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.
Travel from the 8th floor down to the 4th all while gazing as these majestic and serene creatures swim alongside other marine life in their collosal tank. The Kaiyukan has one of the world’s largest manmade habitats for whale sharks and the cylindrical tank ensures that you’ll see their every angle.
In the Maldives area of the Osaka Kaiyukan you can experience touching some incredible species of sharks and rays. Compare the texture of the rough sharkskin to that of the smooth ray. Will you be brave enough to reach down and touch these majestic animals?
Experience a new whole of marine life and romance during the mysterious night aquarium. Every night from 5 pm until close the lights are dimmed and the aquarium takes on an otherworldly quality as the animals show their nighttime behavior and begin to fall asleep. Let their sleepy world lull you into a calm unlike any other.
At the nearby Tempozan Harbor Village right outside of Kaiyukan, you can see even more interesting things, like Legoland Discovery Center Osaka; the Tempozan Marketplace with its various shops; or Naniwa Kuishinbo Yokocho, an eatery with local specialties as well as well-loved staples. Then take a 15-minute ride on the Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel, one of the largest in the world.
About a 5-minute walk from Osakako Station.
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