Osaka is Kyoto’s neighbor and you can get there in 30 minutes by the super express train from Kyoto, or in just one hour by the local train. As it is so close, it is perfect for visiting with kids for a day or even an overnight trip. For tourists, Osaka is well known for shopping, Dotonbori, Universal Studios Japan, etc. This time I’d like to tell you how you can enjoy a one-night short trip to Osaka with your family. There won’t be too many tourists and your entire family can relax and enjoy a side of Japan which can’t be experienced in Kyoto.
Easy access from Kyoto to Tennnoji by Kansai Airport Express “HARUKA”
Once your family has enjoyed their time in Kyoto, it’s time to head to Osaka. Enjoy a slow morning and have breakfast and take the Kansai Airport Express “HARUKA” around lunch time. You can get from Kyoto to Tennoji in Osaka in just 45 minutes. You can purchase tickets for reserved seats or unreserved seats, but the train can get quite full, so I recommend reserved seats when traveling as a family.
Check in at Marriot Osaka in Harukas, the best hotel for traveling to Osaka with Kids
From Tennoji Station you can easily walk to Abeno Harukas. Abeno Harukas is a 300 meter tall skyscraper. Opened in 2014, it is currently the tallest building in Japan. From the 38th floor to the 55th floor you will find the Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel. Kids and parents alike will be thrilled at the view of the city below from so high up. To get started on your one night trip to Osaka, first check in to the Abeno Harukas Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel.
Best attraction for Osaka with kids, Enjoy Legos！
After a short break, take a taxi to Tempozan Harbor Village. The taxi will cost around 4500 yen, which seems a bit high, but with small kids it can be troublesome to change trains many times to get to your destination and there’s quite a bit of walking which makes them tired, so I recommend using a taxi. At Tempozan Harbor Village you can find Lego Discovery Center Osaka! Note, this is not Legoland, Japan’s only Legoland is in Nagoya. Lego Discovery Center Osaka isn’t quite as large as Legoland, but even on weekends it isn’t quite as crowded and kids can enjoy playing for 3-4 hours! The lines are especially short if you enter after 4pm. There are also lots of Legos which kids can enjoy playing with. Because it’s indoors it’s good for rainy days, too. For kids who enjoy running around, there is an indoor park as well. The replica of Osaka made my LEGO is spectacular and kids and parents alike enjoy looking at it. While kids play with LEGO to their hearts’ content, parents can enjoy having tea time and figuring out what to do next.
Even adults are amazed at the scene of Osaka made with Legos including the Lego Harukas
There are so many Legos, kids of all ages can enjoy playing
Play area for kids who love running around
Another choice for Osaka with kids, Enjoy lego！Osaka Aquarium KAIYUKAN
Next to Lego Discovery Center Osaka you will find the world class Osaka Aquarium KAIYUKAN. For kids who love the water and marine animals, I recommend going here. They even have whale sharks! Of course, you can go to both the Lego Discovery Center Osaka and KAIYUKAN!
Dinner with kids is easy at the hotel
Once the kids are tired from playing, it’s time to go back to the hotel. It can be tough to go out to eat with kids, right? In the same building as the hotel you can find a department store where you can buy food to eat in your room, or there are several restaurants you can go to as well. Your family can enjoy a relaxing meal without having to go a long way.
Morning in Osaka with kids
First thing in the morning, head up to the observation deck of Harukas. If you stay at the Mariott Hotel, you may be able to get a free ticket to the observation deck, so please ask hotel staff. Mornings aren’t so crowded, so I think that’s the best time to go. The 360 degree view of Osaka is incredible! Sometimes they have different events on the observation deck. We were lucky and happened to go when there was an event for Marvel!
After having breakfast at the hotel, let the kids enjoy playing a bit longer in the room and parents can relax and enjoy the view.
Both kids and parents enjoy at TEN-SHIBA park
After breakfast and playing in the room, head down to Ten-Shiba Park just outside of Abeno Harukas. Next to the park is the Tennoji Zoo, so if you have time, it’s a great place to go with kids. Of course you could also go to some more famous sightseeing spots like Dotonbori or Universal Studios Japan!
Harukas is Perfect for your trip to Osaka with Kids
In Osaka you can experience Japan’s big city feel which you can’t always feel in Kyoto. With the Mariott Osaka in Harukas as your base, you can enjoy a relaxing one-night trip from Kyoto easily. By using the Kansai Airport Express “HARUKA” travel from Kyoto to Osaka with kids is convenient. It would be perfect as a stop from Kyoto on your way back to Kansai Airport for your trip home as your final night in Japan!
For the family that doesn`t have one night to spare for an overnight trip like this, check out Kyoto with Kids Family Tours. We are constantly adding different tour plans to our lineup!
Tempozan harbor village
Lego Discovery Center Osaka
Osaka Tennoji Zoo