Osaka is home to one of the best aquariums in the world. It’s also the number one date spot for most young locals. There are almost 30,000 animals there for you to watch, making for a entertaining yet relaxing afternoon or morning.
In total, the aquarium has fifteen different themed tanks. The main attraction is the infamous whale shark. There are several in the nine-meter Pacific Ocean themed tank at the aquarium, accompanied by a few of my favourite; the hammerhead shark.
But astoundingly there was another creature that stole my attention. There was one particular fish that followed me and my friend from the top of the tank right down to the bottom. It was absolutely amazing. I couldn’t believe it. The glass is inches thick, yet by pure coincidence or some sort of telepathy, this fish managed to stalk me for over twenty minutes. I even had some other tourists film me. Maybe he was trying to ask me something, like where his son went. (That was a Finding Nemo joke).
The quality of the exhibits is excellent. So much variety in each section has you experiencing otters playing, to dolphins frolicking and performing tricks, to ominous stingrays gliding over your head. On your way out there is an open tank which allows you to touch some of the creatures. IF you don’t mind the smell and slippery skin of a ray, that is.
It takes about two to three hours to see all the tanks, about half a day. You can also eat lunch at the aquarium, but Osaka has so much more to offer in terms of food. Osaka Aquarium is open from 10am until 8pm and is accessible from Osakako station, a five-minute walk.