Kaiyukan / Osaka Aquarium / An aquarium providing a different view on sealife in the Pacific Rim

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Kaiyukan is an aquarium in the Osaka Prefecture allowing visitors to view sealife from above, below, and from the side.

View Sealife from Depths and Perspectives

Kaiyukan is an eight floor aquarium that contains 15 tanks displaying different regions of the Pacific Rim, making it one of the world's largest aquariums. Each tanks varies in depth, but most span multiple floors providing a unique way to view the fish and other sealife. In contrast to typical aquariums that offer one, maybe two points of view to a tank, this allows visitors to get a more detailed view of the aquarium life.

Impressive Center and Main Attraction

While the aquarium contains many tanks of beautiful and unique sealife, the central tank is the main attraction in the aquarium and a favorite of all visitors that set foot in the building. The center tank is nine meters deep and contains a whale shark, representing the Pacific Ocean.

An Upside Down Experience

Unlike most places with exhibits, this aquarium is different than most in its ordering of tanks. This aquarium starts the tour at the top on the eighth floor and asks the visitors to spiral down through the levels, tanks, and regions. In order to be sure that visitors view the exhibits in the intended order, there is an escalator upon entering the building and progressing through the water tunnel.

Access/ How to go to Kaiyukan

Kaiyukan is very simple to access. Take the Chuo subway line to Osakako Station. The subway line can be accessed by several stops along the JR, Hanshin, Nankai and Kintetsu Railways.■Hours 10:00~20:00 (from 9:30 in May, October and mid July to August)■Access 1, Kaigan-Dori (Ave.), Minato-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka■Tell 06-6576-5501■URL http://www.kaiyukan.com/language/eng/index.htm

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