The Osaka Bay Area is a collection of young city districts on man-made waterfront islands and peninsulas, built to accommodate Osaka's sprawling growth. The districts host a variety of tourist attractions, such as museums, theme parks, observatories and shopping centers. Osaka's domestic and international port facilities are also found in the area.
Tempozan Harbor Village
The Chuo Subway Line conveniently connects Tempozan Harbor Village with central Osaka in under 20 minutes. The district offers pleasant shopping and entertainment facilities. It is centered around Tempozan Marketplace, a medium sized mall around which the Ferris wheel and aquarium are located.
Osaka Aquarium (Kaiyukan)
Hours: 10:00 to 20:00 (from 9:30 in May, Oct, mid Jul to Aug) Admission ends at 19:00 Admission: 2400 yen
Kaiyukan's feature attraction is a massive tank that holds 5,400 tons of water and a whale shark. It is one of the world's largest tanks. In total, the aquarium displays a wide variety of marine life spread over 15 different tanks with over 11,000 tons of water.
Tempozan Ferris Wheel
Hours: 10:00 to 22:00 (entry until 21:30) Admission: 800 yen
The Tempozan Ferris Wheel is the city's largest. It offers far-reaching, panoramic views of the bay area and the city's skyscrapers beyond from a height of 112.5 meters. It is located just next to the Tempozan Marketplace and Osaka Aquarium.
Naniwa Food Theme Park
Hours: 11:00 to 18:00 Admission: Free
Naniwa Kuishinbo Yokocho is a food theme park, located inside the Tempozan Marketplace shopping mall. Its stalls showcase Osaka's variety of native dishes and specialties, such as takoyaki and okonomiyaki, all set in a fun, old-style atmosphere.
Mount Tempozan has the distinction of being Japan's smallest mountain. Its summit is 4.53 meters above sea level, and is located only a few steps from the Ferris wheel. The area has been developed into a small park with benches, walkways and green space.
Sakishima Island and Cosmo Square
Many of Sakishima Island's facilities are designed to accommodate business conferences and trade fairs. However, there also a few interesting attractions for regular tourists, such as the observation deck of the Sakishima Building and the shopping mall in the Asia Pacific Trade Center.
Observatory: 11:00 to 22:00 (entry until 21:30) Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday) Observatory Admission: 800 yen
Formerly known as World Trade Center, Cosmo Tower is Sakishima Island's tallest building and offers a spectacular observation deck on its 55th floor at 252 meters above ground. Restaurants and shops are found on the lower and top floors, while offices and conference rooms occupy the many floors in between.
Asia Pacific Trade Center
Shops: 11:00 to 20:00 Restaurants: 11:00 to 22:00 Admission: Free
The Asia Pacific Trade Center is attached to a large mall with popular shopping and dining facilities. The site was designed to host business gatherings and host events, and has large conference facilities for this purpose.
Nanko Bird Sanctuary
Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 Closed: Wednesdays Admission: Free
The Bird Sanctuary was built on the northwestern corner of Sakishima Island to provide migratory birds with a stop-over location in the huge urbanized area of Osaka. The sanctuary has a building from which to watch and learn about birds.
Universal Studios Japan (USJ) features rides and shows based on some of the film studio's most popular films, including Harry Potter, Spiderman, Jurassic Park, Terminator 2, Jaws and Shrek. The park has many themed restaurants and cafes, as well as shops offering unique souvenirs.
Getting there and around
Tempozan Harbor Village and Sakishima Island are connected to central Osaka by the Chuo Subway Line, which stops at Osakako Station (a 5 minute walk from Tempozan Harbor Village) before terminating at Cosmosquare Station on Sakishima Island. From Cosmosquare Station, an elevated train, the New Tram, serves Sakshima Island and eventually connects to Suminoekoen Station on the Yotsubashi Subway Line.
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Hostel Jin offers accommodation in Osaka, a minute's walk from Nishikujo Station. Guests can enjoy the on-site cafe and bar. Rooms feature a balcony. Each room has a kitchen with an electric kettle, microwave and refrigerator. The private bathroom includes a bath, shower, hairdryer and toiletries. Complimentary services include luggage storage before and after your stay, bicycle rental, and restaurant reservations upon prior request. Metro passes also available at a special price. Please contact the property for more details. Coffee is offered at an additional fee. Guests can reach Universal Studios Japan in 12 minutes via train and walk. The Namba area is a 10-minute train ride from the property, while Tsutenkaku is 20 minutes away by train and walk. Osaka Castle is a 17-minute train ride from Hostel Jin. Guests can reach Kansai Airport in 60 minutes by train and Osaka International Airport in 40 minutes by car.
Set in Osaka, within 600 metres of Tempozan Ferris Wheel and 3.1 km of Isoji Central Park, Guest House Yadomaru offers accommodation with a shared lounge and free WiFi throughout the property. The property is around 3.2 km from Minato Kumin Centre, 4 km from Osaka Bay Tower and 4.3 km from Foleo Osaka Dome City. The property is situated 6 km from Hirao Park and 6 km from Chishima Park. At the guest house the rooms are equipped with a shared bathroom. Aeon Mall Osaka Dome City is 5 km from Guest House Yadomaru, while Ansei Earthquake Tsunami Monument is 5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 15 km from the accommodation.
Ideally located in the Osaka Bay district of Osaka, Hotel Universal Port Vita is set 2.9 km from Universal Studios Japan, 5 km from Osaka Bay Tower and 5 km from Tempozan Ferris Wheel. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and ticket service, along with free WiFi. Private parking is available on site. Guests at the hotel can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Isoji Central Park is 7 km from Hotel Universal Port Vita, while Minato Kumin Centre is 7 km from the property. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 13 km from the accommodation.
