Osaka Family Vacation : 8 days Itinerary


Osaka has been named as Japan's new tourist holiday hotspot for Asian Visitors.

We decided to pay this once gritty city a visit to check out the colourful  hype.

Setting a 8 days 7 nights family holiday itinerary, we explore the sight, sound and taste of modern and ancient culture of Osaka. For this trip, we will be covering the major attractions as follows
  • Universal Studios Japan
  • Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
  • Osaka Museum of History
  • Osaka Castle
  • Dotonbori Street Food
  • Day trip to Nara
  • Day trip to Kyoto
  • Tennoji Zoo
With so much to cover, expect a long post ahead!


DAY 1
Highlights :  Universal Citywalk ,Hotel Universal Port Osaka
Starflyer
Osaka was the second leg of our holidays in Japan. We had earlier stayed for 5 days in Tokyo. We took a local flight , the black clad Starflyer and embarked on an hour long flight to Osaka.

The highlight of the flight?
Fuji-San

A bird's eye view of  the awesome snow clad Mount Fuji. It was a very clear day and we had Fuji-san on our sights for about 10 minutes during the short flight. It was not something you get to see everyday.
Off to Osaka
The first thing that greeted us out of the gate at Kansai Airport was a Pokemon Store. We had been searching high and low for Pokemon cards in Tokyo to no avail. Here in Osaka, it found us instead!
Pokemon Store
Since the boy wanted to get a card, he gets to choose his pick . Lo and behold, he caught Ho-Oh, the one card that he has been looking for all these while. Off to a good start in Osaka.

Ho-Oh .... I choose You!
Our first destination was Hotel Universal Port. This official Universal Hotel was chosen as we managed to get a 4 bedroom room for a pretty decent price.
Bus Tickets
Since there was no direct train to Universal and taxi cost an arm and a leg in Osaka, we decided to take the Kansai Airport Bus that stops near the Hotel , Bus ride is a comfortable 70 minutes from the Airport. Purchase your ticket outside the airport at Bus Tickets No D *




HOTEL: Hotel Universal Port

Hotel Universal Port
The Hotel Universal Port was decked out in Minions HACHA! MECHA! theme. It was a hit with the boys. Can you say love at first sight?
Hotel Universal Port Room
The Room was pretty decent size and fits 4 Super Single size beds. There was a special Minions room but we figured since we will be out for most of the time, it would be a waste to pay double the price of the normal room for an upgrade. It was a wise decision.

Want to book a room ?

We booked our hotel through booking.com and it was fast and simple. Best of all, it has free cancellation too in case we change our mind.
Minions!
ATTRACTION : Universal Citywalk, Osaka
Universal Citywalk Osaka
After checking in, we headed to Universal Citywalk to take a walk. Given that it was already 5 pm in the evening, dinner time beckoned.

Udon
Dinner was a hot bowl of Udon.
Osaka Takoyaki Museum
Thereafter, we decided to visit the Osaka Takoyaki Museum for a quick bite of Takoyaki before calling it a night. The Takoyaki was a treat. It just melted in the mouth at each bite If you do not already know, Takoyaki is a distinctively Japan treat made of wheat flour-based batter and filled with diced of minced octopus. A must try in Japan!

Takoyaki

DAY 2 
Hightlights : Universal Studios Japan
Port Dining Rico Rico Breakfast
We had an early breakfast at the hotel's Port Dining Rico Rico. The morning buffet was a delight. There was a dish for everyone. It was also the first time we had experience the Japanese 'breakfast plate'. It allowed you to place a small portion of an item on a plate designed for bite size eats. A clever way to ensure that you would not overeat.

