Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Get up close to whale sharks, sea lions and other Pacific Ocean marine life great and small at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is located at the Tempozan Harbour Village offers you a chance to marvel at spectacular marine life from the Great Barrier Reef to the Artic. Home to 30,000 animals and 620 species, it is one of the world’s largest aquariums and certainly the most spectacular aquarium in Japan.

Undersea Adventure in Kaiyukan

Kaiyukan has fifteen zones representing different habitats around the Pacific Rim. The zones are arranged in in a descending spiral down floor by floor. Visitors begin the tour with an escalator ride to the eighth floor. Start with the Japan Forest area and make your way down in a circular motion.

The aquarium’s spectacular central tank which represents Pacific Ocean. It is nine meters deep and holds 5400 cubic meters of water, taking you into an interactive journey to the ocean’s depths.

There are many smaller tanks around its perimeter, and some stretch several floors, making it possible to observe marine life from different depths and perspectives.

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Sharks up close at Kaiyukan
Sharks up close

Star Attraction

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan’s start attraction is the main Pacific Ocean tank. Witness the enormous whale shark swimming peacefully alongside manta rays, hammerhead sharks and many other smaller fishes.

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Penguins at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

View of the Arctic

On the fourth floor, see seals frolicking in snow and ice. The Arctic environment has been reproduced in a huge dome, the largest of its kind in the world. From the floor below, look up the chilly water to see seals playing and diving from above.

Marine Life Up Close

The Kaiyukan is designed to allow visitors close encounters with marine life. The interactive zone opened in 2013 allows visitors to see the animals up close and possibility to touch them. In the Arctic zone, you get to see sea lions, while the Falkland Island Zone, view penguins from less than a meter away. In the Maldives zone, you get to touch baby sharks and rays.

Giant Crab at Osaka Aquarium
Giant Crabs

Educational Experience

The aquarium does an excellent job in recreating habitats. The animals seem happy, healthy and makes an educational experience for visitors. The walk-through aquarium displays marine life comprising twenty-seven tanks in sixteen main exhibits. Some exhibits may take a while due to the number of people watching the animals, so be ready to spend several hours here.

Entrance Fees

Adults (16 years and above)2,400 yen
Children (7 to 15 years)1,200 yen
Pre-school (3 to 6 years)600 yen
Infants (2 years and under)Free
Audio guide rental (English, Chinese, Thai, and Korean)500 yen

Opening Hours

The opening hours are 10am to 8pm with last entry one hour before closing. The hours might differ slightly during certain seasons.

How To Get To Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Take the Chuo line on the Osaka Metro and stop at Osakako station. From there, follow the signs to the aquarium, which is a five-minute walk from the station.

If you are coming from Universal Studios Japan, take the Captain Line sea shuttle at Universal City Port. The boat ride takes 10 minutes, and you will arrive behind the aquarium.

What else is there to do around Kaiyukan

Next to Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, is the Tempozan Marketplace. You will find Osaka Legoland Discovery Center as well as shops and restaurants in the mall. There is a food center on the ground floor of the mall serving Japanese and Fast Food.

On the other end of the mall is Tempozan Ferris Wheel, one of the world’s largest, that takes 17 minutes to complete a complete circuit.

For automobile lovers, visit the Glion Car Museum which is a ten minutes’ walk from Kaiyukan. If you have the money, you can even purchase a sports car at the museum.

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Eugene Ooi

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