One of the largest public aquariums in the world, the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is home to various species from the Pacific Ring of Fire and aquatic environments around the globe. Learn about local species such as Asian otters and giant spider crabs, and see other creatures, including sea turtles, sharks, penguins, and a host of tropical fish.The Basics
The aquarium collection is divided into sixteen exhibit spaces, most structured to mimic the world’s marine habitats like the Ecuadorian rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Visit during the day to see 27 tanks of aquatic animals, hear talks by animal caretakers talks, and see feedings, or head over in the evening, when the animals swim under simulated moonlight. You can also combine an aquarium visit with a cruise on Osaka Bay aboard a replica three-masted sailing ship or a ride on the Tempozan Ferris Wheel.Things to Know Before You Go
- The Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is popular with families and animal lovers.
- Pre-purchase tickets online to save time.
- Audio guides in five languages, including English, are available for rent.
- The aquarium is wheelchair accessible, and wheelchairs can be borrowed free of charge.
- The aquarium’s amenities include coin lockers, a nursing room, and a prayer room.
How to Get There
The Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is in the Tempozan Harbor Village in the western part of Osaka, about a five-minute walk from Osakako subway station, near the Tempozan Ferris Wheel. When to Get There
The aquarium is open daily throughout the year, though hours vary seasonally. Check the calendar before your visit for the latest schedule of feeding times and keeper talks.
Tempozan Harbor Village
The Osaka Aquarium is part of the larger Tempozan Harbor Village, an entertainment and shopping complex on Osaka’s waterfront. After touring the aquarium, head out for some shopping at the Tempozan Marketplace, taste local specialties at the Naniwa Kuishinbo Yokocho food theme park, which is fashioned after the streets of Osaka in the 1960s, ride the 369-foot (113-meter) ferris wheel, or take a cruise in Osaka Bay.