Go karting in Osaka – Maishima island
For anyone fed up with getting stuck at the millions of traffic lights and want to put the pedal to the metal without risking a 100,000 yen speeding ticket (!) you can vent your boy racer yearnings at a go kart track located on the artificial Maishima island near Universal Studios in Osaka.
The “Infinity Circuit” is a small track with lots of bends and a couple of straights and the fees start from about Y5,000 for 20 minutes. You can join up and get a discount for future races. The carts go about 30kph. Open every day except New Years.
More stuff on Maishima
Maishima is quite an odd place – reclaimed from the sea it’s home to a large sports stadium, a log cabin hotel retreat and camp ground, and the trash incinerator which takes care of all of Osaka’s waste.
The island is actually pretty quiet and has some nice walks – great if you want a bit of peace and quiet.
Take the Osaka loop line to Nishi-kyujo station and change to the Yumesaki line (headed for Universal Studios Japan – you really cant miss the trains!) to Sakurajima Station (final stop).
Outside the station transfer to a bus to Maishima sports island sports center and then check the map for the go cart located on the north west side.
About the course (Japanese blog with photos and circuit map)