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4 Spots for Parents and Children to Enjoy in the Kansai Area

4 Spots for Parents and Children to Enjoy in the Kansai Area


When you decide to go somewhere with your family on your next holiday, you may often wonder where there are spots where you and your children can have fun together. Here we will introduce some spots in the Kansai area that can be enjoyed by both parents and children.

Kobe Animal Kingdom

Kobe Animal Kingdom is a zoo and botanical garden located on Port Island. It is an all-weather type zoo, so you don't have to worry about slight weather changes. The animals in the park can be fed from a close distance, and both parents and children can fully enjoy themselves.

Inside park with a large collection of tropical animals

The zoo and botanical garden is divided into two parts: "Inside Park ", which is mainly indoors, and "Outside Park ", which is located outdoors. The Inside Park presents mainly tropical creatures, including African wetlands, Asian forests, Sumatran ecosphere, and tropical wetlands. "Starting October 2022, Brazilian caimans and alligator snapping turtles will be newly exhibited in the Tropical Wetlands "section.
There, pumas, red pandas, capybaras, and other popular animals await.
There is also a section of "Contact Animals "where you can touch rabbits, guinea pigs, dogs, and cats, all of which are well-known pets.

Outside park with a variety of unique animals

Meanwhile, Outside Park is home to kangaroos, alpacas, horses, camels, and other lovable animals, as well as aquatic animals such as Cape penguins, fur seals, largha seals, and otters. There is a lot to see here, too.

Full range of stores and food

Between the Inside and Outside Parks is a store "Love Bird "with a selection of stuffed animals and souvenirs, as well as stores for dining. We recommend the buffet restaurant "Flower Forest "(40 different meals, salad bar, full drink bar, all-you-can-eat ice cream).

Many events

Performances and attractions are held daily at set times. They are mainly held at three locations: "African Wetlands in the Inside Park ", "Aqua Valley in the Outside Park ", and the Stadium of the Winds. This includes watching animals being fed and enjoying animal performances.

There is also time for camel and horse rides. It is a good idea to plan your visit by holding on to the attractions you want to see.

"Spot Information "
Spot Name: Kobe Animal Kingdom
Address: 7-1-9 Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe
Phone number: 078-302-8899
Hours: 10:00 - 16:00 (closing at 17:00 on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, closing time for admission is 30 minutes before closing)
Closed: Thursday
Budget: (Admission fee) Adults (junior high school students and older) 1,800 yen Elementary school students 1,000 yen Infants (4 and 5 years old) 300 yen

Lake Tojo Toy Kingdom

Lake Tojo Toy Kingdom is a play-themed facility located a 10-minute drive from the Hyogo-Tojo Interchange on the Chugoku Expressway. 10 pavilions ", a toy room ", 20 attractions, and a swimming pool are available for adults and children.

A toy room with everything from old-fashioned to the latest toys.

"Plarail ""Licca dolls ""Sylvanian Families ""Dia Blocks "and other toys that I remember playing with happily. Among them are 10 themed "pavilions ". All of them are indoor toys, so you can enjoy them without worrying about the weather, etc.

Attractions with a full range of exciting ride systems

You can ride a small but authentic SL train "SL Tojo Go ", which also offers a beautiful view of nearby Lake Tojo "Giant Ferris Wheel ", where a trolley blasts through sheer rocks "Texas Bronco ", which looks like a cute train but is quite thrilling "Waku Waku Coaster ", and the famous human-faced steam train "Let's Go Thomas and His Friends ", and 20 other attractions, surprisingly packed with rides that even adults can't underestimate.

The most notable of the attractions is the five-story giant three-dimensional maze "Karakuri Labyrinth Castle ", one of the largest in the Kansai region. However, this operation has now been suspended.

Each of these attractions costs 300-400 yen each, so please keep that in mind.

Pools are fun in the summer.

Lake Tojo Toy Kingdom claims to be a toy, but for some reason it also has a swimming pool. "I guess if it's fun, everyone is like a toy ". The pool zone is called "Acapulco "

After all, the pools here are more than just pools. "Kids will definitely have a blast swimming in the running water pool ", the ocean-like pool "Passion Surf Beach ", the wan-pan pool "with slides and water features ", and the so-called water slides "and water bobsled ".
However, the depth of the pools vary, so you will need to determine if the pool is suitable for your child before allowing him or her to swim.

Events are also held daily

Events are also held daily. During weekends, holidays, summer vacation periods, and year-end and New Year's holidays, "Experience Event "is held. Also, stage shows of heroes and heroines of your dreams are held on an irregular basis. You'll be lucky if you happen to catch one of these.

"Spot Information "
Spot name: Lake Tojo Toy Kingdom
Address: 1216 Kurotani, Kato-shi, Hyogo, Japan
Phone number: 0795-47-0268
Hours of operation: <平日> 10:00-17:00
<土日祝> 9:30-17:00
Closed: 2nd and 4th Thursdays
Budget: Entrance fee only Adults (junior high school students and older) 1,200 yen Children (elementary school students and younger) 800 yen
     King Free Pass (admission fee + unlimited rides on attractions) Adults (junior high school students and older): 3,000 yen Children (elementary school students and younger): 2,700 yen

KidZania Koshien, a glimpse into your child's future

Many of you may have a sudden vision of your child's future. Every day your child grows and becomes more and more capable of doing more and more. It is natural for us as parents to think about the many possibilities for our children as we see them grow.
However, it can be difficult to know what fields your child is interested in and has an aptitude for. KidZania is here to help.

