Osaka Unlimited PassOsaka Unlimited Pass

Osaka Unlimited Pass


Osaka Unlimited Pass


medium_315663163When I travel, I like to see the culture without killing my wallet.  That being said, it is really tough to travel Japan while on a budget, and Osaka is no exception.  There is so much to see and do while in Osaka, that it is not hard to run through your cash in just a few days.  To combat this I always recommend the Osaka Unlimited Pass when traveling to the city.  The Osaka Unlimited Pass has loads to offer for a good price. You can either buy the one day or the two day pass depending on how long you will be in the city.  The one-day pass costs 2,000 yen and the two-day pass costs 2,500 yen. Both passes get you…

  • Tickets to 28 Free Attractions such as Osaka Castle, HEP Five Ferris Wheel, Floating Garden Observatory, and loads more.
  • Unlimited use of busses and subways.
  • Discounts at several restaurants

Think about it, you do not have to wait to buy tickets anywhere.  No more digging through your pockets for coins to ride the subway.  No more waiting for people to find their cash and figure out what tickets they need for the attraction.  Just a quick flash of the Osaka Unlimited Pass and not only do you save tons of Yen, but you also get to see everything without the wait.  This is a beautiful thing.  So where do you buy your pass? Any of the following visitor centers will help you. English speaking staff is usually available, so do not worry if Japanese language isn’t your forte.

You can find an Osaka Visitor’s Information center in either Shin-Osaka Station, Umeda Station, Namba, or Tennoji.  These are all pretty easy to find and very convenient for traveling.  Be sure to stop by and get one.


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Osaka Unlimited Pass Attractions


Sure the Osaka Unlimited Pass sounds good, but what exactly does it allow you to see.  Well the pass includes 28 of the city’s most impressive attractions, and the best thing is, every single one is free.  Take a look!


What you can see:

  • Floating Garden Observatory
  • HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel
  • Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka
  • Osaka Science Museum
  • Natural Hot Springs – Naniwa No Yu
  • Osaka Museum of Housing and Living
  • Tombori River Cruise
  • Dotombori ZAZA
  • Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum
  • Osaka Castle
  • Osaka Castle Garden
  • Osaka Museum of History
  • Osaka International Peace Center
  • Entrepreneurial Museum of Challenge and Innovation
  • Tsutenkaku Tower
  • Shitennoji Tower
  • Tennoji Zoo
  • Osaka Museum of Fine Arts
  • Osaka Human Rights Museum
  • Nagai Botanical Garden
  • Osaka Museum of Natural History
  • Sakuya Konohana Kan
  • Natural Open-Air Hot Springs Spa Suminoe
  • Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel
  • Santa Maria Ship
  • Captain Line
  • Osaka Prefectural Government Observatory
  • Osaka Sujiyo Aqua-Liner



“Ok… well what should I see?”


It would be incredibly tough to fit all of these attractions into one or two days, so in case this list of 28 different attractions looks overwhelming, I have highlighted our favorites from the Osaka Unlimited Pass and made a rough guide to follow.

So where to start?

After buying your pass, I suggest getting started early. If you are unsure which ones to go to first, I recommend these attractions.

  • Santa Maria
  • Tennoji Zoo
  • Osaka Museum of Fine Arts
  • Tsutenkaku Tower
  • Osaka Castle and Osaka Castle Garden
  • HEP Five Ferris Wheel
  • Floating Garden Observatory aka Sky Garden Building



Osaka Unlimited Pass Courses


If you still cannot decide what you want to do with your pass, or what attractions would be best for your individual interests.  The Osaka Unlimited Pass comes with Ten different “Courses” for you to follow in an easy to understand and use guide.  Below you can see the ten different courses, their highlights, as well as some pictures of what you would see.  Be sure to check them out and plan out your trip a bit, before coming to Osaka.  If you are still looking for ideas be sure to check out our “What to do in Osaka” page.



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Osaka Unlimited Pass:

Intellectual Femininity Course


The Osaka Unlimited Pass Intellectual Femininity Course takes you through some of the city’s most interesting and popular museums including the Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka Science Museum, and the Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum.  The Osaka Science Museum is one of the top science museums in all of Japan and both the Oriental Ceramics and the Kamigata Ukiyoe museums are top notch art museums that you will not want to miss.  The tour ends with a relaxing dip in the famous Natural Open-air Hot Spring Spa Suminoe.  This tour is perfect for someone who has spent a considerable bit of time in Osaka, and wants to experience a more intellectual and relaxing side to the city.



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Osaka Unlimited Pass:

Romantic Course


If you are taking your date to Osaka, and are on a budget, you may want to look into this Osaka Unlimited Pass.  The pass hosts numerous terrific dating hotspots, and even highlighted some of them in their romantic course.  The course will take you through Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel, Cruise Ship Santa Maria, Kaiyukan, and the Tempozan Market Place.  Even if you do not know what these attractions are, you know that the Ferris Wheel and Cruise Ship will definitely win you some girlfriend or boyfriend points.  The Romantic Course ends with a trip to the Osaka Prefectural Government Sakishima Building Observatory.  I can’t think of a better way to see Osaka while on a date.



