How to Enjoy Hong Kong Disneyland with a One-year Old Baby

Instead of throwing a party, we celebrated our baby’s first birthday on April 25, 2019 in Hong Kong Disneyland, and we had a blast! Despite the summer heat and Hong Kong’s 98% humidity level on the day of Thomas’s birthday, he got to eat his cake, meet Mickey and watch The Lion King live!

Sure, we had to change diapers in the middle of the park because the nearest changing station was two blocks away from where we were, we had to stop periodically for feeding, and we had to buy a smaller cake when I accidentally dropped the bigger one and stepped on it, among many other pauses. 😂 Truly, traveling with a baby is never without a memorable mishap. But, at the end of the day, our hearts were full and we were very happy. When we saw how his eyes sparkled in awe with each character encounter, how he enjoyed the lights and songs, and how his face lit up inside the gift shops, we knew that taking him to Disneyland was a great decision .From the rides, to the shows, to the merchandise, truly, there is magic for everybody.

So, if you’re planning to bring your baby to this place, go for it! Don’t listen to naysayers telling you that your baby is too young to enjoy the attractions. In the happiest place place on earth, no one is too young nor too old to have fun. Disneyland is a baby-friendly place and you’d be surprised to see many babies and toddlers being lugged around from morning ’til night.

Here are 10 tips to enjoy Disneyland with your baby:

Bring that stroller!

We brought our trusty Joie Baby Pact along with our Ergo Baby Hip Seat Carrier. The stroller made going around so much easier, and allowed us to rest from carrying our bags and other stuff. The carrier was used every time our baby was on full koala mode. Otherwise, he was pretty relaxed in his pushchair. If you opt not to bring a stroller, you may rent one for HKD 140 at Main Street, USA. Stroller parking is available, just make sure to attach the stroller parking tag for safety.

They may not be used aboard Main Street vehicles and trains. Strollers rented in the park may not be taken outside of the park. Rain covers come with strollers during forecasted rainy days.

The maximum weight for a child seated in a stroller is 27 kg (60 lbs).

A refundable deposit of HKD100 per day is required. Reservation is not allowed.

Bring snacks and a water bottle

Guests are allowed to bring outside food and beverage items into the Park to drink and eat. For as long as they do not require heating, reheating, processing, refrigeration or temperature control and do not have pungent odors, you are free to enjoy your packed food. Forget about durian and instant cup noodles. You won’t be able to enjoy them anyway.

Bring your own water bottle and don’t be like us. We spent almost 300HKD on water alone. It was towards the end of our trip that we discovered the drinking fountains conveniently located outside restrooms and other public areas.

Here’s a list of complimentary drinking fountain locations across the park.

Drinking Cups

You may also request disposable cups to use at drinking fountains from the nearest restaurant or refreshment facility—at no extra charge.

Get familiar with the map

Although Hong Kong Disneyland is not too complicated to navigate, it is best to get familiar with the park prior to your trip, especially if you are traveling with a baby or a toddler. Take into consideration all the breaks you have take within the day and plot the areas where you want to do it to save time. For example, you know that baby takes a nap at 2 pm, so make sure you have already had your photos taken with Mickey at the gazebo before lunch, to make time for diaper change, feeding and other tasks before nap time. If you don’t plan your trip well, you’ll most probably spend more time looking for a certain attraction or facility than enjoying your stay. Make your life easier by downloading the Hong Kong Disneyland mobile app.

Experience the small joys that you can find in the park (especially if you are on a birthday trip)

Get a birthday badge at the guest services – if you’re going on your child’s birthday (or yours), it would be fun to get a badge as a souvenir. It’s free anyway. 🙂

Buy a mini Mickey cake at Starbucks (Main Street Bakery) – If you just want a simple cake that’s cute for photos, yummy and tiny enough to devour in 2 minutes because you seriously can’t savor a cake with a baby in tow, then go to Starbucks and get a small, round cheesecake. The cost is a fraction of the price of a regular celebration cake sold in Disneyland Hotel.

Buy a cap, an umbrella, a hand-held fan, and a bubble -maker – Trust us. These will save your lives. The fan calms baby down especially when it gets too humid; The bubble-maker is self-explanatory.

Don’t miss “It’s a Small World” – you and your baby will definitely enjoy this attraction. The colors, the music and the whimsical animated figures make it a truly awesome experience. And, since it’s a boat- ride in a cool, indoor place, you can take that time to rest your tired feet and reset for the day.

Watch the Lion King LIVE

The Festival of The Lion King is a 30-minute musical show that features Simba, Nala, Timon and Pumbaa, portrayed by amazing stage actors. You and your family will surely be impressed by the acrobats and fire dancers as they move to the beat of The Lion King songs we all love. TIP: Don’t sit too close to the stage so baby won’t get overwhelmed; check the schedule and make sure to be at the theater early because the line could get really long.

Plan your meals

Knowing where to take your meals could save you a lot of time and energy. Check this link for the types of cuisine and dining experience available .

We had our snacks and meals in Main Street Bakery, Royal Banquet Hall, Explorer Club Restaurant and Hollywood and Dine.

Take mini breaks

Traveling with a baby, especially during summer require a lot of mini rests in between. Hong Kong Disneyland is equipped with the necessary facilities and amenities for people with babies. Seating areas, drinking water stations and baby care center are easily accessible. Our favorite? 1. The park’s spacious and air conditioned restrooms 2. The air conditioned gift shops.

Take photos with characters

Need we say more? Just make sure you check the schedule of each meet and greet so you don’t end up standing in line just to be told that Mickey has to go because his time is up.

Stay until evening

The park transforms into an entirely different magical place at night when light shows happen, rides are illuminated and Mickey performs on Main Street.

Get a professional to take your photos

Immortalize your family trip by hiring a professional photographer. Sure, taking photos from your phone or camera is easy but precious moments are best captured by someone else especially if these are candid moments. It’s worth it.

We booked a session from Sweet Escape. This app is easy to use and they have really good customer service. We made the booking a month prior to our trip. We communicated with the assigned photographer through the app to plan our photo-shoot . It was a smooth session and we were happy with Buddy Sit , the local professional photographer who took our photos. It took us 2 hours to shoot, No payment was collected on site, but we had to purchase the photographer’s admission ticket.

