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“No whale-shark”

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan Admission with Osaka Bay Cruise
Ranked #2 of 887 things to do in Osaka
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: See the wide range of habitats that make up the Pacific Rim on a tour of this fascinating aquarium, which takes you from one environment to another and lets you feel as though you’re underwater.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
The Netherlands
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“No whale-shark”
Reviewed 10 August 2014

We hoped to see the whale-shark, but noticed too late (after we entered) that it was temporarily elsewhere for medical exams. The sign at the ticket-office that the whale-shark wasn't there is small and at another window than that were the prices are listed.

Visited July 2014
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“A lot of 'wow' moments”
Reviewed 8 August 2014

One of the best attractions I have been to. In my opinion the best aquarium I have ever been to. We arrived there later in the afternoon which meant that there was less people around. We spent around 2.5 hours there.

Big variety of animals
Closer to the end, you get a chance to touch a stingray in real life, very surreal
Information cards on each animal are also in english

Quite a fair walk from the station (around 15-20 mins)
No food outlets inside so do have lunch before or pack some snacks for the kids

Visited July 2014
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Good for family and children”
Reviewed 7 August 2014 via mobile

Besides the title...adults can also enjoy the fish, penguins, dolphins and seals. Too bad when i visit the whale shark which is the main attraction here is on ' medical leave'. However i had fun watch penguins and dolphins. You start at the main entrance and remember to buy the booklet at the counter. There are small counter at every section of the aquarium where you can stamps on the booklet. Each stamp proves that you have visited this sections. Example at the dolpins area the stamp is a picture of a dolphin. Arrive early by 10am as the feeding time starts around this time. There is also less crowd at this time before the tour buses arrive. The aquarium is about 8 floors each floor indicates the depth of sea level you are in. So the deeper you 'dive' down you see funny lookong jelly fish. Very interesting and informative. Towards the end there is a touching area..you can touch some sharks...harmless sharks of course. But right before the touch section...there is a seal area and one of the seal, a really fat one is the latest attraction too. The seal have many expressions so look out for it and snap cute photos.

Visited August 2014
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Surabaya, Indonesia
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“Family Trip on Summer 2014”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

Easy access by metro, Giant Ferris whell just a short walk. Many sea creatures shown here. Unfortunately no big shark here, only small ones. It's better if they provided animal show.

Visited August 2014
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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“Must see if you visit Osaka!!”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

One of the best Aquarium i've ever visited. This is my second visit to Kaiyukan.

They have great collection and if you're traveling with kids, they surely will enjoy their visit here.

Bring spare clothes since at the end of journey, you can touch fishes in pond, my kid wet all over her clothes but very happy to be able to do that.

Visited July 2014
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