ATTRACTION : Universal Studios Japan
Off to Universal Studios Japan

After having our fill, it was off to Universal Studios Japan. To prevent disappointment and long queues, we highly recommended to book the tickets online. We got our tickets from Klook along with the Universal Studios Japan Express Pass 4.
Universal Studio Japan

Given the anticipated crowd, we expected long queues for rides. Thankfully with the Express Pass 4 that allowed us to sit on Popular rides such as Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Minion Mayhem, The Amazing Spiderman (or alternate Jurassic Park -The Ride) and Jaws (or alternate Terminator 2 and Backdraft), the day was well utilized. You can opt for the Express Pass 7 if you are going on days where crowds can go crazy...
The Wizardry World of Harry Potter
Our Express Pass included a time visit to The Wizardry World of Harry Potter. On the day of visit, the crowd was a manageable size so this timed visit does not apply.
All aboard the Hogwart Express!

This attraction is a must see destination in Universal. Even if you do not take the rides, you still need to take the iconic photo with the Hogwarts Express and have a taste of the famous Butterbeer!
ButterBeer
In between rides, we also managed to catch the Christmas Special show. The show was much better than anticipated and could give its competitor a run for its money.

Parade

Being carnival fans, we could not resist  trying our luck at the VERY expensive carnival game (¥1000). Lucky for us, we won it a plush at our first try!

Spidey's coming home with us!

The best decision for today was made pre-trip... The Express 4 pass!

With the Express Pass 4, we managed to sit on all the rides and attractions that we wanted. It included the  Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Minion Mayhem, The Amazing Spiderman, Jaws, Jurassic Park the Ride, Terminator, Backdraft and Space Fantasy. We skipped the Hollywood Dream and Flying Saucer due to the height restriction (minimum 132 cm). With time saved, we even had time to explore Universal Wonderland.

All in, we sat on over 12 rides in ONE day. The most we every did in any theme parks!
Spider man - The Rdide

Most of the popular rides had waiting time of 45-60 mins. The most popular ride such as Harry Potter and Minions had wait time of 90 minutes. Without the Express Pass 4 , we probably would have ended up with a handful of rides.
Universal Wonderland

If you want to have a stress free time at Universal , we recommend to get your tickets from Klook. It is an authorized ticket distributor of USJ and the tickets are priced CHEAPER than most of the online portals we searched. Together with the occasional promo code, you will end up with a great deal ( We saved $100 off for the booking!)

Ps . Get tickets only from OFFICIAL PARTNERS, else it may be void!


After a whopping 10 hours at USJ, it is time to have dinner. We head over to Universal Citywalk to have our Ramen dinner before calling it a night.




DAY 3
Highlights : Captains Line. Osala Aquarium Kaiyukan, Tempozan Ferris Wheel, Legoland Discovery Center
Captains Line


We kicked off the day with a Boat ride just outside Hotel Universal Port. We took the Captain's line as we will be exploring the Osaka Aquarium today.
Port of Osaka

This was also the day we utilized the Osaka Amazing Pass we had purchased from Klook. We had collected the pass earlier at the airport.
Osaka Amazing Pass

The pass cost us only  SGD 28.9 per person and allowed us to several attractions in Osaka. This include the Captain Line boat ride from the Hotel to the Osaka Aquarium (Returns cost SGD 15 each). With this pass, we had visited 6 attractions with free transportation in between. We probably saved about 50% off the fees if we had paid for it individually. Highly recommended for 1st timers to Osaka.( Look out for our review in an upcoming post!)

You can get the Osaka Amazing Pass here.

ATTRACTION : Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan


First stop was the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyuka. Billed as the largest aquarium in the whole, the star attractions is undoubtedly the Whale Shark. Compared to other aquariums we had seen, this one is showing its age. Still worth a visit if you are in the vicinity.

Whale Shark


ATTRACTION : Tempoza Ferris Wheel
Tempozan Market Place

Next we head to the Tempozan Marketplace to take a ride in the Tempozan Ferris Wheel
Japanese Goodies

We found a couple of interesting stores in the building. There are stores selling old school Japanese goodies, Gachapon store, Anime stores. If you looking for quirky souvenirs, you might just find one here.


Soon we were up up and away on the Tempoza Ferris Wheel. The ride is also included in the Osaka Amazing Pass that we had introduce earlier.



