Tempozan Ferris Wheel
As a carnie brat, I was quite excited about the Ferris wheel!! It is one of the tallest Ferris wheels in the world! This was probably my 2nd favorite place in Osaka! A neat little fact about it is that it lights up every night, and the colors can tell you the forecast for the weather the next day: orange=sunny, green=cloudy, and blue=rainy. One revolution takes about 15 minutes and it does not stop to let people on… It goes slow enough that you can get on while it’s still moving! I really enjoyed it and we had some great views on our ride…
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
This is one of the largest aquariums in the world and it was so beautiful! We saw so many cool and interesting sea creatures! I love going to aquariums!! It’s like being a little kid again!
My favorite part was the shark and stingray tank, which was at the center of the aquarium that we could see from every level we were on as we made our way down the aquarium. It also had many other different kinds of fish in it.
There were also some really cool dolphins there that I had never seen before: white sided dolphins. Unfortunately they were too fast to get a non-blurred picture of. The jellyfish exhibit was really cool. There were a lot that lit up!
I also really enjoyed the crabs, penguins, and otters (which are always fun to watch)! We did see some big sea turtles, but just a glimpse… They liked to hide. The exhibit that hosted all the lit-up sea creatures was soo cool to watch. There were these little guys that were smaller than my pinky nail that lit up! Very cool! There was also a glass cube that caught our eye. The cube showed how thick the glass was that is used for all the tanks… So we thought we’d see what it was like being a fish. 🙂
What I was really looking forward to was seeing the whale sharks! I had never seen them before and it is the biggest attraction at this aquarium. I didn’t realize til we were out of the aquarium and in the gift shop that we didn’t see them! Boo! So instead, I bought a replacement to kind of make up for it… Meet Domo (last name Arigato), which means “thank you very much” in Japanese.
And it looks like it’s going to be cloudy tomorrow…