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Osaka Unlimited Pass:

Family Fun Course for Sunny Days


Traveling through Japan with kids can be tough, but Osaka Unlimited Pass’s “Family Fun Course for Sunny Days” has set up an itinerary that all ages can enjoy.  The course takes you through Tennoji Zoo, Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts, Osaka Castle Museum, Osaka Castle Nishinomaru Garden, and ends with a visit to the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living.  The course is quite unique and educational.  You will learn all about historical Osaka and gain a great perspective on how the people of this city used to live.  Not only that, but you will get to see some of the most iconic sites Osaka has to offer.  Even if you don’t have kids this is one great course.



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Osaka Unlimited Pass:

Group Fun in Osaka Course


Traveling with a group of friends to Osaka?  Well the Osaka Unlimited Pass has just the course for you.  First they take you to the Floating Garden Observatory (which is Travel Panda’s favorite observatory in all of Japan), next is a ride on the HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel, then a trip to Dotombori ZAZA, a Tombori River Cruise, and ends with a dip in the Natural Open-air Hot Spring Spa Suminoe.  This is a great way to see the city and just have fun with friends while enjoying Osaka.



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Osaka Unlimited Pass:

Osaka Then and Now


Japan is such a perfect mix of old and new, and Osaka is no exception.  The Osaka Unlimited Pass offers a course that takes you through a mix of some of the city’s best attractions that show off its historical beauty as well as its modern wonders.  The course starts you off with a walk through the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living which allows you to see how the people of Osaka used to live centuries ago.  Once you are finished there, you will head off to the Osaka Museum of History where you can gain a deeper understanding of the region’s past.  Next is a visit to the Osaka Castle Museum where you can see the beautiful Osaka Castle.  Once finished at the castle, make your way to Shitennoji Temple which is one of the oldest temples in all of Japan.  From here you will begin your tour through the modern sites starting with Tsutenkaku Tower and ending with the Floating Garden Observatory.  This may be a lot to do in one day, but it is one great course for first timers.



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Osaka Unlimited Pass:

Studying in Osaka Course


If you are a lover of museums and just learning in general, you are going to love the Studying in Osaka course that the Osaka Unlimited Pass has put together.  It takes you through the Osaka Human Rights Museum, the Entrepreneurial Museum of Challenge and Innovation, the Osaka International Peace Center, the Osaka Museum of History, the Osaka Museum of Natural History, and the Nagai Botanical Garden.  It can be a bit much to take in, but this is one great course for any museum lover.



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Osaka Unlimited Pass:

Essential Sightseeing Course


If you are only giving one day to Osaka, and it is your first time here, you should probably go with Osaka Unlimited Pass’s “Essential Sightseeing Course.”  The course takes you through all of the city’s most iconic attractions including Tsutenkaku Tower, the Tombori River Cruise, the Osaka Castle Museum, the Floating Garden Observatory,  and the Natural hot spring Naniwa no Yu.  These are some of the best attractions out there and should not be missed.  It is estimated that it would cost you over 4,600 Yen to see and do all of these attractions, and the Osaka Unlimited Pass will only cost you 2,000.  Those are some major savings on some essential sites.



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Osaka Unlimited Pass:

Close to Nature Course


You are in the big city, but want to get into a little nature?  No problem!  Osaka Unlimited Pass has designed a course called “Close to Nature” which will bring you to some of the city’s most beautiful gardens, natural museums, and beautiful settings.  The course includes, Nagai Botanical Garden, the Osaka Museum of Natural History, Tennoji Zoo, Sakuya Konohana Kan, Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel, and ends with Captain Line.  A great course that will end up saving you well over 2,000 Yen.



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Osaka Unlimited Pass:

Osaka Customs and Culture Course


If you are coming here hoping to learn about the customs and culture of both historic and current Osaka, then you should definitely check out Osaka Unlimited Pass’s “Osaka Customs and Culture Course.”  The course takes you through the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living,  the Osaka Museum of History, the Osaka Castle Museum, the Entrepreneurial Museum of Challenge and Innovation, the Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum, and the Dotombori ZAZA.  Dotombori ZAZA is a show that you will need to choose and book in advance.  This is a great course for a very cultural experience during your time in Osaka and will leave you with many terrific memories to take back with you.




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Osaka Unlimited Pass:

Fun on the Waterfront Course

Osaka’s waterfront hosts a multitude of spectacular attractions that are all highlighted on the Osaka Unlimited Pass’s “Fun on the Waterfront Course.”  The course starts with the Osaka Bay Cruise “Santa Maria,” moves on to the Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel, then takes you to the Osaka Castle Museum, then sets you up on the Osaka Suijyo Bus (Aqua-Liner), and ends with a Tombori River Cruise.  This is a terrific way to see the city and enjoy the many water themed attractions in the city.  One of the best things about this course is that it saves you over 4,000 Yen in total.  Not bad right?




This article on the Osaka Unlimited Pass was a joint collaboration between Dustin Henrich and Travel Panda.  Dustin is currently living in Osaka as a JET and makes websites for small businesses, enjoys writing, and of course travel.  You can follow him on Twitter at @dhenrich.