You probably can see half of Osaka from the top. Most of the time you will be trying to spot familiar buildings from your Ferris Wheel. At 112.5 meters with a 60 passenger cars, it used to be the world's tallest Ferris Wheel... until the London eye comes along.



ATTRACTION : Legoland Discovery Center Osaka


Next stop was Legoland Discovery Center , Osaka. Initially we toyed with the idea of heading to Nagoya for the new Legoland. However, due to the lack of time, we decided on this alternative instead. Having been to the one at Tokyo, this Discovery Center is almost similar in terms of attractions.
LEGO Dotonbori

The Discovery center is a tad smaller than the one at Tokyo. It will make a good 2 hours stop if you are in the area. However if you have bigger kids, this might not be that suitable as it is targeted at children under 10.


This attractions is also covered by the Osaka Amazing Pass. With just 3 attractions covered today, the entrance fees would already exceed the cost of the Pass. It is truly amazing!
Rides for kids

Dinner was Katusdon at the food court. Having eating in restaurants and food court, both are equally good. The food court cost about 10-20% cheaper, but they are pretty generous with their portions.
Katsudon

Soon it is time to head back to the hotel to recharge for another day!
Goodbye Tempoza!

DAY 4
Highlights: Osaka Museum of History, Osaka Castle, Hep 5, Dotonbori Street Food

We were at the halfway point of the holiday. It was time to bid farewell to Hotel Universal Port as we made our way to the next hotel in Dotonbori.


With 4 luggage , it was not possible to call a cab to fit everything in. We decided to be adventurous and take the train instead. Let's say it was  challenging, but we made it at the end. We need to change 2 trains to make it to our hotel.


We took the train From Universal City Station and changed to another train at Nishikujo. Along the way , we had to navigate flights of stairs. If you have younger kids, this part may be challenging. Fortunately, the boys are able to carry their own luggage for this. From Nishikujo , we took another train to Osaka-Namba. The journey took us about 30 minutes in total.


Given that we are too early to check in, we decided to dump our bags in the hotel and continue to explore Osaka. Since we had the Osaka Amazing Pass, we decided to use it for today.

ATTRACTION : Osaka Museum Of History
Getting There : Covered by Osaka Amazing Pass
1) Namba Station-Tanimachi 9-chome Station (Sen-Nichimae Line)
2) Tanimachi 9-chome Station - Tanimaciyonchome Station (Tanimachi Line)
Face Off in Osaka
We loved to visit museums around the world. It is a quick way to get to know the history and culture of a city. Our first stop was the Osaka Museum of History. The good thing is that this museum is covered by the Osaka Amazing Pass.
Osaka Museum of History.

There were a few floors of exhibits to explore with explanations in English.

Our personal favourite would be the miniature displays of Old Osaka.

Sushi today?

Other than interactive stations, we also played a game of Japanese Snake and Ladder with the staff. The elderly staff actually spoke perfect English!
Playing Japanese Snake and Ladder


ATTRACTION : Osaka Castle
Getting There : Walk
Old School Car


It was a 20 minutes stroll to Osaka Castle from the museum. If you are too tired to walk, look out for this people transport. For a reasonable fee, it will bring you up to the gates of Osaka Castle (about 1 km away)
Let's Go Oska Castle

What do you do when you get to Osaka Castle?
You strike a pose!
Osaka Mood

Or you could visit the Castle itself . The entrance to the Castle was also covered by the Osaka Amazing Pass
Osaka Castle

Do you know the original castle was destroyed not once but twice?
The first time it was destroyed by invaders . The second time it was struck by lightning in 1665 and burnt down. The current castle was only build in 1931!
Battle
As such , do not expect much indoors. We were expecting an ancient castle decor, but were greeted with modern rooms that look no differ from an office. There were a few exhibits but the most interesting bit would be the view from the top of the castle.
View from Osaka Castle. Spot HEP Five

On the flip side, we were entertained by a Canadian juggler just outside the castle. As entertaining as it  is, we do wish it was a local performer instead. Somehow seeing a foreigner perform in Japan is a little odd considering that it is a country that prides its own culture.
Street Performer

Before you go, grab a bite or ice cream from the  food stalls located outside the entrance.


