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“it was amazing!”

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, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift
Tel Aviv, Israel
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“it was amazing!”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

this aquarium is the beautiful amazing aquarium i ever sow (and i was visited sea world aquarium in USA...) its something that you must see!

Visited February 2014
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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“The whale shark is gone”
Reviewed 12 August 2014

This is the 2nd time I go to Kaiyukan. The aquarium is big and nice to walk around. You need at least 3 hours to enjoy everything. However, the whale shark, which is the icon of the aquarium, was not in the largest tank like it used to be. They didn't explain, they just put a sign saying "The whale shark is not here." So better to wait until it come back to the tank.

Visited August 2014
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Long Island NY
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“Missed the Whale Shark”
Reviewed 11 August 2014

The whale shark is gone, we are not sure why. The aquarium was well done and interesting. Worth a trip if you are traveling with kids.

Visited July 2014
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Dusseldorf, Germany
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“Great experience”
Reviewed 10 August 2014 via mobile

I spend and evening in the aquarium und had a wonderful experience. It is open until 8pm. There is a large variety if species displayed and the atmosphere feels laid back. While you walk along the tanks relaxing music is played. Coming from Europe, I was amazed by the numerous animals that could be observed and it really made no difference that they currently have no big shark there. So what? They still have thousands of other sea creatures. I strongly recommend a visit for people of all ages. Watch out for discount tickets in your hotel. Mine included a day pass for the subway and was still 20% cheaper than the regular adult fare.

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“Third visit and still getting wows”
Reviewed 10 August 2014

It's very well-designed and you don't really appreciate its brilliance till you visit a couple of crappy ones. The main tank that houses the star of the aquarium - the whale shark - sits right in the centre of this attraction. Anything that houses a whale shark has to be huge and sharing this space are manta rays and a multitude of other smaller sharks.

Do check beforehand if your main purpose is to wave at the gentle giant; we did not realise that the whale shark was away at the vets till we bought the tickets but it was not a biggie.

Other tanks surround this and you walk down and around the central tank, occasionally distracted by the otters, seals, sea lions, penguins, dolphins and other fishes that are put into geographically themed areas and this is where the magic begins: some of these tanks, like the sea lions and seals', are just as deep as the central tank (which is 9 metres!), creating this immersive and continuous experience. What this also means is to not crowd around the first level trying to take that perfect picture of the dolphins or seals or sea lions.

There's a deep sea tank which houses the creepiest gigantic crabs and a jellyfish section which is personally my favourite.

Lots of sitting space for the elderly and for those who just wants to space out watching the idyllic swimming of the sea creatures. Restrooms are also well-spaced. Like many other Japanese attractions, there is the stamp collecting activity that will keep them in check.

There's no real good day as even weekdays see school excursions. Best would be to hit the aquarium in the morning (also, if you are using Osaka Amazing Pass, this would be an almost full day event - do the Cruise Ship Santa Maria and Tempozan Ferris Wheel too!). Bring food and snacks as there is only one cafe within that has a rather limited menu.

Don't leave without visiting the gift store. They are some really good buys and get an introduction into the kimo-kawaii culture of Japan - check out the isopods!

Visited June 2014
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