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Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago

3078 Honkozaki, Oita, Oita Prefecture 879-2111, Japan
+81 97-534-1010
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Ranked #1 of 28 Attractions in Oita
Type: Aquariums
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Horrid place, they purchase Dolphins from the Taiji drive hunts. Steer clear of this place at all costs, how can they say places like this are educational, maybe they should take their visitors to Taiji and let them witness how they obtain their Dolphins...

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Singapore, null, Singapore
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

We visited the aquarium on a weekday, and bought the combined ticket for aquarium and Monkey Park across the aquarium. It was a quiet weekday, so it was not crowded. The animal performance shows were very enjoyable, even though it was in Japanese. We could touch, shake hands, and take pictures with the walruses. The dolphin show was great, and... More

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2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

I love this place so much! It's quirky egg-liked design, the attractions and stuff.. Though it was rather small place, it was very pretty and interesting place to visit. Love it sooo much!!

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Fukuoka, Japan
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73 reviews 73 reviews
8 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

I have been to umitamago four times. Every time I went, I went on a weekday, except the most recent visit, which was a Saturday, in summer, near a holiday. All the times I went on a weekday, things were fine, but the weekend service was much lower and the crowds were just too much for a weekend visit. The... More

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Oita, Japan
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

You can have a great fun day at this place. the scenery is beautiful, and the attraction really worth a whole day! There is a discount ticket for both aquarium and Monkey Mountain next to it, plus bus ride to the place from Beppu train station. Make sure to check the show times and don't miss dolphin and walrus shows.

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Singapore, Singapore
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Not big size but absolutely one of the aquarium worth going to. We especially love the Dolphin and Walrus performance. The smart and cute dophins wonderful jump impressed us, although they splashed water over us and we of course got soaking wet, and the huge walrus performed sits ups, playing flute, talking (sort of) and taking a bow (very Japanese)... More

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Chicago, Illinois
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

The drive to Oita Marine Culture center made me a little uneasy. My company and I were traveling in a coach bus and being that Japan's roads are narrow, my heart dropped many times as we twisted and turned on sharp turns that had no blockages from the side cliffs and the ocean below. Aside from that, the beautiful surroundings... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

Not bad, learned a few things there, especially about Octopii and Squid. monkey Mountain is right across the street, so you can see two attractions at the same location. Visited more than 10 years ago.

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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

Located at the shore and surrounded by mountain and sea, the view is terrific. It also has a good number of collections and the size is just perfect. However, it is a little bit inconvenience as the only access of public transport is by bus.

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