Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Japan (2013) Day 5: Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Date Visited: 14th October 2013

Osaka Aquarium, which also locally known as Kaiyukan is claimed to be one of the largest aquariums in the world. This is one of my travel wishlist I wish to do and see if I happen to revisit Osaka again, and now I had finally accomplished it [Check out my old post - Things To Do & See in Osaka]. Visiting any kind of zoos, aquariums, wildlife parks and anything that relate to animals is what I always passionate about. 

We went Shin-Osaka Visitors' Information Center which situated inside Shin-Osaka station (unfortunately closed since 31 March 2014) to purchase the Osaka Kaiyu Ticket. It's combination of Aquarium Kaiyukan admission and Osaka Subway One Day Pass which sold at 2,550 yen. In the case of purchase separately, the admission fee for Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan alone is 2,300 yen and Osaka Subway One Day Pass cost 600 yen, which indicates we save at least by 350 yen for a pax by purchasing the Osaka Kaiyu Ticket. 
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#1: Osaka Kaiyu Ticket (combination of Aquarium Kaiyukan admission and Osaka Subway One Day Pass) = 2,550 yen per pax

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#2: Greeted by lovely and friendly mascot

The nearest station is Osakako Station on the Chuo subway line. From the station, it requires 5-10 minutes walk to Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Out from the station, look for the huge Tempozan Ferris Wheel as Kaiyun located next to it.  

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#3: View from Osakako Station and walk towards the huge Tempozan Ferris wheel 

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#4: Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel 

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#5: Overview of Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan - Such a beautiful decoration 

The tour started at 8th floor, that's the top floor and slowly making our way down through the exhibits in the spiral form. The main attraction is the largest central tank which houses thousands of sea creatures from the Pacific Ocean including whale shark, different kind of rays and more. 

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#6: Whale shark 

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#7: Stingray with smiling face 

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#8: The happy feet are waiting to be fed

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#9: Great Barrier Reef tank - One of the most colourful tanks I came across

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#10: Tunnel tank

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#11: The jellyfish exhibit - My favourite area 

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#12: The fat ringed seal

My mom and I spent more than two hours ventured around Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan before we make a move to a shopping centre, tucked in between the aquarium and the Ferris wheel which consists a large food court, ranging from Japanese cuisines to Western meals. Then at night, my mom would like to return to Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade again for final shopping spree. Oh well, this area is well-known for cheap and delectable beauty and cosmetic products whereby local brands such as Shiseido and Hada Labo are selling utterly cheap here. 

As for our dinner, we stumbled upon a vending machine in a small alley selling scrumptious and affordable Japanese cuisines and hence, we decided to give them a try. Turned out, both of us love it and guess what, we found another outlet of this restaurant in Kansai International Airport and we had it for the second time on our last day, before leaving Japan. By the way, the name of this restaurant - Kamukura.

Osaka Vending Machine
#13: First time learning how to use the vending machine to order food

Dinner Osaka Day 5
#14: A set of meal (both ramen and don) cost 840 yen and gyoza as side dish for 200 yen

Sayonara Japan cause on the next day onward, we moved to the former capital of Japan...

How To Get To Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Nearest station is Osakako Station on the Chuo subway line. From the station, it requires 5-10 minutes walk to Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Out from the station, look for the huge Tempozan Ferris Wheel as Kaiyun located next to it.  

Admission Fee: 2,300 yen
Opening Hours: 10 am to 8 pm 

Next Post >>> Day 6: From Osaka to Kyoto [Arashiyama & Fushimi Inari Shrine]


  1. This Osaka Kaiyu ticket is worth it. We bought the 2 day pass last time and could not even finish visiting some 30+ exotic places with free entrance. They gave 2 hot spring places but we only entered one. So next trip, I will attack all the other places.


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