What exactly is NIFREL in Osaka, Japan? Is it a zoo? Is it an aquarium?
To answer the question, NIFREL is an aquazoo – a unique combination of an aquarium, a zoo and some would say a museum too. This interactive, family-friendly attraction is located at EXPOCITY in North Osaka, Japan. It is part of the larger complex which includes the LaLaPort Shopping Mall and VS Park.
NIFREL’s different zones are set over two floors. The exhibits have been thoughtfully organised based on themes such as Colors, Abilities, Shapes, Behaviour and Biodiversity.
Colors, Shapes and Abilities
Colors is a showcase of the brilliant colours found in the natural world.
13 tanks of aquatic life with vivid reds, orange and blue creatures attract the eye.
The next zone, Abilities, is also one of the most fascinating.
Here, you can try having sticking your finger into a pool of water to feed a swarm of doctor fish.
There is also an innovative set up where you can watch archerfish shooting bullets of water out of the tank at prey suspected above.
Shapes is a particularly atmospheric zone within NIFREL. The exhibits have been interestingly presented to highlight the beauty of individual animals.
Bridging the first and second floors of the aquazoo is Wonder Moments, a dazzling multimedia show by artist Takahiro Matsuo. It is projected on to a globe and kids absolutely love it.
White Tiger at the Waterside
The second floor holds more surprises.
At the Waterside zone, animals that live by the water are displayed.
At other places, an alligator would be the largest predator in its care but NIFREL has an enclosure with a white tiger prowling through it!
Eat, Eat, Eat
Waterside is also where you will find NIFREL’s café – Eat Eat Eat. The most interesting food item available here is probably Eating Water.
This snack comes in a ball and, thankfully, with some instructions on how to eat it too.
The journey continues on to the Behaviour zone – a walk-in section with free-ranging birds and other little critters.
Beavers, lemurs and even a capybara are some of the animals that call this section of NIFREL home.
Before leaving NIFREL, watch a presentation at the Biodiversity zone based on the theme of “Being the same”, “Being different” and Being interactive between them”.
There is also a shop where you can buy a souvenir to take home from your visit.
NIFREL is an innovative concept where aqua life and terrestrial animals are brought together in an indoor facility. The exhibits are well-presented and it is a family-friendly and interactive attraction to visit when in Osaka, Japan.
Purchase Your E-Tickets to NIFREL and Beat the Queues
You can purchase your tickets to NIFREL in advance. By purchasing an e-ticket, you can skip the ticket counter queues and head straight to the attraction’s entrance.
Only purchase tickets from authorised agents such as Klook. Purchase your E-Tickets to NIFREL Interactive Aquazoo in Osaka here.
Where: Senri bampaku koen, Suita-shi, Osaka, 565-0826, JAPAN
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