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Why You Need the Osaka Amazing Pass for Your Next Trip to the City

Google “what to do in Osaka” and more than 200 million results will pop out. This bright and vibrant city in the Kansai region in Japan is too beautiful for wanderers to miss. It poses many reasons why you should maximize your stay and check every corner of this economic hub—from its delightful food to its marvelous shopping centers.

Downtown Osaka

Osaka is the place to be if you’re craving urban diversity. Thankfully, you can make the most out of your trip by purchasing an Osaka Amazing Pass.

What is an Osaka Amazing Pass?

The Osaka Amazing Pass is a transportation card you can use to take unlimited bus and train rides around the city for a day or two. Each pass has a barcode that can be used to enter about 50 attractions for free. In addition, it includes a guidebook and TOKUx2 coupons for special discounts in select shops and restaurants, plus other benefits.

Osaka Amazing 2-Day Pass
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It comes in different types:

  • One-Day Pass: The basic type of excursion pass, the One-Day Pass is ideal for tourists with limited time in the city. Take this one and enjoy the benefits of the card for a full 24 hours.
  • Two-Day Pass: It has the same benefits as the previous type. However, this is a more practical choice especially if you have two free days to roam around Osaka.

Aside from these regular types, Traveloka offers combo passes that let you purchase an Osaka Amazing Pass and a Universal Studios Japan ticket in one tap. Check out this link then scroll down the page to see the available packages.

Where Can the Osaka Amazing Pass Take You?

As mentioned, you can enjoy admission to multiple attractions in Osaka at no extra charge. This is an ideal way to save time and money while you’re on your Osaka journey. You just need to plan ahead and carefully choose what attractions to visit using your Osaka Amazing Pass.

To help you decide on the spots to check out, here are some of our recommendations:

1. Osaka Castle Museum

Interested in Osaka’s majestic history? Visit this museum and learn about the age of provincial wars. The main tower of the castle is built on two raised platforms supported by rock walls—you can easily imagine how intricate the castle’s foundation is.

This is where you can also try battle Kabuto helmets and armors for an additional fee.

Osaka Castle Museum

Apart from its rich contribution to Japanese history, the Osaka Castle Museum offers a panoramic view of the entire city.

Traveler’s Tip: You might want to visit the castle at night and see how it glows. Get ready for a stunning sight.

2. Umeda Sky Building (Kuchu-Teien Observatory)

A breathtaking cityscape awaits you at the top of the Umeda Sky Building. Connecting the two towers of the building is an observatory where you can see locations as far as Awaji Island. About 170m off the ground, you can feel the mighty wind rushing against your skin.

Umeda Sky Building

Traveler’s Tip: The adventure doesn’t stop at the top. Hidden beneath the Umeda Sky Building is a gourmet eat street called Takimi Koji. Old-fashioned city images from the 1920s are also displayed here.

3. Tombori River Cruise

Try this relaxing, 20-minute cruise and be delighted by views of Osaka as seen from the Dotonbori canal. Throughout the trip, the guide will tell you tales about hidden highlights and backstories of the city’s top spots. The cruise starts at the Tazaemon-bashi Bridge Boat Dock.

Tombori River Cruise
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Traveler’s Tip: To secure a seat, exchanging tickets during the daytime is highly recommended, as cruises at night sell out quickly. Note that reservations via phone calls are not permitted.

4. Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel

Another attraction for those who are into skyline views, the Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel takes you to as high as 112.5m off the ground. The ride takes about 15 minutes and gives you views of Mount Ikoma, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Kansai International Airport, and Mount Rokko.

Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel

Sixty cabins are available, three of which are wheelchair-accessible. Announcements are available in Japanese and English. And—you guessed it right—the entire wheel has colorful light displays especially visible at night.

Traveler’s Tip: The regular schedule is from 10 AM to 10 PM. However, it varies seasonally depending on several factors such as weather. The final boarding is at 9:30 PM.

5. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Osaka

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Osaka is a wonderland designed specifically for kids aged three to 10. The funny rule is adults—or those aged 16 and up—must be accompanied by a child.

Go here if you’re into family entertainment. This indoor theme park has a 4D cinema, a laser ride, and more attractions fit for family bonding.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Osaka

Although everything is kid-sized here, they sometimes hold an event called Adult’s LEGO Night, where only guests aged at least 18 can enter.

Traveler’s Tip: LEGO Factory Tour is one corner in the park where you can watch how LEGO blocks are made. To commemorate your tour, a special gift will be given to your kid. The stocks are limited so it’s always best to come early.

Excited to go on an Osaka tour? Purchase an Osaka Amazing Pass through the Traveloka App today! Make sure to check our current deals so you can save more!

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