Osaka Amazing Pass
Osaka Amazing Pass
If you’re in Osaka and want to explore as much as possible of the city – here’s “Osaka Amazing Pass” for you!
There’re 1 day and 2 day passes, the price is respectively 2,500 yen and 3,300 yen. Both passes include unlimited subway rides and 28 facilities you can enter for free, such as Osaka Castle, many museums, parks, the zoo, cruises, observatories, etc., plus some other discounts. The list of the 28 facilities is shown on the picture bellow or visit the official site here. The pass is possible to purchase at many stations and information centers around the city, such as Osaka station, Nanba station, Kansai Airport, etc. For the full list click here.
What I did together with my parents? A model schedule.
I highly recommend 2 day pass! It saved us about 11,000 yen!
First we visited Osaka Castle. It opens at 9:00am and at that time still it isn’t full with tourist. But have in mind that it takes about 20min walking from the nearest station to cross the castle’s park to get to the castle itself. The castle is very interactive with many high techs and has a nice view from the top. After that we entered Nishinomaru Garden and Osaka Museum of History.
If you visit Japan in April, you can enjoy Okawa River Sakura Cruise, as we did. After that, in a walking distance is the green Nakanoshima island, where’s located the Museum of Oriental Ceramics. For lunch we had some snacks and “bento” from a convenient store. Pay attention some museums are closed on Monday or other days.
In the afternoon we headed to Bay Area and took Santa Maria Cruise Ship. It was windy and a bit cold, the cruise totally took about one hour and I would say you can skip it if you prefer to spend longer time at some other spot. Next to the port is Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, which is not included in the pass, but you can use another pass. Sakishima Building Observatory is only one-two station west – the day view is nice, but not so special. If the sky is clear, the sunset should be beautiful.
In the evening we went to Umeda (Osaka station), enjoyed the night view from HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel and took a beautiful pictures from the Floating Garden Observatory. In the end of the day we took a rest at Natural Hot Spring Naniwa no Yu (see more about Japanese hot springs here).
The next day our first stop was Sakuya Konohama Kan at Tsurumi-Ryokuchi Park (better option on my opinion is Nagai Park with its Botanical Garden and Museum of Natural History). Later we checked the Museum of Housing and Living, which was pretty interesting and interactive. In the early afternoon we moved to the must see area of Tennoji – Shitennoji Temple, Museum of Fine Arts (that came out to be closed that day) and the old trembling Tsutenkaku Tower, for which we waited half an hour to enter, but it definitely worth it. The zoo is a bit old and not very nice, that’s why we decided to skip it. In the area we found a lot of local food for lunch, such as takoyaki, which Osaka is famous with.
We spent our evening at Nanba taking Tombori River Cruise and walking around the area. If you’re looking for some souvenirs, sweets or cosmetics, etc., Don Quijote is famous for it among the foreigners.