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Osaka Bay Area
Transportation Station: Osakako (5 min.)
Daily 10am-8pm (Crowded on weekends)
sometimes in June and in winter
One of the
world's largest aquariums, encompassing 286,000 square feet and containing 2.9
million gallons of water, it is constructed around the theme "Ring of Fire,"
which refers to the volcanic perimeter encircling the Pacific Ocean.
begin with a video of erupting volcanoes followed by an escalator ride to the
eighth floor; followed by entry to 14 different habitats ranging from arctic to
tropical as you follow a spiraling corridor back to the ground floor.
begins with the daylight world in a Japanese forest above the ocean's surface,
continues to and past Antarctica, Monterey Bay, the Great Barrier Reef, and
other ecosystems on the way to the depths of the ocean floor. At each point
visitors view marine life of that region.
Theme Park (Umeda Joypolis)
Umeda Kita-ku,(8th and 9th floor) Near Osaka Station
JR Osaka or Umeda (5 min.)
11am-11pm (you must enter by 10:15pm) Under 16 not permitted after 7PM.
amusement arcades are popular in Japan. There are the usual flashing lights,
bells and constant electronically produced sound effects, and crowds of
enthusiastic participants. In addition to arcade games, virtual rides simulate
gliding through the air or shooting the rapids of a wild river. Note: Children
under the age of 16 aren't allowed here after 7pm and that some virtuall rides
that carry height restrictions.
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Bay Area
Universal City (5 min.)
daily, generally 9am-7pm (to 9pm in peak season), but hours can vary with the
the format of Universal's Hollywood and Orlando theme parks, The Studio takes
guests on a fantasy trip through the world of American blockbuster movies, with
thrill rides, live entertainment, back-lot streets, restaurants, shops, and
other attractions based on actual movies. Board a boat for a harrowing encounter
with a great white straight out of Jaws, escape a T-Rex as you roller-coaster
your way through a setting of Jurassic Park, watch a fantastic fire show at a
Backdraft theater or a water extravaganza at WaterWorld, Take E.T. home to save
his planet, and see, feel, and smell Sesame Street in 4-D.
the attractions have been dubbed into Japanese. Avoid weekends and arrive early,
then head straight for the Information booth and an Express Card, which will
get you in at specific times and avoid long lines.
Cook Shuttle Boat
fastest and most scenic way to travel between Suntory Museum/aquarium and
Universal Studios is via the Captain Cook shuttle boat which departs every 30
It is a
10-minute ride. A bonus: the boat ticket includes a discount for the aquarium.