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“Life above and under water at Osaka's aquarium” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
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$90.06*
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan Admission with Osaka Bay Cruise
Ranked #2 of 852 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: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
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“Life above and under water at Osaka's aquarium”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2013

We have visited many large and famous aquariums around the world, and this one is certainly one of the nicest. In the Osaka aquarium displays are built in such a way that visitors can see life above and under water around the world. There are some incredibly rare and interesting animals and sea creatures, and the deep fish tank is fascinating. We went in the afternoon hours, which are probably less crowded. Highly recommended, even if you go without your children.

Visited May 2013
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“Busy but good if you know how it works”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2013

Went with my wife and children (10 and 8) during Easter week, so it was busy. We queued for tickets for about 20mins, the queue was actually shorter by lunchtime. Buy a joint ticket for the big wheel if you know you want to go on it - it saves a little money, although they don't do that for kids, you buy separately.

Inside the Aquarium you start the visit on the top floor and walk your way down. That means you see many of the same tanks at the top and the bottom i.e. you see penguins or seals on the land, and then as you progress down the building you see them underwater.

It's far busier at the start of the tour, so for example, when you see the tiger shark (the main exhibit) don't worry about the queues, just keep moving - later on you'll find you can even sit down and see it up close! At the end there is a fish/ray touching pool, which my kids liked too.

A bit pricey, but a good few hours and a some educational value for the kids too. One of the best things to do with kids in Osaka.

Visited April 2013
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“Excellent Aquarium”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013

Excellent displays, very extensive. Reportedly one of the five best aquaria in the world. Would not honour advertised discount in "Discounted sightseeing Spots List" brochure.

Visited April 2013
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“Buy subway n ticket all in one 2550”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2013 via mobile

You save about 200-300 yen. Enterance 2300. Subway will cost 200-300 each way. They have a smaller whale shark now, no more sun fish. Hammerhead and manta. Alot to see , get to touch shark n stringray at the end. Would take you 1-1.5 hrs to see the fish.

Visited May 2013
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“Aquarium at night”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013

I arrived at Kaiyukan in the evening. It was not so crowded and quiet. Lights were low like the night sea. We touched the pink sharks and rays. Good experiences.

Visited April 2013
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