Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

After 2 years I am finally getting around to posting the last segment of my 2018 Japan travels. Not sure why I never got around to it but I can’t start the next set of posts without this one heh (chronological OCD right there). Osaka aquarium is one of my favourite attractions in Japan and is also one of the largest public aquariums in the world.

Kaiyukan is located near Osaka Bay by the water. You can purchase tickets for the aquarium entrance alone or bundled with a sight seeing cruise and giant ferris wheel ride at a discount.

Kaiyukun is home to 30,000 creatures and 620 species so there is plenty to see for at least 2-3 hours. The aquarium takes you through different regions of the Pacific Rim, recreating landscapes that explore terrestrial land down to the deep sea. After the sea lions, penguins, and otters my favourite part – the fish tanks. Alex had to drag me away from the one below because I was glued to the glass, and I love how the jelly fish were swimming in circles around the big ocean sunfish.

My favourite shot of a cute little pufferfish

The aquarium’s centrepiece is the giant ‘Pacific Ocean’ tank that’s 9m deep, 34 m long and holds 5,400 tonnes of water. It’s crazy watching whale sharks up close and even crazier realising that they are bigger than they seem because of the thick layer of glass.

We wrapped up the night petting sting rays and riding the Tempozan giant ferris wheel.

…and with that I am finally wrapping up the first set of Japan posts, next up – 2020 travel diaries.



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