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OSAKA: Osaka E-Pass, the best way to explore all the tourist spots of Osaka

OSAKA: Osaka E-Pass, the best way to explore all the tourist spots of Osaka

2021-07-21 Management office

What is the Osaka E-Pass?

Osaka E-Pass is a special digital ticket that grants you free entry to more than 20 popular famous spots in Osaka by simply scanning the special QR code.

You can choose your own date and enjoy a full day of touring

You can select your preferred date of use during the purchase of the E-Pass.
Furthermore, you can change the date of use of the pass up until the day before (until midnight), as many times as you need. This flexibility makes it a perfect choice even in case your plans suddenly change!

1-day pass

The 1-day pass enables you to enjoy a whole day of sightseeing in Osaka at your leisure.

※There is no separate pricing for children.
※The pass can be used during the official business hours of the respective venues on the day of use.
※The pass is valid on the date of use only. It is not valid for 24 hours since its first use.

2-day pass

The 2-day pass enables you to enjoy two consecutive days of sightseeing in Osaka at your leisure.

※There is no separate pricing for children.
※The pass can be used during the official business hours of the respective venues on the day of use.
※The pass is valid on the selected two consecutive calendar days only. It is not valid for 48 hours since its first use.

What is the difference between the E-Pass and the Osaka Amazing Pass?

The Osaka Amazing Pass is a printed ticket with an embedded barcode that allows you free entry to more than 40 popular spots in Osaka, on top of free use of the respective public transit systems for a whole day. Some of the respective venues allow entry only via the magnetic card in form of the pass or a ticket purchased on site. The Osaka Amazing Pass can be purchased at respective tourist information centers, stations, hotels and other venues participating in the campaign.
1-day pass:¥2,800
2-day pass:¥3,600

On the other hand the Osaka E-Pass is an electronic ticket that allows free entry to more than 20 popular sights in Osaka by simply scanning the QR code at respective facilities. However, the E-Pass does not enable you to use the public transit systems free of charge. It can be pre-purchased online and since it is only in digital form there is no need for a pickup, thus making it easy to purchase and use.
1-day pass:¥2,000
2-day pass:¥2,500

Visit over 20 popular spots in Osaka for free - included in the e-pass!

You can fully enjoy over 20 popular spots and attractions of Osaka like the Umeda Sky Building, Tsutenkaku Tower, or the Osaka Amphibious Bus for free - all included in the e-pass.

Overview of facilities you can enter for free

Umeda Sky Building, Floating Garden (Kuchu Teien) Observatory Deck

Umeda SKy Building is a 40-floor 173 meters tall skyscraper. It was designed by the professor emeritus of Tokyo University, Hara Hiroshi, who is also the creator of such famous buildings like the Kyoto Station and the Sapporo Dome. It is also the world’s first interconnected skyscraper, consisting of two towers connected via bridges and walkways, as well as the observatory garden on the uppermost floor. The unusual design placed the project into the World’s Top 20 Architectural Projects. In the Umeda Sky Building you can find various shops and restaurants, as well as clinics, museums, art galleries and even a cinema. There is also a gourmet court designed to recreate the nostalgic atmosphere of the Showa Era. The Shin-Umeda area where the Umeda Sky Building is located is also home to a few spots aiming to recreate the atmosphere of the great outdoors and Japanese traditional settlements. Every summer fireflies are released here to faithfully recreate a natural atmosphere and create a little oasis of nature in the middle of the city.

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Venue Name: Umeda Sky Building
Business Hours: 9:30 - 20:00 (may vary due to circumstances)
Regular Closing Days: None
Address: 〒531-6023 Osaka, Kita Ward, Oyodonaka 1-Chome 1-88
Access: 7 minute walk from JR Osaka Station, 9 minutes from Umeda Station (Hankyu, subway lines)

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Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum

Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum is a novel conceptual art museum where everyone can enjoy fine arts. It is located on the 27th floor of the Umeda Sky Building. It focuses mainly on the works of Koji Kinutani, renowned for his frescoes. The vibrant and vivid artworks are easy to understand and appreciated by absolute laymen as well, creating a space that everyone can enjoy regardless of their knowledge of fine arts. On top of traditional artworks there are installations that can only be enjoyed with special 3D glasses, creating a 3D illusion and bringing the pictures to life. See the gods of thunder and wind approaching you or marvel at a 3d flower that you could swear you could feel, the works on display here revolutionize the definition of “art”. There is also a workshop space called Tenku Gallery, from where you can marvel at the stunning sunset.

