Japan’s Theme Parks: Disneyland, DisneySea, or Universal Studios?

Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun, attracts around 2 million visitors per month. This tourist hot spot in Asia promises delicious food, endless shopping, historical sites, natural scenery, and of course, some fantastic theme parks. Japan has three of the five world’s most popular theme parks – Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, and Osaka Universal Studios. So which theme park in Japan should you go? Here’s an apples-to-apples look into these Japanese theme parks.

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A Guide to Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Osaka Aquarium

Escape to a beautiful underwater world filled with dozens of species of marine life and fresh water animals waiting to be admired. Hammerhead sharks, capybaras, dolphins, sea otters, penguins and even a colossal whale shark inhabit the aquatic wonderland.

Let’s commence your nautical guide through one of Japan’s most impressive aquariums!

Osaka Aquarium, also known as Kaiyukan resides in Tempozan Harbor Village of Osaka’s bay area. Don’t worry about not being able to find Kaiyukan—just look for the giant Tempozan Ferris Wheel!

Osaka Aquarium Admission

Adult: HK $161

Child: HK $84

Purchase your tickets with Klook here.

 

Popular Displays

Osaka Kaiyukan Whale Sharks

Kaiyukan displays 15 tanks, each exhibiting a specific region of the Pacific Rim.

Pacific Ocean

Witness the enormous finesse of the whale shark living peacefully among an abundance of pacific marine life.

Japan Forest

Playful small-clawed otters and other freshwater dwelling animals settle into this cozy habitat.

Antarctica

Watch different species of penguins waddle around, coexisting is their chilly environment.

Osakadolphins

Tasman Sea

Delight in the energetic nature of Pacific white-sided dolphins and watch them flaunt their jumping and swimming skills.

Aqua Gate

The Aqua Gate tunnel gives you the illusion of walking through the depths of the ocean.

Floating Jelly Fish

Enjoy the different species of jellyfish as they gracefully dance through the water displaying their illuminated exteriors.

Feeding Time

Osaka Aquarium Otter

Observe the most exciting part of the day—feeding time!

Watch 12 species of marine animals and mammals chomp on lunch, a site usually only visible in the wild. This time of day can be especially crowded, so be prepared! Check here for daily feeding times. 

Food and Souvenirs

Tempozan Market

Tempozan Market:

Tempozan marketplace resides next to Kaiyukan. The mall contains around 10 restaurants, a food court and plenty of places to buy souvenirs, clothing and aquarium merchandise.

Hours:

Shops: 11am-8pm

Restaurants: 11am-9pm

Fast-Food restaurants: 11am-8pm

(Hours vary by store and the mall closes on the same dates as Osaka Aquarium)

Naniwa Kuishinbo Yokocho

Naniwa Kuishinbo Yokocho is a food theme park within Tempozan Marketplace. The site holds twenty restaurants, all of which present traditional food culture of the Osaka region.

Hours:

11am-8pm

How to get to Osaka Aquarium

1. Bullet Train

Travel from the Shin-Osaka Station, changing lines to Osaka (Umeda) Station and then getting off at Namba (Shinsaibashi Station).

Duration: 30 minutes

2. Subway

Take the Chuo subway line to Osakako Station

The aquarium is also a 5-minute walk from Osakako Station of Osaka City Subway Chuo Line.

3. Bus

From Osaka Station

Duration: 45 minutes

From Namba Station to Tempozan Stop

Duration: 40 minutes

4. Ferry

Captain Line transfers people to and from Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium

Duration: 10 minutes

Price: 700 yen one way / 1300 yen round trip

Frequency: 1-2 ferries per hour

For Osaka Aquarium ticketing or any questions please check the website or contact support@klook.com