*On January 26, 2020, Hong Kong Disneyland announced its temporary closure due to the Corona Virus outbreak. As of writing, the park remains closed. Check out their website for details and updates.


  • Hong Kong Disneyland Park officially reopened on Jun 18 with reduced capacity, enhanced health and safety procedures and a new reservation system for all guests. All guests entering the park will be required to undergo temperature screening and wear face masks. Learn more.
  • Magic Access members may make a reservation beginning 8 days prior to their visit. General guests may make a reservation beginning 7 days prior to their visit. Learn more
  • The park has implemented social distancing in queues, restaurants, attraction vehicles and other facilities. Character experiences requiring close interaction and close-up photos will be temporarily suspended. Learn more.
  • Extensions will be provided for unused park tickets, Magic Access memberships and other date-specific products. Learn more.
  • Free cancellations for park tickets and hotel room bookings within the specified period are available. Learn more.

5 Things to do in Kobe with a Baby

Kobe is the capital of Hyogo Prefecture, and is among Japan’s large cities. It was one of the first ports in Japan to open to foreign trade in the 19th century, with Hakodate, Yokohama, Nigiita and Nagasaki, being the other important ports. Having had a traumatic earthquake experience in 1995, Kobe now has fully recovered and is considered as one of Japan’s most vibrant cities.

What we love about Kobe is that although it is a bustling city with establishments similar to what you see in major metropoleis, it is a lot less crowded. In addition, it has the best of both coastal and mountain views that would make you feel like you’re far away from the city, even if you’re just five minutes away from the central business district. While Kobe is famous for its beef and high quality cheese, there is more to this sunny city than just steak and cheesecake. From a simple stroll in the park to climbing up the mountains, you will be up for a day of endless discoveries. So, whether you are planning to stay in Kobe with very young kids for several days or even for just one day, you will definitely find something fun to do. Below are our top 5 recommendations:



Mount Rokko is close to the cities of Osaka and Kobe and to the hot springs of Arima Onsen. From the top of Mt. Rokko one has a panoramic view of Osaka Bay or the wonderful night view over the city of Kobe. In every season, Mt. Rokko offers a spectacle of nature, along with places for dining and shopping. (

There are eight attractions in Mount Rokko: Rokko Garden Terrace, Rokko-Shidare Observatory, Music Box Museum, Alpine Botanical Garden, Country House, Snow Park and Tenran Observatory. To get to Mount Rokko Mountaintop Tourism Area, you could take the Cable Car. If you are just in it for a day- trip, the Cable Car is already an attraction in itself. So, if you want to travel slow and not go any farther, just taking a ride to the top and back is already a great experience.

The Rokko cable car has a long history that dates back to 1932 and features a two-car system rarely seen in the world. The observation car (open windows) is recommended. The view during early December is amazing with autumn colors still present and winter breeze cooling the air.

Observation Car (photo from


Open for businessAll year round
Fare (one-way)Adult (12 and over) JPY 590 , Child (6-11) JPY 300
Ride timeAbout 10 minutes
Operating HoursFirst departure 7:10 / Last departure 21:10
※at about 20 min. intervals.

TIP: To get to the car, passengers must take a long flight of stairs. This could be tiring for some people especially for those carrying a baby, a bag and a stroller. It is recommended that those who have difficulty in walking must board the front part of the cable car. Also, try your best to travel light.


If you’re coming from central Kobe: Go to Sannomiya Station, take the Hankyu Kobe Line to Rokko Station (7 minutes, around JPY 200), from where it is a ten minute bus ride on bus number 16 to the base station of the Rokko Cablecar. Note that the same bus can also be boarded at JR Rokkomichi Station (15 minutes) or Hanshin Mikage Station (25 minutes) and costs around JPY 200 from any of the three stations.

JR Rokkomichi Station:
Bus stop for Kobe City Bus Route 16 & 106 at JR Rokkomichi Station



One of the most panoramic spots in Japan. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Hanshin.

100 JPY for 100 seconds of viewing
TENRAN cafe stands on the observation deck (\”tenran-dai\” in Japanese) at Mt. Rokko. Take the Rokko Cable Car and arrive at Rokko-Sanjo Station. Climb up a long flight of stairs to reach the top. The cafe menu features well-selected local ingredients, such as \”Kobe Water\” drip brewing coffee and Kobe Cheesecake.



Meriken Park is a massive, open-space waterfront leisure spot in Kobe Port. It is home to the city’s most notable contemporary architecture and historical sites such as Kobe Port TowerKobe Maritime Museum, Kawasaki World and a memorial to the victims of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, which severely damaged the park. Although much of it has been rebuilt, some parts of the wharf were left unrestored to serve as a remembrance of the extent of trauma the earthquake has caused the city. At present, modern art installations, fountains the BE KOBE photo spot, and the wide, grass-covered lawn make Meriken Park a family-friendly destination in Kobe.

TIP: Nakatottei Cruise Terminal is also located at the southern tip of Meriken Park and provides sightseeing cruises around Kobe Harbor. This is best done at night.


Kobe Port Tower

Hours – 9:00 to 21:00 (December to February until 19:00)
Admission ends 30 minutes before closing

*No closing days

Admission: JPY 700 (tower only)
JPY 1000 (tower, Maritime Museum and Kawasaki Museum)

Kobe Maritime Museum and Kawasaki Good Times World

Hours – 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)

*Closed on: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday), December 29 to January 3

Admission : JPY 600 (both museums)
JPY 1000 (both museums and Port Tower)


Meriken Park is located close to Minato-motomachi Station on the Kobe subway Kaigan Line from where it is a 5-minute walk.

Alternatively, Meriken Park is a 20-minute walk from Kencho-mae Station on the Seishin-Yamate Line or 15 minutes on foot from Hankyu Hanakuma and JR/Hanshin Motomachi Station.



After spending some time in Meriken Park, head to the mall nearby to cool down. Kobe Harborland is a popular shopping and entertainment district nestled between Kobe Port and JR Kobe Station. It is divided into three areas: Mosaic, South Mall and North Mall. Head to Mosaic if you want to enjoy a nice dinner with a view of the harbor lights and do some open-air shopping. Go farther south and you’ll find the giant Ferris Wheel and Anpanman Children’s Museum and Mall.

