“Jeez, is it school holidays or something? This place is packed!”
Somehow, I’d convinced James to let me drag him to the Osaka Aquarium (海遊館). It’d be like a romantic date, I assured him. Secretly, I just wanted to take cool pictures of aquatic creatures and fantasise about the possibility of keeping rare species in my own home. James’ role was relegated to being the “photographer’s assistant” – a role that he assured me he didn’t mind (he probably did). Unfortunately for me, and fortunately for James I suppose, the aquarium had become a temporary can of sardines that day (there’s probably a pun in there somewhere) and taking photos was almost impossible with the number of kids (and adults!) jostling their way to the front. I believe I gave up being a photographer at some point and the aquarium visit did end up becoming a date after all.
The Osaka Aquarium is located in the Tempozan Harbor Village, which is also home to the Tempozan Ferris Wheel and Naniwa Food Theme Park. There are quite a lot of things to do in the Bay Area, so if you’re in Osaka, hop on a train along the Chūō Subway Line – it conveniently connects the Tempozan Harbor Village with central Osaka in under 20 minutes!
OSAKA AQUARIUM (KAIYŪKAN)
Minato Ward, Osaka
Opening hours: 10am – 8pm (daily)
Admission fee: ¥2300 (adult) / ¥600-¥1200 (student)