Top 10 Dating Spots in Kansai
10. Cup Noodle Museum Osaka
Be sure to visit the Cup Noodle Museum located in the northern part of Osaka if you haven't been yet. Guests can head to the drama theater to learn about the history of chicken ramen and cup noodles followed by a walk through the exhibition halls to look at some of the retro packaging and its similarities to Cup Noodle today. The highlight for any couple in this museum is sure to be the My CupNoodles Factory. Here, couples (and singletons alike) can make their own Cup Noodle, right from the ingredients to the design of the packaging itself. Take inspiration from the exhibition halls or design something unique to your partnership as you make something special for the pair of you.
Access: Hankyu Ikeda Station
Opening Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. (last admission at 3:30 p.m.); closed on Tuesdays
Admission Fee: Adults ¥500; Elementary School Children ¥300; CupNoodles Factory ¥300 per cup
- www.cupnoodles-museum.jp (English)
9. Osaka Aquarium
In the west of Osaka lies one of the biggest aquariums in Japan. Visit all 15 tanks separated into distinct areas of the Pacific Rim with its marine life on display, with the Pacific Ocean tank being the biggest tank in the aquarium. The aquarium has also opened their new, interactive exhibition in the past few years where you will be able to meet the penguins from the Falkland Islands and touch sharks and manta rays in shallow tanks. This is most definitely a great day out for any ocean and marine life lovers out there!
Access: Osaka Subway Osakako Station (Chuo Line)
Opening Hours: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; opening hours differ by season; last admission is one hour before closing time
Admission Fee: Adults (over 16 years of age) ¥2,300; Children (7-15 years of age) ¥1,200; Infants (4-6 years of age) ¥600; Under 3 years of age FREE
- www.kaiyukan.com (English)
8. Chayamachi, Osaka
If you would prefer to snuggle up in a cozy café and go shopping in some of the chicest zakka (bric-a-brac) stores, then Chayamachi is the perfect spot for you both. With some of the most unique and retro atmospheres around, the cafés in the area provide the best opportunity to sit down with a hot drink and a snack and talk your hearts out. There is also a retro style indoor bathhouse and a candy store with sweets from the Showa Period (1926-1989).
Access: JR Osaka, Hankyu Umeda, Midosuji Nakatsu, Hanshin Umeda Stations
7. Mount Rokko
Take the cable car to one of the most popular groups of mountains in Japan, collectively named as Mount Rokko. With spectacular views of Kobe and surrounding cities, these mountains are perfect for those wanting to spend a romantic time together enjoying a view. Other activities in the area include the many hiking trails up and down the mountains as well as the Rokkosan Pasture where you will be able to hang out with farm animals.
Access: Hankyu Rokko Station and then a local bus to Rokko Cable Shita. Take the cable car from here.
- www.rokkosan.com (English)
If you are looking to do a day trip someplace, then make sure to visit the small town of Arashiyama a few stations away from the center of Kyoto. Enjoy some of the historic temples and shrines, and the stunning bamboo forest path. There are some onsens available if you would like to take a dip, try out the Torokko Romance Train through the mountains, or why not go for a boat ride down the river? Whatever you feel, Arashiyama is sure to provide a great Japanese experience for the day.
Access: Hankyu Arashiyama Station, JR Saga-Arashiyama Station, Keifuku Dentetsu Arashiyama Station