Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
The Kaiyukan Aquarium
Date opened May 1990 [1]
Location Osaka, Japan
Coordinates 34°39′16.1″N 135°25′44.0″E / 34.654472°N 135.428889°E / 34.654472; 135.428889Coordinates: 34°39′16.1″N 135°25′44.0″E / 34.654472°N 135.428889°E / 34.654472; 135.428889
Land area 26,570 square metres (286,000 sq ft) [2]
Number of animals 29,000 [3]
Number of species 470 [3]
Volume of largest tank 5,400 cubic metres (190,699 cu ft) [4]
Total volume of tanks 10,941 cubic metres (386,378 cu ft) [4]
Memberships JAZA[5]
Website www.kaiyukan.com/language/eng/

The Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (海遊館 Kaiyūkan?, known as the Kaiyukan) is an aquarium located in the ward of Minato in Osaka, Japan, near Osaka Bay. It is one of the largest public aquariums in the world,[6] and is a member of the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA).

The aquarium is about a five-minute walk from Osakako Station on the Osaka Municipal Subway Chūō Line, and is next to the Tempozan Ferris Wheel.[6]

Exhibits[edit]

The walk-through aquarium displays marine life in several habitats comprising 27 tanks in 16 main exhibits with a total volume of 10,941 tons of water. The habitats are from the Ring of Fire area of the Pacific Ocean. The largest tank is 9 metres (30 ft) deep and holds 5,400 cubic metres (190,699 cu ft) of water and a variety of fish including manta rays and a whale shark.[4]

The tanks used in the aquarium are made of 314 tonnes (346 tons) of acrylic glass. The largest single pane measures six meters by five meters by thirty centimeters and weighs roughly 10 tons. At the thicknesses used, regular glass would be unwieldy and would not have the desired transparency.

The themes, displays and their respective organisms at Kaiyukan are as follows;

Tunnel Tank[edit]

Japanese Forests[edit]

Aleutian Islands[edit]

Monterey Bay[edit]

Panama Bay[edit]

Ecuadorian Jungle[edit]

Antartica[edit]

Tasmanian Sea[edit]

Great Barrier Reef[edit]

The Pacific Ocean[edit]

This is largest tank in the aquarium.

Seto Inland Sea[edit]

  • Fish native to Seto, Japan.

The Giant Kelp Forest[edit]

Chilean Rocks[edit]

Cook Strait[edit]

  • Sea Tortoises and other species.

Japanese Trench[edit]

Deep sea Zone[edit]

Jellyfish Area[edit]

Architecture[edit]

The Kaiyukan’s conceptual design, architecture, and exhibit design was led by Peter Chermayeff of Peter Chermayeff LLC while at Cambridge Seven Associates.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Peter Chermayeff LLC". peterchermayeff.com. Peter Chermayeff LLC. Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Osaka Aquarium (Kaiyukan)". frommers.com. Frommer's. Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "About Us". kaiyukan.com. Osaka Waterfront Development Co. Ltd. Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "Exhibition". kaiyukan.com. Osaka Waterfront Development Co. Ltd. Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "List of Aquariums". jazga.or.jp. Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Retrieved 12 June 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Osaka Aquarium". http://www.gojapango.com. GoJapanGo. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 

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