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.
5.0a week ago
Incredible aquarium experience. It never felt crowded, and the large main tank in the center of the space kept us mesmerized for a long time. The aquarium is very smartly designed. All exhibits are immaculately clean. They spread out feeding times so that you are pretty much guaranteed to see something being fed, which is fun. In addition to fish, there are many marine mammals as well, like otters, seals, and penguins. Great jellyfish section. We had a ton of fun here. Can't say enough how amazing the huge central tank with giant whale sharks and rays was.
5.0a month ago
The Osaka Aquarium was one of our big destinations for our Japan trip. Figuring out ticket prices was easy. You can bundle your aquarium tickets with other attractions nearby. We chose the giant Ferris Wheel with ours. There is also a tour boat. (Lego Land is close by as well!) The attendant that helped us spoke English. Most of the signs inside the aquarium are in multiple languages. The displays are amazing. Don't feel too discouraged if one is a little crowed, keep going and you'll probably end up with a better view of the animals when you walk further in the building. My only advice would be to skip the small gift shop, there is a larger one just before you exit that has a huge selection of things. Great place for people of all ages!
Oh and there were several places in the aquarium where a worker would take your picture for FREE (with the option of buying a printed large photo) that was really neat.
5.0a week ago
What a popular place with kids everywhere. There should be a people mover to help everyone to see without crowding up to the tanks especially for the elderly and disabled. Yet with a little patience, one can see and appreciate every aspect of this attraction. There is so much to see with different habitats, so many species of fish and sea life like a fantasy land...except this is real life. The tanks are huge and seeing a whale shark (world largest fish) is so exciting...it almost beats Shamu!
5.02 weeks ago
The best part about my trip to Osaka. The aquarium is clean and the animals are well cared for. The highlight is of course the whale sharks.
A lot of kids were present when I was there. Sit down on a padded bench at the earliest opportunity and wait for a lull in the crowd before proceeding.
5.0a month ago
Brilliant place to spend the day! You can easily spend up to 4 hours here looking at the wide array of marine life that they have here. You can also catch some of the feeding times where otters are fed which is at the start of the aquarium experience. It was much more crowded the day I went as there were school students present as well.