Aquariums are places where people can have fun watching dolphin shows and interacting with animals. There are many aquariums in the Shinetsu and Hokuriku regions that will delight the eyes of visitors. Here are five of the best aquariums in this area that are just a little way out from Kanazawa.
1. Teradomari Aquarium
Teradomari Aquarium, which brands itself as a "castle of marine life floating in the Sea of Japan,” is an aquarium that is surrounded by the sea. It is a spot where visitors can enjoy living things in nature, including seabirds, seaweed, and small fish. You can get a panoramic view of the Sea of Japan from the observation room, and maybe even catch a glimpse of Sado Island depending on the weather. Here, there are 10,000 rare fish from about 400 different species from all over the world on display. Some of the main attractions at this aquarium are the animal feeding show and the feed shooting show featuring archerfish. In the show, the fish fire water up to 2m high in order to get their food. The large temperate seawater aquarium houses loggerhead and hawksbill turtles that have washed ashore in the neighboring seas, while the tropical seawater aquarium”showcases tropical butterflyfish and a variety of other colorful fish that live in coral reefs. You must also see the giant spider crab, the world’s biggest crab! The sea angels and Magellanic penguins are the stars at this aquarium.
2. Echizen Matsushima Aquarium
Echizen Matsushima Aquarium is an experiential aquarium that is located in Fukui. It is known for the pool where guests can enter and play with about 1,000 marine animals from about 20 species. Being able to enter a pool filled with fish like this is a very rare experience. In the Interactive Zone, visitors can experience touching and feeding sharks, rays, and octopi. The Jurassic Aquarium, which was launched in 2016, showcasing more than 10 kinds of living fossils from the Jurassic Period such as horseshoe crabs, chambered nautilus, and reedfish. Meanwhile, the coral sea aquarium has a clear top, so visitors can observe life underwater while lying down. This aquarium also holds a turtle race associated with Health and Sports Day every October. Echizen Matsushima Aquarium is an aquarium that is filled with fun stuff to do and discover!
3. Niigata City Aquarium Marinepia Nihonkai (Sea of Japan)
Marinepia Nihonkai (Sea of Japan) is an aquarium that breeds and displays 20,000 aquatic organisms from about 450 species. Go to the Marine Tunnel underneath the Sea of Japan Main Tank to experience walking under the sea, and then head to the Flow of Warmth area to travel together with living organisms along the flow of the Kuroshio Current and the Tsushima Current. You can also see the world’s first artificially hatched blackthroat seaperches here. At the Marinepia Hall, guests can see jellyfish swimming inside three cylindrical water tanks, while in the Breeding Zone, they can observe how various organisms are bred. The Small Aquatic Animals area will give visitors a glimpse of various ways that beavers, otters, Baikal seals and sea otters adapt and live in the water. The dolphin show that is held daily is a crowd favorite as two lucky guests get to touch a dolphin's pectoral fin!
4. Notojima Aquarium
Notojima Aquarium, located on the island adjacent to the Noto Peninsula, breeds and showcases 40,000 marine creatures of about 500 species, centering on fish that are found in the waters near Noto Peninsula. At the Whale Shark Zone: Blue World, guests can see whale sharks, the world’s biggest fish, swimming calmly in the water. Meanwhile, the tunnel aquarium in Dolphins’ Paradise lets guests walk through the underwater tunnel to feel as if they are actually strolling in the middle of the sea. There are also various shows held at this aquarium, with the Dolphins and Sea Lion Show being the most popular. While the dolphins’ jumps and sea lions’ comical acting have earned an excellent reputation among guests, cute shows where they can see penguins walk, and otters, sea otters, and seals eat have gained great popularity, too! Visitors of this aquarium are also given the chance to interact and pet animals, such as at the Interactive Beach with Dolphins at the beach within Rinkai Park that is open during summer.
5. Uozu Aquarium
Uozu Aquarium in Toyama, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013, is the oldest aquarium in Japan. It has 10,000 aquatic organisms of about 330 species on display. With a 4,000m elevation difference from the headwaters of the Northern Alps and the bottom of Toyama Bay, this aquarium is mainly characterized by its display structure that is filled with creatures specific to the Toyama region. In the Jungle Corner, animals from frogs up to chameleons that dwell on trees are also showcased as well as fish. The outdoor circular water tank houses white sturgeons, Japanese huchens, and other large fish, as well as a river beluga that was captured in Toyama in 2015. This aquarium also demonstrates the mystical luminescence emanating from firefly squids, Japanese pinecone fish, and sea fireflies (Sundays and holidays from late March until the end of May). You can also meet the famous four spotted seals and Humboldt penguins outdoors.
Aquariums have so much to teach about the immeasurable mysteries of the sea from different angles. The aquariums on this list can serve as your perfect gateways to the seas in the Hokuriku region, giving you the opportunity to do such things as interact with marine organisms that are not usually visible in everyday life. It is guaranteed that your trip will be unforgettable if you get to experience the mysteries of life while interacting with living organisms.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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