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The Must-See Kaiyukan Aquarium, and then some!
Using Osaka Kaiyu Ticket for an Exquisite Sightseeing in Osaka☆

2019.08.14

中国

Written by: 戴安娜(Dianaaa)

● Gotta Love Kaiyukan☆

I love marine animals. The Kaiyukan building has a unique design.

Also, it’s really easy to get to Kaiyukan—you can take Osaka Metro from major stations like Umeda and Namba and you’re there in no time…
Kaiyukan was an easy choice when my friend Kyenga and I decided to try out the Osaka Kaiyu Ticket together!

I’ve been to the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan several times but, every time I go, I see a different side of the various creatures there.
Walking down the spiral path around that huge tank and watching the fish swimming graciously above me is my favorite part of the visit.
I also find Kaiyukan’s exhibits interesting—another reason I go back there again and again. Right now, their special exhibit, “Dreaming of Life in the Sea,” gives you a taste of the wonders of living in the deep sea.

After we took our time visiting with these animals, the Tempozan Market Place was a perfect spot for lunch. I like the many options of the Osaka gourmet scene offered there.
A couple of other nice attractions around Kaiyukan where you can get a discount with the Osaka Kaiyu Ticket (although we skipped them this time) are the Tempozan Ferris Wheel and the sail boat Santa Maria bay cruise!

● A Stylish Café in Tanimachi

We had the whole afternoon ahead of us so we headed to Karahori Area,which is known for its unique shops.

Our top destination there was “art&sweets cica,” an art café we found on the Internet and definitely wanted to check it out.

They are known for the unique plating of food; they actually draw detailed images with sauce☆ If you bring a photo—of your pet, a celebrity you like, or whatever—they will draw it on your plate! We had no photo with us; so we just asked for ‘omakase’ and had the chef decide what to draw. It was so cute we didn’t want to eat it! And the sweets themselves (pancakes, donuts, and more) were delish!

● To the Floating Garden Observatory!

There were more shops we wanted to visit in the Karahori area, but the day was catching up with us. So, we took Osaka Metro to Umeda and headed to the Floating Garden Observatory in the Umeda Sky Building to catch the sunset. I’d been interested in going there for a long time, and the Osaka Kaiyu Ticket got us a discount.

The panoramic view of the big city Osaka from 173 meters above ground was amazing! The sun slowly setting in the sea was simply breathtaking.

The Bustling Osaka Station City

Our last stop was Osaka Station City nearby. Osaka Station is always filled with people, but the one place you can see everyone enjoying their own time is the “Toki no Hiroba” (literally means the plaza of time and space). It is a pleasant space with lots of benches—many use it as a meeting spot. I can see the trains coming and going below you and enjoy different events each season—I might just forget time. Living in Japan, I think I’ve started to appreciate the different seasons.

A Great Deal—The Osaka Kaiyu Ticket

Today’s trip would normally cost more than 3,000 yen for the transportation and the admission to the Kaiyukan Aquarium! With the Osaka Kaiyu Tikcet, though, it cost us 2,600 yen, only 300 yen more than the general admission fee (2,300 yen) to Kaiyukan. And since you get free rides all day, the more places you visit, the better deal it is!!
The discount coupon to Tempozan Market Place and the Floating Garden Observatory also saved us more than 500 yen! And it was all easy and smooth process☆

It was nice to visit Kaiyukan again, and I fully enjoyed the day in Osaka with this nice ticket.
I highly recommend the Osaka Kaiyu Ticket!

Spots introduced to a friend

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

[Access] About 7 mins walk from Exit 1 at Osakako Station.
[Hours] 10:00 to 20:00 (Last entry 19:00)
[Closed] Irregular holidays

Tempozan Marketplace

[Access] About 7 mins walk from Exit 1 at Osakako Station.
[Hours] Shopping: 11:00-20:00
Food Court: 11:00-20:00
Restaurant 11:00-21:00
Naniwa eating meal side street 11:00-20:00
※ It varies according to season or stores
[Closed] Irregular holidays

art&sweets cica

[Access] About 1 mins walk from Exit 3 at Tanimachi 6-chome Station.
[Hours] 10:00-22:00 (Last Order at 21:00)
[Closed] Closed on Tuesdays/Wednesdays, Open on holidays

Umeda Sky Building Kuchu Teien Observatory

[Access] About 11 mins walk from Exit 5 at Umeda Station.
About 15 mins walk from Exit 3 at Nishi-Umeda Station.
[Hours] 9:30-22:30 (Last entry 22:00)
[Closed] Open daily

Osaka Station City

[Access] A short walk from Exit 3A at Umeda Station.
About 5 mins walk from Exit 1 at Higashi-Umeda Station, about 5 mins walk from Exit 3 at Nishi-Umeda Station.

C11

Osakako

min
C18

Tanimachi 4-chome

min
T24

Tanimachi 6-chome

min
T20

Higashi-Umeda