Dinner with a view


Kobe Harborland starts just outside of JR Kobe Station and the Harborland Subway Station. Alternatively, you can take a five-minute walk from Meriken Park to get there.



Nankinmachi (南京町) is a compact Chinatown in central Kobe and a center of the Chinese community in the Kansai Region. The area was developed by Chinese merchants who settled near Kobe Port after the port was opened to foreign trade in 1868. As the Chinatown developed, it became known as Nankinmachi after Nanjing, the former Chinese capital. (

Treat your family to a Chinese street food and shopping experience in this little spot in Kobe. Most shops open from 10:00 – 19:00, while most restaurants typically open from 11:30 to 21:00. Some close between 15:00 and 17:00.

TIP: Vegetable rolls are available for babies. English is not widely spoken in the area, so, it would help if you could say some key Japanese words such as “yasai” for vegetable and “akachan” for baby. You may also say “ebi ga arimasen” for no shrimp or “kani ga arimasen” for no crab and “niku ga arimasen for no meat. {please correct me if I’m wrong 🙂 but these phrases worked for me.}


Nankinmachi is a five – minute walk from the south of Motomachi Station, a ten – minute walk from southwest of Sannomiya Station or a five – minute walk from the north part of Meriken Park.


When you are out street shopping and you need to use the baby room, head to Daimaru for convenience. Their baby area is on the 5th floor. It comes with diaper changing beds and baby food booths. There is a nursing room which is spacious enough to hold strollers.

When you can, take the shinkansen if you are coming from Osaka and just want to be there for a day. Otherwise, stick to JR Line to avoid getting lost or getting off the wrong platform, as some of the train stations in Kobe are not so baby-friendly.

That’s it for this post! Enjoy your trip to Kobe and take lots of pictures to support your memory bank savings account! If you think there’s something we missed, let us know in the comments section or chat with us on Instagram @wandermommyblog.

Love and light, Samantha





A Quick Guide to Universal Studios Japan with a Baby

Your Osaka trip won’t be complete without going to Universal Studios Japan. Prepare to spend a day or two here if you want to fully enjoy this experience. If you are traveling with a baby or very young kids, USJ is equipped with the necessary facilities and amenities to assure you of a fun-filled family holiday. Read our quick guide below.

Park Hours and Tickets

TIP: We recommend NOT visiting the park on weekends and school holidays as the waiting time for attractions will be longer and the restaurants could get really crowded.

Park operating hours change from time to time, so it’s best to check the schedule on the dates of your visit, here. There are days when it opens at 8:30, some days at 9:00 and on rare occasions such as on January 1, at 2:00. Closing time varies from 19:00 – 22:00. Check your schedule accordingly.

1Day Studio Pass / 2Day Studio Pass

The admission ticket includes park entrance and use of all attractions in the park.

TypeAdults[Aged 12 or over]Children[Ages 4 to 11]Seniors[Aged 65 or over]
Studio Pass
from ¥7,091
(¥7,800 with tax) –
from ¥4,910
(¥5,400 with tax) –
from ¥6,455
(¥7,100 with tax) –
Studio Pass
from ¥14,000
(¥15,400 with tax)
from ¥9,546
(¥10,500 with tax)
Prices differ depending on the date. Check with your travel agency or ticket provider for the updated list.

TIP: BUY YOUR TICKETS IN ADVANCE. We saved a lot of time and gained peace of mind by getting our tickets way ahead of our arrival. We secured our tickets from KLOOK, but you may also check out :

How to get there: The easiest way to get to Universal Studios Japan is by train. The park is just a five- minute walk from Universal City Station on the JR Sakurajima Line.

Upon getting off the train and before reaching the park gates, you will be welcomed by a wide-array of shops, restaurants and hotels. This is Universal Citywalk Osaka.


BABY FEEDING – Facilities for breastfeeding, baby feeding are available at the Family Services. It is also equipped with hot water dispensers and microwaves for preparing baby formula or baby food. Located next to Guest Services and inside Universal Wonderland.

DIAPER CHANGING TABLES – A total of 37 units are installed in the park. Disposable diapers can be disposed of here. (remember to bring your own diaper bags for disposal) One unit installed in each of the 16 men’s / ladies’ restrooms inside the park (except in the restaurant restrooms).

BABY FOOD – Food for babies 7 to 12 months old is available in Snoopy’s™ Backlot Café and Studio Stars Restaurant.

MISSING CHILDREN CENTER – Meeting point for lost children (under 12 years) and their parents or guardians. Located at the Guest Services counter.

STROLLER RENTAL – Rental strollers are for children up to three years old. Children above the age of 4 are not allowed to use the rental strollers. FEE: ¥1,100 each (single seater, tax included). You may rent one at the counter to the right of the entrance.

For guests using baby strollers or buggies: Identification tags are given out to allow baby strollers or buggies to be handled in the same way as wheelchairs are, at viewing areas for attractions and shows. Don’t forget to secure your tags!

CHILD SWITCH – The Child Switch system enables guests with children/companions who do not meet an attraction’s height or other requirements to take turns and enjoy the attraction without waiting in line again. For details, please ask a crew member at the attraction.

FIRST AID – A medical center is located on the right as you enter the park.

WIFI – The FREE wifi “USJ_Free_Wifi” is available under the canopy. 15 minutes per period of use, up to three periods of use per day.

COIN LOCKERS – Large and extra-large lockers are only available outside the park. You may store large items in these lockers before you enter the park.

* Some lockers may be unavailable. Please ask a nearby crew member for details.
Items stored after park hours will be removed and kept with park personnel.Removed items can be recovered at Guest Services the next day.(note that a fee is incurred for after-hours storage and lost keys. )

  • S: Small (width 357mm x depth 453mm x height 398mm) ¥400
  • M: Medium (width 357mm x depth 453mm x height 533mm) ¥600
  • L: Large (width 357mm x depth 453mm x height 802mm) ¥1,000
  • XL: Extra Large (width 536mm x depth 617mm x height 926mm) ¥1,500
  • Multiple Time Use (width 360mm x depth 425mm x height 300mm) ¥400

* Multiple Time Use lockers charge ¥500 but return ¥100 after use.



