Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan 大阪海遊館
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.
Facade of the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.
Underwater tunnel called "Aqua Gate."
Credit: DR Guylène Le Mignot
Like a fish in water!
Surrounded by the waves, the Japanese archipelago lives to the rhythm of the ocean. In this country, the sea is never far away and its imprint is anchored in the landscape. Osaka aquarium shows this connection with the aquatic world and offers a visit that the whole family will enjoy.
Far from the bustle of Namba, the aquarium is located on strip of land that juts out into the bay, as if to set the scene. The brightly colored building may at first seem somewhat outdated, but the charm operates immediately once inside! You enter through an underwater tunnel called the "Aqua Gate". Thrust into a long aisle in the middle of the sea, the first contact with the aquatic life is at 180 degrees. The visit takes place from top to bottom, starting on the eighth level. Each space represents a geographical area of the Pacific Ocean and its animal and plant life. Some pools are visible from several floors, allowing a "vertical" overview of the wildlife in the reproduced environment.
Fish & Co
Although this site is called "Aquarium", you will not only see fish! There are many mammals with or without fur (dolphins, otters, beavers, seals ...) as well as birds, that swim or not (penguins, ibis, ducks ...). In the middle of the building is the biggest pool, with its beautiful hammerhead shark and where the continual ballet of manta rays is breathtaking! In addition to the "regional" pools, a whole part of this aquarium represents jellyfish, whose ghostly shapes plunge visitors into the abyssal depths.
This family outing entertains all ages and everyone will find something for them in the variety of species that live together. Meal times of the inhabitants of this miniature sea are available on the website of the aquarium, which can be a very entertaining show for children. Visitors can also come in the late afternoon and visit the aquarium by night. In the dim light of dusk, watching penguins asleep next to each each other and otters floating on the surface of the water in their sleep, gives the impression of rediscovering the animal kingdom in a new intimacy.
The entry price may certainly put off those on a tight budget, but this visit is very relaxing and shows a panel of unusual aquatic fauna. Dive in!