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Venue Name: Kinutani Koji Tenku Art Museum
Business Hours: 10-18, until 20:00 on Fri・Sat・days before public holidays
Regular Closing Days: Tuesday
Phone Number: 06-6440-3760
Address: 〒531-6023 Osaka, Kita Ward, Oyodonaka 1-Chome 1 Umeda Sky Building 27th floor
Access: 7 minute walk from JR Osaka Station, 9 minutes from Umeda Station (Hankyu, subway lines)

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HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel

HEP FIVE is a red ferris wheel standing atop the shopping complex consisting of HEP, HEP FIVE and HEP NAVIO shopping centers in Kita Ward, Osaka. It is hailed as a prominent landmark of the Umeda area and boasts an impressive height of 106 meters, standing out among other ferris wheels of Japan. It is equipped with 52 gondolas and one ride takes approximately 15 minutes.
From the top you can see not only such prominent landmarks like the Osaka Castle of Abeno Harukas, but if the weather is favorable you can see as far as the famous Ikoma and Rokko Mountains, and even the Akashi Strait. The scenery greatly changes with the time of the day, offering a whole new experience at night. In the 4-seater gondolas you can connect your phone to the speakers and play any music of your choice, altering the atmosphere as you see fit. With only 600 JPY entrance fee it is a n extremely popular ride among the locals and visitors alike. Its location and easy access - a mere 5 minute walk from the Umeda and Osaka Stations - is also a great advantage.

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Venue Name: HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel
Business Hours: 11:00 - 22:45 (may vary due to circumstances)
Regular Closing Days: None
Address: 〒530-0017 Osaka, Kita Ward, Kakudacho 5-15 HEP FIVE 7F
Access: 3 minutes from Hankyu Umeda Station, 5 minutes from Hanshin Umeda Station, 4 minutes from JR Osaka Station Midosuji Exit, 5 minutes from Midosuji and Tanimachi Subway Line Umeda Station

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Osaka Museum of Housing and Living

As its name suggests, the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living focuses on the history and culture of traditional housing and living. It faithfully recreates the townscape of Osaka between late Edo Period and the onset of WWII, with countless materials and faithful replicas on display, showcasing the everyday life of common folk. The exhibitions on 8th to 10th floors offer a comparison between the way of living in the past and present, with installations that allow you to try out first-hand some of the aspects by yourself.
It was originally created to offer an opportunity to see Osaka through the eyes of the residents, but also to learn about its history and perhaps even improve the general perception of the city.
There is an observation deck on the 10th floor accessed via the escalator on the 8th floor, with a view of the 9th floor beneath. The 9th floor is dedicated to the Edo Period, whereas the 8th floor focuses on the present day.
You can also find a museum shop in the facility, where you can purchase daily use items that were in use in the past, like the simple wooden kendama toys, brushes and hair ornaments, ol maps, tenugui scarves, miniature kits and much more, making the museum a perfect choice for souvenir hunting.

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Venue Name: Osaka Museum of Housing and Living
Business Hours: 10:00 - 16:30
Regular Closing Days: Tuesday
Phone Number: 06-6242-1170
Address: 〒530-0041 Osaka, Kita Ward, Tenjinbashi 6-chome 4-20 Housing Info Center, 8th floor
Access: Tenjinbashisuji Roku-cho-me Station on the Osaka Metro Tanimachi line, Sakaisuji line, Hankyu line, exit 3
7 minutes from JR Loop line, Tenman Station

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Natural Hotsprings Naniwa no Yu

Naniwa no Yu is a “super spa” located on the top floor of the building. On the bottom floor you can find the AMORE Tenjinbashi store. All the other floors are dedicated parking lots, with a total capacity of 600 cars and free parking services for visitors to either the AMORE store or the hot spring spa (maximum of 6 hours).
Natural hot spring waters are drawn from underground up to the 8th floor, where an open-air bath awaits so you can enjoy the hot spring waters whilst gazing at the starlit nightly sky. It truly is an oasis in the middle of the busy city.
There are two types of carbon rich water baths, one natural and the other artificially enriched, both having an alleged beautifying and revitalizing effect on the skin, making them popular with visitors of all age ranges. The open air bath uses 100% natural waters, whereas the indoor baths use the artificially enriched waters. There are other facilities available, including saunas, infrared saunas, jetstream baths and much more, with specialized types of saunas for either ladies or gentlemen respectively.

