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Explore the world's largest aquarium in Osaka - Kaiyukan

Kaiyukan, one of the world's largest aquariums, simulates the habitat in the Pacific Rim. I came here and got to experience a lot of wonderful things. So, what is so fascinating about the colorful world of Kaiyukan?

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Published on 10 Apr, 12:00

Kaiyukan is where I longed to go the most during my trip to Osaka. I have read about this aquarium a lot and know that it is the world's biggest aquarium, and it is based on the concept of "Pacific Ring of Fire" and "Pacific Ring of Life". I was curious, so I decided to witness its beauty with my own eyes.

My first impression of this place was that it was extremely crowded. I did not think that an aquarium in Japan, apart from impressing tourists, could attract so many local and Japanese people.

It took us forever to buy the tickets although we came there quite early. The ticket costs 2300 yen (in 2018) per person. There are different types of fish printed on each ticket, and they all look so adorable.

Our adorable tickets (Author's image)
Our adorable tickets (Author's image)

Once we got inside, we were directed to take the elevator straight to the 8th floor of the aquarium. The inside of the aquarium is built in the shape of a spiral, so visitors will visit the top floor first, then gradually go down and pass through many different territories of the Pacific Rim.

Thanks to this structure, there is also an area where you can see the aquarium from different heights. The landscapes and the types of animals will also be different depending on the altitude.

A giant crab (Author's image)
A giant crab (Author's image)

I had the chance to visit many exciting spots inside Kaiyukan. When I first got in, I walked through a particular gate called Aqua Gate. This aquarium is designed as a secret tunnel.

After going through this tunnel, you will see a Japanese forest with dense trees. There are Japanese puddles, streams, and jungles in a deep green color in this area. I met super cute creatures living in this forest, such as Asian small-clawed otters, Japanese salamanders, freshwater carp, etc.

Next is the area of the Aleutian Islands and the Ecuadorian rainforest with sea otters and giant guinea pigs. I also got to watch intelligent seals performing acrobatics. You can see these cute creatures at a very close distance, just a layer of glass from us.

A cute seal at Kaiyukan (Author's image)
A cute seal at Kaiyukan (Author's image)

Thanks to the white dolphin performance, the Tasman sea area left a deep impression on me. It was Christmas then, so divers dressed up as Santa Claus and swam with dolphins, creating a sight for sore eyes for visitors.

However, not everyone gets to see this moment. I was fortunate to arrive at the right time when the staff at Kaiyukan was feeding the dolphins, so I got to see these lovely moments!

Santa Dolphin (Author's image)
Santa Dolphin (Author's image)

Following the spiral staircase down to the 4th floor, I discovered many new things, such as Cook Strait, Chile reef, the Seto Inland Sea, etc. The most amazing place was the Antarctic mainland area. This pace is a must-go for actual penguins fans with a funny appearance and waddling gait.

Penguins from the Antarctic mainland (Author's image)
Penguins from the Antarctic mainland (Author's image)

The part exciting me the most in Kaiyukan was probably the experiencing area for visitors, which was also the last area to visit in this vast aquarium.

Here, visitors can feel the "taste of the sea" in the most authentic way. After thoroughly disinfecting your hands, you can contact with sea creatures, feel the temperature in the Arctic with your skin, and smell the sea. You can also touch the stingray directly.

Kaiyukan is big, so I think no one can list and review all the creatures in this aquarium. You have to see it with your own eyes to understand the diversity and vividness of this place.

I hope that some of the experiences and the pictures I share here about Kaiyukan can provide you with a realistic and general overview of the world's largest aquarium Kaiyukan in Osaka!

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