Going to see the biggest fish in the world, 'the whale shark at the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is an aquarium based on the theme of the Ring of Fire (Circum-Pacific volcanic belt) and Ring of Life. The aquarium features 14 large tanks, including the one called the "Pacific Ocean" where whale sharks swim with other fishes. The aquarium is gaining popularity with more than 60% of its visitors being, friends, couples or families, repeatedly visiting. The opening hours vary depending on the season. In August, when the aquarium has the most visitors of the year, it is open from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Last entry is one hour prior to the closing time.
You can visit the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan by train, car and shuttle boat. The nearby railway station is Osakawan Station on the Chuo line of the Osaka Municipal Subway. The nearby bus stop is Tenpozan Harbor Village of the Osaka Municipal Bus. Shuttle boats are in service between Universal City Port and Kaiyukan Nishi-hatoba, coming and going about 10 minutes eon each side. If you go by car, you will find the aquarium easily taking the Tenpozan Interchange on the Osakako line of the Hanshin Expressway Bayshore Route. The aquarium has paid parking lots that are open from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Please be aware that the aquarium is very crowded on weekends and holidays.
Facilities and aquarium tanks
The Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan focuses on exhibiting creatures as they are in their natural habitats, so there are no performances by sea lions and dolphins. Entering into the aquarium, you walk through a tunnel-type water tank, the Aqua Gate, then go up to the uppermost floor, the eighth floor by the elevator where the ecosystem of Japanese forests is recreated. From this floor, you walk down the spiral slope, following the route and viewing a variety of seas and creatures inside their respective tanks: the Aleutians; a habitat of creatures like sea otters, harbor seals and California sea lions of Monterey Bay; the Gulf of Panama with long-spine porcupine fishes, capybaras and piranhas of the rainforest of Ecuador; king penguins of the Antarctic Continent; and Pacific white-sided dolphins at Tasman Bay. The Great Barrier Reef, the Pacific Ocean, the Seto Inland Sea and the Japan Deep are also recreated inside the aquarium's tanks. On the second floor of the aquarium, you can find a gift shop and museum shop. The Tenpozan Marketplace is next to the aquarium, where you can enjoy shopping and dining. It is possible to reenter the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan again on the day you visit as long as you have the ticket by going through the required procedures.
The Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan rents an audio guide (available in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese). With moving images on the screen, the audio guide will lead you through Kaiyukan while providing you with fun information and deeper insights about marine animals and surrounding environment at 28 spots of interest. The aquarium is designed for universal access. A visitor who needs a wheelchair can borrow it at the information center. There are exclusive viewing zones for those with wheelchairs. You can visit the aquarium accompanied by guide dog or assistant dog. The aquarium also has a nursing room so that all can enjoy the aquarium without trouble. Please do not run or make excessive noise when you are at the aquarium. At times the aquarium can be crowded, but please avoid loitering in front of the water tanks or pushing other visitors when looking at creatures closely. With mutual concessions everyone can better enjoy their aquarium experience.
Image Gallery: Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
The outside of the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Interactive exhibits area, the North Pole zone
A whale shark
A whale shark
A ringed seal
Description: Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
|Sights||Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (海遊館)|
1-1-10, Kaigan-dori, Minato-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Japan
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 06-6576-5501|
Monday:10:00-20:00 (Last entry by: 19:00)
Tuesday:10:00-20:00 (Last entry by: 19:00)
Wednesday:10:00-20:00 (Last entry by: 19:00)
Thursday:10:00-20:00 (Last entry by: 19:00)
Friday:10:00-20:00 (Last entry by: 19:00)
Saturday:10:00-20:00 (Last entry by: 19:00)
Sunday:10:00-20:00 (Last entry by: 19:00)
|Closed dates||Irregular closed dates|
|Admission Fee||Pay admission: 2,300yen|
Spring (March - May)Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
|Recommended target||Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|
Map: Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan