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10 Kid-Friendly Places to Visit in Kansai Region

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For those who don't know, Kansai Region lies in the south-central area of Japan's main island Honshu. It is composed of seven prefectures namely Hyogo, Kyoto, Mie, Nara, Osaka, Shiga, and Wakayama. The main entry point of foreign tourists to this region is the Kansai International Airport (KIX) and Kobe Port. 

This region is a great place to immerse oneself in Japan's rich history and culture. Adults would surely find Kansai a fascinating place to visit... However, the big question is, is it kid-friendly? In my opinion, and probably the majority of all those who had visited this region before, the Kansai Region and Japan, in general, is a very child-friendly place. 

For today's article, I have compiled 10 child-friendly places to bring your child(ren) when you visit the Kansai Region. Here are my top 10 recommendations of child-friendly places in the Kansai Region:

1. Eiraku Yumenomori ParkLocation: 65-110 Daimyo Noda, Kumatori-cho, Sennan-gun, Osaka Prefecture
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Kobe Port Tower Revisited 2018 - Hyogo

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Located at 5-5 Hatoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe City in Hyogo Prefecture, Kobe Port Tower(神戸ポートタワー) is probably the most famous landmark of the port city. 

Kobe Port Tower HistoryProbably the most photographed as well, Kobe Port Tower was designed by the Nikken Sekkei Company and was constructed in 1963. The tower stands 354 feet and 3.97 inches.  Its hyperboloid design is said to be patterned from the Tsuzumi which is a Japanese drum. It is famous for its red color which stands out from the blue skies and white and grey buildings around it. 



My family and I first visited Kobe Port Tower way back January 11, 2015. During our first visit, we were only able to visit its ground floor level where souvenirs are sold. Sadly, since we were pressed for time then, we did not head up to the sightseeing level or the observation area. However, since it was a beautiful sunny day then, we were able to take pictures of its facade before heading to Shin-Kobe Station to ride the shinkansen to Himeji. 

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Kawasaki Good Times World - Hyogo

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Located at 2-2 Hatoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe City in Hyogo Prefecture, Kawasaki Good Times World (カワサキワールド) is a corporate museum that introduces the main products and history of Kawasaki Heavy Industries. 

Kawasaki Good Times World HistoryOpened in 2006, the Kawasaki Good Times World is sponsored by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, a company that has played an important part in the advancement of Kobe since its ports opened to the world in 1868. The museum is attached to the Kobe Maritime Museum but is considered as a different museum from the former although the entrance fee covers both museums. 

Kawasaki Good Times World is a great place to see, hear, and experience the technology from Kawasaki. The museum exhibits a real Kawasaki-Vertol KV 107II helicopter, Series 0 Shinkansen, and numerous Kawasaki motorcycles. 


The museum has 8 areas to explore. From the entrance, visitors will be welcomed to the first area known as the Meet the Founders Area or History Area. Visitors get to learn about the …

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