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Venue Name: Natural Hotsprings Naniwa no Yu
Business Hours: 10:00 - 1:00 8:00 - 1:00 on Saturdays and Sundays
Regular Closing Days: None
Phone Number: 06-6882-4126
Address: 〒531-0061 Osaka, Kita Ward, Nagaranishi 1-choume 7-31
Access: By train - 8 minutes from the Tenjinbashi-suji Roku-cho-me Station on the Osaka Metro Sakaisuji Line, Tanimachi Line, Hankyu Senri Line.
By bus - bus no. 34 form the 9th platform at the JR Osaka/Umeda Station. Get off at the Nagaranishi bus stop.
By car - Approximately 2km from the Nagara exit of the Hanshin Expressway No. 12 Moriguchi Line, along the prefectural road Shirokita Koen-dori.

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Nakanoshima River Cruise

This river cruise that focuses on the Nakanoshima area of central Osaka is first of its kind and it is operated by the Ipponmatsu company, renowned for their many popular cruise tours of Osaka.
This particular cruise departs every 30 minutes between 17:00 and 21:00 from the Fukushima (Hotarumachi) Port and takes you on a 20 minute cruise of Dojima River underneath the 6 main bridges spanning over Dojima.
The luxury limousine boat capacity is limited to a maximum of 12 passengers, however all seats are converted to sofas, from which you can comfortably enjoy the view of Osaka, mixing both nostalgic retro architecture with the brilliant modern touch. Marvel at the impressive nightly cityscape and bridges, illuminated by dazzling lights.
The boat is equipped with state of the art wireless headsets by MOTO iD that also have a noise cancelling function, so you can enjoy the cruise whilst listening to the audio guide in a bigger, lively group without missing out on any important information. The audio guides provide explanations in multiple languages, so you can deepen your understanding of Japanese history and culture whilst enjoying the cruise.

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Venue Name: Nakanoshima River Cruise
Business Hours: 17:00 - 21:00
Regular Closing Days: Irregular Closing Days (year end, New Year)
Address: 〒553-0003 Osaka, Fukushima Ward, Fukushima 1-chome 1
Phone Number: 06-6441-0532
Access: 4 minutes from Shin-Fukushima Station on the JR Tozai Line, Exit 2
4 minutes from Fukushima Station on the Hanshin Line, Exit 3
6 minutes from Nakanoshima Station on the Keihan Nakanoshima Line, Exit 6
8 minutes from Fukushima Station on the Osaka Loop Line
17 minutes from JR Osaka Station

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Tombori River Cruise

Tombori River Cruise is a compact and efficient river cruise on the famous Dotonbori River, on which you can experience all the iconic sights and symbols of the popular Naniwa area in mere 20 minutes. The flashy yellow cruise boats will take you down the river and under the many famous bridges connecting the riverbanks. Even though the boats have a total capacity of 60 passengers, on the busy and popular weekends there are special departures added with a capacity of 20 and 40 passengers respectively. There is even an option to charter the boat for private cruises, with a maximum capacity of 70 passengers at a reasonable price of 40,000 JPY. The specific boat type may vary per total number of passengers (a smaller boat type may be provided if there are less than 70 passengers), with a minimum of 10 passengers per group.
Bringing your own refreshments, including cakes and other party food so you can enjoy a mini party on the river is allowed and in fact recommended. The private charter option is an excellent choice for groups of friends, school trips, company outings, tour groups and even wedding parties or other celebrations. No doubt about it, the cruise will become a memory of a lifetime.

