Our fourth day in Japan starts at noon around 11:00. It’s because we are very tired because of yesterday and day before yesterday. Our destination at that time was to Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. But we went to AEON Mall first for lunch first. After eating at the AEON Mall food court, we then proceeded to Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is one of the largest aquarium in the world with a total of 27 tanks, some even reaching 9m in depth. This aquarium is enriched by the marine life of Japanese waters and the Pacific Ocean. What’s interesting here is the whale shark, the largest fish species in the world.
We arrived at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan at around 13:00. Since we already bought the tickets online, we don’t need to queue to buy the tickets again. We only have to wait in line to get in. The queue to enter the Aquarium is also taking a long time, about 1 hour queue.
Once we want to go inside, all we have to do is scan the barcode of the e-ticket we got. So no need to print tickets or exchange with physical tickets again. We can directly enter. Therefore, I always recommend buying tickets online. Because in addition to saving time, saving money as well. The entrance fee to the Aquarium is more expensive if buy on the spot. I checked on the website, the price was 2,300 yen (or around Rp303,600). At that time I bought it online, the price was Rp289,600.
Because this is one of the largest aquarium in the world, we spent about 2 hours 30 minutes in this aquarium. We saw seals, river otter, penguins, whale sharks, sea lions, stingrays, jelly fish, and other underwater animals. There are also animals that I don’t know what their name is, but it reminds me of the movie Madagascar. I was most amazed by the whale shark. This big and long whale shark.
Here also we can feed animals, even holding them. But if you hold it, only for certain animals. There is a pool so that we are easy to hold it. I myself hold a type of shark. It feels a bit harsh.
We got out of Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan at around 16:30. Then we look for food nearby. There is a mall called Tempozan Market Place which is located next to the Kaiyukan Aquarium, still inside the complex as well. At Tempozan Market Place there are a lot of food and restaurants. Even though this is a mall, the atmosphere in the food court is made into a traditional Japanese style.
After strolling around in the food court, finally my choice fell to Omelette Takoyaki. Then I also bought ice cream that looked very interesting. This ice cream named Cremia has a unique taste, there are Kelp & Soy Sauce, etc. The menu itself is all Japanese, so I also don’t know what else is unique. But from the photos and ice cream displays on display, I’m sure this Ice Cream is interesting.
I also chose the ice cream that was recommended by the waiter at that time. I don’t know what it feels like. What is clear is that it’s really delicious and tasty! The cone tastes exactly like Cat’s Tongue cookie, but is softer than Cat’s Tongue cookie. The ice cream is also mixed with powder and what taste I’m not sure, but it’s really delicious. 😀 Cremia is really a must try when in Japan. Oishiiii ~
After exiting the Kaiyukan Aquarium complex, on the way we found a lot of vending machines. My friend always tried weird drinks, and they don’t taste very good. What I really like is ice cream. I also bought ice cream again at the vending machine. Then I tried Glico ice cream with Chocolate peanuts flavor. It’s delicious too! 😀
Our next destination is to Don Quijote. As we already know, Don Quijote (Donki) is the biggest discount store in Japan which is open 24 hours. Don Quijote is spread all over Japan. In Osaka, the biggest Don Quijote is in Dotonbori. Anyway, if you want to go to Japan, go to Don Quijote.
There the base price is already cheap, plus there are additional discounts in the form of physical coupons and digital coupons. I got the physical coupon myself from the Japan Travel Fair in Jakarta some time ago. I also got a Don Quijote physical coupon from Passpod, because I rented a wifi modem Japan from Passpod. Don Quijote’s digital coupons are also available at Passpod, which can be accessed here.
Don Quijote’s physical and digital coupons offer 2 kinds of discounts:
- 2,000 yen discount with a spending of 30,000 yen
- 500 yen discount with a spending of 10,000 yen
At that time we chose to go to Don Quijote, which is located close to the Kaiyukan Aquarium, which is Mega Don Quijote Bentencho. At first we were confused why there was a “Mega” in front, what’s the difference with the usual Don Quijote. We think because “Mega” might be bigger and more complete.
Uh, apparently when we went there, the item I was looking for wasn’t all there. There is more for Japanese daily needs. It turned out that because of its location far from tourists, so Mega Don Quijote Bentencho was indeed for the needs of Japanese people only.
Finally we went to Don Quijote in Namba. Most of the items that I was looking for were there. Unfortunately, due to limited time, all the items that I want to buy have not yet been purchased. I also spent around 900 yen for shopping that night. If there was still time to shop, I could use the physical coupon. Only 100 yen left even though, so I can get a discount of 500 yen.