Family and Kids in Osaka

  1. Visit to experience unparalleled fun for kids
    Sanko Shrine

    Family and Kids

    Sanada Yukimura was famous samurai who died in the siege of Osaka castle. This shrine is dedicated to him. His final defeat only made his many victories up to that point more infamous, so much so, that he's become an ubiquitous name in Japanese pop-culture. The shrine itself is suspected to be the secret exit of a secret tunnel used during the siege. The Chubu-yoke festival is held at the shrin...Read more
  2. A place for children with all kinds of interests
    NU Chayamachi

    Family and Kids

    A shopping complex for Osaka's affluent adults. While most malls in Osaka usually target women, this one caters to men too. Stylish boutiques, upscale brands and gourmet restaurants. Other highlights on offer include watches, musical instruments, cosmetics and jewellery. It's not quite as large as some of the other malls in the Umeda District.
  3. A guaranteed fun space for the kids
    Horikoshi Shrine

    Family and Kids

    Prince Shotoku built this shrine in 593 to honor his uncle Emperor Sushun. It might be something about the tranquil atmosphere around the shrine, or perhaps there is a legend associated to it,but it is said this shrine has the power to make you dearest wish come true. All that is require is a prayer.
  4. Amazing Osaka attraction for kids
    Mount Tenpo

    Family and Kids

    To call this 4.53 metre high mount a mountain is a bit of a joke, but the name has stuck, thanks to a technicality in Japan's topographical mapping system. It's not even a natural feature, but a man made mound in the middle of Tempozan Park. At the time of its creation in 1831, it was 20 metres high. There is a memorial marking Emperor Meiji's first sea-borne military parade in 1876 next to the...Read more
  5. Can keep your kids busy for days
    Sukunahikona Shrine

    Family and Kids

    This shrine, dedicated to the Chinese and Japanese gods of Medicine (Shinno and Sukunahikona), is in a rather fitting location. The area around the shrine, Dosho-machi, is regarded as Osaka's medicine district. The shrine has been around since the 10th century. It's thought locally that prayers at the shrine were instrumental in helping stop the outbreak of cholera in this area in the early 19t...Read more
  6. Perfect for kids day out in Osaka
    Daido Life Osaka Head Office Building

    Family and Kids

    The building headquarters of a life insurance company would not usually qualify as an attraction, but one look at this one and you'll see why the exception was made. This may be the only real example of a style of architecture known as Brutalist in the city. The blocky bulk of the building seems to be supported on comparatively fragile looking columns. Stand close and look up, and it might seem...Read more
  7. Fun place to go for kids
    Soeman-cho

    Family and Kids

    This little neighborhood running alongside Dotonbori Canal has been a lively spot ever since the Edo period. In those days it used to be thick with restaurants, bathhouses and inns. Today it is one of Osaka's most fun nightspots. In fact, during the daytime it is pretty quiet. The fun starts when the galaxy of neon lights and signs start flickering on in the evening. That's when the crowd start...Read more
  8. A cool place to see with kids
    Kitahama Retro

    Family and Kids

    Built in 1912, this charming building's architecture bears a distinct touch of Glasgow. It is utterly unlike any other building in the city, and has thus been recognised as a cultural property of Japan. Continuing with the British motif, there is an England-style cafe on the first floor of the building. The menu is perfect - tea, cake, scones and muffins. There more than three dozen varieties o...Read more
  9. A fantastic place for refreshing break for children
    Osaka International Peace Centre

    Observatory

    The Osaka International Peace Centre aka Peace Osaka is a museum that documents the horrors of World War II. The permanent exhibition displays photographs and documents related to the war, highlighting the horror and pain caused by Japan's aggressions in China, Korea and South East Asia. It also documents the US invasion of Okinawa and the atomic bombings. The Peace Centre portra...Read more
  10. One of the awesome things children enjoy the most
    Osaka Culturarium At Tempozan

    Family and Kids

    This space used to be known as the suntory Museum, but that shut down. In its place is a cultural exhibition center that opened in 2013. It seems like a place still trying to find its legs and message and theme. The temporary exhibitions it has hosted so far has covered a diverse range of topic, from dinosaurs to botany to fine arts. Still, the events are always interesting, so you should defin...Read more
  11. The best option for younger visitors
    Konamon Museum

    Family and Kids

    This is less of a museum and more of an interactive workshop on one of Osaka's food obsessions. Konamon refers to any food around here that uses flour as a main ingredient. Takoyaki is of course the first thing to come to mind. The museum explores the origins of these foods, invites you to make your own takoyaki and try out the multiple flavours of the dish. There's even a class on how to creat...Read more
  12. A place where kids enjoy and have fun
    Osaka Exchange Building

    Family and Kids

    This stately and solemn looking building is home to Japan's second largest securities exchange. Unlike the Tokyo Exchange Building though, it is not open to the public. The best you can hope for is to click a few pictures of the building from the outside. It's quite photogenic. After that, move on. There are much more interesting things to see around the Kitahama District.
  13. A place perfect for families with kids
    Osaka Cathedral Of Tamatsukuri Of Saint Mary

    Family and Kids

    The first cathedral here was called the St. Agnes cathedral when it was built in 1894. After it was totally razed in the WWII bombings, and had to be rebuilt twice before the building you see today was constructed. A curious feature of the church - it honors an Edo period Japanese Christian convert who was known as Lady Gracia Hosokawa. The land on which this church stands used to be her family...Read more
  14. A favorite place to take the kids in the city
    Osaka Kigyoka Museum

    Family and Kids

    This is an unusual concept for a museum. Taking cognizance of 107 entrepreneurs who helped  not only develop Osaka but also empower the lives of the people in the city, the museum pays tribute to them. It explores their ambitions through three distinct period of Osaka's history - creation of an industrial base, creation of the consumer culture, and redevelopment. The exhibits are presented...Read more
  15. It's just one of those places to visit and hang out
    Omm Sky Garden

    Garden

    The appeal here is simple. From the 21st floor of this building, look out over spectacular panoramas of Osaka. Do so while immersing yourself in the tranquility of a Japanese Garden. There is juice in the vending machines. This place is nice because it's free. There are higher and swankier viewing platforms in different places in the city.