Osaka’s Kaiyukan is the largest aquarium in Japan and among the largest in the world. There are over 15 large tanks that recreate various regions of the Pacific Rim. Go on a virtual tour of the Pacific Ocean, including other themes, such as Japan Forest, Antarctica, even through the habitat of playful river otters.
Timed tickets are required for entry currently in order to limit the number of guests per hour.
The pathways inside the Kaiyukan all lead you toward the central Pacific Ocean tank. A whopping 9-meter-deep and 34-meter-long tank that holds 5,400 tons of water and houses multitudes of aquatic species, even the largest fish species in the world, the whale shark!
Spiral around the impressive centerpiece on a ramp that leads you from the 8th floor down to the 4th floor and shows you the various layers of marine life in the Pacific Ocean. Check the English website to catch feeding time when the animals enjoy lunch or if you’re lucky enough, watch their training time as they engage in specially-made sessions designed to keep them healthy.
Inside Kaiyukan, you’ll meet over 30,000 creatures that cover an incredible 620 species. Whale sharks and river otters aren’t the only faces you’ll see, expect to see sea lions, penguins, dolphins, belugas, rays, jellyfish and hundreds more.
And every evening from 5 pm, the aquarium begins its wonderland of deep blue lights as a night aquarium. Experience the aquarium all over again as it shifts from daytime to nighttime. Wander through the exhibits and see some of your favorite animals drift off to sleep.
After you’re finished enjoying the aquarium and everything it has to offer, why not stop by the Tempozan Ferris Wheel? Overlooking the bay area, the Ferris wheel offers an incredible view, especially at night when it’s lit up in a spectacle of colors.
About a 5-minute walk from Osakako Station.
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