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Shimoda Aquarium

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3-22-31, Shimoda 415-8502, Shizuoka Prefecture
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Reviewed January 20, 2019

We wanted to visit but we were immediately put off by the huge sea turtles trapped in kiddy-baths which are so small they hardly have space to turn in. This kind of treatment of animals makes me sick. Unacceptable. Boycott this place!!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank NotSoMardy
Reviewed September 4, 2018

This was a great choice during our vacation to Shimoda. The rain "rained" on our beach plans so this was a good alternative. It's dubbed as a "Floating Aquarium" and rightfully so! The aquarium sits in a bay with floating connecting bridges. As you cross...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 16, 2018

Shimoda Aquarium was definitely a highlight for us and pleasant surprise - we knew the place was very old but it keeps the renovation and programs well and most importantly when we went in June, it was very quiet with very little tourists (most were...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Nn3388
Reviewed July 19, 2018 via mobile

This aquarium was established in 1967 and it is definitely showing its age. However, all the shows are well-done and you can really feel the bond between the animals and the trainers. Unlike the big productions like Sea World, you can get really close to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 435kazumit
Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

This is a quite small place with a small selection of animals. But the Japanese are masters of making use of small spaces. The animals are actually quite exciting. I enjoyed watching the penguins from underneath and feeding the otters. They even had a dolphin...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank mikaelwehner
Reviewed April 13, 2018 via mobile

We visited this place in afternoon. It was open till 4:30 pm. Entrance fee is 2000 JPY. We could see dolphins, seals, penguins and many fishes up close. We could touch seal also. There many seal and dolphins performances so you can visit at any...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank AmarJagtap
Reviewed March 1, 2018

Great shows, the kids enjoyed it all, small but built out of the ocean so Dolphins have larger swimming area. I

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank reallyhungryguy
Reviewed December 26, 2016 via mobile

This place consists of many aquatic creatures. The place is big. The dolphin & sea lion show is really fun. Kinda feel bad for the penguins locked in a small place though. Though it's still good to visit this place 🙂

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank Muhryy
Reviewed October 28, 2016

We were on a bus tour that included the Aquarium. Like the other reviewers, I thought the dolphin exhibit pretty containing for them and some of the other animals. We were there for their feeding and show which the crowd loved. We also saw them...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Kcb42n8
Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

Old, dirty and small. I'm worried about the animals.. Many of the areas for the animals are very small. We went because of the "swim with dolphins in the ocean" ad. It's a super tiny circle with 5 other people for 30 mins and 2...More

Date of experience: September 2016
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