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Osaka Amazing Pass: Making the Most of Discounted Train Tickets & Attractions!

Osaka Amazing Pass: Making the Most of Discounted Train Tickets & Attractions!

Date published: 20 February 2020
Last updated: 25 February 2021

The Osaka Amazing Pass is an exceptional ticket that allows you to freely ride trains and buses in and around Osaka for one or two days, and best of all, grants free entry into more than 40 major tourist spots. You can also enjoy benefits at numerous restaurants, making your Osaka trip even more amazing!

Table of Contents
  1. What is the Osaka Amazing Pass?
  2. Sample Osaka 1-day itinerary using Osaka Amazing Pass
  3. Other areas accessible with upgraded passes
  4. Six free-entry sightseeing spots with the Osaka Amazing Pass
  5. Where to buy and how to use the Osaka Amazing Pass

What is the Osaka Amazing Pass?

What is the Osaka Amazing Pass?
1-day pass

The Osaka Amazing Pass is a discount sightseeing ticket that allows entry into many venues around the city and includes a guidebook full of coupons and an associated mobile app.

Depending on the number of days and the train lines included, you can freely get on and off designated trains and buses.

Osaka Amazing Pass Types & Prices
1-Day Pass
2,700 yen
2-Day Pass
3,600 yen
Expanded Hankyu Edition
3,100 yen
Hanshin Edition
3,100 yen
Nankai Kansai Edition
3,400 yen
Expo Memorial Park Edition
Six types, 3,200 yen
TOKU x 2 Guide

The most practical difference between the Osaka Amazing Pass and a typical transportation day-passes is the use of tourist facilities free of charge by merely presenting the card.

Not only are Osaka’s major sightseeing spots covered, but you’ll also be able to enjoy a variety of activities, including river cruises and theatrical shows!

The included “TOKU × 2” coupons booklet offers further discounts and benefits at stores and sightseeing spots. It’s perfect for thoroughly enjoying outstanding Osaka cuisine and more!

Where to go with 1- and 2-day passes

With a one-day ticket, you can ride the Osaka Metro and Osaka City Bus (excluding some routes), as well as the Hankyu, Hanshin, Keihan, Kintetsu, and Nankai train lines running within Osaka City.

Two-day tickets are limited to the use of the Metro and City Bus (all lines).

Sample Osaka 1-day itinerary using Osaka Amazing Pass

Sample Osaka 1-day itinerary using Osaka Amazing Pass

From Osaka’s gateway, Shin-Osaka Station, start your day trip by going to Umeda and enjoying the view from the Umeda Sky Building's Floating Garden Observatory. Then head to Namba to eat takoyaki at Dotonbori and reserve an evening ride on the popular <@Tombori River Cruise|a=article:a2000447>.

From there, move to Tanimachi Yonchome Station to see <@Osaka Castle|a=article:a2000008>. After riding the Osaka Castle Gozabune (castle moat boat tour), get back on the Metro at Osaka Business Park Station and ride to <@Shinsaibashi|a=article:a2000327@>. After walking back to Namba, board the Tombori River Cruise booked earlier.

Every location on this route is accessible via the Osaka Metro and would usually cost 5,420 yen in subway fare, but with the 1-day Osaka Tour Pass, you’ll save 2,720 yen!

Other areas accessible with upgraded passes

Other areas accessible with upgraded passes

If you'd like to travel a bit further out, the expanded ticket options are useful.

In addition to the areas of Osaka covered by 1-day tickets, the Hankyu Edition allows passage on Hankyu Railways' Kobe (excluding the Kobe Kosoku Line), Takarazuka, Kyoto Main (Umeda to Minase), and Kyoto Senri Lines.

The Hanshin Edition grants access to all Hanshin Railway lines (excluding the Kobe Kosoku Line). Meanwhile, the Nankai Kanku Edition allows you to get on and off the Nankai Railway from Sakai to Kyoshi, Nakamozucho to Amami, and Shiomibashi to Kishinosato-Tamade, as well as the Takashinohama, Airport, and Tanagawa Lines.

