You’d love to visit! Aquariums in Japan
The island country of Japan where the four sides are surrounded by the sea is one of the largest aquarium nations in the world. In all parts of the country, it is said that there are over 100 aquariums, each with unique local characteristics.
Among them, we will introduce hand-picked spots attracting worldwide attention such as the world’s largest fish tank, an aquarium with a fish tank floating in the air which is rare in the world, and an aquarium where over 50 kinds of jellyfishes can be watched.
Lose yourself in mystical sea world to savor a relaxing, sublime moment.
Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium
Located on Shonai Beach facing the Sea of Japan, though “Kamo Aquarium” is the only aquarium in the prefecture, it is world famous, accredited as Guinness World Records with the largest number of jellyfish exhibits in the world. Over 50 kinds of jellyfishes are displayed at all times, including rare species. Also, in a huge circular water tank with a diameter of 5 m, you will see close at hand the spectacular scene of about 2,000 moon jellies, drifting in water. You can enjoy the extraordinary space the aquarium has to offer. There are also programs such as exhibition related to fishes living in the rich natural environment of Shonai Beach, sea lion shows, and feeding experience with kittiwakes living in Shonai Beach.
"Sunshine Aquarium" located on the roof of a building in the city. "Sunshine Lagoon" with an extensive view like that of a tropical ocean is one of the highlights, incorporating a method of visually enhancing the depth, and offering an imaginary stroll in the sea as if you’re being embraced in the sea. The open-air “Marine Garden” is an absolute “Oasis in the Sky”, which include areas such as "Sunshine Aqua Ring" where sea lions swim in a overhead donut type tank, and "Penguins in the Sky" where penguins swim against the background of skyscrapers. After sunset, the aquarium turns into a healing space lighted up with magical lights.
Numazu Deep Blue Aquarium Coelacanth Museum
“Numazu Deep Blue Aquarium Coelacanth Museum” features deep sea, a theme unique in the world. It’s located near Suruga Bay, the deepest bay in Japan, with the lowest level being 2,500 m. In addition to rare deep-sea creatures gathered from all over the world, numerous organisms living in the area from the coast of Suruga Bay to the deep sea are displayed in this aquarium. The best attractions are coelacanths, after all. Coelacanths are called “living fossils”, because they have been living with the same appearance for 350 million years. The two coelacanths frozen alive and three stuffed ones displayed are full of impact. You can fully enjoy the deep-sea world where there are still many mysteries.
One of the highlights in Kaiyukan is the world’s largest tank called "Pacific" where whale sharks, mantas and migratory fishes leisurely swim. In the aquarium there are 14 areas divided by concept, including "Tasman Sea" where white-sided dolphins swim, "Antarctica" where penguins live, tunnel-type aquarium "Aqua Gate" where tropical fishes and the like swim. At "Jellyfish Galaxy" a newly added exhibition in March, 2018, jellyfishes drifting in the background of jet black are attracting visitors. The Tempozan Harbor Village, where Kaiyukan is located, is also a tourist attraction that you can enjoy all day, including shopping and eating areas, large Ferris wheel and so on.
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is located in a place overlooking the sea of emerald green. The main spots are "The Coral Sea", reproducing the coral reef of Okinawa, and the world's largest tank "The Kuroshio Sea", where the whale shark and the mantas swim dynamically. In addition, there is "The Aqua Room", a ceiling with semi-domed acrylic panel, where you can enjoy watching the humongous fishes swimming overhead. Around the aquarium there are also "Okichan Theater" where you can enjoy dolphin shows, and "Sea Turtle Pool", as well as "Manatee Pool" which displays mermaid legend’s model, American manatee. (Photo provided by: Ocean Expo Park, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium)