BAY AREA OF OSAKA
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is the place to see a Rhincodon typus, the world’s largest fish, and sea otters. Last year the aquarium celebrated its 20th anniversary of opening. As part of the plan to enhance its exhibits, a special exhibition of “Chiisana Umi no Ikimonotachi, Kawaii! Collection” (Collection of small sea creatures ? How cute!) will open on March 9. At Tenpozan Market Place, there is a good shopping facility and also the sightseeing boat Santa Maria that tours around Osaka Bay departs from the dock there.
Many cosplay fans gather at the Asia & Pacific Trade Center (ATC) commercial complex in the Nanko Cosmo Square district on weekends. Universal Studios JapanR is a theme park where everyone from children to adults can enjoy world class entertainment including exciting rides themed after Hollywood blockbuster fi lms with performances by popular characters. Various events will be held under the latest theme, entitled the “Happy Surprises on the Greatest Scale in History of the Park,” to celebrate its 10th anniversary, starting March 3, 2011, and continuing until April 8, 2012. To commemorate the 10th anniversary, they will open with a special called “Dreams are Universal” and will continue with a cooling summer event, an exciting Halloween event in September, and a Christmas event starting in November.
At the Universal Citywalk Osaka? attraction near Universal Studios JapanR there are unique shops in an American-style town.