Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (海遊館)

The aquarium in Osaka is right by the ferris wheel and only a 5-10 minute walk from the JR station (Osakako/大阪港). It is one of the biggest aquariums in the world. The entrance is actually on the second floor and one can use the machines there to buy tickets as well as going to the windows. The ticket machine also offers "sets" of tickets with reduced prices. For example I wanted to get tickets for the ship going from the Tempozan port to the Universal Studios port and back and I could combine that with the entrance tickets to the aquarium. The aquarium consists of multiple floors with not just fish but also dolphins, ducks and even penguins on display.

The most impressive part of the museum is the central tank called "Pacific Ocean". It holds 5400 tons of water with a depth of 9 meters. The thickness of the acrylic glass panels they use for this tank is 30 cm, with a height of 5 meters and width of 6 meters. The glass for that tank weighs 10 tons while the glass used in the whole aquarium weighs 314 tons - this is 150% of the annual acrylic glass output of the whole world! I definitely recommend the aquarium to anyone who has a few days to spend in Osaka.

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