Your free ticket to everything in touristy Osaka23 June, 2011 by Chad
It seems some of our readers will be headed down to Osaka in the coming months so I thought I’d save the trouble of repeating this: If you’re spending time in Osaka for the purpose of sightseeing, I cannot stress how valuable getting the Osaka Unlimited Pass is.
The Osaka Unlimited Pass is a special tourist pass exclusive to travelers visiting Osaka. There are lots of similar passes for places all over Japan that offer crazy bargains for foreigners. These are offer sponsored by the state governments to help improve local businesses by attracting more tourists. The Osaka version is especially worthwhile though.
Osaka’s a small city, so you’d probably be covering lots of sights in a day, with lots of transiting. For 2000 yen or 2700 yen, the ticket gives you unlimited rides on the local train system for 1 or 2 consecutive days. The 2 day pass is of much better value but the 1 day pass also includes access to other non-JR private railway lines in Osaka.
Even if you’re holding a JR Pass of some kind, the Osaka Unlimited Pass might still be necessary. JR Lines only service the outer circumference of Osaka, making relying on just JR lines a painful experience. Even for places that are covered by JR Lines, a 10 minute trip may consume up to three times of your precious holiday time.
Most of the transport lines in Osaka are owned by the local state government and those visiting Osaka for the first time may be shocked at the usual train fares. Prices for a single stop start at 200 yen (or approximately SGD$3), almost twice what you’d pay in Tokyo.
If that wasn’t nearly enough, the pass also grants holders free entry to the majority of tourist attractions throughout Osaka. More places than you could possibly cover in the duration of the pass.
The pass gives one free admission for each of the following:
1. Floating Garden Observatory (Umeda Sky Building)
2. HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel
3. Natural hot spring Naniwa no Yu
4. Osaka Museum of Housing and Living
5. Osaka Science Museum
6. Osaka Castle Museum
7. Osaka Castle Nishonomaru Garden
8. Osaka Castle Park Tram “Road Train”
9. Osaka Museum of History
10. Osaka International Peace Center
11. Entrepreneurial Museum of Challenge and Innovation
12. Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum
13. Tombori River Cruise
14. Osaka Human Rights Museum
15. Tsutenkaku Tower
16. Shitennoji Temple
17. Osaka Municipal Musuem of Art
18. Tennoji Zoo
19. Tempozan Ferris Wheel
20. Santa Maria
21. Osaka Maritime Museum
22. Cosmo Tower Observatory
23. Nagai Botanical Garden
24. Osaka Museum of Natural History
25. Sakuya Konohana Kan
The pass also includes rebates at a number of commercial outlets and discounted entry fees for the few remaining sights that aren’t completely covered.
26. Osaka Aqua-Liner (Free during Winter, 10% off ticket prices during Spring-Autumn)
27. Museum of Oriental Ceramics (Free during regular exhibits, discounted prices to special exhibits)
28. National Museum of Art (Discounted prices for special exhibits)
29. Umeda Joypolis (300 yen discount to “Passport”, 30% bonus tokens)
30. Kyobashi Kagetsu (250 yen off admission)
31. Panasonic Center Osaka (Admission is always free, bonus gift with pass)
32. Yamamoto Noh Theater (Free tenugui)
33. The National Bunraku Theater (10% off)
34. Spa World Onsen From Around The World (900 yen off)
35. Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (100 yen off)
36. Captain Line (10% off)
37. Kamigata Hot Spring Ikkyu (Free rental of bath sets)
38. Modern Transportation Museum (20% off)
39. Natural Open-air Hot Spring Spa Suminoe (Bath and rental fixed at 600 yen)
40. Universal Studios Japan (200 yen off two day pass)