The ultimate fun place for the whole family, UNIVERSAL WONDERLAND features attractions and rides , especially for kids under 10 years old. My baby really enjoyed meeting his favorite characters (he memorizes all Sesame Street muppets and he knows Snoopy!), riding the carousel and chasing the bubbles in the air. Here, you will enjoy Sesame Street Fun World, Snoopy Studios and Hello Kitty Fashion Avenue and more! Below are the list of rides available for very young kids. The ones in BOLD are good for babies and toddlers.

Sesame Street Fun WorldElmo’s Go-Go SkateboardA ride that swings forward and backAccompanied by a supervising companion: 92 cm or taller
Sesame Street Fun WorldMoppy’s Balloon TripMerry-go-round in the skyAccompanied by a supervising companion: 92 cm or taller
Sesame Street Fun WorldAbby’s Magical TreePlaygroundBabies and toddlers must be accompanied by adults at all times.
Sesame Street Fun WorldAbby’s Magical PartyBig stars and balls
Babies and toddlers must be accompanied by adults at all times.
Sesame Street Fun WorldCookie Monster SlidePlaygroundBabies and toddlers must be accompanied by adults at all times.
Sesame Street Fun WorldElmo’s Bubble BubbleBoat RideAccompanied by a supervising companion: 92 cm or taller
Sesame Street Fun WorldMoppy’s Lucky Dance PartyShowBabies and toddlers must be accompanied by adults at all times.
Sesame Street Fun WorldSesame’s Big DriveCar rideBetween 6 and 12 years old
(no adults permitted) ; Capacity 1 per car
※You must be able to control the steering, acceleration, and braking by yourself.
※Follow traffic rules, such as stopping at stop signs and keeping to the right, and drive carefully so as not to bump into other cars or the curb.
Sesame Street Fun WorldElmo’s Little DriveCar rideBetween 3 and 5 years old
(including 6 years old pre-school child. No adults permitted) ; Capacity 1 per car
※You must be able to control the steering and acceleration by yourself.
※Drive carefully so as not to bump into other cars or the curb.
Sesame Street Fun WorldBert and Ernie’s Wonder-the seaBall poolBabies and toddlers must be accompanied by adults at all times.
Sesame Street Fun WorldAbby’s Magical PartyShowBabies and toddlers must be accompanied by adults at all times.
Sesame Street Fun WorldBig Bird’s Big Top CircusCarouselAccompanied by a supervising companion: no limitation
Sesame Street Fun WorldBig Bird’s NestJungle GymBabies and toddlers must be accompanied by adults at all times.
Sesame Street Fun WorldGrover’s Construction CompanyBig Blocks PlaygroundBabies and toddlers must be accompanied by adults at all times.
Hello Kitty Fashion AvenueHello Kitty’s Cupcake DreamRotating CupsAccompanied by a supervising companion: any height, 5 per cup
Snoopy Studios

The Flying SnoopyMerry-go-round in the skyAccompanied by a supervising companion: 92 cm or taller
Snoopy’s Fun AdventureSnoopy’s Great RaceRoller CoasterAccompanied by a supervising companion: 92 cm or taller
Unaccompanied: 122 cm or taller
Snoopy’s Fun AdventureSnoopy Sound Stage AdventureIndoor PlaygroundBabies and toddlers must be accompanied by adults at all times.

We had so much fun at the Snoopy Studios
For adults with babies, it is recommended to use the carousel seats instead of the animal rides.
Fun land for Hello Kitty fans!
The Flying Snoopy
The Sesame Street Christmas Presentation
Pretty mommies queuing up with their tots for the carousel ride
Babies love bubbles!!
Elmo’s Little Drive.
at Bert and Ernie’s Ball Pool
Character meet and greet
My favorite part of this trip

We also enjoyed JAWS, JURASSIC PARK AND THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER with our 20-month old. But the BEST PART was the character meet and greet!

Our son loves dinosaurs so much! This was an ultimate treat for him!
Butterbeer while the babe is asleep!


RESTAURANT PRIORITY SEATING SERVICE – Shorten your waiting time at these restaurants: PARK SIDE GRILLE, SAIDO and FINNEGAN’S BAR AND GRILLE by having your name listed in advance at the restaurant entrance. Do note that this is only a waiting list, not a reservation, so you would still have to wait long especially when the restaurants are super crowded.

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SOUVENIR SHOPPING DELIVERY SERVICE: Love shopping but hate the thought of lugging your bags around? You can shop for souvenirs before leaving the park and have them sent to your home address in a pretty themed box! To avail of this service, go to Studio Gifts East (on the right before exiting the park). Items can be sent overseas via Express Mail Service. Eligible countries are: South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, China, Malaysia, Singapore and certain regions of the Philippines.

DO NOT BRING FOOD AND DRINKS INSIDE THE PARK. If you are spotted consuming items not from the park, you will be requested to move to the Picnic Area a.k.a, outside the park premises. Do bring your own water container and fill it up in the provided water stations inside.

HAVE EXTRA FUN! Win toys by playing games at the park; wear character head pieces and apparel; have your photos taken at special photo spots and get your printed photos for a fee.

After riding the JAWS boat with our baby, we had our photo taken at this photo spot. We waited for about 20 minutes for our turn and paid around JPY 1,500 for the print. Worth it!
Play this game
Win a Christmas Cookie!

STAY UNTIL NIGHT TIME. The park looks amazing at night with all the lights! Especially during Christmas time when the winter illumination show is on!

AND LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST, DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF! 🙂 Traveling with a baby is never without a little mishap. So, plan ahead, organize your day, leave some room for stops and detours and enjoy making memories with your family!

Do you have other ideas for a fun day at the park with the little ones? Let us know in the comments below or we can chat on Instagram @wandermommyblog. Thank you!

Traveling to Hong Kong Disneyland with your tiny tot, soon? Check out our post on our son’s first birthday trip here.


