Shimonoseki Kaikyokan Aquarium

Sightseeing information about Shimonoseki Kaikyokan Aquarium in Japan.

Shimonoseki Kaikyokan Aquarium4.1

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This aquarium in Shimonoseki city displays around 20,000 undersea creatures of 500 different species in its 65 water tanks. The star creature here is fugu blowfish, whose meat is well-known in Japan as expensive winter-time delicacy. You can see more than 100 different blowfish from all over the world, and one tank is dedicated to a so-called 'tiger puffy', the most expensive groumet blowfish, showing them in different stages of growth.

The tunnel tank, representing the undersea scenery of the nearby Kanmon Strait, is a pleasant promenade. The display of a life-size blue whale's skeleton is the only one available in Japan. The outdoor pool against the background of the strait is a venue of joint performance of dolphins and sea lions. There is also an Italian restaurant with a view of the dolphin tank.

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5.04 months ago

Fantastic aquarium with extensive pufferfish exhibition. Great dolphin show with free touching session (no cameras allowed but you can buy a printed photo or CD ROM for 1500 and 3000 yen, respectively. There’s also a local fish market (stop by for lunch on the second floor at a sushi restaurant) and small theme park nearby

5.05 months ago

We visited here from a cruise ship and decided to give the aquarium a try. We got a group discount rate even though there was only 2 of us normal price is about £13, but is well worth that price. The dolphin and seal pool may cause some people to be put off, but the staff really care about the wellbeing of the animals. The Humboldt penguin habitat was especially good as the have a great breeding programme and will answer all of your questions. Highly recommend.

5.0a month ago

The best feature was the dolphin show

5.010 months ago

It is a must visit place if you are in simonoseki. It is a wonderful place for marine life lover. Main attraction is the penguin and the dolphins show that is held half an hour intervals. It is so beautiful to see. Also there are lots of types of fish also. Coral reef, jellyfish, sharks, sea lion, sun fish are few examples. There is blue whale skeleton also. Overall it is a awesome place to visit.

5.05 months ago

This aquarium located near a classical fish market, a seaside shopping mall with seafood restaurants, a small amusement park, and a Starbucks with drive-through! All within walking distance.

A great attraction of Kanmon Strait. Good aquarium design and facilities for families with young kids. The featured penguin village was awesome. The sardines were swimming like a vortex and there was a giant mambo fish. They also housed several tanks displaying babies of the local puffer fish. All fish seemed pretty active.

For access by Shinkansen, it would be more convenient to stop at Kokura Station and transferring to the local train to Shimonoseki than stopping at Shinshimonoseki Station. The more frequent schedule of faster trains from Kokura makes a day trip possible.

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