6 Amazing Aquariums In Japan You Have To Visit in 2022

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Are you the kind of person who enjoys learning about aquatic species?  Well, if you do, I’ve got some questions for you! Have you ever visited a real fish aquarium in your area?

Have you ever dreamt of seeing a gigantic fish aquarium in Japan filled with rare fish species you can only find there? If so, then this article is for you!

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One of the nations renowned for its significant aquaria and numerous aquatic attractions in Japan. Japanese aquariums have a lot to offer, particularly those that value marine life.

Do you know that there are aquariums in Japan that are ranked as some of the largest aquariums in the world? If you don’t, then come and join me as I discovered great aquariums during my stay in Japan. 

Here is a list of 6 aquariums you absolutely must see in Japanese aquariums. All facts and information provided are based on my personal experiences and lessons learned during my time in Japan.

Must-visit Aquariums in Japan

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

  • Open from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm (Oct to Feb).
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

As I stated, one of the largest and most well-known aquariums in the world can be found in Kaiyohaku Park, which is named Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

This tourist attraction aquarium spot was my first ever visit to an aquarium in Japan.

Luckily, I was able to see animals that I hadn’t seen before, like tarsiers or Japanese soft-tarsiers, Mantophis Jinta, and it is also home to some very peculiar fish species, like Vampyroteuthis infernalis, which is a type of deep water squid. 

I highly suggest that if you are going to visit the stunning aquariums, you must set a schedule first before going to the place. 

Must know:

  • 720 different species make up most of its 11,000 animal species. 
  • The largest tank has a capacity of 7,500,000 liters. 
  • One of the aquariums that are highly recommended is a great destination for tourists because it offers a variety of activities. 
  • Each visitor has a different cost for admission. The Cost of General Admission (the latest admission fee-Oct 01, 2022)
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2,180 yen for adults, and 

1440 yen for high school students

710 yen for elementary and junior high school students

Under 6 years old are free from admission.

Area: 424 Ishikawa, Motobu, Kunigami District, Okinawa 905-0206, Japan

To know more visit their official website

Tokyo Sea Life Park

Last year, I visited a sea life park in Tokyo and was blown away by the display of unique species.

Tokyo Sea Life Park

Approximately 650 species of organisms are bred in 47 tanks, including tuna that migrate around a large donut-shaped tank. Among the many strange and intriguing creatures, I saw a few that seemed to be closer to humans than any other fish in my life. 

Must know

  • Aquariums at Tokyo Sea Life Park are working to conserve and breed endangered foreign and domestic species. 
  • There are 940 different species represented by 85,000 animals. 
  • The capacity of the tanks as a whole is 4,600,000 liters. 
  • The price of admission varies for each visitor. The price of general entry

350 yen for seniors (65 years old and above). 

700 yen for adults (16-64),

250 yen for students (13-15)

while children ages 12 and below can enter for free.

Address: 6 Chome-2-3 Rinkaicho, Edogawa City, Tokyo 134-8587, Japan

To know more, visit the official website

Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

This public aquarium is located in Minato Ward and is known as Japan’s biggest dolphin show tank. 

The place is mainly open from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm 

Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

The Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, run by the Nagoya Minato Promotion Foundation, was first opened in 1992. The largest dolphin show tank in the world has been introduced thanks to the aquarium’s expanding facilities.

The research facility is known to have had success in breeding species such as the emperor penguin and chinstrap penguin. Having been classified as a World Natural Monument by UNESCO in 2003, the aquarium was voted the best aquarium in Japan in 2006. 

Must know

  • The dolphin show tank has capacities of  13,500,000 liters, while the aquarium is 885,000 liters 
  • Have lots of entertainment events such as Dolphin performance, Ocra Traning, Tornado of Sardines, Diver communication, and many more!
  • Each visitor has a different cost for the admission ticket. The Cost of General Admission ticket
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2,030 yen for adults and high school students, 

1,010 yen for elementary and junior high school students, 

while 500 yen for children (4 years old)

Address: 1-3 Minatomachi, Minato Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 455-0033, Japan

To know more, visit the official website

Kamoga Sea World

Kamoga Sea World

Kamogawa Sea World is a sizable, comprehensive marine leisure center/museum-like facility. The entire complex includes a museum, arcade, amusement park, and marine aquarium. It is located in Kamogawa City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan, near the Tojo coast.

