Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
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. The walk-through aquarium displays several habitats in 16 tanks, along with the marine life inside them. The habitats are from the Ring of Fire area of the Pacific Ocean. The largest tank holds 5,400 cubic metres of water, and a variety of fish including manta rays and a pair of whale sharks. The tanks used in the aquarium are made of 314 tonnes of acrylic glass - roughly 1.5 times the world's annual production. 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 not only be unwieldy, but would not have a desirable amount of transparency. Kaiyukan is located five minutes' walk from Osakako Station on the Osaka Municipal Subway Chūō Line. The Tempozan Ferris Wheel is located next to the aquarium. The Kaiyukan’s conceptual design, architecture, and exhibit design was led by Peter Chermayeff of Peter Chermayeff LLC while at Cambridge Seven Associates.

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  • Nicolas Fevrier
    Nicolas Fevrier commented
    Interesting shape but most of all,an amazing aquarium.
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