An introduction to the world’s largest aquarium, Kaiyukan. Taste the mystery of the sea and be impressed!

Kaiyukan is an aquarium where whale sharks and many other marine creatures swim leisurely in huge tanks.

The aquarium is divided into several areas, each of which offers a different view of the mysteries of the sea.

It is a location that can be used as a leisure facility for families and as a date spot for lovers.

In this article, I would like to introduce you to Kaiyukan.

The location of Kaiyukan

Kaiyukan exterior

Kaiyukan is one of the largest aquariums in the world, with giant tanks that recreate the Pacific Rim.

You can learn about the various organisms in the museum through the permanent exhibits and the sensory experience area.

By train, it takes about 5 minutes to get there on foot from Osaka Port Station on the Chuo Subway Line.

The location is also good, as the area is dotted with representative tourist spots such as Tenpozan Marketplace, Naniwa Kishinbo Yokocho, and Tenpozan Giant Ferris Wheel.

The charm of Kaiyukan

Aqua Gate

Based on the concept of the “Ring of Life”, visitors can encounter a variety of organisms that live in the Pacific Rim.

The museum is divided into several areas: Aqua Gate, Japanese Forest, Monterey Bay, Panama Bay, Ecuadorian Rainforest, Antarctica, Tasman Sea, Great Barrier Reef, Pacific Ocean, Seto Inland Sea, Special Tank, Chilean Rocks, Cook Strait, Japan Trench, and Sea Moon Galaxy.

The museum also offers guided tours that take visitors into the backyard, which is normally only accessible by keepers, and a variety of limited-time events.

Gourmet food at Kaiyukan


When you’re having a good time in the museum, you’ll start to get hungry, right?

Naniwa Kishinbo Yokocho (Naniwa Foodie Alley) is located in Tempozan Marketplace, right in front of Kaiyukan.

You can eat various Osaka specialties such as takoyaki, okonomiyaki, ikayaki, and mixed curry, all set in the Osaka of around 1965, when the city was even livelier than it is today.

There is no entrance fee, so you can easily visit the museum whenever you feel like eating something delicious.

Recommended souvenirs at Kaiyukan


At Kaiyukan, souvenirs are sold at two locations: the Kaiyukan Official Museum Shop (Entrance Building 2F) and the Kaiyukan Official Shop (Entrance Building 3F).

Here, I will introduce three recommended souvenirs that you should buy in these stores, ranging from standard to unique items.

Mini Gaufres

Mini Gaufres” is a collaboration product with Kobe Fugetsudo.

The contents of the gaufres are three kinds of cream sandwiched between three different kinds of creams, a classic yet addictive taste.

The stylish can with the whale shark illustration is easy to use as a storage tool or interior decoration.

Plush toy whale shark


The whale shark plush toy is available in two types, male and female, which can be said to be an ironclad item at Kaiyukan.

This is a great item for children who will want to buy it after seeing the whale shark.

The whale shark’s cute expression and moderate size make it easy to become attached to, and it will be a good souvenir to remind you of the Kaiyukan.

Cocoa Cookie White Chocolate Bar

Kaiyukan information and summary




Facility name Kaiyukan
Address 1-1-10 Kaigan-dori, Minato-ku, Osaka City, Osaka
Phone number 06-6576-5501
Approximate budget Standard price Adults (high school students, 16 years and older) 2,400 yen Children (elementary and junior high school students) 1,200 yen Infants (3 years and older) 600 yen Seniors (65 years and older) 2,200 yen
Official website

What do you think? In this article, I have introduced Kaiyukan.

As a leisure facility, gourmet food and souvenirs, it is a facility that condenses the charms of Osaka into a single place, so there is no end to the fun.

At Kaiyukan, you can observe 39,000 living things of about 580 species, so there are many unknown encounters waiting for you!

Why don’t you take this opportunity to visit Kaiyukan?

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