Formally a dockside wasteland the bay area of Osaka has been transformed into a vibrant entertainment district. The bay area is home to Universal Studios, the Suntory Museum, Japan’s largest aquarium and one of the worlds largest ferris wheels. A large island was also constructed in the area to be the home of various sporting facilities and parks.
The Osaka bay area has been an important trading place in Japan for more than 1300 years and has also been a major diplomatic and cultural gateway to the country lying pretty much in the centre of Japan.
Maishima Sports Island
Built on reclaimed land the 225 hectare Maishma Island is split up into four zones with a zone for sport, one for education, one for recreation and the other for health. The sports section takes up about 120 hectares of the total size of the island.
Osaka Maritime Museum
The Osaka Maritime Museum is an architectural wonder built it is built in a huge glass and metal dome which was actually fabricated on land and then towed 33 km across the Osaka bay to the museum’s site becoming a major icon to the area.
Tempozan Harbour Village
Not far from Universal Studios is the Tempozan Harbour Village, that is a modern waterfront shopping and entertainment area situated around 20 minutes from Osaka’s CBD.
Universal Studios Japan
Opened in 2001 Universal Studios Japan is one of Osaka’s most popular attractions. Styled after the Universal Studios in Orlando and Los Angeles it features many of the attraction which have made it a major tourist destination in the United States with a bit of Japanese fun thrown in for even more enjoyment.
WTC Cosmo Tower
The WTC Como Tower or World Trade Centre is western Japan’s tallest building and the second tallest in Japan, standing some 256 metres tall.