Osaka Guide: Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Area Guide: Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan 海遊館
Osaka Aquarium exhibits around 30,000 marine creatures from 620 species including not just fish but also amphibians, birds, mammals, marine invertebrates and reptiles.
The theme of the aquarium is the environment of the Pacific Rim area of the world.
Osaka Aquarium has 15 large tanks with the largest tank, holding 11,000 tons of water and 9m deep, representing the Pacific Ocean and containing a whale shark, the world's largest fish and manta rays.
Other sections include the animal and fish life of the Arctic, the Antarctic, the Seto Inland Sea, the Cook Strait, the Chile Coast, the Tasman Sea, the Great Barrier Reef, the Maldives and the Falkland Islands.
Visitors can travel down from the 8th floor on escalators to view the tanks at different levels. There is also plenty of seating where visitors can rest and take in the views of the animals on show.
Some of the highlights include dolphins, jelly fish, lobsters, penguins, schools of anchovies, seals, sea otters, squid, turtles and Giant spider crabs.
The wait outside can sometimes be long, especially on weekends or national holidays, but it is certainly worth it. The size of the tanks allows the aquarium to keep even the larger species of shark and manta rays in a healthy environment. In some areas of the aquarium the viewers are literally surrounded by the waters these leviathans cruise through.
Osaka Aquarium Hotels
The Hotel Seagull Tempozan is located in the center of the area near Kaiyukan. Other hotels are congregated around Universal Studios Japan including the Park Front Hotel, Hotel Universal Port, Hotel Keihan Universal Tower and Hotel Keihan Universal City and near Cosmo Square, the next station along from Osaka-ko.
Access - how to get to Kaiyukan
Tempozan is south west of Umeda and almost due west of Namba. Osaka-ko Station on the Chuo Line of the Osaka subway is the best station to access Tempozan. By bus take Osaka City Bus #88 from Osaka Station or #60 from Namba Station.
Minato-ku, Osaka 552-0022
Tel: 06 6576 5501
Admission: 2,300 for adults; junior high school and elementary school children 1,200 yen