10 Things to do in Osaka with a Baby

being the second biggest metropolitan area next to Tokyo, Osaka has a lot to offer to tourists traveling with babies and very young kids. With all their family-friendly facilities in place, you are sure to enjoy your stay in Osaka. From free public areas to paid play places, there is something for you and your traveling tot. Here are our recommendations:


Kids Plaza Osaka is the first museum in Japan dedicated to child education. Founded in July 1997, the basic philosophy of this mega play place is learning through play. It is a massive 5-storey plaza filled with educational activities for kids of all ages. Each level offers a different experience for kids so be prepared to spend at least half of your day here. We explored all activities, and our 20-month old baby enjoyed every bit of it, especially the cultural center on the 5th floor, where he played with musical instruments and spun some wooden tops. If you are traveling with a kids 3 years old and above, they will surely enjoy all areas in the plaza. But, if you have a toddler and or a crawling baby, the best place to be in is PEEK-A-BOO on the 4th floor. Peek-A-Boo is a play room for babies and toddlers, with soft mats, Montessori toys and comfortable seating areas for parents and babies. There is also a nursing area here for the convenience of moms.

Opening hours and Admission Fee

Open daily from 9:30 to 17:00

Elementary and junior high school students800yen
Pre-schoolers (3 years or older)500yen
(Babies enter for free)
Seniors (65 years old or above)700yen
* Senior discount is applicable to visitors aged 65 or more (verification may be requested during the admission).

How to get there: The facility is located right next to the exit #2 of Ogimachi station on the Osaka Metro Sakaisuji line. Alternatively, it is in a three minute walk distance from the Temma station on the JR loop line.
Both Ogimachi subway station and JR Temma station are equipped with elevators.

Look for the bird.
They are open daily from 9:30 to 17:00
Multipurpose room on the 4th floor can be used for meals and drinks.  There are no restaurants available inside the building, but you are welcome to bring your own food into the Multipurpose room. Vending machines serving beverages are available inside the facility.
We love how they employ senior citizens as attendants. Thomas really enjoyed interacting with them.
All levels of multi-purpose restrooms. This one is on the 5th floor
At the Science Section on the 5th Floor
Playroom for babies


Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is located in Tempozan Harbor Village, by Osaka Bay. Kaiyukan is one of Japan’s most spectacular aquariums, world-renowned for its innovative presentation. Kaiyukan shows the aquatic animals of the Pacific Rim at their most vibrant and dynamic, by recreating the natural environment of their habitats. ( ) To fully enjoy the two and a-half-hour – aquarium exploration, begin at the 8th floor and spiral your way down through the ramp to the 4th floor to see the marine animals from different perspectives. If you are traveling with a baby, here are some tips:

  • Strollers are not allowed on escalators, so make sure you take the elevators if you really need to bring one inside. Otherwise, there is a room at the lobby where you can leave your stroller and other belongings. The aquarium highly discourages strollers inside.
  • Audio guides are available for rent at JPY 500. We rented 2 units but ended up not using it as the volume is too low and it was more of a distraction than a helpful tool, with everything that’s happening inside. Plus, the baby kept on getting it from me so I had to keep it away from him.
  • There is a changing table inside the restroom, but since it was packed, we changed in the stroller, by the restroom instead.
  • Make sure to bring some snacks. Eat well before you enter.

Aquarium Hours and Admission Fee

Open daily from 10:00 to 20:00

Children 3 and below : FREE

4 years old to 6 Years old : 600 JPY

7 years old to 15 years old: 1,200 JPY

16 years old and up: 2,300 JPY

60 years old and up: 2,000 JPY

How to get there: Osaka Aquarium is located at Osaka Station on the Chuo subway line. From Osaka Station you can take the Osaka Loop Line to Bentencho Station and then transfer to the Chuo Subway Line. The total fare will be 400 yen and it will take you just 17 minutes.

If you did not secure your tickets online, you may get them at the ticket station located beside the entrance gate.
Always use the elevators as strollers are not allowed on escalators
At the service center, you may rent an audio guide and leave your stroller for convenience.
Coin lockers are installed in the aquarium, the Entrance Building and at the Tempozan Marketplace . Rental fee starts at 200 JPY
Nursing rooms for babies and mothers are located on the 6F of the aquarium and the 2F of the Entrance Building. Baby beds for changing diapers are installed in all restrooms.
My husband enjoyed the audio guide more than I did 🙂
It helped a lot that we taught Thomas all the basic animals and their sounds before taking this trip as he really enjoyed seeing the animals in real life.


A 5-minute walk from the Osakako subway station, and steps away from the Kaiyukan aquarium, the Tempozan Ferris Wheel soars 112.5 meters into the air and has a diameter of 100 meters, making it one of the world’s largest Ferris wheels. On sunny days, a ride is a roughly 15-minute-long journey through the sky, offering views of Mount Ikoma to the east, the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge to the west, Kansai International Airport to the south, and the Rokko mountains to the north. Three of its 60 cabins are wheelchair accessible. Additionally, in-cabin announcements are made in both Japanese and English. Colorful light displays and weather forecasts for the following day are also popular features. The vibrant lights of Osaka Bay have undeniably become one of Osaka’s defining tourist attractions. ( )

Operating Hours and Admission Fee

General admission ¥800 (age 3 and up)

Open daily from 10:00 – 22:00 (varies seasonally; closed for severe weather); final boarding 21:30

After purchasing your tickets on the ground floor, head to the gondola platform on the 3rd floor. You may queue on the general gondola lane or the see-through lane, for the- same price.
Strollers are allowed inside the gondola. We took the general type.
Christmas songs were being played in the background! We enjoyed the view of the surrounding areas for 15 minutes. Truly unforgettable!


Located about 20 minutes from Osaka Station, Tempozan Harbor Village is a bay area leisure destination centered around Kaiyukan. Tempozan marketplace’s restaurants, shopping, entertainment offerings, and Osaka sightseeing cruise ships, such as the Santa Maria, are guaranteed to keep you entertained all day. Tempozan Harbor Village also hosts a variety of events throughout the year. ( )

This tall LEGO giraffe was the first to greet us on our arrival. Make sure to visit Legoland inside the mall if you have kids 3 years old and up.
This massive cruise ship from Princess Cruises was docked that day too.
Since we visited in December, we were able to have our photo taken at this cute photo spot by the food court.
This fire dancer attracted an audience at the free area.
There are food options inside where you can satisfy your hungry bellies after a 2-hour excursion inside the Kaiyukan.


