Sunday, April 26, 2015

Osaka Aquarium and the Sta. Maria Cruise Ship Experience

I love going to any branch of Ocean Park. Some people think that when you've seen one, you've seen it all. But not for me. There is always something new for me in each visit. The animals may be of the same breed, but each is unique in it's own.

So I did not pass up going to the Osaka Aquarium (Kaiyukan). It was also a perfect opportunity for us to experience the Sta. Maria Cruise Ship since the port is just right behind the aquarium.

But first, we didn't want to start our day with an empty stomach. So we searched for a place to eat before heading out. We found this vending machine eatery near the train station in Umeda.

Menu posted on the wall

Vending Machine

Tickets for our meal

English menu, yey!

We've been starting at the menu for quite sometime, trying to figure out what they were. The waiter finally approached us and asked if we wanted an English menu. Horray for the smart guy!! LOL

So, when we've finally decided, the waiter also assisted us in using the vending machine. He then took our tickets-slash-meal stub. Oh, we did not regret the choices that we made.

Tonkatsu and miso soup

They taste different than what I am used to in Manila. This is so much better, less saltier but still rich in flavor. The miso soup also tastes nice. The only thing I was missing is a glass of cold iced tea. But they were serving green tea for free and I wasn't about to complain. After all, it was freezing outside. 

Now that our stomachs were filled, we were off to our destination. It was a 20 or 30 minute ride going to Tempozan Harbor Village. Once we got there, we had to walk for another 15 minutes or so. The walk was quite enjoyable since the breeze was cool and the atmosphere is relaxed. When we got to the Osaka Aquarium, there was a magic street show going on and a really long line to get in.

But the husband and I decided to cruise in the Sta. Maria first so the sun won't be too hot yet since it is still early.

Walkway going to 
the port

Here she comes!!

Reminds me of Lupi's ship
from One Piece...

It was a fun experience even if it only lasted for around 45 minutes. We chose to sit at the topmost deck so we could see everything. There was a Takoyaki stand inside but I did not want to eat anything, I was worried I might get seasick and puke. 

By the time we were back and ready to go inside the aquarium, my phone was out of battery and so was my powerbank! I totally forgot to charge it. And knowing the battery issues of iPhone, it was expected that it was going to die out half of the day with all the using of Google Map and taking pictures. It was a sad, sad moment for me to learn this. So I have no pictures of going into the aquarium. *sob*

But what I loved most was being able to pat the stingray and shark at the back. On a regular, I would swim away from those if I see them elsewhere, like the beach! LOL But here, it was safe to pet them and I took advantage of that. 

Despite of enjoying this visit, I can say with certainty that I will not be returning. I do like visiting Ocean Parks' but seeing it once per location is enough for me. If I go to a different country with an Ocean Park, then I will check it out. But if I go back to Osaka, I will skip the Osaka Aquarium. It was fun, but I don't feel the need to see it again. Unless they have something new that really interests me. 

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