Osaka is famous as a bustling metropolis with delicious food and plenty of opportunities for shopping. But what few realize, is that it’s also an excellent destination for travelers with kids.

Surrounded by mountainous landscapes and the sea, Osaka boasts a wealth of outdoor activities. Plus, it is home to aquariums, zoos, and the iconic Universal Studios Japan. 

If you’re ready to explore the unique charm of Osaka, keep reading for a quick but comprehensive Osaka with children travel guide. I’ll also list the best hotels to stay and restaurants to grab a bite at.

Top 7 Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Osaka

Universal Studios Japan 

An enormous theme park showcasing characters and movies loved worldwide, Universal Studio Japan is one of Osaka’s best family-friendly attractions. From the heart-pounding excitement of The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man to the magical world of Super Nintendo World, this destination offers a little something for everyone.

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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan building

This is Osaka’s premier destination—and the largest aquarium in the world! Explore diverse exhibits showcasing over 30,000 creatures, from majestic whales sharks to playful penguins. With the aquarium’s interactive displays and touch pools, you can really make learning fun for your kids.

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Kids Plaza Osaka

You can let your child’s imagination run wild at this interactive play zone and science museum. It’s packed with hands-on exhibits, creative workshops, and role-playing activities. Kids Plaza Osaka offers endless opportunities for your little ones.

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Tempozan Ferris Wheel

Tempozan Ferris Wheel is an iconic sight in Osaka. It is conveniently located very close to the Kaiyukan Aquarium mentioned above, as well as the Legoland that we’ll see later in this list. You’ll see this 112-meters-tall Ferris wheel towering over the surrounding buildings—making it impossible to miss. If they’re not afraid of heights, your kids will love it.

Tickets are to be purchased on-site, but you can check what people are saying on TripAdvisor.

Tombori River Cruise

Dotonbori river in Osaka, view from dotonbori bridge during the day

If you go to Osaka, you cannot miss its iconic Dotonbori River. It goes right through… Dotonbori district, famous for its business area, huge shopping streets, and delicious food street shops. Kids love boat tours, and this one offers unique views of the vibrant district as well as iconic landmarks like the Glico Running Man sign. All that in around 20 minutes—perfect to take a break from all the walking and shopping frenzy. Note that the commentary of the guide is mainly in Japanese, with a little bit of English for the international tourists on board.

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This attraction is a must-visit when traveling to Osaka with kids because of its versatility. It is part zoo, part aquarium, and part science museum! As such, you can journey through exhibits that blend digital art, science, and technology (a captivating and immersive experience is guaranteed). During your trip, expect to explore vibrant ecosystems and marvel at bioluminescent creatures. And, perhaps, even touch some friendly animals.

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Legoland Discovery Center

What kid doesn’t like Lego? And I could ask the same question for adults. Legoland Discovery Center is an indoor playground where you can let your child’s inner builder go wild. Explore themed zones like Lego Friends Olivia’s House and Miniland (these showcase iconic Osaka landmarks built entirely from Lego bricks). There are fun rides like the Kingdom Quest and Merlin’s Apprentice, and you can participate in interactive workshops. You can also build unique creations to bring home.

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Where to Stay in Osaka With Kids: 4 Fantastic Hotels

When traveling to Osaka with children, there are plenty of fantastic hotels to book your stay in. I particularly recommend the following:

Hotel Universal Port Vita

This hostel is located within Universal Studios Japan—so you can conveniently head to the park as you wish. You’ll love its themed rooms, and the hotel also boasts family-friendly amenities. These include a pool and a playroom.

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Namba Oriental Hotel 

This centrally located hotel offers close proximity to Dotonbori and other attractions. You can choose from comfortable and spacious family accommodations—and enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet. There’s also a kids’ playroom!

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Granvia Osaka (JR West Group)

Granvia is a luxurious hotel near Osaka Station, providing easy access to nearby attractions. It offers family rooms with city views. There’s also an indoor pool for the family to swim and a spa for relaxation.

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Hotel New Otani Osaka

This is a high-end hotel overlooking Osaka Castle Park. It offers spacious family rooms for your stay and a swimming pool. You can also walk through its stunning Japanese gardens.

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Where to Eat: 4 Osaka Kid-Friendly Restaurants

No trip is complete without devouring delicious and diverse cuisines! When it comes to Osaka, here are a few bites to grab to make your trip all the more memorable:

  • Takoyaki Dotonbori Kukuru: Osaka is the hometown of takoyaki, these small octopus-stuffed balls. It’s a must-try for both parents and kids, and Kukuru is one of the most famous takoyaki shops in town. It’s located in Namba (city center) and you can’t miss the store sign with the giant octopus stretching its tentacles around it.
  • Zauo Fishing Restaurant: If your kids love seafood, don’t miss this one! Here, you can catch your own seafood and have it cooked to your liking. This makes for a fun and interactive experience for the whole family. Zauo is also located in Namba.
  • Eggs’n Things Umeda Chayamachi: This trendy cafe specializes in American breakfast classics. From colorful pancake toppings to cheesy omelets, they have plenty of options your kids will love.
  • Swissotel Nankai Osaka: This is a hotel, but it is also the host of six restaurants, bars, and cafes, and some of them offer a great view over the Osaka skyline. You can expect authentic Japanese cuisine and farm-to-table teppanyaki. There are also European specialties for kids to enjoy.

Ready to Take Your Kids to Osaka?

Visiting Japan with kids can be a bit of a headache. Will they be interested in Kyoto’s temples or even Tokyo’s bustling streets and nightlife? Culture and adult things are often boring for kids. On the other hand, Osaka is an underrated city but is a great choice when visiting with your children. With lots of kid-friendly activities, they’re in for some adventures they will remember.