Thrills, spills, sharks and soul food
A trip to Osaka Bay is a reminder that Osaka is a major port city handling huge volumes of cargo. Beyond the port, however, the city has developed the bay area into a premier tourist destination with a world-class amusement park, Universal Studios Japan; an aquarium, outdoor shopping promenades and refreshing sea breezes.
- A day trip to Universal Studios Japan
- A visit to Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
- Shopping on the Tempozan promenade
How to Get There
The bay area is easily accessible from Osaka/Umeda Station via the JR Loop Line and the Chuo Subway Line.
Final transfer points differ depending on your destination but each area is within easy access of a station.
Blockbuster entertainment at Universal Studios
Universal Studios Japan is Osaka's answer to Tokyo Disneyland. Opened in 2001, this vibrant park is home to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, serves up blockbuster thrills (JAWS and Jurassic Park: The Ride), plus attractions unique to Japan, including Hello Kitty Fashion Avenue and Cool Japan for fans of anime and games.
Up close and personal views of ocean life
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is one of the world's largest and best. Whale sharks, penguins and a multitude of the Pacific Ocean's sea creatures flourish in massive multi-story tanks and meticulously recreated marine habitats.
Eat and play at this bayside promenade
Tempozan Market Place, near the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, has a giant ferris wheel and plenty of eateries. For a taste of nostalgia, head to Naniwa Food Theme Park and stroll back to the 1970s along a street filled with the Osaka's favorite soul food. Have your fill of takoyaki (fried octopus balls), okonomiyaki (savory pancake), and kushikatsu (deep-fried skewers of meat and vegetables).
Get a bird's eye view of Osaka and the bay
Afterwards, take a spin on the giant ferris wheel for wonderful views of the city and across the bay. A ride takes about 17 minutes.
Learn something new at ATC Hall
Osaka's main convention center is in the bay area. Check the schedule and mark your calendars as ATC Hall presents huge expos tailored to every interest. Find everything from model train hobbyist conventions to live reptile exhibitions and regional food fairs.
Rock out at Osaka's biggest two-day music festival
Grab tickets to hear your favorite bands at Summer Sonic, a two-day music festival held every August. Past line-ups include Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Pepper, Radiohead, and Japanese favorites such as Kyari Pamyu Pamyu.
Cruise around the bay
For a view from the water, hop on board a replica of Christopher Columbus' ship, the Santa Maria. Cruise tours of Osaka Bay last 50 minutes and depart from Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.
Planning your trip
The Osaka Bay Area has all the ingredients for an entertaining day out, particularly if you are travelling with children. Consider spending a full day at Universal Studios Japan and allow at least a half-day to explore the aquarium and surrounding attractions. Remember to check the calendar for special events at ATC Hall, and book your tickets in advance for Summer Sonic Festival .