Family and Kids in Osaka

  1. Visit to experience unparalleled fun for kids
    Horikawa Ebisu Shrine

    Family and Kids

    Thought the original structure was built in the 6th century, and moved to this location in the 13th, the bombings of WWII completely destroyed the temple. The building you see here today was completed in 1963. From January 9th to 11th, the Toka Ebisu festival is celebrated here in worship of the kami of commerce, Ebisu. They bring Tai (a kind of bamboo branch), Koban (a Japanese gold coin), and...Read more
  2. A place for children with all kinds of interests
    Osaka Museum Of Natural History

    Family and Kids

    This museum may be modest in its looks but the sheer scope of its exhibits is certainly ambitious. There are five major exhibits. It begins with exploring the natural heritage of Osaka - urban, rural, endangered animals. Next the museum explores the geologic and natural history evolution of the lands around Osaka - ice age, dinosaurs, mammals. The third exhibit is dedicated to the process and s...Read more
  3. A guaranteed fun space for the kids
    Kodu Shrine

    Family and Kids

    This shrine is thought to have been built in the 9th century on the orders of  Emperor Seiwa. Moved to this location in the 16th century, the shrine was entirely destroyed by the WWII bombings. IT was rebuilt, and today is a quiet and tranquil spot in the city. Note the stone monument. In spring, the shrine is made beautiful by the cherry blossoms. Rakugo performances are held at the shrine.
  4. Amazing Osaka attraction for kids
    Fujita Art Museum

    Family and Kids

    Compiled by  Fujita Denzaburo and his descendents, made available to the public in 1954, this is one of the largest and most precious private collections in Japan. It includes sculpture, goldwork, textile, paintings, prints, calligraphy and even archaeological artefacts. Altogether there are about 5000 items. Nice out of these have been designated national treasures. Most of the artwork is...Read more
  5. Can keep your kids busy for days
    Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum

    Family and Kids

    During the Edo period, artists working with woodblock and print art were fascinated by kabuki actors, and thus made the actors the subject of their artworks. Also included were geisha and sumo wrestlers. Thus began the Ukiyoe culture of art. From there evolved the Kamigata culture of woodblock art, which is a little funnier  than the Edo period's stylish work. This museum focuses almost ex...Read more
  6. Perfect for kids day out in Osaka
    Kitamuki Jizoson

    Family and Kids

    Right outside Umeda station, on the first floor, is this unassuming looking shrine. You'll see people bobbing a quick prayer its way before moving on with whatever they were doing. Apparently it's a gravesite. Also apparently praying here assures you of some sort of good fortune.
  7. Fun place to go for kids
    Tachibana Street

    Family and Kids

    Back in the Edo days this used to be furniture street. During Meiji times it gained a reputation for antiques. Today, this 800 meter long street has all that AND a plethora of boutiques, interior decor stores, and bars and cafes. It is usually crowded with young people, especially in the evenings. The vibe of this street is very unlike the rest of Osaka. It's almost bohemian - the layout, the d...Read more
  8. A cool place to see with kids
    Ogimachi Park

    Park, Picnic Spot

    You will usually find families with kids out in full force at this park. There are large playgrounds (jungle jim, mountain slider), colorful flower beds, and pretty fountains. Pool tables and tennis courts fill in for the sports facilities. A decent portion of the crowd comes in from the nearby Kid's Plaza Osaka. Lots of open grass means lots of space to picnic. Best of all, the park is known f...Read more
  9. A fantastic place for refreshing break for children
    Senpukan

    Family and Kids

    When Thomas James Waters built this house for the nearby Mint Bureau, it was the first western style house in all of Osaka. The building, built in 1871, has a strikingly colonial style - columns, balconies, verandahs. Inside you'll find geometric hallways, decorative tiles, a large fireplace and French-style windows. Unfortunately, as the condition of the structure is extremely fragile, it is o...Read more
  10. One of the awesome things children enjoy the most
    Sumiyoshi Park

    Park

    Opened in 1873, this is the oldest park in Osaka. It has a number of highlights. First off, the cherry blossoms. Springtime and hanami season are magical at this park. Note the The Takatoro building, Japan's oldest lighthouse.  A pathway running through the park, the the Shiokake-michi, was the way to a shrine that used to be here. Other than these the park is simply a nice place to be - t...Read more
  11. The best option for younger visitors
    Naniwanomiyaato Park

    Park

    Archaeologist Tokutaro Yamane in 1957 unearthed something unexpected directly south of Osaka Castle Park. It was the remains of an even more ancient palace, of which we know little, other than it was burned down in 726 AD. The full extent of these ruins have now been excavated and all that remains is the remnants of the walls. A miniature of the palace as it might have been has been recreated i...Read more
  12. A place where kids enjoy and have fun
    Goryo Shrine

    Family and Kids

    The shrine was built back in the 9th century. During the meiji period it enjoyed a great surge in popularity. A 'Goryo' puppet theatre had moved onto the shrine grounds and it would draw large crowds. During that time it produced a number of celebrity performers and musicians. Now the shrine is largely passed over, though it's still a nice place to visit. It has a beautiful torii gate in red, a...Read more
  13. A place perfect for families with kids
    Arai Building

    Family and Kids

    In the Taisyo period this building was owned and operated by Houtoku Bank Osaka Branch. It's a solemn and stately looking structure, fitting for a financial institution. Which is why it always surprises people that when they step in the first thing they notice is the scent in the air. The scent of confections and baking. A lovely little pastry shop operates inside the building now and they've s...Read more
  14. A favorite place to take the kids in the city
    Suwama Shrine

    Family and Kids

    There are multiple accounts of the origin of this shrine. Some say Empress Jingu herself enshrined Ikasuri-no-kami. Others speak of Hideyoshi Toyotomi moving the shrine to its currently location. At any rate, at this point there are five kamis enshrined here - Ikui, Sakui, Tsunagai, Hahiki and Hasuha. People come here to pray for safety for their journeys and their homes.
  15. It's just one of those places to visit and hang out
    Liberty Osaka

    Family and Kids

    This museum's purpose is simple. It strives to help people recognise that minority groups exist and that they are discriminated against… AND that it is our moral privilege to help defend minorities wherever they are. In the Japanese context this explores discrimination against Koreans, Chinese, Burakumin, the Ainu people, and Ryukyuans. On a more global note it also tackles the issues of...Read more