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Tempozan Harbor Village, Osaka

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Take a good look at one of Japan's large port cities from a Ferris wheel, or hop on a pirate boat at Tempozan Harbor Village. This multi-event seaside area offers a variety of things to do over a day for the whole family. The aquarium will give you an opportunity to touch a sting ray or pet a kangaroo. The village, built over 5.4 hectares (13 acres), lies just 20 minutes from downtown, and the location gives you a prime view of the harbor area. Malls and restaurants provide wide range of activies. Work out when and for how long to visit Tempozan Harbor Village and other Osaka attractions using our handy Osaka vacation trip planner.
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  • Tempozan looks like it hasn't changed in over 6 years. The only real significant addition is the Legoland section which is on the 3rd floor. There is a section on the 1st floor where all the oldies bu...  more »
  • Our cruise ship was docked here so we walked over to see what was available in terms of shopping - nothing that we would be interested in. The Aquarium looked interesting but not our cup of tea. I wou...  more »
  • Home to many different shops and stores most people will visit for Legoland (as we did). But there is plenty more shopping to be done. Don't forget to check out the aquarium or Ferris wheel also in th...  more »
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  • Good time. Lots of cute sea animals and seals. Where it can improve: Audio instruction earphones are 1000 yen each and the earphones are hard to hear with. You also can't plug in your own earphones. Warning: Some parts of exhibit is a little bit chilly so bring a sweater.
  • Somewhere near the Southwest of the city, lie several small islands, one of them containing the Tempozan Harbour Village, or as some call it the Tempozan Bay Area. Here you can find several attractions together, the Kaiyukan (Osaka Aquarium), the Tempozan Ferris Wheel, the Santa Maria cruise ship and the Tempozan Market Place. I lumped them all together because this should definitely be a day's itinerary and helps with easier planning (it took us quite a while to figure out these four attractions go together). Taken individually, the attractions don't really count as much but if you visit them all together and explore the area, it's really quite enjoyable (though I won't rank them highly). Activities here are more relaxing and slow-paced, as it's mostly only sightseeing. Like I mentioned earlier, some of the attractions, for example the Kaiyukan and the ferris wheel aren't exactly new attractions to me. I've been to the aquarium at Sentosa and Singapore Flyer before, and I personally feel that Singapore's version are comparable, if not better. Except for the central pacific tank in the Kaiyukan and the opportunity to touch a stingray, Singapore's aquarium offered a more immersive experience while the Singapore flyer had a much bigger space and room (sometimes you need to travel the world to realise that your flyer rocks, eh?). There's also not much to do in the Tempozan Market Place, other than some touristy priced items, but we did found a rather quaint eating place. It's called Kushikatsu where you can fry your own food after dipping them into some sauce and bread crumbs. Sinful but totally delicious. There's also a Lego place at the market, but sadly it's just limited to children so we were not able to enter it. I wanted to say I'm still a child at heart but the employees didn't really understood my English. Personally I find the whole Tempozan Bay area to be interesting, but not really high on my priority list. It's nice to see fishes and stuff, but nothing really jumps out at me (unless the fish escaped the tanks). I like the cruise ship experience the most, mainly because it's not always I get to be on the boat but other than that I would only rate the whole experience at Tempozan Bay as average.
  • Fun place! I love it, great fun for kids
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  • The huge tourist visits especially to be ornate. Old mountain to know himself from feelings of isolation. This complex has become a village full of charm and helpful each. Yearn for the mountain of old but still somewhat desolate.
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