Takoyaki, okonomiyaki, sushi trains, these are only some of the famous things in Osaka. If you’re the type who prefers energizing, youthful activities when in Japan, this is your recommended place to stay!
Osaka is a big place and as a tourist it’s overwhelming on how to get from one place to another with limited budget especially on train fares. Thankfully, Japan offers OSAKA AMAZING PASS. If you’re a first time visitor in Osaka planning to explore most of the city, BUY THIS PASS. This is a convenient pass with unlimited train rides and free entries on select top destinations in Osaka.
But if you prefer cultural activities with plenty of nature’s beauty to see like Kyoto and Nara and as far as Nagoya, save costs too with Kintetsu Rail Pass. It also offers unlimited train and bus rides with discounts on selected tourist spots.
WHAT IS OSAKA AMAZING PASS?
Imagine the places you want to go to in Osaka. Now, one thing you’ll notice is they’re all around and you need to get back and forth on your commute, it consumes your fare budget, right?
Basically Osaka Amazing Pass is a transportation ticket and an admission ticket on selected sightseeing facilities. Its offer includes:
- Unlimited rides on subway lines, trams and buses
- Free entry on 35 sightseeing facilities
- Discounts on selected restaurants and shops
- A handy guidebook
You get to explore the whole of Osaka in a cost-effective way with this pass. Much like Kintetsu Rail Pass, but this one is within Osaka only.
KINDS OF PASS AND HOW MUCH?
There are 2 kinds of Osaka Amazing Pass, the 1 Day Pass and the 2 Day Pass. Both pass includes all offers. Their only differences are:
1 Day Pass (2,500 yen)
This one has a wider coverage on subway lines and private railways but can only be used for a day.
2 Day Pass (3,300 yen)
Private lines are not available with this pass but can be used for 2 consecutive days.
NOTE: You can buy this pass in advance and use it after days. Check the official website for the subway lines you are allowed to travel.
- You can use the pass from 5am-4:59am the next day
- For the 2 day pass, you must use it on 2 consecutive days, once you use the ticket it will run a continuous timer up to the second day
- Cannot be used on JR and Kintetsu train lines
- the pass can only be used once for each tourist site
- If you are landing in Kansai Airport, please note that this ticket cannot be used from there
DO I NEED THIS PASS? WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
YES. If you want to visit most places in Osaka. There are many sights to see aside from the offered 35 select destinations. It has unlimited rides on the subways and you can alight at any stations you want and explore from there. Your 3,300 yen pass can worth double depending on how you use it and you can save huge amounts on your train fares which is a major plus.
NO. If the places you want to visit are just near each other, and you have no intention of visiting farther places. Osaka is wide and commuting takes time, you have to be fast to get to many places. If you’re a traveler who visits one place and takes your time exploring every nook-and-cranny this is not for you. Using this pass requires you to travel to lots of places in a day, that is what makes this ticket worth it.
The answer? It really depends on the pace you want and how you plan to maximize the use of Osaka Amazing Pass. We bought the 2 day pass, visited some of the free spots and saved a lot just with the fares. I spent 3,300 yen on the ticket, but the actual worth after I used this pass is more than double.
WHERE CAN I BUY OSAKA AMAZING PASS?
They're available at all subway stations in Osaka, Tourist Information centers, at some hotels and depending on country, 2 day passes are sold in travel agencies.
You can go to the official website for more information about the sales locations of Osaka Amazing Pass.
35 AVAILABLE ATTRACTIONS
They have additional spots you can visit, from 28 to 35 available facilities.
Some areas are not available year round, and sometimes they might be closed, especially near end December when I visited Osaka.
Most of the places were closed, but my 2 day pass is still worth it, I got to see 7 from this list in 2 days. We changed hotels so we only went to Naniwa no Yu onsen the second day, but if we did, maybe it would be another 7 spots for us.
