Monday, January 20, 2014

Kaiyukan/ Osaka Aquarium

Yep, I'm still not done posting my pictures from Japan (especially now that I have my new computer)!  In Osaka we made a special trip to Kaiyukan/ the Osaka Aquarium, which was AMAZINGly fun!  I realize now that when I travel, I love visiting museums and aquariums and this one was definitely one of the best I've been to!  It was super easy to get to (just catch the bullet train) and walk a bit.  It's nice because there is a shopping center next to the aquarium (Tempozan Harbor), and you can also buy tickets to ride the giant ferris wheel there. The aquarium is one of the largest in the world, and it would have to be to house not one but TWO whale sharks… we were super lucky because when we visited in June of 2013 they had just gotten a brand new baby whale shark and were in the process of holding a naming contest for it (she ended up being named Ten-chan).  My sister and I specifically wanted to visit Yu-chan and Ten-chan! 

Inside the Aquarium…see how massive the tanks are!


Spider crabs! Eeeeeew.

I forget what these were (whale lice?) but they were gross!


Ten-chan the whale shark!

Yu-chan the whale shark!

The best touch pool ever!

Kawaii crab

An otter!  Seriously, this was the best picture I got… they wouldn't be still for a second!

Feeding the penguins!


more whale shark!

Tempozan Harbor and Temposan Ferris Wheel

Tempozan Harbor Ferris Wheel… to make it look like there are more people riding the ferris wheel, they stick a giant winnie the pooh doll in one of the carriages!

View from the ferris wheel!

View from the ferris wheel!

And that was the Osaka Aquarium!

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