Kids Plaza Osaka

A museum where children can learn through play

By Kim    - 2 min read

Since becoming a parent, I've come to really appreciate places that cater to children but are still enjoyable to attend as an adult. Kids Plaza in Osaka is one of those spots that ticks both boxes. The venue is marketed as a place where children can learn through play, and I absolutely found this to be true when I visited with my daughter.

The premises is split over four floors - the welcome floor, creativity floor, adventure floor, and discovery floor - with each level having a host of different hands-on activities to engage with. A favorite for my daughter was the Kids Street section on the adventure floor, where children can connect with real-world tasks in a play setting. She was able to dress up like a Japan Post employee and deliver mail to the "businesses" along the street, pick out items to purchase in an area set up like a supermarket and literally scan the items herself (you even get a receipt from your pretend purchases!), and many more fun interactive tasks.

The discovery floor was another big winner - it's got plenty of exhibits that allow children to connect with scientific principles in a relaxed way. There are several staff on each floor who are there to help you out if you have any questions, too!

For a fun and family friendly day out that still manages to pack in an educational component, Kids Plaza Osaka is well worth a visit.

Getting there

Kids Plaza Osaka is located just a minute on foot from Ogimachi Station on the Osaka Metro Sakaisuji Line, or three minutes on foot from Temma Station on the JR Loop Line.

Alternatively, if you drive to the venue there is parking available for 150 yen per half an hour. The parking lot accommodates just over 100 vehicles.

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Kim @kim.b

I'm an expat who has lived abroad for almost a decade, including 7 years in Japan. I've also visited 44 of 47 prefectures and hope to get to the last three someday! I'm particularly fond of exploring off the beaten path destinations, gardens, and tea houses, and have a real interest in Japan's growing vegan scene.

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Lynda Hogan a year ago
It looks quite like Asobono in Tokyo Dome City. That one is lots of fun too. I used to love bringing the kids places like this, but now that I have two over eight we can't really go anymore. (8 years old tends to be the age limit, plus my 10 year old has totally outgrown these type of places anyway). I know my younger two would love it there though, bookmarking in case we end up in Osaka in the near future!
Kim Author a year ago
Asobono looks fab! Will need to add it to my list!
Sleiman Azizi a year ago
The kids love places like this.
Kim Author a year ago
It was fun for me, too! Very well run, loads of super friendly and helpful staff on hand - it was relaxing!
Sherilyn Siy a year ago
What is it about play markets? My kids love those!
Kim Author a year ago
Mine too!! They always make a beeline for them at any play center we visit!
Elizabeth S a year ago
So much fun for growing minds!

I’m sure kids from anywhere can enjoy hands on with playing supermarket staff or postman. The impression could las a lifetime.
Kim Author a year ago
My daughter still asks all the time when we can go back! She loved it!
Elena Lisina a year ago
Nice! Here playgrounds are crowded!
Elena Lisina a year ago
Good! It was fine with my sons, but I worry for granddaughters very much when they're on a playground with many kids.