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Sailing in Osaka bay and a travel tip - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Universal Studios Japan, Osaka

Of the many amusements in Osaka Bay, the most tempting for me was a ride with Santa Maria, a ship replica of the famous Santa María de la Inmaculada Concepción, the flagship used by Christopher Columbus on his first voyage to discover America.

Actually, the Santa Maria from Osaka Bay is powered by modern engines and it is twice as big as the original one - but it has to be, since it carries… a lot more explorers (^_^).
So, I explored the Osaka Bay and I discovered… a bit of America, of course: the Universal Studios theme park…

Travel tip: Santa Maria leaves every hour from 11 AM from the pier next to the Kaiyukan Aquarium, located 5 minutes walk from the Osakako Subway Station. The trip takes 50 minutes and the price is 1600 yen.
There’s also a night cruise (for which you’ll need a prior reservation) which takes one hour and 45 minutes and costs 2500 yen.

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