ATTRACTION : HEP FIVE
Getting There : Covered by Osaka Amazing Pass
Tanimachiyonchome Station - Higashi-Umdea Station (Tanimachi Line)
HEP FIVE


Our next stop was the HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel. Initially, we wanted to visit the Umeda Sky Park, however since night is approaching , we have only time for one. We choose the former as it was closer to the train station (5 minutes) walk compared to a 20 minutes walk to Umeda Sky Park. If you have time, we recommend to to do both as they are covered by the Osaka Amazing Pass. Tried as we did, the family was too tired by all the walking for the past few days.

You probably could do it in the Summer where the days are longer.
Sunset over Osaka

By the time we checked into Cross Hotel, it was already dark. The main reason we choose this hotel was because of its location ( in between Dotonbori Food Street and Shinsaibashisuji Shopping Street). The downside is that the Hotel had only 3 beds. However they do allow 4 occupants if it is a combination of 2 adults and 2 kids ( below 12) .

Want to stay in Cross Hotel?
You can book your stay through this link.


We put the luggage in the room and head off to Dotonbori Food Street, Before that we stop by the iconic Dotonobori River to admire the Neo lit buildings lining its side.

Dotnobori River

It will be mandatory to take a photo with the Glico man while you are there!



It was time to hit the street to fill our tummies. Dinner was simple ... eat whatever we could find on the streets.
Let's hit the street!
We made a few stops at stalls selling Kanidouraku ( Crabs) , Gyoza, Yakitori , Takoyaki and more. You can check out our feast at Dontobori Top 10 must try street food.
Gyoza

Interestingly, the major food stalls can be identified by the massive food structures hanging from the buidlings. The crowd can get quite big and it is standing room only for most street food stalls. Bring a plastic bag along to bin your food as finding a dustbin can be a little challenging ( they are located at certain spots and not at the food stalls)

Osaka Food Street

Having ate our fill, it was back to the hotel for a well deserved nightcap.

Takoyaki
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Dotonbori Top 10 must try Street Food


DAY 5
Highlights: Nara Park, Tōdai-ji , Mochi Pounding at Nakatanido 
Breakfast @ Cross Hotel

After our delicious first Breakfast at Cross Hotel, we are all set for a day trip to Nara Park!
Initially, our room included 3 adults breakfast vouchers, the staff was kind enough to change one of the adult voucher to 2 children voucher. Thumbs up for the initiative!


While on our way to the station, we were met with numerous bicycles on the pedestrian path. This is the norm in Osaka, so put down the phone and watch where you are walking in Osaka.


ATTRACTION : Nara Park 
Getting there : Osaka Namba Station - Kintetsu - Nara Station (Kintetsu-Nara Line)
Nara Deers


Oh dear!

We are going to meet some deers today. Getting to Nara Park from Dotonbori is a breeze. We head to Osaka Namba Station that was within walking distance and took a straight train to Nara. The train journey itself took less than 40 minutes and we landed in the land of deers.

On the way to the park,  the deer were already on the pathway to 'greet' us. Nara Park is home to hundreds of free roaming deers. In Shinto, deer are considered to be messengers of God, thus they are treated very well in Nara. So much so, they are symbolic with the city. The deer are wild but are tame enough to get close to. They do get aggressive if you do not have enough food, so load up on the deer crackers. Deer crackers can be purchased from the street vendor for ¥150
Feeding a deer cracker


Other than deers, Nara Park also houses a few temple compounds such as Kofukuji and Tōdai-ji
Kofuki


We made a quick stop at Kofukuji before heading Tōdai-jiTemple

ATTRACTION Tōdai-ji (東大寺, Eastern Great Temple)
Nandaimon Gate

After walking pass the imposing 
Nandaimon Gate, we reached Tōdai-ji Temple .
Tōdai-ji Temple housed  the world's largest bronze Sitting Daibutsu (Budda Vairocana)  in Japan. The Daibutsuden itself is the world's largest wooden building. The temple is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site .
Tōdai-ji

Other than the Daibutsu, there are other smaller statues in the building.


