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Miyajima Aquarium

10-3 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture 739-0534, Japan
+81 829-44-2010
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Ranked #10 of 40 Attractions in Hatsukaichi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Aquariums
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Rossendale, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
29 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

It's like entering a surreal indoor shopping mall with shallow shop windows full of animals on display in these small spaces, with out natural air or light. Two male Small Clawed Otters were racing round endlessly in less than 2 square metres of 'shop window'. They have been separated from the females 'because they were breeding' according to the keepers.... More

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Urasoe, Japan
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29 reviews 29 reviews
23 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I loved it! The whole island has a plethora of activities, shops, and shrines to keep your attention; but if you go when it's hot, it's nice to have an inside activity. The aquarium is a reasonably priced stop to get some air conditioning and view the water wildlife. All of the displays were beautiful. There were shows and demonstrations... More

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Sunshine Coast
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Despite not speaking Japanese we were able to understand the presentations. Handlers really understood the animals and the Aquarium was very clean and well presented.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

There were multiple areas of the aquarium, starts off with fish and small animals including crabs, etc, done really well- the tanks are environmentally enriched and very interesting information with them - worth seeing this part! The sad part is the larger animals, particularly the sea lions, penguins, otters and porpoise tanks. Minimal environmental stimulation - the most was two... More

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Volcano, Hawaii
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

If you enjoy Japanese aquariums, do not miss this one. Worth the time to spend more than an hour, so have lunch. Really nice, clean new exhibits, with a good collection of Inland Sea animals.

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Orange County, California
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
21 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

If you are concerned about the welfare of the mammals here, then don't go! The displays of fish and various local sea life are very interesting. I especially enjoyed the large tank with the oyster bed. This is informative since you see so many floating rafts on your way to Miyajma, if you didn't already guess that they were for... More

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Irvine, California USA
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70 reviews 70 reviews
44 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

We were another family that went because our daughter loves aquariums. It is recently remodeled. The displays are well presented. It is smaller and more intimate. It is good for a one or two hour visit. The focus is on local sea life, which made it worthwhile for a visit to Miyajima. Otherwise it isn't what I would think to... More

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Canberra, Australia
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147 reviews 147 reviews
67 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

Travel with kids involves compromise. One of the things I think is important is including a few choices that they really want to do, hence my 11 year old daughter's desire to visit the aquarium led to us spending a morning here. And, I have to say, it was pretty good. The building has relatively recently been completely renovated so... More

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Iwakuni, Japan
17 reviews 17 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

We visited Miyajima in July, on a very hot and humid day. The aquarium was a nice break from the heat. We went toward the end of the day, and it wasn't crowded at all. The aquarium is small, but we enjoyed seeing different species of sea creatures especially the ones that live in the surrounding area. My favorite was... More

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Washington, DC
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

I visited this aquarium with my brother. The beluga that people think is saying "hello" looked to us like it was screaming for an escape from its TINY, TINY enclosure. My brother -- who is quite tough -- and I both left in tears. Anytime I read a story on belugas, I think of the pitiful creatures in Miyajima. Don't... More

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