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Venue Name: Tombori River Cruise
Business Hours: 13:00 - 21:00 Sat&Sun 11:00 - 21:00 Departures every 30 minutes.
Regular Closing Days: None
Phone Number: 06-6441-0532
Address: 〒542-0071 Osaka, Chuo Ward, Dotonbori 1-chome 6-7
Departure point: Tazaebashi Bridge
Access: 5 minutes from Namba Station on Midosuji, Yotsubashi, Sennichimae subway lines
10 minutes from Namba Station on the Nankai Line
5 minutes from Osaka-Namba Station on the Hanshin Namba Line
5 minutes from Osaka-Namba Station on the Kintetsu Line

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Tombori River JAZZ Boat

Tombori River JAZZ Boat combines a cruise of the Dotonbori area with a live performance by Jazz musicians. It is a very popular activity, available between April and November and takes you on an approximately 40 minute long cruise along the neon-lit nightly cityscape of Osaka, accompanied by a live Jazz performance.
Please be advised that for 2021, due to the pandemic the cruise is scheduled to operate on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays between September 4th and November 23rd. There are also special irregular departures available, please see the official website for more information.
During the performance you can pick up an array of instruments like tambourines or maracas and actually accompany the musicians!
Jazz is very popular in the Minami area and without a doubt its nightly neon-lit cityscape is the perfect background for the performance. Let yourself get carried away and sway with the flow of both the gentle river and a professional Jazz performance on a night you will never forget.

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Venue Name: Tombori River JAZZ Boat
Business Hours: 13:30 - 19:30
Business Days: April to November
Address: 〒542-0071 Osaka, Chuo Ward, Dotonbori 1-chome 6-7
Phone Number: 06-6441-0532
Access: 5 minutes from Yotsubashi Line Namba Station
5 minutes from JR Yamatoji Line Namba Station

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Kamigata Ukiyo-e Museum

This small art gallery focuses mainly on pictures of famous actors from the Edo Period, like Nakamura Utaemon the 3rd or Kataoka Nizaemon the 7th. Located right next to the gate of Hozenji Temple known for its Fudo Myo-o statue, the cozy museum offers 30 exhibits across 4 floors. It is the only gallery in existence that features Kamigata Ukiyo-e and as such garnered a fair bit of renown worldwide. The Kamigata-style wooden block prints are unique, as they used to depict the faces of popular contemporary actors and also served an advertising purpose in an era before photography was invented. The prints quickly became popular among the common folk as collectibles, especially those that featured famous actors from the theaters in the Dotonbori area. The museum also offers a wooden block print workshop with various degrees of difficulty, offering an excellent opportunity to learn about the art and its history first-hand.

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Venue Name: Kamigata Ukiyo-e Museum
Business Hours: 11:00 - 18:00 (Hours may differ due circumstances)
Regular Closing Days: Mondays (Tuesdays in case Monday is a public holiday)
Address: 〒542-0076 Osaka Chuo Ward, Namba 1-6-4
Access: 5 minutes from Namba Station on the Osaka Metro Yotsubashi, Midosuji, Sennichimae lines

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Dotonbori ZAZA House

Dotonbori ZAZA House is a comedy club where visitors can enjoy stand up performances. It mainly features local aspiring and upcoming comedians and their solo or pair stand up acts at a reasonable price of 600 JPY per 30 minute performance.
Performances are held daily, 5 times per day. 30 minutes before the show starts young comedians wearing pink traditional overcoats will beckon in visitors, so it is really easy to find the place and get in at the correct time. The shows take place at the underground floor of the Nakaza Kuidaore building, with the iconic “Kuidaore Taro” waiting at the entrance. Bringing and consuming your own refreshments is allowed, as well as taking pictures during the performances. Normally it is not easy to see the performances of young and fresh comedians, however at the Dotonbori ZAZA House you can do exactly that and take a bright smile back home with you!

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Venue Name: Dotonbori ZAZA House
Business Hours: 5 performances, once every hour between 11:30 and 15:30
Regular Closing Days: None
Phone Number: 06-6212-3005
Address: 〒542-0071 Osaka, Chuo Ward, Namba 1-chome 7-21大 Naka Cuidaore B1F
Access: 5 minutes from Namba Station on the Midosuji Subway Line or 8 minutes from Nipponbashi Station on the Sennichi-Mae or Sakaisuji lines

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GLION MUSEUM

Glion Museum is a vintage car museum located in a 100 year old red brick harbor warehouse. Buildings constructed of red brick are rather rare in Japan and together with the wide selection of classic cars the museum creates a truly unique experience.
The complex consists of four wings, all of which underwent thorough restoration and currently house not only the museum, but also a steakhouse, a cafe, a French restaurant and even a wedding hall.
The collection consists of over 250 vintage cars and veterans, including such legends as Rolls Royce, TOYOTA 2000GT and more. The selection of cars on display rotates periodically, with the cars featured in the current rotation also being available for purchase. With the unique atmosphere and abundance of delicious restaurants and other facilities, it’s not just the die-hard car fans but also everyone else that can fully enjoy a day at the Glion Museum!