The ultimate indoor LEGO playground, this wonderland is located inside Tempozan Marketplace. With its 4D Cinema, 8 Lego Build and Play Zones, 2 rides and a shop full of lego merchandise for all ages, you and your kids are sure to have a blast! book your tickets online here.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center is designed specifically for children aged 3-10 years to enjoy – everything is kid-sizedAdults(16 and up) must be accompanied by a child.

6. TEN- SHIBA (Tennoji Park Entrance Area)

Located next to Tennoji Station, the southern gateway to Osaka, Tennoji Park is an urban oasis like New York’s Central Park or Hyde Park in London. It was first opened in 1909 and has one of the most colorful histories of Osaka’s parks. In 2015, it reopened with a wide open space with grass, futsal court, playland, restaurants and shops. It’s also home to the Tennoji Zoological Gardens and the Osaka Municipal Museum of Art. ( )

Opening hours: 7:00 – 22:00 (some facilities 24 hours)
Shops and restaurants surround this big open space, where kids can run around freely
really tasty Karuizawa Flatbreads at this shop
vending machines for drinks are available by the futsal field
Play place for kids 6 years old and below
Thomas and his new- found friends at the park


The Tennoji Zoo opened in January 1915 as the third zoo in Japan. The zoo’s approximately 11 hectares house 1,000 animals of 200 different types, including everything from lions, and chimpanzees, to the always-popular koalas, New Zealand kiwis (which can only be viewed at the Tennoji zoo), and distinctive, black-headed drills. In addition to attempting to reproduce the animals’ natural habitats as closely as possible, the Tennoji Zoo also serves as a kind of ecological exhibition, introducing the public to the way these animals live. The reptile house, Ifar, for example, was meticulously designed to resemble real animal habitats. The hippo enclosure is Japan’s first transparent pool enclosure. The rhino enclosure mimics the African savanna. ( )

Park hours and Fees

9:30 – 17:00
[Zoo Opening Hours Extended]
9:30 – 18:00
*Weekends and holidays in May and September only ; Mondays (closed the following weekday when holidays fall on Monday), New Year holidays (12/29 – 1/1)

Adults 500 yen

Elementary/junior high school students 200 yen

*Free for children younger than first-grade ages;

How to get there: Ten-Shiba is a 5-minute walk away from Dobutsuen-mae Station on the Osaka Metro Sakaisuji and Midosuji Lines
5-minute walk from Ebisucho Station on the Osaka Metro Sakaisuji Line
10-minute walk from Tennoji Station on the Osaka Metro Midosuji and Tanimachi Lines and JR Line.

Zoos make me sad so I told my son that this is not really a happy place for animals.
Stroller Rental – 500 JPY , Elephant Buggy Rental – 700 JPY / Luggage Storage – 600 JPY per luggage
Strollers for rent


Kuromon Market (黒門市場, Kuromon Ichiba) is a covered public market that stretches around 600 meters parallel to Sakaisujidori Street in the Minami area of Osaka. The market has about 150 shops that predominantly sell fish, meat and produce, with other shops also purveying traditional sweets and low priced clothes and homeware. The market dates back to the Edo Period, and today makes for an atmospheric place to stroll around, shop and eat a variety of different street foods. ( )

How to get there: Kuromon Market is a few steps from Nipponbashi Station on the Sennichimae and Sakaisuji subway lines. Alternatively, it is a ten minute walk from Namba Station.

Tips to enjoy Kuromon Market with a baby or very young kids:

  • If your baby is already eating solids, fresh juices and smoothies are available around the area; grilled vegetables and fruits are also good options.
  • Eat inside mini food courts with tables and chairs. Avoid standing in the alley way to eat or drink as it could get really crowded at times.
  • Park your stroller properly and don’t get in the way of other customers and vendors. Don’t block the entry ways of shops.
  • Throw your garbage in trash cans of the vendor where you bought your food from. This way, you would not be called out and inconvenienced as you enjoy your time with your family.
Really good grilled sweet potatoes and grilled pineapples
Thomas had fresh strawberry skewers. So sweet and soft!

Okinawa Kokutou. Melted lumps of kuro sato or brown sugar, mixed with lime – a staple in every Okinawan house. This is my new favourite ice cream flavor. ❤️ Thomas loves it too.


With over two million visitors going to Osaka every month, shopping could be horrific on weekends and the holidays. Especially during New Year’s Day , where people rush to the malls for Fukubukuro , shopping with your baby could be a challenging experience. So, to fully enjoy this activity with your family, we recommend that you do it on weekdays.

A commercial avenue stretching north and south for about 580 meters from the south of Nagahori-dori to Soemoncho-dori. Visitors to this street number about 60,000 on weekdays and about 120,000 on weekends and holidays. ( )

Shops of all kinds and for all ages line the street, this is a roofed arcade that is 600 meters long.  H&M, UNIQLO, GU, GAP, DISNEY STORE and ZARA are among the popular stores in the area where you can buy baby clothes.


Should you need to use the restroom or the baby lounge, head to this department store for convenience.

Baby Lounge – This is located on the seventh floor of the main building. There is hot water supply device for milk, exclusive use of the beds for diaper change and a nursing room.

Stroller Rental – you can rent at the first floor of the main building information desk ●NPC Nishishinsaibashi first parking ●NPC Nishi Shinsaibashi 2 Parking. Children three years or younger can use the strollers.

enjoying my matcha soft serve outside Daimaru


Your Osaka trip won’t be complete without going to Universal Studios Japan. Prepare to spend a day or two here if you want to fully enjoy this experience. For kids of all ages, including babies, there is something for everyone. Read our Universal Studios with a Baby guide here.

TIP: We recommend not visiting the park on weekends and school holidays as the waiting time for attractions will be longer and the restaurants could get really crowded.

Park Hours and Tickets

Park operating hours change from time to time, so it’s best to check the schedule on the dates of your visit, here.