There was also a pillar at the back with a hole. The hole is said to be the size of the Daibutsu's nostril. If you can climb through it , you will receive enlightenment. Due to Daddy's size, he was wise enough not to try.



ATTRACTION : Nakatanido

Before leaving Nara, we made a stop at Nakatanido. Nakatanido is well known for its Mochi Pounding performance. Mochi is made live on the sport through the vicous pounding of the Mochi dough.
Mochi Pounding

Words cannot simply describe the world's fastest Mochi Pounders.
See for yourself in the video


Don't forget to get yourself a warm Mochi to try after the performance!

On the way to the station, we spotted a quaint Anglican Church in the middle of Higashimuki Shopping Street - Nara's famous shopping street.

It was rather odd to find the Narakirisuo Church. The church resembles an ancient Japanese house, but step inside , you will see the unmistakable layout of a church, It was a surreal sight in the heart of Nara.
Narakirisuo Church

Soon, it was time to head back to Dotonbori.

If you think DIY is tough and want a Fuss Free Nara Day Trip, go for day tours from Klook.

Plan a day trip from Osaka combing Nara Todaiji Temple and Kyoto Arashiyama Bamboo Forest from Klook

Alternatively opt for the half day Nara Tour instead
Wall of Money

We found a cute little place that sells pretty reasonable Japanese Fare. Soba and Tempura was dinner. If you happen to see a wall of Money, it will be the place, Try to spot your own country's currency there.


Since we still had energy left for the day, we had a game of bowling at the nearby Round 1
Round 1

Bowling rates were reasonable . They even have a unqiue bowling pin not to be found anywhere. Don't believe, see below...


We took a stroll on Ebisu Bashi-Suji Shopping street before making our way back to the hotel
Ebisu Bashi-Suji Shopping street



Nara Day Trip Video

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DAY 6
Highlights : Kyoto , Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Fushimi-Nari Shrine, Nishiki Market

Another day... another day trip!

This time we head to Kyoto to see Kyoto 2 iconic attractions- The Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and the Fushimi Inari Shrine

ATTRACTION : Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
Getting there 

1)Namba Station - Umeda Station ( Midosuji Line)
2)Walk to Osaka Station. Osaka station-Kyoto (JR Tokaido-Sanyo Line)
3)Kyoto-SagaArashiyama Station
Kyoto Station

We took a train to Kyoto Main station before switching trains to Arashimiya. There are many ways to get to Kyoto from Osaka, You could consider the Rapid train and even the Shinkansen. If you are holding the JR pass, the latter would be the faster and best option. Otherwise, the normal JR trains would do just as well abiet about 15 minutes longer.

The whole journey took us a manageable 90 mins. Do not worry about the final fare, you can do a top up before exiting the station ( the trip from Osaka Station does not indicate fare to Saga-Arashiyama.


After about 90 minutes , we arrived at the Arashiyama bamboo Forest. Getting to the Forest was a tricky affair. We used Apple Map on the phone to guide us. Otherwise, when exiting the station, look for a Locomotive Display.
Temple
 Follow the small road and make a turn towards the main road. Go straight ( not on the main road) and you will reach the entrance at the end of the path. Along the way, you should be passing a mini Shrine / Temple as above.

Spot the Geisha

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is located within  a straight path . The most dense part of the forest is somewhere about 800 metres into the forest.
So tall!

Don't worry about getting lost as there is only one path in and out. If you had seen photos with empty paths and bamboo forest, you might be a tad disappointed. It gets pretty crowded there during the day. The best time to visit would be very early in the morning or late evening.

Along the way, you will pass by Nonomiya shrine and Tenryuji Temple.