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Venue Name: GLION MUSEUM
Business Hours: Mon-Fri 11:00 - 20:00  Sat+Sun+Holidays 10:00 - 20:00 (may differ due circumstances)
Regular Closing Days: Mondays (Tuesdays in case Monday is a public holiday)
Phone Number: 06-6573-3007
Address: 〒552-0022  Osaka, Minato Ward, Kaigandori 2-chome 6-39
Access: 5 minutes from the Osaka-Minato subway station
By car - 3 minutes from the Tempozan JCT on the Hanshin Expressway

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Santa Maria Cruise Ship

Santa Maria is a sailing cruise ship docked at the Kaiyukan-Nishi jetty near the Tempozan Harbor Village and Osaka City Aquarium - Kaiyukan. It takes its passengers on a 45 minute long round-trip around the Osaka Bay and the harbor area. The ship itself is a replica of the famous Santa Maria sailing boat of none other than Christopher Columbus, albeit twice the size of the original. It comes equipped with a luxurious leisure space for the passengers to enjoy along with the view of the bay area. On the inside you can find an exhibition focused on Columbus, the history of discovery of the New World, as well as various artifacts on display. Furthermore, there is also a food zone where you can enjoy a nice meal and sofa seats to ensure passenger comfort. On a sunny day you can enjoy the sea breeze on the upper deck as you sail around famous spots of Osaka like the Universal Studios Japan park or under several massive bridges connecting Osaka. Whether young or old, this cruise can be enjoyed by virtually anyone!

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Venue Name: Santa Maria Cruise Ship
Business Hours: 11:00 - 16:00 (Please confirm in advance as operating hours may differ per season)
Regular Closing Days: Dec. 31 - early February, On days when the aquarium is closed
Phone Number: 0570-04-5551
Address: 〒552-0022  Osaka, Minato Ward, Kaigandori 1-1-10 Aquarium 2nd floor
Access: 10 minutes from the Osakako Station on the Chuo Line, City bus headed for Tempozan Harbor Village

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Santa Maria Twilight Cruise

Santa Maria cruise sailboat sets sail from the Tempozan Harbor Village and sails around the Osaka Bay. Modeled after the famous flagship of Christopher Columbus, it is actually twice the size of the original. On board you can find a room dedicated to Columbus, with countless artifacts and fascinating information about the discovery of the New World.
The Twilight Cruise is slightly different from the standard cruise, taking 60 minutes as opposed to the day cruise. It operates between late April and October, only on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. The exact operating hours differ with season and month. The ship has a total of 4 decks from which you can enjoy a spectacular sunset view of the sea. The unique, romantic atmosphere makes this cruise an excellent choice for couples, but also for families, friends and more.

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Venue Name: Santa Maria Twilight Cruise
Business Hours: Varies per season, please confirm in advance
Regular Closing Days: Dec. 31 - early February, On days when the aquarium is closed
*Special New Year Countdown cruise on Dec. 31. available
Phone Number: 0570-04-5551
Address: 〒552-0022 Osaka, Minato Ward, Kaigandori 1-1-10 Aquarium 2nd floor
Access: 10 minutes from the Osakako Station on the Chuo Line, City bus headed for Tempozan Harbor Village

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Captain Line

Captain Line is a shuttle cruise connecting the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan with the Universal Studios Japan via sea. A one way trip takes approximately 10 minutes with further 5 minutes required to reach USJ from the landing port. Despite being a small boat it is fully equipped with a boarding ramp for wheelchairs or prams, as well as restrooms and comfortable seats so you can spend the short 10 minute trip in maximum comfort. The upper deck is equipped with benches so you can fully enjoy the scenery en route to USJ. After exploring the Aquarium and its surroundings to your heart's content, why not hop on board and embark on a new adventure at USJ?