Learning about society through work experience

KidZania Koshien offers 100 different occupations, giving participating children a fun way to experience real work, find a job that suits them, and learn about society. Real companies sponsor KidZania and provide the necessary equipment and costumes.

children to develop a good sense of finances

If you perform your assigned tasks properly, you will receive "kizos ", the exclusive currency of the facility, which you can use to make purchases in the facility and "save money ". Through this, you can experience firsthand the joy of doing what you love, the rewards of working, and the ability to manage the rewards of your efforts.

Meanwhile, the parents...

Since it is assumed that the child will work independently, the child and the parent are basically separated. However, parents may be seen up close, through glass, or through a monitor, depending on their occupation. The child may be photographed during this time. If you don't disturb other family members, you can take 1000 consecutive shots...and it's noisy. So mothers gain experience here and become fierce athletes.

You can also relax in the parents-only lounge "PARENTS ROUNGE ". There is also an inside drink bar and mobile battery rental for a fee.

"Spot Information "
Spot Name: KidZania Koshien
Address: LaLaport Koshien, 1-100 Hachibancho, Koshien, Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture
Phone number: 0570-064-343
Hours of operation: Part 1 (9:00 - 15:00) Part 2 (6:00 - 21:00)
Regular day off: irregular
Budget: Adults 2200-2400 yen / Children 3500-5300 yen
URL: https://www.kidzania.jp/koshien/top

Kids Plaza Osaka tickles children's intellectual curiosity

Kids Plaza is a facility located in Osaka City. It is a museum that aims to help children discover new discoveries, surprises, and impressions about familiar things and phenomena through play, and to develop curiosity about a variety of things.

1st floor: What kind of floor

Kids Plaza is located from the first to the fifth floor, and each floor has its own theme.
First, as you enter the entrance on the first floor, you will be greeted by the lively "ball circus "where you will see balls rolling from all over the place. After purchasing a ticket, take the elevator up to the 5th floor.

5th floor: Floor to try

When the event is held, it will be held at the Kids Plaza Hall.
Other fun exhibits and workshops are also offered. There are "Waiwai Studio "where you can experience news programs and videos, "Science "where you can enjoy soap bubbles and rolling tables, "Society "where you can experience a wheelchair, and "Culture "where you can learn about homes and cultures around the world.

4th floor: Let's play floor

The floor is a place where you can play about life around you, such as "Children's Town "in the center.
"Peekaboo "is a baby playroom. It is also equipped with a nursing room. Next to it is a spacious "library "where you can relax and read a book.
There are "Kids Lab "where you can make crafts and experiments and feel the joy of completion, "Kids Street "where you can enjoy communication and deepen your social experience through various "pretend play ", and "Children's Town "where you can enjoy using your body to the fullest by climbing walls, crossing suspension bridges, and other activities in the maze-like building. Children's Town
Children who like to move around and are active will love this floor.

3rd floor: Tsukuro floor

"This floor is dedicated to the joy of making things ". The Computer Workshop "is designed to help students acquire "the ability to think ""creativity "by learning how to use computer applications through the use of one of the largest touch screens in the country among education-related facilities ".
There is also the "Creation Workshop "where visitors can create things on the theme of expression and creative activities, and the "Digital Experience Plaza Aqua "where visitors can experience "play "and "learning "using digital devices.
Incidentally, there is no second floor; the exit is on the third floor.

Points to note when using this service

First of all, because of its location in Osaka City, it is likely to be crowded on weekends. Considering that there seems to be no parking available and that you will have to find a nearby paid parking lot, we recommend that you go there by public transportation: on the JR Osaka Loop Line, it is a 3-minute walk from Tenma Station, or a 2-minute walk from Ougi Station on the Osaka Metro Sakaisuji Line.

Discounts for AEON card and JAF members are available for use of this facility, so use them if you want to save money.

You can bring your own lunch inside the museum, so if you prepare it, you will be able to enjoy the whole day.
Some of the information was that there were families who had laid out leisure sheets to eat on, as it were, a field day. Yeah...how's that?
You can leave during the event, so you can go outside just for lunch. It may be packed with people, though.

The museum is said to be full of visitors on weekends. Please be aware that you may not be able to enjoy the museum slowly and you may lose your child. If you are a strong child, your mother may be called out on the air.

"Spot Information "
Spot Name: Kids Plaza Osaka
Address: 2-1-7 Ogimachi, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Phone number: 06-6311-6601
Hours: 9:30 - 16:30 (last admission 45 minutes before closing)
Closed: 2nd and 3rd Mondays (or the following day if the Monday is a national holiday)
August is the 4th Monday of the month
Budget: (Admission fee) Adults (high school students and older) 1,400 yen Elementary and junior high school students 800 yen Children 3 years old and older 500 yen


I thought that there are many very unique spots for parents and children to enjoy in the Kansai area. There are many more spots that I have yet to introduce, but I think the charm of the Kansai area is that there are many spots that will benefit your child's growth, and that you can actively use these blessed facilities from an early age.
If you have time, please visit these spots where parents and children grow and bond.

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