If you are looking for a way to spend a sunny day out in Osaka, I can recommend World Ranch. It is simply a large petting zoo, but provides a great escape from the bustling city life and a great chance to connect with nature! It is a lot of fun especially for kids who can get up close to a great variety of animals and run around on the grass with their family/friends.
What : World Ranch Osaka is a farm/petting zoo located on the outskirts of Osaka near Mount Kongo, a great place to spend the afternoon/day with kids. There are lots of farm animals (including dogs, sheep, reindeer, cats, pigs, goats, ferrets and many more) to see and touch, as well as horse-rides, a large fresh food grocery store, restaurants and more. If you have time, stay for a barbecue lunch and enjoy spending time on the large adventure playground. There are plans to expand the park in the near future, so keep an eye out for more news!
Where: World Ranch Osaka is located at 1456-2 Shiraki, Kanan-cho, Minami-Kawaguchi-gun, Osaka 585-0014.
Price : 1500yen for adults and 800yen for kids (age 3 and up)
Open : 10:00-17:30 from March 1st to November 3rd and 10:00-17:00 from November 5th to February 28th. During long school holidays the park may be open longer.
Closed : on Tuesdays (except for public holidays when the park will be closed the following day).
Car parking (free except on August 1st) and rental-strollers (500yen) are available.
Check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/worldranch for up to date information and pictures too.
Animals: A current list of animals ... goats, sheep, dogs, owls, birds (flamingos, ducks, geese, turkeys), cats, hedgehogs, monkeys, turtles, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, capybara, hamsters, fish, pigs, cows, llama, horses. Visitors are encouraged to interact with the animals and you can feed them, pet them (and ride on the horses).
Hope you have a great time!!