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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Osaka
Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks
Marvel at the beauty of the natural world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, devoted to the interconnectedness of all life and the brilliant diversity of underwater ecosystems. The aquarium holds about 30,000 species and is organized by geographical region, paying closest attention to the Pacific Ocean. Enter through the immersive tunnel tank, then look for the whale shark, the various species of penguins in the Antarctica section, and the interactive touch tank in the Maldives room, where visitors can pet sharks and rays. Use our Osaka vacation trip planner to arrange your visit to Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and other attractions in Osaka.
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Very impressive! Great layout and awesome collection of wildlife. Happy to recommended for kids or adults.
We've been to a lot of aquariums throughout Asia and this is would be one of the better ones but was very crowded in the afternoon. They have pretty much every sea creature you can imagine and if you ... read more »
For my last day in Osaka, I had planned to visit the arts museum, but discovered it was closed for the changing of exhibits. So I chose to visit the aquarium, and am I happy I did. The Osaka Aquarium ... read more »
Like the other reviews, I'm going to agree that this is one of the busiest aquariums that I have been to. I went there on a normal weekday and not a holiday or anything of that sort, but there were so many people that I could smell the sweat off the people around me. Worst of all, it was almost like a single file line so that you are unable to stop to see anything or to try to take photographs. Their main attraction is really just the two whale sharks. Everything else seems to be fairly normal, things that you would see at normal aquariums across the globe. I'd only recommend seeing this place once.
Expensive, but worth it. Really the best aquarium I know. Great fun for the kids. Parking is exceptionally expensive, try coming by train unless you don't mind paying 3000 yen plus for parking.
shark whale is very cool ! penguin / seal / dolphine /snow crab and etc is very very cool tooo !! must visit if u have a kids!! remember to buy fish tank souviner ( very very cool !!)
I've only been to one other aquarium (Waikiki) so not sure how valid my thoughts are but this aquarium blows that out of the water. I've been to the San Diego Zoo though and this aquariums water animals are every bit as impressive. They have an insane amount of penguins. The cutest sea otters that keeps rolling and turning in the water. Super active dolphins in a tank (that feels kind of small for them but it could be the glass and water throwing off my depth perception). Their star attraction is definitely the whale shark though. I'm probably just ignorant but I didn't even know such a shark existed. They're massive!!! Finally, you finish off the exhibit with a chance to pet sharks and stingrays (on their backs) in a shallow water display. Where else do you get to do that? Probably not in the states for insane safety reasons. Definitely worth visiting. They have a great selection of food at the food court as well. There was an all you can eat yakitori place I wish I got to try on the third floor. Oh wells. Maybe next time.
By far one of the best aquariums I've visited. The walk-through was amazing with all the fishes swimming around behind the large tanks. I was there on a weekend and the crowd wasn't rowdy, enjoyable BGM playing in the background, making my visit a pleasant one. The gift shop has some of the cutest aquatic theme gifts ever and there is always a special feature show which changes quite regularly. Bring your kids along, it's a great place for family fun!
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