1. Umeda Sky Building Floating Garden
2. HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel
3. The Museum of Oriental Ceramics Osaka
4. Osaka Science Museum
5. Natural Hot Spring Naniwa no Yu
6. Osaka Museum of Housing and Living
7. Tombori River Cruise
8. Tombori River JAZZ Boat
9. Dotonbori ZAZA
10. Kamigata Ukiyo-e Museum
11. Entrepreneurial Museum of Challlenge and Innovation
12. Osaka Castle Museum
13. Osaka Castle Nishinomaru Garden
14. Osaka Museum of History
15. Peace Osaka (Osaka International Peace Center)
16. Tsutenkaku Tower
17. Shitennoji Temple
18. Osaka Zoo
19. Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts
20. Nagai Botanical garden
21. Osaka Museum of Natural History
22. Sakuya Konohana Kan
23. Natural Open-air Hot Spring Spa Suminoe
24. Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel
25. Santa Maria Day Cruise Ship
26. Santa Maria Twilight Cruise
27. Captain Line
28. Osaka Prefectural Government Sakishima Building Observatory
29. Osaka Suijyo Bus (Aqua Liner)
30. Okawa River Sakura Cruise
31. Nakanoshima Night-View Cruise
32. Osaka Suijyo Bus Temmabashi Cruise
33. Osaka-jo Gozabune Boat
34. LEGOLAND Osaka
35. Umeda Joypolis wild river
PLACES WE VISITED USING OSAKA AMAZING PASS:
Places we get to visit with free admission using Osaka Amazing Pass:
#1 Umeda Sky Building Floating Garden
Regular Fee: 800 yen
This is a pair of connected skyscrapers 173m high with a 350° view on the rooftop observatory overlooking the cityscape of Osaka. It was night time when we arrived here, I didn't see any garden. At all. or maybe there's a floor for that?
#2 HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel
Regular Fee: 500 yen
I was amazed that this Ferris Wheel is on top of a mall! I think this was a 15 minute ride. There are a lot of restaurants, especially dessert shops inside the mall.
#5 Natural Hot Spring Naniwa no Yu
Regular Fee: 800 yen
No pictures because this is an onsen. Full nudes.
It has an outdoor and indoor bath. You can avail a towel for 500 yen if you're too shy to walk around naked. We bought a towel.
#7-8 Tombori River Cruise
Regular Fee: 900 yen (day cruise) / 1,800 yen (night cruise)
I just saw the Tombori river, but didn't get to ride on their cruise. It's both available as a 20 minute morning cruise and 40 minute night cruise with live jazz performance.
#24 Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel
Regular Fee: 800 yen
It's a giant because this is one of the largest Ferris wheel! It is 112.5 meters in height, available in transparent gondolas for the thrill-seekers. We wanted to ride on a transparent one but we would have to wait long minutes so we just went inside whatever's available.
#25 Santa Maria Day Cruise Ship
Regular Fee: 1,600 yen
It's in the same location as Captain Line, where you can view Osaka bay and has a longer cruise time. Go cruise like a pirate!
#27 Captain Line
Regular Fee: 1,300 yen (Roundtrip)
1,300 yen (One-way)
This is a 30 minute round-trip shuttle ferry ride going to Universal Studios Japan. But we didn't go there, we just saw the buildings from afar. One-way ride is 10 minutes.
Santa Maria Day cruise is worth 1,600 yen, and that’s half the price of the 2 day pass already. Captain line is 1,100 yen for a round trip cruise. But with Osaka Amazing Pass you have free admission to these places. The Tempozan Ferris wheel is a 45 minute long ride and the view is breathtaking. Is it still not worth it?
I highly recommend this pass if you ever get to Osaka and would like to visit the places on their list. You get to explore different experiences, plus it’s almost free! See how costly per attractions is, you might say Osaka is too expensive, Japan is too expensive, but if you find this pass before your departure, ask yourself do I want to get the most out in Osaka?
Well, this post is your answer. Get your Visa now!