Set in Osaka, TOMARO Osaka Bay has well-equipped accommodation boasting free WiFi, 800 metres from Tempozan Ferris Wheel and 2.8 km from Isoji Central Park. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchenette, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet, a hairdryer and free toiletries. A terrace is available on site and cycling can be enjoyed within close proximity of the aparthotel. Minato Kumin Centre is 2.8 km from TOMARO Osaka Bay, while Osaka Bay Tower is 3.6 km from the property. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 15 km from the accommodation.
Guest House Rice Chikko is located in Osaka and features free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar and shared lounge. The property is located 7 km from Namba Station and Glico Man Sign. All rooms in the guest house are fitted with a flat-screen TV. The shared bathroom is equipped with free toiletries. Guest House Rice Chikko is a 30-minute train ride or a 15-minute drive away from Universal Studios Japan. Shinsaibashi Station is 7 km from Guest House Rice Chikko, while Shinsekai is 7 km away. INTEX Osaka is 2 km away, while Kyocera Dome Osaka is 4.4 km away. The nearest airport is Osaka Itami Airport, 15 km from the property.
Hotel Universal Port is a 4-minute walk from Universal Studios Japan and a 20-minute drive from Osaka Station. It offers 1 restaurants, a massage service and rooms with free WiFi. Guest rooms offer both air conditioning and heating facilities. Each room is equipped with a fridge, an electric kettle and a flat-screen TV with cable channels. The en suite bathroom comes with toiletries and a bathtub. Hairdryers, slippers and bath amenities including a toothbrush set are provided. Laundry and dry cleaning services are available. Luggage storage can be found at the 24-hour front desk. Restaurant Port Dining Rico Rico serves a variety of buffet dishes for breakfast. Universal Port Hotel is a 20-minute ride from Shin-Osaka Station and Umeda Station. It is a 15-minute drive from Kaiyukan and a 25-minute train ride from Namba Station.
Just a 15-minute walk to Universal Studios Japan, USJに一番近いゲストハウス J-Hoppers Osaka Universal offers private and dormitory rooms with air conditioning. The hostel features free WiFi, 24-hour shared shower rooms, a fully-equipped kitchen and a lounge room with a variety of board games. JR Ajikawaguchi Station is a 5-minute walk away. Beds in dormitory rooms come with a curtain to secure your privacy, while a reading light, power outlet and a security deposit box are also provided. Private rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) flooring, bunk beds as well as futon bedding. Toilets and shower rooms are shared. Towels are provided at a surcharge. The shared kitchen is equipped with fridges, microwaves, toasters and electric kettles. Complementary coffee, tea and green tea are provided in the kitchen. There are coin-operated laundry machines and dryers for your convenience. There are some restaurants and a convenience store within a short walk from the hostel. The nearest Ajikawaguchi Station can be reached in 10 minutes from Osaka Station, and in 20 minutes from Shin Osaka Bullet Train Station.
LIBER HOTEL AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN features air-conditioned rooms with satellite flat-screen TV in the Osaka Bay district of Osaka. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and ticket service, along with free WiFi. The hotel has a garden and provides a terrace. Guest rooms in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. All units will provide guests with a fridge. A continental breakfast is available daily at LIBER HOTEL AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN. Universal Studios Japan is 3.1 km from the accommodation, while Tempozan Ferris Wheel is 6 km away. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 22 km from LIBER HOTEL AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN.
Situated 2.4 km from Universal Studios Japan, Auberge du Tanuki Noir (Maison d'H?tes) is set in the Osaka Bay district of Osaka. The property is located 4 km from Glico Man Sign. Namba CITY shopping mall is 4.1 km from the property. At the guest house, the rooms have a wardrobe. The property offers a simple breakfast including coffee and cookies. Guests at Auberge du Tanuki Noir (Maison d'H?tes) can also enjoy a French breakfast for an additional fee upon prior request. Billboard Live Osaka is 5 km from the accommodation, while Shinsekai is 5 km away. Osaka Itami Airport is 23 minutes away by train, while Kansai International Airport is 55 minutes away by train from the property.
Having had its grand opening on 1 August 2015, The Park Front Hotel at Universal Studios Japan is the newest official Universal Studios Japan hotel, situated within a minutes’ walk from the theme park gate. Both Universal City Station and the Universal City Walk Osaka are within a minutes’ walk from the property. The hotel features private parking, various cafes, restaurants and shops on site, as well as free WiFi access in all areas. Universal City Station is a 12-minute ride from JR Osaka Station via train, and a 20-minute ride from JR Shin-Osaka Station, where bullet train access is provided. The limousine bus service from Osaka International Airport to the property takes 45-minutes. From Kansai International Airport, the limousine bus will take 70-minutes. By car, it is around a 20-minute drive from Osaka via the Hanshin Express Way. The hotel features a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage and massage services, and a coin laundry service is available at an extra cost on the 2nd floor. In addition, guests will find a caf?, a pancake shop, a pizza restaurant and a convenience store all within the property premises. All rooms are furnished with an air purifier/moisturizer and are air-conditioned with a flat-screen satellite TV, desk and seating area. The en suite bathroom features a private bath and shower. Free toiletries, slippers and a hairdryer is provided. Rooms are also soundproof and feature refrigerators as well as personal lockers. The on-site restaurant Buffet Dining Akala has a Hawaiian themed interior and serves a wide array of international cuisine, including Chinese, Western and Japanese dishes. The restaurant is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner.