Echizen Matsushima Aquarium

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Echizen Matsushima Aquarium

Echizen Matsushima Aquarium
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
You can get up close and personal with the animals and touch them at the aquarium. This outstanding aquarium is located in front of the Sea of Japan, right next to Tojinbo. This popular, original facility is a little different from your run-of-the-mill aquarium. The secret is the Taikangata (experiencing) Aquarium. Here you can feed huge sea turtles and fish, and touch a giant octopus, a seal and even a live shark! The aquarium is open until 9:00 p.m., and in summer children can swim alongside fish in the Kaisui Pool and enjoy observing the seaside life on the natural ocean shore. In addition, in the Ocean Hall that will open in July 2009, the Coral Sea, where you can try floating on top of the ocean like in a dream, is a must-see! It’s an experience in a super dimensional space like walking on the surface of the water. Of course the aquarium is also replete with an enjoyable dolphin show. As everyday attractions, visitors can touch a dolphin and take a walk next to Humboldt penguins.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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4.0
204 reviews
Excellent
73
Very good
88
Average
34
Poor
6
Terrible
3

KlapauciusJapan
Japan618 contributions
Great aquarium
May 2019 • Friends
Entrance fee is a bit expensive, almost 2000 yen per person, but a discount can be had with a coupon. Check their website for any coupons before going.
A great aquarium once inside, with many different fish, and other animals. Lots of opportunities to interact, such as touching fish, and feeding turtles, and to get close to penguins when they have their walk.
There is a restaurant, as well as stalls outside by the sea selling snacks.
Worth visiting, and just about worth the entrance fee.
Written May 11, 2019
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ご来館ありがとうございました。とても良い評価をいただき嬉しいです。 料金は高くても、その価値があると感じていただいたことに対して、私たちの苦労が報われます。 これからも応援をよろしくお願いします。 それでは、またのお越しをお待ちしています。
Written July 1, 2019
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KonaHualalai
Chiba, Japan1,542 contributions
とにかく古いが役には立つ Not necessary for tourist
Aug 2018 • Family
三国にある水族館。とにかく古い全体的に古いものの、頑張って増築しているので、新しいのと古いのが共存している感じ。ただ、子供にはとても楽しいようで、中でも魚のいけすに直接入って餌をあげる体験や、ペンギンの散歩などはお気に入りで、結局朝からお昼までいました。新しい建物はトイレも綺麗ですし、授乳室等もありますので良いですが、水着に着替えるロッカールームなど、汚すぎて息もしたくない感じです。では、なぜ星4つかというと、とにかく大人以上に、子供が物凄く満足していたためです。

Local aquarium. The quality is not good. I guess, you don’t need to go there except for specific reason. There are some buildings new and old.
Written August 26, 2018
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ご来館ありがとうございました。よい評価をいただき嬉しいです。 特に小さなお子様には楽しくて満足していただけると思います。 当水族館は大きな箱ものの水族館ではなく、敷地内にミニパビリオンがいくつも点在する施設です。 いただいたご投稿のとおり、古い建物と新しい建物が混在していますので、どうしても古い建物が目に付いてしまい、全体的に古いという印象になってしまうのでしょうね。 一つ一つをリニューアル又は建て替え及び新施設の新築を進めていますが、開館して60年の歴史がある水族館ですから許していただきたいと思います。 ご指摘の“水着に着替えるロッカールーム”ですが、こちらも今春に新しく「マリンハウス」という建物を別の場所に新築したばかりです。こちらのご案内が不十分であったことはお詫び申し上げます。きれいな更衣室と男女4ヶ所ずつの温水シャワーがあり、快適に着替えができますので、次回はぜひこちらをご利用ください。それでは、またのご来館をお待ちしています。
Written August 27, 2018
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KlapauciusJapan
Japan618 contributions
Great aquarium
Aug 2018 • Family
Price to enter is a little high, but there's lot to see inside, with a wide variety of animals. Many kinds of fish, including some rare and unusual ones, jellyfish, octopus, sharks and rays, otters, penguins, dolphins, and more! Penguin walks and dolphin shows happen at various times in the day. You can feed sea turtles for a fee of 100 yen.
Also, there are rest areas for families with small children to take a break, which is a great addition.
I enjoyed seeing all fish and other animals, though it would be nice to have some English explanations. (The dinosaur museum has English for all the exhibits, so it is possible.)
There is only one restaurant, which gets full quickly and is incredibly busy at most times. It would be better if there was another small cafe, or even just a food stand and some benches, elsewhere in the park.
Written August 5, 2018
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ご来館ありがとうございました。良い評価をいただき嬉しいです。 展示生物の外国語解説は今後の課題です。 また、この時期のレストランはとても混雑しますので、別にファストフード店をオープンしています。 屋外のベンチは少ないですが、室内の休憩所(3ヶ所)を自由にご利用になれます。 むしろ、炎天下のベンチよりも冷房がきいていて快適かと思います。 それでは、またのご来館をお待ちしています。 Thank you very much for your visit to the hall. I receive good evaluation and I'm happy. Foreign language explanation of an exhibition creature is future's problem. A restaurant in this time is very crowded, so a fast food store is opened separately. There are few outdoor benches, but you can use an interior lounge (3 points) freely. In fact I think it's air-conditioned and comfortable than a bench of the scorching sun. Then I'm waiting for the visit to the hall which is again.
Written August 7, 2018
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Joe_Chan_HK
Hong Kong, China138 contributions
Direct contact with sea creatures
Aug 2017 • Family
My family of 4 visited the aquarium on a rainy day in August 2017.  We had not planned for the visit.  It was just next to our hostel hence became a handy visiting place on the rainy day.  On approach it appeared as a small and aged aquarium, that however could attract many local visitors.  Though in a small scale, the aquarium did display a number of sea creatures and animals, and the standard dolphin performance was also seen.  The penguin walking show was interesting.  A number of marine creatures were even open for touching or feeding, and my daughters were amused!  On a sea side area there was a seafood barbeque site, though we had not used it.  Yet a number of visitors had been waiting for it.  To me a compact aquarium was an advantage as everything was easily accessible and we did not even need a map or any planning.  Walking time was also saved.  We had stayed in the aquarium for 2.5 hours and all the rooms were visited.  It takes about 5-6 minutes of driving from Tōjinbō and free car park was available.  I highly recommend this aquarium to travelers with young kids. 
Written August 29, 2017
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Thank you very much for coming from Hong Kong. I'm happy because I have very good evaluation. A fun attraction and the experience which touches a creature are an attractive aquarium. I'm also waiting to come next time.
Written September 9, 2017
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Derek C
Echizen, Japan16 contributions
OK
Nov 2014 • Family
It is a small aquarium but has beautiful tanks and all kinds of marine animals. It has dolphin show and some animals to pet. The aquarium is the seaside with a beautiful view. Maybe not worth for those who have visited other aquariums in Japan.
Written May 16, 2015
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Thank you very much for coming. There is this aquarium in a beautiful coast. It's popular that a dolphin show and a penguin walk outside. It's possible to touch, and the creature who can feed is raising, too. Please recommend everyone a fun aquarium.
Written May 18, 2015
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KlapauciusJapan
Japan618 contributions
Aquarium by the sea
Jul 2013 • Friends
Surprisingly large aquarium with a wide variety of animals (fish, jellyfish, turtles, frogs, penguins), the highlight being dolphins. There are dolphin shows throughout the day. A petting area lets you touch sharks, rays and an octopus, and children can play in water with fish.
The aquarium is by the sea, allowing for a walk out to a small island, if you fancy taking a break to see some wild sea creatures.
Written August 31, 2013
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