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Venue Name: Captain Line
Business Hours: 9:15 - 21:15 (may vary due to circumstances)
Phone Number: 06-6573-8222
Regular Closing Days: On days when USJ/Aquarium is closed, also in bad weather.
Address: 〒552-0022 Osaka, Minato Ward, Kaigandori 1-5-37
Access: Osakako Station on the Chuo Line, City bus headed for Tempozan Harbor Village
From Universal City Port take the JR Sakurajima Line to Universal City Station

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Legoland Discovery Center Osaka

Legoland Discovery Center Osaka is located on the 3rd floor of the Tempozan Marketplace in Osaka Bay. It features a diorama of Osaka built from over a million lego pieces, as well as a 4d cinema featuring mini lego movies, as well as a racing course where you can try out your own creations. You can also get a glimpse of a lego factory, lego and duplo workshops and much more.
Later on kick back at the Lego cafe and perhaps get an original Lego drink bottle to take with you as a souvenir. The local Lego shop has a wide assortment of various sets, as well as single pieces available for purchase. Among the wares, Lego keychains with your name imprinted on them are one of the most popular souvenirs available!

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Venue Name: Legoland Discovery Center Osaka
Business Hours: 10:00 - 16:00
Regular Closing Days: On same days as Tempozan Marketplace is closed
Phone Number: 0800-100-5346
Address: 〒552-0022 Osaka, Minato Ward, Kaigandori 1-1-10 Tempozan Marketplace, 3rd floor
Access: Osakako Station on the Chuo Line
City bus headed for Tempozan Harbor Village
JR Sakurajima Line to Universal City, board the Captain Line to Tempozan
By car via Hanshin Expressway, get off at Tempozan IC
Paid parking available.

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Sakishima Cosmo Tower Observatory

The Sakishima Cosmo Tower Observatory offers an excellent view of the Osaka Bay Area from a height of 252 meters above ground. To reach the observatory you must first take a see-through elevator to the 52nd floor and then continue up via a 42m long escalator.
The 360 degree view makes one feel as if they were literally floating in the sky among the clouds.
The night view from the observatory was chosen as one of the top 100 night view spots in Japan. The observatory deck is open until 22:00 so you can enjoy not only the sunset, but also the nightly view of the city at your leisure.
Furthermore, there is a restaurant and a convenience store located on the first two floors, with an open buffet style restaurant on the 48th floor and a cafe on the 55th floor so you can enjoy a nice lunch or dinner together with an unforgettable view.

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Venue Name: Sakishima Cosmo Tower Observatory
Business Hours: 11:00 - 22:00
Regular Closing Days: Monday
Phone Number: 06-6615-6055
Address: 〒559-0034 Osaka, Sumione Ward, Nankokita 1-chome 14-16
Access: 3 minutes from Trade Center Station on Nanko Port Town Line

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Osaka Aqualiner

Osaka Aqualiner is a cruise boat that takes you on a 40 to 55 minute long cruise of the Okawa River. There are countless important historical sites along the riverbank, all explained via the complementary audio guide provided onboard. The scenery along the river changes drastically with each season, offering a very different view depending on the time of the year.
The maximum capacity of the boat is 98 passengers. It comes equipped with a roof, air conditioning, restrooms and even a small shop. The ceiling is quite low by design so the boat can pass underneath respective bridges, however it is see-through offering a rather unique view as you pass underneath the massive bridges. With its low construction the point of view feels quite close to the water surface, yet another unique feature of the Aqualiner.

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Venue Name: Osaka Aqualiner
Business Hours: 10:00 - 16:15 (may vary with season)
Regular Closing Days: Two workdays per week, two days in January and February (may change with season)
Phone Number: 0570-03-5551
Address: 〒540-0002 Osaka, Chuo Ward, Osaka Castle 2
Access: 3 minutes from JR Osaka-jo Koen Station
10 to 15 minutes from the Keihan Kyobashi Station
10 to 15 minutes from the JR Kyobashi Station
5 minutes from Osaka Business Park Station on the Osaka Metro Nagahori-Tsurumi-Ryokuchi Line

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Osaka Castle Gozabune Boat

The Gozabune is a golden cruise boat that takes you on a trip around the inner moats of Osaka Castle. Whilst perfectly enjoyable from the land, this cruise offers a chance to experience the Osaka Castle from a quite literally unique perspective - from the water surface. The boat itself is designed after the Ho-o-maru, the legendary vessel of none other than the great imperial regent and unifier of Japan, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, as captured on an authentic folding screen from his era (the screen is now a part of a collection of the Eggenberg Palace, Austria).
The whole boat is covered in gold leaf, a tribute to the late regent Toyotomi Hideyoshi whose love for the precious metal was almost legendary. Once you board this golden vessel, perhaps you yourself will feel like the top of the world. It is even possible to privately charter the whole boat for 20 minutes and up to 18 passengers at a price of 20,000JPY. An option to rent the boat for up to 110 minutes for 50,000 JPY is also available.