We had a quick peek before heading back to the entrance
Nonomiya shrine
If walking is too tiring, you might hire a rickhaw and travel in style instead.

Book your Rickshaw Ride from Klook here
Rickshaw Ride
There were food options just outside the bamboo forest. Grab a bite before heading to the next destination. If you are heading to Fushimi Inari, we suggest not to fill up your stomach here as there are plenty more food options to choose from there.
Hungry?

Want to visit Nara and Kyoto on the same day?
You can with a day trip to Nara Todaji and Arashiyama Day tour from Klook
This is value for money as it combines 2 cities in one for those with limited time.


ATTRACTION : Fushimi Inari
Getting There :
1)Saga-Arashiyama Station to Kyoto (San-In Line)
2)Kyoto-Inari Station (Nara Line)
Top Tripadvisor attraction in Kyoto

Our next stop was voted as Tripadvisor number one destination in Kyoto - Fushimi-Inari Shrine. This shrine is considered to bean important Sinto Shrine in Kyoto.
Kimonos 

Here you could see many Kimono clad locals and foreigners alike all deck out to soak in the atmosphere.
Reflection

Fushimi-Inari shrine is famous for the thousands of Torri gates that line its path towards the wooden forest of Mount Inari. These Torri fates are donated by individuals and companies. The names of the donars are written on the gates. The hike to the summit takes about 2-3 hours.

Given the long walk, you probably think you would have empty passages in front of you. In reality, it can get very crowded,especially in the beginning.
So many Tourist!
If you want to get the perfect photo of just yourselves and the gates on an empty path, your best bet is actually on the way back. There are 2 sets of gates leading up. One is the entrance and the other the exit. Both are one way only. We suggest to take the first exit and make your way out. The exit has less people during the day and it is possible to find stretches all to yourself for that perfect pose!
All alone at Fushimi- Inari


After the photo session, we head to the mini food street located next to the shrine. If you think Dotonbori has the best food in Osaka, we think this street has the best street food in Kyoto.
Yakitori

The yakitori looked exceptionally good. We recommend you to have a bite first before continuing your journey.


On the way back, we found a shop that sells the elusive Taiyaki (Japanese Fish shape cake with fillings), we just have to try it!



After a mini feast, we decided to head to Kyoto's Kitchen , Nishiki Market to search for more exotic street food to sample.

ATTRACTION : Nishiki Market
Getting There 
Fushimi-Inari Station - Gion Shijo Station - Walk
Kamno River
Getting to Nishiki Market is easy from Fushimi- Inari. Just note that you have to take the train from the Fushimi-Inari station and NOT the Inari station. Upon reaching Gio-Shijo Station, you would have to walk past the beautiful Kamno River.
Eat An Octopus filled with egg
Nishiki Market is also known as Kyoto Kitchen. Here , you could find a wide variety of raw Japanese food to bring back to cook. The street food scene here is different from your usual Japanese Street Food. For one you could try the Octopus Head with Egg. This was the main reason why we are here as the young one wants to have a go at it!


Nishiki Market can get really crowded and navigating it is challenging with small kids due to its narrow lanes.  For those new to Kyoto, you might want to head to the nearby Ninenzaka instead to see the old Kyoto that lives in the traditional houses that lines the lane. You could walk up to Kiyomizu Temple when you are there too. We were there a few years ago, so we decided to choose Nishiki Market instead for this trip.


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Kyoto Day Trip

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Day 7

Highlights : Karaoke , UFO Catcher , Dotonbori Food Street

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If you had been to Japan, you would know that Monday is not a good day for sightseeing. On Monday, most of the tourist attractions ( especially those run by the public sector) were closed!

Daiso Japan
Since we were staying at Dotonbori, there was always shopping and food to keep us occupied. Time to find Japanese flavored Kit Kat to bring home.
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After shopping, we decided to take a break and headed to Round 1 for Karoke. It was slightly confusing to book a session. Basically you have to book a room and on top of it order a food/ drink item per person. We recommend to order food as drinks comes free flow at the counter outside. That is where we had our lunch too. For approximately SGD 40 , we get food and a room to sing to our hearts content for an hour.
Karaoke!

