Osaka Aquarium (Kaiyukan)4.6
The walk-through aquarium displays an abundance of marine life, especially of the Pacific 'ring of fire' volcano belt region. It covers 30,000 animals of 600 different species from fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals and invertebrates. With a total volume of water reaching 11,000 tons, this is definitely one of the largest aquarium worth a visit.
A walkway winds its way down from the 8th floor to explore life from 10 different ocean regions and levels, from Antarctic penguins to a huge variety of tropical fish and floating jellyfish. The most popular is the largest 9 meter-deep tank, which houses a gigantic whale shark and different types of manta. There are English explanations throughout.
Airport/Sta.Osaka International Airport (about 15.3km) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
3.0a week ago
A good aquarium, some great sized tanks. It was very busy on a Saturday with many children and queues. There was the occasional quiet area but these were far and few between. The otters hunting amongst real shoals of fish was amazing. The Pacific Ocean tank was massive but still on the small size for huge whale shark. The jellyfish dark area was ethereal. Worth a visit possibly in the evening when it should be quieter!
5.03 weeks ago
We thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We walked, just 3 minutes from our hotel/condo. The huge shark & ray tank is incredible. We also enjoyed the side exhibits of fish faces and odd sea creatures. The aquarium maximizes it's small building with a spiral layout which enhances the experience. The adjacent mall and restaurants were a plus. We are glad to have spent time here on our vacation.
5.0a week ago
Honestly the best aquarium I have ever been to. Very educational, all animals had plenty of space and their upkeep was clearly top priority. There are so many different species here, some of which I'd never even heard of, never mind seen! And the layout is genius, allowing viewing of the same tank at different levels so you can see all the fish in there. The views to outside in the cafe aren't bad either!
5.0a week ago
This is a must visit place if you are in Osaka. The aquarium claimed to be the largest in the world. Looking at the collection of marine animals they have, I believed the aquarium has lived up to its Billings. The fishes and the all the marine animals on display have freedom to roam around with the setting close to their original inhabitants. One could easily engrossed with the exhibits and completely immersed into its beauty and appreciate the wonder of God’s creation. I truly wish I could spent more time on each exhibits.
3.03 weeks ago
This is a great aquarium, a place with so much to see even for regular aquarium fans like me. The sheer size and the variety of fish should be enough to persuade any visitor of Osaka to come to this attraction at least once.
The downside of the place, though, is that there are simply too many people at any given time. I have never been here in the evening, but during the mornings and the day, it is very hard to enjoy any single tank because of the various people taking pictures, recording a video or having a simple chat with his/her company. You can't blame them though, there are no rules against enjoying a tank for yourself 😝
The other thing I found missing here was that being such a gigantic aquarium, this is more like a 'bazaar' should I say... of fish, rather than a coherent story. This shouldn't be a matter for people who just enjoy seeing a good variety of fish, though.