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Venue Name: Osaka Castle Gozabune Boat
Business Hours: 10:00 - 16:30 (departs every 15 - 30 minutes)
Phone Number: 06-6314-3773
Regular Closing Days: End of year, New Year, in case of bad weather
Address: 〒540-0002 Osaka, Chuo Ward, Osaka Castle 1-1
Access: 10 minutes from Osaka Loop Line, Osakajokoen Station
or 15 minutes from Osaka Loop Line, Morinomiya Station

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Osaka Museum of Entrepreneurs

Osaka Museum of Entrepreneurs was established at the occasion of the 120th anniversary of establishment of the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and focuses on the history of 105 exceptional entrepreneurs of the Meiji Period. The museum is divided into three parts, the main exhibition area, the special exhibition area for temporary exhibitions, and the library with a vast collection of period materials. There are audio guides in Japanese, English, Korean and Chinese available for foreign visitors, as well as manga for the younger visitors. The museum also offers a career development program aimed not only for upcoming entrepreneurs and new hires, but also students ranging from elementary to high school. A special collection of famous sayings and proverbs is also available for purchase, featuring mottos of legendary entrepreneurs and industrialists that shaped Osaka as we know it today. The library also hold a collection of over 9000 books by and about the entrepreneurs, as well as an extensive video collection available for viewing.

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Venue Name: Osaka Museum of Entrepreneurs
Business Hours: 10:00 - 17:00 Wed: 10:00 - 20:00
Regular Closing Days: Sun & Mon
Phone Number: 06-4964-7601
Address: 〒541-0053 Osaka, Chuo Ward, Honmachi, 1-chome 4-5
Access: 5 minutes from Sakaisuji Honmachi station on the Sakaisuji Line

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Osaka International Peace Center

Osaka International Peace Center is a facility dedicated to the aerial bombing of Osaka during the 2nd World War. It was built to commemorate and mourn the victims of the aerial bombing, as well as a monument to world peace. The casualties were particularly numerous in this area, thus leaving a strong anti-war sentiment in the remaining population. During the war Osaka was bombarded approximately 50 times. In the late phases of the war the American air force bombarded Osaka indiscriminately, killing tens of thousands of simple civilians and reducing the city to ash. The events of the 2nd World War and the bombing of Osaka are captured in the literary works of such legends as Tezuka Osamu, Yamazaki Toyoko, Matsumoto Seicho and more. There are more than 30000 literary works and publications available at the museum library, as well as 1400 videos and 300 DVDs available for viewing.

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Venue Name: Osaka International Peace Center
Business Hours: 9:30 - 17:00
Regular Closing Days: Monday
Phone Number: 06-6947-7208
Address: 〒540-0002 Osaka, Chuo Ward, Osaka Castle 2-1
Access: 7 minutes from Osaka Loop Line or Subway Chuo Line, Morinomiya Station

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Tsutenkaku

Tsutenkaku is an observation tower in the middle of the Shinsekai district and is hailed as one of the main symbols of Osaka. It is registered as one of the National Tangible Cultural Heritage sites and attracts countless visitors even today. Its original design back in 1912 featured a base modelled after the Arch of Triumph with a replica of the Eiffel Tower on top. With a total height of 64 meters it was the tallest building of its kind in Japan and renowned as a prime lookout spot. It was heavily damaged during the 2nd World War and its remains disassembled for war effort, however it was later rebuilt in 1956 due to the large popular demand and nostalgia of the local populace. The current tower is 103 meters tall, almost twice the height of the original one. The observation deck on the 5th floor features glass panels from top to bottom. The extended viewing platforms TIP THE TSUTENKAKU are also completely see-through, making the visitors feel as if they were floating in the sky. The Shinsekai area in which the Tsutenkaku tower is located is also renowned for its retro atmosphere with nostalgic shops, “kushi” skewer or offal hotpot restaurants, making it a great place to enjoy true Osaka culture.