Next up , we hit the UFO arcades around Dotonbori. Besides Round 1 and Taito, there are at least 3 other smaller arcades in the vicinity. We visited most of them today.


We think the branded name arcades are harder to win. We went to a No name arcade and had success there.
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How many toys did we save from the arcade machine ?

Let you in on a little secret...we are secret Ninja UFO Catchers in disguise.
Check out our haul for the whole trip here.

(Scroll down for a special giveaway!)
How are we going to pack these???

After stashing our winnings in the hotel, we head back to Dotonbori to have one last bite at the Street Food.

Dotonbori

We were entertained by the Turkish Ice Cream man during our purchase. Sometimes,  it is the process of buying the food that made it entertaining.
Turkish Ice Cream Man at Dotonbori
We ate so much that we decided it would be best to showcase what we think you need to try in a video instead.


Day 8
Highlights : Tennoji Zoo

Our flight was in the evening. We decided we still have time to do some sightseeing and headed to the nearby Tennoji Zoo for our last attraction.

ATTRACTION : Tennoji Zoo
Getting there 
Namba Station - Dobutsuen-Mae Station ( Midosuji Line)

Tennoji Zoo
Zoo is another place we like to explore overseas. We had been to the Uneo Zoo in Tokyo, Targonga Zoo in Sydney, Perth Zoo and Melbourne Zoo. It is almost must to visit zoos on our overseas trip. Tennoji Zoo is also part of Osaka Amazing Pass Attractions, so you can use it here too if time permits.


The weather is pretty cool to visit the zoo. Compared to Singapore zoo, the Osaka Zoo is much smaller. Most of the smaller animals are housed in cage or small enclosed space. The highlight of the Zoo was the petting zoo where we get to pet a Guinea Pig.

Hamster
The downside to Tennoji zoo is perhaps the number of animals per enclosure. Most of the animals come in pairs, but we do see certain enclosure with only 1 animal in it. It can get pretty lonely sometime especially if you belong to a species that socialise.

Spot the lonely Chimpanzee


We spend a couple of hours in the zoo and soon it was time to head back to the hotel to pick up our luggage

We are going to the Zoo Zoo Zoo
If you have more time in Tennoji, you could add nearby attractions such as the Shitennoji Temple and Tsutenkaku (the Effiel Tower of Naiwa') on the list.
Tsutenkaku 

The shopping district of Shinsekai is also a tourist attraction resembling the streets of Dotonbori. The shopping district is just opposite the Zoo.


There was even a shooting gallery there for you to win some snacks.
Win me!
Naturally, we had to try it before heading back.
Sharp Shooter
Soon it was time to leave for Kansai Airport. We took the ANA flight back, so it will be a flight back to Tokyo before connecting back to Singapore. Getting to Kansai Airport from Dotonbori is a breeze. Just use the Nankai Airport Express departing from Namkai Namba Station.

The only catch... walking to the station with ALL our 7 luggage!
Time to head home.
We recommend taking the Rapi:t . This is a limited express service between Kansai Airport Station and Namba. Seats are reserved so it does not get crowded. There are also spaces to put your bags. Rapi:t ( Pronounced Rapido) tickets can be booked from Klook. You can exchange the ticket for the physical  ticket at Nankai Electric Railyway ticketing counter.
  
Bonus points for looking like a train straight out of a futuristic anime comic book.
Rapi:t
So there you have it, the complete 8 days itinerary for families.

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5 comments:

  1. First time came across your blog from FB Japan Travel, Friendly Discussion Group and your blog is amazing. Your two boys are so cute and adorable.

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  2. Amazing write up. It brings me back to the time i was in osaka. You beautiful shots btw. What camera are you using?

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    1. Thanks for the compliments . I used the Sony A7Riii for most of the shots :)

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  3. Regularly read your blog. Thanks for share very informative post. Keep it up.

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