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This park has interesting dimensions; it is a narrow 150m wide by a long 800m stretch in a somewhat cluttered area of the city. Part of it offers respite from all the noise and activity with its some 2,500 rose bushes. There are also cherry trees and other attractive shrubs and flora. The rest of it comprises a huge tennis court complex, the largest of which - the grand stadium - can accommodate 5,000 spectators. Entrance to the park is free and unrestricted, though times for use of the tennis courts varies.
Festivalgate makes for a fabulous day out for the whole family. It is principally a large amusement park, but it also houses restaurants, shops and a movie theater. The star attraction is a super-fast roller coaster that travels at almost 100-kilometers an hour. It is not for the faint-hearted, but children love it. There are so many attractions that you could easily spend the whole day here without doing them all. There is also an unusual theme park based on famous spas. If the excitement of the attractions brings out a sweat, step into one of the hot springs.
If you are looking for a place to take the family, Osaka Dome is a good choice. It is a popular tourist spot representing the newer side of Osaka. Opened in March 1997, Osaka Dome is a multipurpose indoor arena. It can be adapted for sports, concerts and other events by customizing into different shapes and sizes. Inside the arena there are restaurants and shops, which operate all year, even on no-event days. In the Simland Q Park you can experience life in space and what life would be like in a city of the future.
Building a Ferris wheel into the upper floors of a shopping mall in the middle of an enormous city was a bold and brilliant idea. The Hep Five Ferris Wheel, named so because it is in/on the Hep Five shopping center just beside Osaka Station, rises 106 meters above the city. The lower dimensions of the wheel actually dip into the shopping mall. There are 52 gondolas, each with a four-person capacity. The entrance is on the 7th floor of Hep Five.
This excellent indoor pool stages top-class national and international swimming competitions and, in between, it is open to the public. It houses three pools—a 50-meter, ten-lane pool; a 25-meter eight-lane one; and a special diving pool. In the winter months the venue is used as an ice-skating rink. The same building houses restaurants and coffee shops. Wheelchairs are also available, as are toilet facilities for the physically challenged.
"Universal Studios Japan, or USJ, promises to be the Osaka rival of Tokyo Disneyland. USJ is the third movie-based theme park in the Universal Studios' family and the first opened outside of the United States. Visitors can experience live-action shows and amusement park rides inspired by some of the more popular Universal Studios' films, including Jaws, Back to the Future and Terminator. The park also features a number of American-style restaurants centered on movie themes. It promises a great time for adults, but small children may be overwhelmed by the attractions.
This sprawling exercise park is one of the best sports facilities in the city. Within the park proper - which boasts over 61,000 trees and shrubs - you will find a track stadium and another smaller track and field area, tennis courts, a baseball field, a swimming pool, numerous walking and jogging courses, a handicapped sports area, general-use fields, and more than a few romantic areas for relaxing or strolling. Visitors can enter the park anytime, though hours for facilities vary. Admission is free.
If you are the type of person who likes to visit the city while enjoying the outdoors, then why not make a reservation at the Maishima Outdoor Activities Center? There is a variety of accommodation ranging from camping facilities, cottages, log houses, a lodge and a large hotel. There are plenty of outdoor, energy-sapping activities to try, including boating, cycling and inline skating. Or, take it easy and do a spot of bird watching. Then relax in the evening around campfires or put on an apron and barbecue your own dinner. Reservations for any kind of activity are essential.
If you are a baseball lover, your ultimate fantasy would be to play at Koshiem Stadium. Established in 1924, this old, prestigious ballpark is the home of the popular team, ‘Hanshin Tigers'. Even the legendary Babe Ruth has played on these grounds. This foliage laden stadium attracts huge crowds during the main season from April to October. The run-down condition of the venue fails to dampen the spirit of local enthusiasts. So soak in the baseball-crazy atmosphere by getting into the mood and cheering for some local team. Admission starts from JPY1400 for adults and JPY500 for children.
Built in 1970 for the Osaka International Exposition, Expoland is one of the finest amusement parks in Japan. It houses over 40 attractions, including the longest roller coaster in the world, and makes for a fantastic day out for the kids. If you are not afraid of heights, you can ride the 85-meter-high Technostar and enjoy a spectacular view from the top. If you would rather keep your feet on the ground but still enjoy a little excitement, there is a ghost house. When you tire of the attractions, take a break in one of the 25 restaurants on the grounds.
Hirakata Park, or in short 'Hirapa', is a local amusement park located in Hirakata City. The 400-meter water shoot Pachanga is an interesting story. Giant fountains, subterranean rumbles and a volcano are some attractions of the park. Sega World offers the latest hi-tech games and Giant Drop Meteo, a vertical free-fall machine. There is also a regular autumn special event called Hirakata Chrysanthemum Dolls. The Park is easily accessible by Keihan train.