Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Serene & Spectacular Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

November 2018
Our third and final day in Osaka was spent around the Osaka Bay area, more focused to the Tempozan Harbor Village. The village main attractions are┬áTempozan Marketplace (mall), Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan being our first stop for the day. This aquarium is reputed to be one of the largest and spectacular public aquariums in the world. It’s about a 5-10 minutes walk from Osakako subway station and the aquarium is at the far end of the complex.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan building.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Whale shark outside the building.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

The ticket office for the aquarium. We bought our tickets online here.

Upon entering the building, visitors will walk through a tunnel-shaped tank where you will be surrounded by marine life. Then take the escalator up to the 8th floor and slowly descend spirally floor by floor around a huge water tank filled with 5,400 tons of water. The initial various smaller tanks display a selection of marine life inhabiting the Pacific rim in a well organized and impressive manner. The central tank displays sharks, manta rays, whale sharks and many other types of marine life. The central tank stretches over several floors, making it possible to observe fishes from different depths and perspectives. Nearing the end of the aquarium, you’ll see penguins, dolphins, seals, stingrays and many more.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

The entrance ‘tunnel’ to the aquarium.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

A pair of happy seals welcoming us.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Not sure what fishes these are.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

The unique aquarium allows you to see above & underwater habitat.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Small colorful fishes in another tank.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Playful seals showing off their skills.

The aquarium is big, entertaining and well maintained. Walk through the first few levels with the individual tanks quickly, as the more interesting displays are lower down where the space opens up and less claustrophobic. The building is designed with a great layout with plenty of break spots with washrooms along the way. We spent almost 2 hours in the aquarium admiring the marine life in their habitat. A sense of serenity sets in when you see the them swimming gracefully around. There are a lots of benches for you to sit and absorb this tranquility.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

One of the species in the main tank.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Manta ray among the other marine life.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Sharks in the main tank too.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

This whale shark is actually BIG. The photo does not do justice.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

See, told you so. The whale shark is big. The tail is wider than the diver.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Maintenance divers doing they job amidst a hammerhead shark.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Towards the end of the aquarium walking route are enclosures for seals, stingrays & penguins. While the stingrays are in shallow pool you can pat them, the seals are in ice enclosure and the penguin in a low level semi-open enclosure you can touch them but no one seems to want to.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Cute seal seeing us off.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Stingrays in shallow pool you can pat them. Beware of their tail.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Little penguins playing around in their enclosure.