We chose to visit the Osaka Aquarium after 5pm in the evening because we were intending to get the discounted Osaka Aquarium + Tempozan Flyer ticket. The normal price of an Osaka Aquarium ticket is 2000yen, S$31.50, and a Tempozan Flyer ticket is 700yen, S$11. However the after five Osaka Aquarium + Tempozan Flyer ticket is 4300yen, S$68, for two. That's definitely a better deal!
It is cool that the Osaka Aquarium has discounted prices for late visitors, rather than charging a flat rate for all like what the Sentosa Underwater World does. In fact, before five, the visitor pays S$22.90 for the Underwater World + Dolphin Lagoon package. After five, the visitor pays the same S$22.90 but the Dolphin Lagoon is closed! DUH!
The Osaka Aquarium has some real beautiful lighting decorations at its doorstep! Whalesharks, stingrays, dolphins! All of them look so realistic that it is as if they have life in them! It is as if the dolphins are jumping out of the water! Why don't we see such vivid lighting decorations at Orchard Road during the Christmas?
The biggest tank in Osaka Aquarium is the one that houses the two wharesharks (DUH!), with the glass stretching from the ceiling to the floor, with the tank wrapping all around us! Besides the whalesharks, there are also numerous sharks and stingrays, and countless little fishes! You feel so surrounded by the fishes that it is as if you are scuba diving!
Due to the low light condition in the aquarium and that flashlight is not allowed (DUH!), it is easier to do video than to take photo.
Eventually it was getting late in the evening and our lunches were long digested. When we reached the mola mola (sunfish) tank, my almost-fainting-from-hunger friend exclaimed,"Wow! This looks like curry fish head!"...
And these looked like fried chili crabs to her...
At the end of the visit is the hall of jellyfish exhibits where all sorts of jellyfish swim gracefully in their colorfully lit tanks! Simply beautiful!
When we walked out of the Osaka Aquarium at 8pm, we were very hungry but still very excited to take the Tempozan Flyer. But to our disappointment, the flyer was closed because of strong wind! Though our fares were refunded back to us (luckily they didn't ask us to come back again another day instead!), we were still kinda disappointed... Oh well...
海游馆 (Kaiyukan) - Take the subway to 大阪港 station. Expect a bit of walking.
海游馆 (Kaiyukan) Official Website