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
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5.0a week ago
Great aquarium. It's possible to get a combination ticket with the Ferris Wheel, so if both are on your list, it's a great deal.
The inside of the aquarium follows a nice path of more than 800m. It takes you along all the tanks, containing some wonderful animals.
It's also pretty cool seeing the divers in action, cleaning up the tank and such.
You can definitely spent around 3 hours here.
Tip: it sounds tempting to start taking pictures when you first arrive at the main tank (with the wailshark) but since it's the main tank, you walk around it plenty often on multiple floors, with even better photo possibilities!
3.0a month 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!
5.0in the last week
One of the best aquariums I have visited in the world. I decided without prior plans to visit, and could just walk in to buy the tickets. For adults it is ¥2300 per person. You can search for combo packs (Osaka Castle and Kaiyukan for a fix fee) It would be much more worth it than buying tickets at the Aquarium itself.
There is such a vast collection of underwater creatures. You could easily get lost and spend hours inside.
It is so well kept and cleaned, you may also spot scuba divers cleaning the tanks and even scrub the corals clean! You can expect everything of the highest Japanese level here.
It is definitely worth visiting, especially if you have kids with you. It is an eye opening experience.
5.0a month 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 month 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!