Tickets –

1Day Studio Pass / 2Day Studio Pass

The admission ticket includes park entrance and use of all attractions in the park.
TypeAdults[Aged 12 or over]Children[Ages 4 to 11]Seniors[Aged 65 or over]
Studio Pass
from ¥7,091
(¥7,800 with tax) –
from ¥4,910
(¥5,400 with tax) –
from ¥6,455
(¥7,100 with tax) –
Studio Pass
from ¥14,000
(¥15,400 with tax)
from ¥9,546
(¥10,500 with tax)
Prices differ depending on the date. Check with your travel agency or ticket provider for the updated list.

Advance Tickets

Do not require exchange for a Studio Pass at Ticket Booths and allow direct entry to the park. We got our tickets from KLOOK.

How to get there: The easiest way to get to USJ is by train. The park is just a five minute walk from Universal City Station on the JR Sakurajima Line.


BABY FEEDING – Facilities for breastfeeding, baby feeding and diaper changing are available. Also equipped with hot water dispensers and microwaves for preparing baby formula or baby food. Located next to Guest Services/Inside Universal Wonderland.

DIAPER CHANGING TABLES – A total of 37 units are installed in the park. Disposable diapers can be disposed of here. One unit installed in each of 16 men’s / ladies’ restrooms inside the park (except in the restaurant restrooms).

BABY FOOD – Baby food for babies aged between 7 and 12 months old is available in Snoopy’s™ Backlot Café and Studio Stars Restaurant.

MISSING CHILDREN CENTER – Meeting point for lost children (under 12 years) and their parents or guardians. Located at the Guest Services counter.

STROLLER RENTAL – Rental strollers are for children up to three years old (under four years old). Children above the age of 4 are not allowed to use the rental strollers. FEE: ¥1,100 each (single seater, tax included). You may rent one at the counter to the right of the entrance.

CHILD SWITCHThe Child Switch system enables guests with children/companions who do not meet an attraction’s height or other requirements to take turns and enjoy the attraction without waiting in line again. For details, please ask a crew member at the attraction.



The ultimate fun place for the whole family, UNIVERSAL WONDERLAND features attractions and rides , especially for kids under 10 years old. My baby really enjoyed meeting his favorite characters (he memorizes all Sesame Street muppets and he knows Snoopy!), riding the carousel and chasing the bubbles in the air. Here, you will enjoy Sesame Street Fun World, Snoopy Studios and Hello Kitty Fashion Avenue.


That mandatory photo by the globe
Big BIrd’s Top Circus
Character Meet and Greet
Bubbles for babies!

So, that’s it for this post! Please let me know in the comments section if you think I missed some details! We could also chat on Instagram @wandermommyblog.







Winter Travel to Osaka with a Baby

Unlike our winter travel to Hokkaido last year, our trip to Osaka was not as cold and freezing. The average temperature in Osaka in December (up to February) ranges from 5 degrees Celsius to 15 degrees Celsius. This means, less layers and more time outdoors! Nevertheless, it is very important to keep track of baby’s body temperature at all times and to check baby’s comfort first before putting on or taking off some layers. Some babies, like ours, get uncomfortable with a hat and mittens on, even at the lowest temperature, while others love to be thoroughly covered and bundled up in blankets, at the highest temperature. So, like any parenting rule, when in doubt, follow the baby. 🙂

Aside from the pleasant weather, here are some things we want to share with you, if you are traveling to Osaka with a baby on a winter.


Our 20-month-old baby wore 3 layers on most days, except when it became too chilly on some evenings and we were still out and about. During those times, we put a fleece blanket over his padded jacket to keep him warm. It also helped that he was in the carrier for most of the trip. My body served as an extra source of warmth . Should you need a guide on how to dress your baby, below are some tips.

  1. Base LayerUNIQLO Baby HEATTECH. If you don’t have enough pairs, don’t fret! You can always find a UNIQLO store almost anywhere in Osaka, with UNIQLO-OSAKA being the biggest in Kansai, the best one in Osaka, and the world’s best UNIQLO store. UNIQLO Baby HEATTECH sizes range from 50 to 110 and prices start at JPY 490 or a little over USD 4.
  2. Second Layer – Fleece coveralls or separates ; Fleece-lined cotton top and bottom. We bought all his fleece clothes at Carter’s, but you may also get from UNIQLO, GU, GAP or H&M in Osaka at cheaper prices.
  3. Third Layer – UNIQLO Ultra Lightweight Jacket with detachable hoodie.
  4. Extras – Fleece blanket from UNIQLO, hats and mittens from H&M, HEATTECH knee-high SOCKS from UNIQLO, regular baby sneakers from Reebok.


At 20 months, my son is already eating solids, supplemented with formula. Fortunately, he is not a picky eater , so, we were able to get him something from the menu. Mostly though, he was happy with Family Mart’s Onigiri. Below are some of the places in Osaka that serve baby-friendly food:

  1. Family Mart – Thomas enjoyed the following food choices: onigiri, egg sandwich, soft bread, low-sodium snacks, pudding, soft cookies. Price starts at JPY 100
  2. Suki-ya – Small Gyudon (JPY290) ; Miso Soup, Tofu and Apple Value Set (JPY190). They even have special giveaways for kids. 🙂
  3. Yoshinoya-Pokimori Kids – starts at JPY 320
  4. Matsuya -Mini Gyumeshi (beef on rice) Bowl is priced at JPY 280
  5. Ippudo – Shiromaru Classic (Ramen)- JPY 790
  6. Gram Cafe and Pancakes – They have soups, salads and toasts but their Premium Smile Pancake is a must-try! Priced starts at JPY 1,350

For those of you with babies who are not taking solid food (mostly mashed or pureed) yet, or who are sensitive to a lot of ingredients, it is always best to bring your own food (best to book AirBNB if you have a baby-led -weaning-baby to properly prepare his or her meals). Meat and produce may be bought from supermarkets; Ready- to- eat puree and other baby food from the brands Glico, Wakodo, Kewpie and Pigeon may be found in drugstores; If your baby is formula-fed, make sure you bring ample supply of milk as it is unlikely that you will be able to find your brand in Osaka. Only Japanese brands are sold in major drugstores. In our case, we ran out, but fortunately, Thomas loved the Meiji Follow-up Milk.

Do note that not all restaurants have high-chairs, some have baby chairs without safety straps and not all have enough space for strollers that you may have to park yours outside. For cutlery and water container, we recommend that you bring your own.