■ An advantageous Hankyu tour
1. Enjoy the view from Umeda Sky Building's Floating Garden Observatory
2. From Hankyu Osaka Umeda Station to Minoo Station to enjoy nature
3. From Mino Station to Nishinomiya Kitaguchi Station for shopping and a cafe lunch
4. From Nishinomiya-Kitaguchi Station to Hankyu Osaka Umeda Station, and then from Osaka Metro Umeda Station to Nippombashi
5. Take a 20-30-minute Osaka Wonder Cruise

Typically, this tour would cost 4,350 yen in transportation and entry fees, but with the Osaka Amazing Pass Hankyu Edition, you can save 1,250 yen.

■ A great Hanshin itinerary
1. Enjoy the view from Umeda Sky Building's Floating Garden Observatory
2. From Hanshin Osaka Umeda Station to Motomachi Station for some shopping
3. From Motomachi Station to Koshien Station for a stroll around Koshien Stadium, Japan's baseball Mecca
4. From Koshien Station to Hanshin Osaka Umeda Station, and then from Osaka Metro Umeda Station to Namba Station
5. Enjoy a 40-minute cruise on the Tombori River Jazz Boat

Usually, this itinerary would cost 4,390 yen, but with the Osaka Amazing Pass Hanshin Edition, you can save 1,290 yen.

■ A fun Nankai Kankyu plan
1. From Nankai Kansai Airport Station to Rinku Town Station for shopping
at the Runku Premium Outlets
2. From Rinku Town Station to Namba Station, then from Osaka Metro Namba Station to Osakako Station
3. Experience a 30-minute round-trip mini-cruise on the Captain Line
4. Visit the Legoland® Discovery Center Osaka and ride the Tempozan Ferris Wheel

Normally, this plan would cost 5,630 yen in transportation and entry fees, but with the Osaka Amazing Pass Nankai Kankyu Edition, you can save 2,230 yen.


The Expo Memorial Park Edition

Expo Memorial Park Edition

In addition to the areas of Osaka accessible with the one-day ticket, the Expo Memorial Park Edition also includes a train that will take you to the Expo Memorial Park (Esaka to Senri Chuo, 280 yen round trip; Senri Chuo to Bampaku-kinen-koen, 500 yen round trip).

Heading from Namba to Bampaku-kinen-koen (Expo Memorial Park), you can ride the Red Horse Osaka Wheel at Expo Memorial Park and go shopping at EXPOCITY. Then head back to Umeda and the Floating Garden Observatory at the Umeda Sky Building.

With the Osaka Amazing Pass Expo Memorial Park Edition, you’ll save 850 yen on a tour that would typically cost 4,050 yen for transportation and admission.

Six free-entry sightseeing spots with the Osaka Amazing Pass

Six free-entry sightseeing spots with the Osaka Amazing Pass

(1) Umeda Sky Building Floating Garden Observatory
The Umeda Sky Building Floating Garden Observatory offers a panoramic view of Osaka from the top of a 173-meter high skyscraper, and is a must for any Osaka trip.

(2) Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum
The Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum is a modern art museum featuring impressive 3D images that seem to jump out at patrons, and can be visited in connection with the Floating Garden Observatory.

  • Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum
    絹谷幸二 天空美術館
    • Address Umeda Sky Bld. Tower West 27F, 1-1-30 Oyodonaka, Kita-ku, Osaka, 531-0076
    • Phone Number 06-6440-3760
    • Hours: 10:00 - 18:00; Friday, Saturday, and the day before public holidays open until 20:00; last entry 30 minutes before closing; closed Tuesdays (or Wednesday following a Tuesday national holiday), Dec. 30 – Jan. 3, exhibition changing periods
      Admission: Regularly 1,000 yen

(3) HEP Five Ferris wheel
The red Ferris wheel attached to the HEP Five shopping and entertainment center is one of the iconic sights of Osaka and Umeda and is a fun ride.

