Osaka Amazing Pass Review : Is it worth it?



How amazing is the Osaka Amazing Pass?

If you are heading to Osaka for the first time, the Osaka Amazing Pass would have to be the first card you should consider for your trip.

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What is the Osaka Amazing Pass?
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It is a one day or 2 day pass that tourist can get to get complimentary admission to 38 facilities * with unlimited rides on Osaka municipal subways, bus lines and New Trams . In addition, you get an attached coupon book that includes discount to various attractions. See the full list here.

* As of Feb 2018


Is the Pass worth it?
The Passes cost 2500  for a one day pass  and 3300  for a two days pass . Prices are the same regardless if you are an adult or child. Passes can be purchased online and collected at Kansai Airport.

Osaka Amazing Pass

For this review, we will be focusing on  the 2 days Osaka Pass. We will compare to the Pass cost vs the activities fees  that we had experienced to see if it is worth it to purchase the pass. The price comparison will be base on a family of 2 adults and 2 children. The Osaka Pass is at 3300  for both adult and child.

Total Cost : 3300 x 4 = 13200 

The pass was activated on our first activity, a cruise via Captain Cook across the Aji River from Universal City Port to Kaiyujan West Wharf. We chose this as the starting point as we were staying in Universal Port Hotel during our stay in Osaka.

Day 1 

Captain Line Cruise
Captain Line Cruise

The Captain Line Cruise is a 10 minute ride from Universal City Port. Compared to the 35 minutes train ride, it is the easiest way to visit the the Kaiyukun region where you can find the Osaka Kaiyukan Aquarium, Legoland Discovery Center and the Tempoza Ferries Wheel.

Actual Cost 
Adult Return : 2700
Child ( 7-12) Return :  1500

Total for family of 2 adults and 2 children : 8400

Tempozan Ferries Wheel
Tempozan Ferries Wheel

Our first stop was the Tempozan Ferris Wheel. The Tempozan was once the biggest , tallest and most technologically advanced observation wheel.... until the London Eye comes along. It is 112.5 meters in height and has 60 eight passenger cars.

From the top , you could see the panoramic view of the sea, the mountains and the city of Osaka. 

Actual Cost

800 per pax
Total Cost : 3200 


Legoland Discovery Center Osaka

Being Lego fans , we just had to make a stop at Legoland Discovery Center Osaka located at Tempoza Market Place. The good news is that it was covered with the Osaka Amazing Pass.

Actual Cost
2300 per pax
Total Cost : 9200 

As it was Winter when we visited, the time we had was rather short. If you are visiting in summer or spring, you might consider adding the Cruise Ship Santa Maria Day or Twilight cruise

Regular cost
1600 per pax ( Day Cruise)
2100 per pax (Night Cruise)

Potential savings base on Day Cruise 6400

You could also use the booklet to enjoy discounts off certain attractions. If you are visiting the Kaiyukan aquarium, there is a 100 for cash payment for adult tickets.

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Our total cost for Day 1 is at 20800 . We already covered our cost in Day 1!





Day 2

For day 2 , we headed to the the heart of Osaka.  For today, our main transport will be the Osaka Subways. The subways WERE included in the Osaka Pass as well.
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Osaka Museum of Natural History
Osaka Museum of History

Our day started with a visit to the Osaka Museum of Natural History. We loved visiting museums as they are a great place to start to learn about the origin of the city.

We even got a chance to play the Japanese Snake and Ladder game with a local guide there too.

Actual Cost
300 per pax
Total Cost : 1200 


Osaka Castle

Next on the list is the Osaka Castle. With the Osaka Amazing pass, you get to visit the inside of the Osaka Castle Museum.

Head up there for a view of the city!
View from Osaka Castle

Actual Cost
600 per pax
Total Cost : 2400 
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If time is on your side, you can visit the Osaka Castle Nishinomaru garden(200 )or even take the Osaka- jo Gozabune Boat that cruises round the Osaka inner moat (1500)

HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel
Hep Five
Using the subways, we headed to Hep Give Ferris Wheel as our next destination.


It was a choice between the Umeda Sky Building Floating Garden Observatory (included in the pass) and the Hep Five due to time constraint. In the end, it was the right choice as we witnessed the sunset in Osaka from the vantage point in Hep Five.

Actual Cost
500 per pax
Total Cost : 2000 


If you are ending your day in Dotonbori to savour the street food,  You could also add the Tombori River Cruise (900)  to your itinerary. This is also included in the Osaka Amazing Pass.
Dotonbori River Cruise

Total Cost for Day 2 :  5600 excluding transport cost. Transport cost for the day is approximately 1500 . Total Cost 7100

Total for 2 Days : 27900 vs13200 . A whopping savings of 14700 or 111%!

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Alternative Itinerary (Day 2)


If you are looking for an alternative itinerary, you could consider a visit to Osaka Tennoji Zoo(500)


You could also visit the Tsutenkaku Tower ( 700) , Shitennoji Temple (300 ) , Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts (300 ) Keitakuen Garden (150) that are within the vicinity.


Verdict


Is the Osaka Amazing Pass worth it?

For first timers who wants a fuss free experience, we think Osaka Amazing Pass provides a good value. Personally, we saved over 111 % during this trip while using the pass.

Our verdict  - Highly recommended!

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