. Entry fees can be tricky to understand as prices vary each day, so we recommend purchasing tickets online and in advance (see details below).

Location: 2 Chome-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana Ward, Osaka 554-0031, Japan

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9:30am-7pm. Saturday-Monday 9:30am-8pm.

Park Map: https://www.usj.co.jp/e/common/studiomap.html

Tips

  • Although tickets can be bought at the gate, we recommend purchasing tickets online in advance to beat the lines. Plus, tickets can be sold out at the gates during busy periods.
  • You cannot bring outside food, drinks, or pets into the park.
  • To avoid queueing at the restaurants, you can reserve a seat at any of the following restaurants: Finnegan’s Bar & Grill, Park Side Grille and SAIDO. Simply speak to a member of staff at the door and state your time of arrival for later. Although they will try and secure you seating, this cannot be guaranteed during very busy periods.
  • Check the waiting times for rides on the boards around the park.
  • Please note that prices vary depending on the date. It’s best to search the Universal Studios’ website to determine the passes that suit your family the best.
  • Klook is the our recommended website for online ticket purchase. It is reliable, easy and English-friendly

Round 1 Stadium Arcade

Round 1 Stadium is a huge arcade that spans five levels of full-on entertainment. As well as countless arcade games, you can also take part in segway racing, mini-bike riding, futsal, baseball batting, bowling, darts, rodeo and a whole lot more. It’s open all day and perfect for a family to explore on a rainy day. Even if it’s not raining, Round 1 Stadium is fun just to experience the madness of a Japanese arcade! Please note that children under the age of 16 are not allowed to enter after 7pm.

Location: 1-3-1, Nanba, Chuo, Osaka 542-0076

Hours: Open 24/7 (Amusement area opens 9am-11:50pm)

Online Brochure: https://www.round1.co.jp/shop/pdf/sennichimae_map-eng.pdf

Tips

  • Although it’s free to enter, you’ll need cash to experience the games and everything that’s on offer inside.
  • You can also get a private room for karaoke that includes snacks and unlimited drinks.
  • The building can be a real maze – look out for the helpful floor maps to orient yourself!

Tennoji Zoo

Tennoji Zoo is Japan’s third oldest zoo, and has been in existence for over 100 years. In total, the zoo houses over 1,000 animals including lions, giraffes, hippos, koala bears, various reptiles and a whole lot more. The entrance fee is 500 yen for adults and 200 yen for kids. Spend a morning or afternoon exploring the four main sections of the zoo: African Savanna Zone, Asian Rainforest, Petting Zone and Aviary. There are also restaurants in case you and your family get hungry!

Location: 1-108, Chausuyama-cho, Tennoji-ku, Osaka, Japan

Hours: Weekdays, 9:30am-5pm (last admission 4pm). Weekends 9:30am-6pm (last admission 5pm).

Zoo Map: https://www.city.osaka.lg.jp/contents/wdu170/tennojizoo/en/picturebook/index.html

RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONS

Kuma Kafe

A tasty restaurant located relatively near to Osaka’s Universal Studios.  The restaurant serves pizzas and western-style food with both vegetarian and vegan options.

Location: 4-4-15 Chikko, Minato-ku, Osaka 552-0021, Osaka Prefecture

Hours: Thursday-Sunday 12pm – 6pm. Wednesday 13:30pm-6pm.  

Okonomiyaki Chitose

Located in the heart of Osaka, Okonomiyaki Chitose is family, kid and vegetarian friendly. It serves a variety of Japanese food, including okonomiyaki, seafood and pancakes. The staff are friendly and many are English-speaking.

Location: 1-11-10 Taishi, Nishinari-ku, Osaka 557-0002, Osaka Prefecture

Hours: Thursday-Tuesday 12pm – 3:30pm & 5pm-8pm.

Critters Burger

This American-style diner serves fantastic burgers, wings, fries and salads.  A popular restaurant with families, Critters is found in the centre of Osaka and stays open late.

Location: 1-10-35 Nishishinsaibasi, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0086, Osaka

Hours: 11am-10pm.