Yoshinoya Pokimori Kids Beef Don Set (JPY 490)
Onigiri for lunch! We brought this very handy, food-grade, stick-on place mat. Click here to buy.
Thomas loves this cube-type, no-spoon needed, travel- friendly formula milk! JPY 1,980
Baby food options in Matsumoto Kiyoshi
Soft snack options at Family Mart


Most baby essentials such as diapers, wipes, dental care, bath soap and creams are available in major drugstores in Osaka. Save some luggage space and just bring enough diapers until your arrival, and just buy your baby’s essentials in the city. Just make sure to ask if the store carries baby products or if they just offee pure cosmetics before rummaging through the aisles and getting stressed out. Not all drugstores sell baby essentials.

During our Sapporo trip, we tried the brand Moony, and we loved it! But, since we could not find it in Osaka, we opted for Merries, instead. It was okay. Soft, breathable but not as absorbent as Moony. Still, it was a good buy.
Baby bottles, powder, water, nappy cream and just about anything you need for your baby is available in major drugstores. If you can’t read Japanese, make sure you download a translator app as almost all products are labeled in Japanese.


It rarely snows in Osaka during winter, and when it does, the snow does not really stick to the ground for long. With this, pushing a stroller is very easy and walking while baby-wearing is not difficult, without icy roads to tread. So, depending on your baby’s comfort, and your itinerary, using a stroller, a carrier, or both, is a-okay when traveling to Osaka on a winter.

For this trip, we used our trusty Ergo Baby Hip Seat Carrier and Joie Pact Pushchair. We were mostly baby-wearing, and the stroller was mostly used as a cart for bags and other things. 🙂

As Japan is generally a baby-friendly country, pushing a stroller in public areas is quite easy. Most establishments and stations have elevators designed to accommodate strollers; trains and buses have spaces specifically for strollers and parents with babies.

Pretty, baby-wearing, traveling moms!
Cozy babies in strollers!
Strollers for rent in Tennoji Zoo
Just make sure to park your strollers properly inside the train, so as not to bother other passengers.
a compact stroller that folds flat like our Joie Pact comes in really handy especially during rush hour and the trains are packed. Avoid taking the train during rush hour (7am to 9am and 5pm to 7pm) as the baby could get uncomfortable with the cramped space. Also, if you are lugging around a lot of things, we recommend that you take a taxi if you must be on the road at these times.
In some places, like the Osaka Aquarium, strollers are not allowed on escalators.

If you need to use a stroller but hate the thought of bringing one on flight, you may rent from LILEO. Stroller rentals start at JPY 1,500 per day. They also have baby supplies that you can order ahead of time and they can deliver it to your hotel on the day you arrive. So convenient!


Breastfeeding – Osaka has really clean breastfeeding and changing facilities. Especially in large establishments such as department stores, museums and play places, you could comfortably feed your baby. I have not really seen anyone breastfeed in public, but if you must, I guess it is okay as long as you use a nursing cover. If you don’t have one, you may buy in Toys R Us or in Akachan Honpo stores.  In Japanese, nursing covers are called bonyuu keepu ( 母乳ケープ ).

Breastfeeding, pregnancy, and other similar aids at Matsumoto Kiyoshi

Diaper Change – There were a couple incidents where we had to change diapers in the stroller, in public, because the situation called for it. It could happen to you too, so don’t sweat, when it does . But, still, when you can, try your best to look for a changing station as it is available in most public spaces in Osaka. Major stations, museums, department stores, play places and the airport have the biggest ones.

Accommodation – Most traveling families recommend Airbnb because of the convenience it offers such as a kitchen sink, washing machine, dryer and a bigger space. For this trip, we initially planned to use Airbnb, but we ended up staying in a hostel instead. We chose THE STAY OSAKA SHINSAIBASHI. It is a newly opened hostel with family-friendly facilities and is very close to to train stations and the city center. What we like about this place is the common area where you can wash baby bottles, heat water for baby and heat, eat and keep meals. They have a laundry room too. The rooms are very clean and the bed is big and comfortable.

Pocket Wifi – Although free wifi is available in most public areas in Osaka, it is more convenient to bring your own pocket wifi. Aside from helping you navigate efficiently, it keeps you connected to your companions, for safety purposes. We highly recommend getting one from Pocket Wifi Japan. It’s cheap, easy to book and convenient to return. We booked it 1 day before our trip and it was delivered to our hotel on the day we arrived. It comes with a power bank too. On our departure date, we put it in the return packet provided and dropped it off at the airport post box. We spent JPY 5,660 for a week’s worth of wifi. It could have been cheaper had we booked 3 or more days ahead.

Drinking Water – In all our trips, bottled water expense is always the biggest. So, for this trip, we decided to bring our own containers and filled it up with tap water. Tap water in Japan is POTABLE. It is SAFE to drink without issues. In other places like Tokyo and Sapporo, tap water is even bottled and sold for JPY 100. While most really don’t see the need to boil it, we did so for the sake of our baby. Japan’s water is soft, so if you require hard water, there is always Evian and the like, in convenience stores.

Like I always say in my posts, Japan is a baby-friendly country with clean, modern facilities for traveling families. Osaka, being the second biggest metropolitan area next to Tokyo, has a lot to offer to tourists traveling with babies. From public facilities to large attractions, you are assured of efficiency and convenience. Some more tips before you go:

1. Make sure your basic needs like medicines, passports, insurance and special food are packed well before your flight.

2. Travel light when you can if you plan to take public transport. Yes, carrying a baby, a luggage and a stroller is not for the weak but save your strength for the fun part.

3. Avail of convenience services such as luggage transport service, stroller rental, baby essentials shopping delivery, pocket WiFi rental with delivery, and luggage locker service if you want a more hassle- free travel experience.

4. Travel slow – traveling with a baby could really slow you down with all the diaper changes, feeding and fussing. So, mentally prepare yourself by creating a 1 to 2 activities per day so you could fully enjoy each experience. If you are traveling with friends or extended family, let them know so they could make other plans and enjoy too.

We hope you learned a lot from our experience! Have fun! 🙂

Is there something I missed? Please let me know in the comments section or hit me up on Instagram @wandermommyblog.

Love and light, Sam