Isn’t this adorable?? It’s the Kaiyukan Kippu (“Aquarium Ticket”). It gives you entrance to the aquarium and unlimited access to the trains in Osaka. (Should be noted that the price varies depending on which type you choose. Not all the public transport options are run by the same companies so you have to pick one – that’s the impression I got from the lady at the Visitor Information Centre at Namba Station. I think we took the one that’s for the subway lines? It cost about JPY2500 each. Aquarium entry alone is JPY2300. So it’s pretty worth the money if you plan to go to the Osaka Aquarium and don’t already have a transport pass of some sort like the Kansai Thru-Pass.)
Went to the S.E.A. Aquarium again and spent around 4 hours there with my camera.
I have to say it would’ve been more enjoyable with less Chinese tourists around… There were so many and they were so noisy. Also, the children were quite rude. For example, there was a little boy holding an iPad mini who rudely shoved me aside because he wanted to take a photo of the starfish. His mother was standing right behind him and she said nothing. Ugh. Sooo rude. There was also a tank with a barrier and small raised platform in front of it, but several mothers encouraged their kids to go under the barrier and onto the platform. So there were four or five little boys and girls on that platform, pressing themselves up against the glass. I’m pretty sure the barrier is there to prevent that sort of behaviour… *shakes head*Read More
We went to the Sydney Sea Life Aquarium…
It’s right beside the Singapore Zoo, so there’s no real trouble in terms of locating it. It’s not fully open yet so currently tickets are cheaper at the moment.
And unlike my visit to the S.E.A. Aquarium, this time I brought my camera with me…
If you’ve been reading my blog for some years, you might have realised by now that I like zoos and I like aquariums. (This renders me somewhat incomprehensible to my young Singaporean cousins who show minimal interest in zoos and aquariums.) For reference: Aquaria KLCC in KL (which I’ve been to about three times already), Deep Sea World in Edinburgh, and the Tokyo Sea Life Park. And now, the new S.E.A. Aquarium in Singapore!
The S.E.A. Aquarium is supposedly the world’s largest aquarium. I don’t know how true that is, but it’s certainly larger than Deep Sea World and Aquaria. Probably bigger than the Tokyo aquarium because of the Open Ocean display, but as I don’t have a habit of measuring tanks and counting fish and corals, I can’t really say. It certainly felt a little bigger… But then Tokyo’s had the outdoor section with the penguins, so that does mess with my sense of size as well.
I went to this new one last weekend and whiled away slightly more than three hours there. Mind you, this is three hours without my camera. I left my camera at home on purpose because I knew I didn’t have all day to sit around and stare at fish, and if I had my camera with me, I just know 3 hours wouldn’t be satisfactory. So the camera stayed home and I made do with my iPhone. It was nice in a way – freed me up to appreciate the fish with my own eyes instead of constantly gazing through a viewfinder.