There are various aquariums around Nagoya, from Japan’s largest aquarium up to small medaka (a killfish found in rice paddies) aquariums. Here are five aquariums that you can visit by traveling a little bit outside of the city. You're sure to feel better when you see the living organisms swimming in the water at these aquariums.
1. Nagoya City Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens Medaka World Aquarium and Natural Zoo
The approximately 60ha property of Nagoya City Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens is filled with a lot of unique and fun facilities! Out of all the areas inside this facility, the one that gets most of the attention is the Medaka World Aquarium. This zone reproduces the farming environment in Japan where the medaka lives, as well as displays other aquatic organisms and rare freshwater fish. This zoo breeds and showcases about 500 other species of animals in such areas as the Zooseum, one of the largest Asian elephant villages in Japan. You will not only see creatures in the water, but you can also enjoy various other animals and organisms!
2. Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
This aquarium facing the port breeds and displays 50,000 marine organisms from about 500 species. The South Building is designed under the theme "a journey to the Antarctic.” and here, the seas from Japandown to the Antarctic are divided into five areas and the organisms that live in each zone are showcased. The North Building is themed after "a journey spanning 3.5 billion years: Animals that have returned to the seas,” with marine mammals such as orcas and bottlenose dolphins on display. You can experience the evolution of organisms that developed together with the flow of time on Earth. After that, you will surely be moved if you watch the dolphin performance at the main pool, which is the one of the largest of its kind in the world.
3. Minamichita Beach Land
Minamichita Beach Land, which aims to be an interactive place, is an aquarium on the Chita Peninsula that offers guests close proximity to the animals. At the sea lion/dolphin show that is held daily in the 1,000 seat stadium, you can see sea lions playing the organ and dolphins performing perfectly in sync with their trainer. Aside from those, you can touch and interact with various fish at the Interactive Carnival and Interactive Fish Aquarium. Meanwhile, in the Hum (Bolt) Penguin 100m Dash, an event that was named after the athlete Usain Bolt, more than 400 Humboldt penguins race through a 100m special course! You just have to witness this truly adorable sight that is very popular among the guests at this aquarium.
4. Takeshima Aquarium
Takeshima Aquarium offers a rare capybara show as well as tiger shark breeding in the Mikawa Bay tank. Tiger sharks have killed people in the past, but a 1m long shark is being bred here. There are about 4,500 organisms from about 500 species on display. The explanatory plates handmade by the aquarium caretakers have become a hot topic on Japanese social media. This aquarium gives off a cozy atmosphere that lets guests leisurely enjoy watching the organisms and creatures in the water. The deep Sea organism exhibit features more than 100 species, making it the largest collection in all of Japan! This aquarium, which mainly focuses on the display of deep sea life, also sells Chou Gusokumushi Senbei (rice crackers) that use the popular deep sea organism ogusokumushi (giant isopod) as a raw material on a limited basis! Could this delicious rice cracker that comes in a stunning package in bite-size pieces be proof of the uniqueness of this aquarium?
※Photo is of the giant isopod
5. Ise Meotoiwa Interactive Aquarium Sea Paradise (Ise Sea Paradise)
This aquarium, which is also called Ise Sea Paradise, is located adjacent to Futaminoura, a scenic town in Ise. The northern sea lion pool is located right at the entrance and you can watch them perform for free! This aquarium is also famous for its wide array of attractions, such as walruses taking a walk, the powerful performances of sea lions, and the seal touching event. You can even pet adorable sea animals and take pictures with them. This aquarium has a lot of fun spots that will get children and adults alike to fall in love with the animals. The Meotoiwa and the Ise Grand Shrine are also located near this aquarium, so you might want to insert this aquarium in your sightseeing itinerary if you plan to go to any of those places.
The aquariums listed here are spots that you ought to put in your Nagoya sightseeing plan since there are many scenic spots surrounding them. Each of these aquariums is elaborately designed and offers unique exhibits! They also feature a lot of valuable and rare organisms, so make sure to check them out.
*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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