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Venue Name: Tsutenkaku
Business Hours: 10:00 - 20:00
Regular Closing Days: None
Phone Number: 06-6641-9555
Address: 〒556-0002 Osaka, Naniwa Ward, Ebisu-Higashi 1-chome 18-6
Access: 3 minutes from Ebisu station on the Sakaisuji subway line, 10 minutes from Doubutsu-En-Mae Station

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Shitennoji Temple (Central Building, Main Temple Gardens)

Shitennoji is believed to be the oldest state-sponsored Buddhist temple of Japan, one of the seven temples built by the legendary prince Shotoku Taishi. The total surface area of Shitennoji is 110,000 square meters and even though the whole area is commonly referred to as Shitennoji, the most accurate definition would refer primarily to the central building on the temple grounds. The five-story pagoda, the golden hall and the lecture hall are all lined up in one line, with white gravel spread out throughout the temple grounds. Under normal circumstances an entrance fee is required to visit the temple, however for select temple festivities like the days commemorating Kobo Daishi or Shotoku Taishi, as well as spring and autumn equinox festivals visitors can enter the main hall for free. Even though the Shitennoji Temple alone is a sight to behold, the area in which it is located is famous for its many excellent tourist attractions. Apart from Tennoji Park and the ZOO, there is no shortage of shopping malls, restaurants and more.

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Venue Name: Shitennoji
Business Hours: 8:30 - 16:00
Phone Number: 06-6771-0066
Address: 〒543-0051 Osaka, Tennoji Ward, Shitennoji 1-chome 11
Access: 5 minutes from Shitennoji-mae Yuhi-ga-oka Station on the Tanimachi Subway Line

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Redhorse Osaka Wheel

The Redhorse Osaka Wheel located in the EXPOCITY combined facility in the 70’s EXPO Park, Suita city, is the biggest ferris wheel of Japan. With a total height of 123 meters it offers a one-of-a-kind view of Osaka. The romantic view of the nightly skyline makes it a popular spot especially for couples. The 123 meters tall ferris wheel is an impressive sight on its own, but the view from the top is truly breathtaking. It is the first-ever ferris wheel to be constructed using special anti-earthquake technology, certified by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.
The spacious gondolas all have air conditioning units installed and have see-through walls and floors. Apart from the ferris wheel there are many other attractions in EXPOCITY, like the aquarium, 70’s Expo Memorial Park, or the iconic Sun Tower.

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Venue Name: Redhorse Osaka Wheel
Business Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
Phone Number: 06-6170-3246
Address: 〒565-0826 Osaka, Suita City, Senri Banpaku Koen 2-1
Access: 2 minutes from Banpaku-Kinen-Koen Station on the Osaka Monorail

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Tozaiya - Kojiro Hayashi’s Chindon Entertainment Hall

A long time ago there was a cultural phenomena in Japan called the “Chin-don-ya”. Its name was based on onomatopoeia, derived from the sounds of percussion instruments. The chindonya were somewhat of performers, whose main role was to dress in flashy robes and play loud instruments for the purpose of advertising of products, businesses and venues. The flashier, the more attention they would gather, thus the stronger the advertising effect. The artistic group “Chindon Entertainment” by Kojiro Hayashi is acknowledged by the local government as a true chindonya, popular not just all over Japan but often invited for performances abroad as well. Originally the chindonya were supposed to be a wandering troupe, not tied down to a single location e.g. theater, however the Chindon Entertainment Hall located in the “Space 9” on the 9th floor of Abeno Harukas offers regular performances for visitors.
In its vicinity there are countless shops and venues of all sorts and genres, like the Q’s Mall, Kinei Apollo, Abeno And, and many more.

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Venue Name: Tozaiya - Kojiro Hayashi’s Chindon Entertainment Hall
Business Hours: 13:00, 14:30
Regular Closing Days: Mon・Tue・Thur・Fri・Sat・Sun
Phone Number: 06-6622-8802 (Kintetsu Art Hall)
Address: 〒545-6028 Osaka, Abeno Ward, Abenosuji 1-chome 1-43 Abeno Harukas
Access: Tennoji Station on the Midosuji Line

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