Osaka has many museums, art galleries and a world-class aquarium.
Visitors planning to see multiple museums should consider the Kansai Grutto Pass. For 1100 yen, the pass provides free or discounted admission to around 100 museums and galleries in the Kansai Region. It is available annually from early April through January of the following year and is valid for one entry to each participating museum. The pass expires three months from its first use or on March 31, whichever occurs first. A 6-month version is available for 2000 yen and also expires on March 31 at the latest.
Directly south of Osaka Castle Park Hours: 9:30 to 17:00 (entrance until 16:30) Closed: Mondays and the day following holidays (except Tuesdays and weekends) The last day of each month and December 28 to January 4 Admission: 250 yen
Peace Osaka explores Japan's experiences during World War II with an emphasis on Osaka. Unfortunately, English language information is rather limited.
Higobashi Station on the Yotsubashi Subway Line Hours: 9:30 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30) Admission: 400 yen (separate fee for planetarium)
The child-friendly Osaka Science Museum is a fun, four story building filled with interactive displays about the universe, chemistry, electricity and energy. The museum is located on Nakanoshima Island.
Osakako Station on the Chuo Subway Line Hours: 10:00 to 20:00 (from 9:30 in May, Oct, mid Jul to Aug) Admission ends at 19:00 Admission: 2400 yen
Osaka Aquarium is a world class facility located at Tempozan Harbor Village. The aquarium's main attraction is its massive tank with 5,400 tons of water representing the Pacific Ocean ecosystem.
Food and Drink
Cup Noodles Museum Osaka Ikeda
5 minute walk from Ikeda Station on the Hankyu Takarazuka Line Hours: 9:30 to 16:30 (entry until 15:30) Closed: Tuesdays (or next day if Tuesday is a national holiday), New Year holidays Admission: Free (making your own cup noodles costs 400 yen)
This museum showcases the history of cup noodles with display panels about the process that goes into making instant noodles and a collection of instant noodle products by Nissin Food over the decades. Making a personalized cup of instant noodles is a popular and quick activity at the museum that does not require advance reservations. The museum is located north of central Osaka in Ikeda City where the Nissin company was originally founded by Ando Momofuku.