  • HEP Five Ferris Wheel
    HEP FIVE観覧車
    • Address 5-15 Kakudacho, Kita-ku, Osaka, 530-0017
    • Phone Number 06-6366-3634
    • Hours: 11:00 - 23:00 (last boarding 22:45)
      Admission: Regularly 600 yen

(4) Dotonbori ZAZA Box Performance Show “GOTTA”
Dotonbori ZAZA Box Performance Show “GOTTA” is a fascinating live stage show featuring food-related characters who put on traditional performing arts shows.

  • Dotonbori ZAZA Box Performance Show “GOTTA”
    道頓堀ZAZA Box パフォーマンスショー・GOTTA
    • Address Nakaza Kuidaore Bld. B1F 1-7-21, Chuo-ku, Osaka, 542-0071
    • Phone Number 06-4256-2710
    • Hours: 11:00, 13:00, and 15:00, closed Tuesdays and Jan. 1
      Admission: Regularly 1,800 yen; Osaka Amazing Pass only valid for “GOTTA” – not for other shows at Dotonbori ZAZA; no admission when full

(5) Osaka Wonder Cruise
The Osaka Wonder Cruise is a thrilling way to view the Osaka cityscape from the city’s rivers.

  • Osaka Wonder Cruise
    OSAKA WONDER CRUISE
    • Address (Nipponbashi Wharf) Riverside B1, 1-6 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka, 542-0071
    • Phone Number 06-6147-7763
    • Hours: Nipponbashi Wharf from 11:00, (boarding also available at Hachiken-yahama Pier)
      Admission: Regularly 1,800 yen; Reservations can be made on the official website.

(6) Tombori River Jazz Boat
Take in Osaka’s scenery while listening to live jazz performances on the Tombori River Jazz Boat.

  • Tombori River Jazz Boat
    とんぼりリバージャズボート
    • Address Minatomachi Wharf 1-3-1 Minatomachi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, 556-0017
    • Phone Number 06-6441-0532
    • Hours: May-Nov., Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays; Saturday, Sunday, and holiday departures at 13:30, 14:40, 15:30, 17:30, 18:30 &19:30; Friday departures at 17:30, 18:30, 19:30 & 20:30
      Admission: Regularly 1,800 yen, (Max. 5 Osaka Amazing Pass users per cruise)

Where to buy and how to use the Osaka Amazing Pass

Where to buy and how to use the Osaka Amazing Pass
Tourist information center at JR Osaka Station

In person, the best place to purchase the Osaka Amazing Pass 1- and 2-day tickets is at the commuter pass sales office in the Osaka Metro stations.

Other locations include the JR Osaka Station Central Ticket Gate, JR Shin-Osaka Station 3F Concourse, tourist information centers at Nankai Namba Station 1F, and the Kansai Tourist Information Center at Kansai Airport. Payment by credit card is possible at tourist information centers; elsewhere payment must be in cash.

Major locations where you can buy expanded versions
■ Hankyu Edition: Osaka Umeda Station, Juso Station, Awaji Station counters and Hankyu Tourist Center Osaka/Umeda
■ Hanshin Edition: Hanshin Main Line stations from Osaka Umeda to Amagasaki, Hanshin Namba Line stations (when staff are present)
■ Nankai Kansai Airport Edition: Nankai Kansai Airport Station
■ Expo Memorial Park Edition: Osaka, Namba, Shin-Osaka Tourist Information Center, Osaka Monorail Bampaku-kinen-koen Station
For other purchase locations, please check https://www.osp.osaka-info.jp/en/about/buy.html, or purchase it online at the link below.

To use the Osaka Amazing Pass, put it in the appropriate slot in the ticket gate. For free entry into tourist sites, present your card at the ticket window.

To take advantage of the guidebook’s discounts, remove the necessary coupon form the book and present it with your pass. Alternately, if you’re using the mobile app, show the displayed e-coupon.


Osaka’s many closely-situated sightseeing spots and well-developed subway system make the Osaka Amazing Pass a useful tool for efficient tours of the city. In addition to the locations we’ve introduced here, there are many more places you can enter for free with the pass, so have fun discovering more surprising sights with the Osaka Amazing Pass!


Text by: WESTPLAN

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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