Today is our last full day in Japan as we fly back home tomorrow from Osaka Kansai International Airport. This has been an incredible journey and I can honestly say that out of all the places I have visited so far, Japan has made the biggest impression on me.
We’re not at the end yet, as Mark and I decided to take it slow on our last day here.
We visited the Osaka Aquarium after having a late breakfast and really enjoyed ourselves there. The aquarium is located in the bay area of Osaka at Tempozan Harbor Village. You can also find a small mall and Lego Land at Tempozan Harbor Village. The main attraction of the aquarium is the huge whale shark in one of the huge watertanks. It is highly criticized by nature-lovers to holde a whale shark in captivity, but I must admit that I found it very impressive to see such a beautiful animal. It really is huge! The tank itself is about 9 meters deep. The whale shark shares its home with huge manta rays and many other types of shark and fish.
The route starts on the 8th floor and brings you down floor by floor. Some of the tanks stretch over several floors, making it possible to observe the animals from different depths and perspectives.
The aquarium has many other fish and all sorts of animals, such as penguins, river/sea otters, dolphins and seals.
We are flying back quite early tomorrow morning and decided to stay at a hotel near the airport. It is conveniently located in Rinku Town, a whole town devoted to shopping and shoppers. We went to the Rinku Premium Outlet, which has the same concept as the popular malls in the United States of America.
It’s really the end of our last full day now and I’m slowly preparing to get back to my ‘normal’ life. I always consider myself extremely lucky to be able to travel so often and it is also always great to return home. We haven’t decided on our next destination yet, but I’m sure I will be able to enjoy the memories of Japan for a long time.