Must know

  • 800 species, totaling 11,000 animals, are bred and displayed. Numerous facilities in this region house various rare animal species.
  •  The public aquarium is used for more than just viewing animals; it also serves as a hub for information exchange and team research projects with other global and Japanese preservation organizations.
  • One of the rare experiences in this place is seeing the rare beluga whale and a majestic orca performance.
  •  At a place called “Restaurant Ocean,” you can eat while watching killer whale sightings. The experience was incredibly fascinating and incredible because it was my first time dining while enjoying a fantastic view of the underwater world.

Address: 1464-18 Higashicho, Kamogawa, Chiba 296-0041, Japan

To know more, visit the official site

Toba Aquarium

Toba Aquarium

In the Japanese city of Mie is the aquarium. The preservation and propagation of rare marine species that are in danger of going extinct are other priorities at Toba Aquarium. A finless porpoise was born, and a second-generation sea otter was born for the first time in Japan. These are notable breeding events.

The zones provided on the spot meet my expectations because you can easily keep track of them and choose which ones to visit based on your preferences and those that will go well with the exhibition.

Must know

  • There are 25,000 different animals and 1,000 different species, including the beluga sturgeon, commerson’s dolphin, and Dugong dugon, among many others. 
  • 6,000 m3 is the total volume of tanks. 
  • Each visitor pays a different amount for admission. 
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Adults pay 2800 yen. 

Ages 6 to 15: 1,600 yen for children 

3-5-year-old children pay 800 yen,

 whereas children under 3 are admitted free.

Feedback:

“There were unfamiliar manatees and dugongs. As expected, I was able to spend time without getting tired of being proud of the number one variety in Japan. Also, since the direction of travel is not particularly decided, I was able to go round and round at my own pace. The porpoise had just had a baby, so I couldn’t see it up close. I think it’s because I don’t give stress, so I can’t help it (;_;) The closing time is short at 17:00, so be careful when visiting.

By the way, the sea otter place was crowded all the time as I imagined.”

Reviewed by 狂犬ちゃん

Address: 3 Chome-3-6 Toba, Mie 517-8517, Japan

To learn more, visit the official page

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

When it first opened in 1990, the public gave the aquarium the name “Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.”

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan has opened its doors to the public for the first time with a total volume of 10,941 tons of water. 

Each tank represents a different region of the Pacific Rim, and the exhibits incorporate the concepts of the Ring of Fire and the Ring of Life.

On my journey through this aquarium, all I can say is that it is educational and amazing. The facility is clean and well-maintained to Japanese standards. The colorful fish that swim within the aquarium’s water tanks, the majestic coral colonies, and various sea creatures with unique shapes are mesmerizing.

Must know

  • Business hours in October are 9:30-20:00 on weekends, 9:30-19:00 during the weekdays (last entry is at 18:00), and 10:30-19:00 on holidays (Last entry at 19:00)
  • While there are 29,000 different animal species, there are 420 different species.
  • The largest tank has a volume of 5,400,000 liters, and all of the tanks together have a volume of 11,000,000 liters.
  • There are many different types of tanks, and they can be divided according to the marine life they house.
  • Each visitor pays a different amount for admission. 

Adults: 2,400 yen (high school students, 16 years old and over). 

1,220 yen for kids (elementary and junior high school students),

It costs 600 yen for infants (3 years old and older),

 while seniors pay 2,200 yen (65 and over).

Feedback:

It was crowded however there are many things to see and almost everything has an English explanation. The exhibition is separated by geographical areas and watching the sharks was great!”

Reviewed by: Adriana Valenzuela

Address: 1 Chome-1-10 Kaigandori, Minato Ward, Osaka, 552-0022, Japan

To learn more, visit the official site

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