Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
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10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • mattdye1
    Doncaster, United Kingdom59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Osaka Aquarium
    Visited here on our first day in Japan. It’s a good aquarium with a huge tank in the middle which you go down on different levels. The main attraction being the whale shark and some huge spider crabs. Not too expensive and will take a couple of hours to go round but does get busy and is a bit out of the way.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 May 2023
  • Chris W
    Budapest, Hungary543 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic aquarium
    Probably the best aquarium I've been to. Great floor plan, vast array of aquatic life. Our 18 month old has never been so excited. We got there at opening, but probably would have been wiser to wait a little for the crowds to die down.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 July 2023
  • gsnaps007
    Orlando, Florida94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing aquatic adventure!
    A wonderful aquarium. You start at the top and spiral down through the exhibits. So many aquatic animals to see. Lots of seating available. Live feedings and interactive aspects as well. The gift shop is on the bottom floor, there is a smaller one above it, don’t be fooled into thinking that’s the only one.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 July 2023
  • Sandy B
    Kelowna, Canada9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to spend a few hours!
    Having travelled and snorkeled in many places I wasn't sure if this would be interesting enough...there is just so much to do in Japan as a first time to the country visitor... I enjoyed this - tons of exhibits and clearly something more local folks do than just tourists. Enjoyed it! If you have kids - I think it would be a great choice.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Nate W
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive Aquarium! Must see spot
    Our visit to the Osaka aquarium was amazing. We were floored by the exhibits and variety of animals on display. Our family of four (10 and 13 y.o.) came away so impressed. We have been to excellent zoos and aquariums in multiple countries and we were not disappointed in the least. The main tank- which you can views at various levels- will blow you away. The exhibits all featured beautiful displays that were often very deep and allowed different perspectives of the habitats. The only downsides was the ticket entry process (either by online via QR code or wait an hour for in line cashiers didn’t make much sense) and the crowds. On the day we went it didn’t seem overwhelming but in many cases the perspective of the tanks is such that if you’re not right up against the glass you might not see much due to crowds. A small detail perhaps but be advised.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 August 2023
  • Ross H
    Barcelona, Spain77 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Book Online
    I went to Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan in a blistering hot day in September. I did not book online and that was a mistake. Upon buying my ticket I learned that I could not enter for over 2 hours. So I recommend buying online!! I had to spend the next 2 hours waiting in a shopping complex with a food court nearby. This was ok but pretty boring and no really amazing shops. There was very big crowd and it is hard to see through the glass at times because of the number of people but it is an impressive place with very large and deep pools - dolphins, sharks, jellyfish and even 2 very large whale sharks. I preferred the Osaka Zoo but still had a good time.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 September 2023
  • 優大 大
    19 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A healing space
    It's a place where you can see sea animals that you want to go no matter how old you are and you can be healed and study. It's a place where you can enjoy even if you go with your lover, family, etc. There are a lot of souvenirs, so you can buy them and go home.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 October 2023
  • RT
    Singapore, Singapore72 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Decent but tank sizes and design are alarming
    Nice place to chill if you are going with your partner. There were couples, families, kids, lots of different people here. I wont recommend spending more than 2 hours here though. It is a little alarming how small some of the enclosures are, given how big the complex looks externally. I was hoping that there will be more ringed seal exhibits, and shows where we can watch feeding of the ringed seals. I must admit, I have been to better aquariums. There is a nice cafe in the aquarium with reasonable prices, and very nice matcha ice cream.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 November 2023
  • Alan K
    Santa Clara, California44 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's a decent aquarium
    Being in California and having been to Monterey Bay, it's hard for this aquarium to measure up. It is much less crowded and cheaper though. It has a variety of species to see and kids seemed to love it. I went just after 5 pm, they do some sort of night environment where they play music and light it differently than the day I hear. Ticket window person spoke English and asks what country you're from. Near the giant ferris wheel too.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 December 2023
  • Kristen C
    San Diego, California204 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Whales sharks and lots more
    You might not think of going to an aquarium during your trip to Japan but you can see whale sharks here and it was a fun afternoon with a bit less crowd. 2 hrs is good. There is a tour of the harbor option along with your aquarium ticket and the boat was big. We did not have time for that but wish we did. Tons of shopping a huge food court next door.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 January 2024
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jabitz
Melbourne, Australia224 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We had a day trip from Kyoto to Osaka and one place we wanted to visit was the aquarium to see the whale sharks. We spent a couple of hours wandering through the aquarium at times sitting and enjoying watching the fish and rays and sharks swim around the tank. While it was good to see the whale sharks up close it must be said that is is sad to see them in such a small tank compared to the oceans they would normally live in. Like a zoo it gives people an opportunity to see animals that they wouldn't normally get to see in the wild.
Written 25 May 2024
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Martin R
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Outstanding! Such beautiful displays and such a great variety of species. Includes a colossal tank with a pair of whale sharks! Maybe the best aquarium I’ve ever seen.
Written 5 May 2024
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Wander25714355569
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
It is one of the biggest aquarium in Japan. Very nice colkection. It s very easy to reach from train station. They have max qty of visitors in 30 min time slot, so it s not too crowded to see popular fishes.
Written 26 April 2024
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AptosAmy
Aptos, CA608 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
An enjoyable experience. Each tank has a geographic theme representing unique Pacific Rim biodiversity. We enjoyed all of it. It was artful and lovely.
Written 20 April 2024
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Paul H
38 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Normally I love aquariums this one is cruel. I have no issue with zoo’s and have been to dozens of aquariums.
Dolphins keep in a really some tank. The main pacific tank is not big enough for the whale sharks it was horrible to see them. Struggling to swim and turn around. Other exhibits such as the penguins seemed cruel. The aquarium is set out really well and easy to get too. I am not sure how they get away treating some of the animals like this. I felt guilty giving them money as some of the animal’s looked stressed and were suffering.
Written 8 April 2024
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John and Deb K
Karratha, Australia776 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
It was a rainy day so we took off to the Aquarium, not something we would normally indulge in as we are from Australia, divers and have done free diving with Whale Sharks and great Whites. But the sea is in our blood. The Aquarium is really well set out and great for children and people that have no experience with creatures from the sea. The two whale sharks are juveniles and I hope that they have plans in place as they grow as it is still a small place for them to live. We are not a fan of captive animals but in today's world sometimes that assists with a creatures survival. The Jelly fish display was some what disappointing if you have been to the display at Hong Kongs you will understand.
Written 8 April 2024
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Michiel
Julianadorp, The Netherlands20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I visited the aquarium during my stay in Japan in March, and all my research about this attraction couldn't prepare me for how amazing this place is.

The resident whale sharks, along with all the other beautiful sealife they share their aquarium with, were especially awe-inspiring.
Written 3 April 2024
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Journey815619
Birmingham, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I really enjoyed visiting the aquarium! There was a wide range of fishes to see including my favorite: the whale shark 😁! Highly recommended for anyone interested in the underwater world!!!!
Written 22 March 2024
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Michael W
Oxford, UK48 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Disgraceful treatment of animals . Small cages Dolphin, Otter, Coati Penguin Sea Lions all in tiny pens
Shameful treatment. Huge crowds so you can afford a much better zoo
Japan should be ashamed
Written 19 March 2024
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Philosopher Owl
135 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Great experience with the whale sharks in a huge aquarium. Do consider going late in the day, after 4 pm to avoid the most busy time.
Written 11 March 2024
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