Miyajima Public Aquarium
Miyajima Public Aquarium
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,820 contributions
Jul 2020
I found the Miyajima Aquarium to be a great way to spend a couple of hours. It is a little ways from the ferry terminal but there are signs guided you to its location. Like most aquariums, it is on the pricier side, but I understand why, the upkeep for aquariums is not cheap. This aquarium is nicely set up and has a lot of local species. I really liked the clam displays and the giant salamander. They have a massive sea lion here, I only saw him from below so I hope he has a lot more room outside. The aquarium is great for small kids and families as well as adults like me. They have one large tank with sharks, rays, and some other larger fish species. Overall, I recommend coming to the Miyajima Aquarium at least once especially if you live in the area, I really enjoyed it!
Written August 3, 2020
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Normadic Life
Singapore, Singapore74 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
What a lovely public aquarium! Worth every yen paid for the visit. Cater for at least two hours to enjoy all the exhibits and a further 30mins for their live seal show. This is really a place worth visiting if you are in Miyajima. Very good for you s children too!! Worth the time especially for the young children.
Written December 21, 2022
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Talitha M
Arnhem, The Netherlands1,951 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
A nice aquarium with a nice set up. I also saw a march of the penguins, feeding of the penguins and a sea lion show. I do think the price was a bit high compared to other fantastic aquariums I've been to in Japan.
Written February 5, 2020
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AraleMelbourne
Melbourne, Australia368 contributions
Jan 2020
We've been to a number of aquariums in Japan. This one is mainly in Japanese and even the staff have less English skills. However, this one gives you a more intimate time with the animals. The sea lion show involves the audience. Young kids are given the chance to throw a loop for the sea lions to catch. There are opportunities to pat penguins.
Written January 20, 2020
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Lingalay
Hamilton, New Zealand15 contributions
Nov 2013 • Couples
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 balls for the porpoises to play with. Two huge half tonne sea lions in an extremely small tank (approx 5 times the size of the lions themselves), one was exhibiting stereotypical behavior (swimming the same way and route over and over again) - extremely sad. Penguins all just standing around on a fake rock, with a pool approx 1mx3mx50cm deep. No environmental stimulation for any of them whatsoever - if they cannot provide for these sort of animals then they should not be able to have them and it absolutely ruins the experience.
If the mammals section was removed then I would have a glowing review, but unfortunately I have to tell how it was.
Written November 13, 2013
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travellinjenna
Orange County, CA277 contributions
May 2013 • Family
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 oysters, well, now you will know!
In general, the fish tanks were nice, filled with a variety of creatures that are native to this area, a mixture of beautiful, odd, and even ugly!
You will start your exploration of the aquarium on the 2nd floor and work your way down to the 1st floor. Pick up an English pamphlet at the entrance. This is also where you get the schedule of the day's events. As others have mentioned, the "Shooting Time" at the archer fish tank is a highlight. Panels with meat stuck to them are held over the tank and the archer fish spits it down into the water. It all happens in the blink of an eye and with uncanny accuracy. Fascinating to those who have never seen this type of fish feeding.
Now, as for the Mammals...the "Whales of the Seto Sea" is a terribly small tank with perpetually smiling Sunameri finless porpoise, aka: whales. Yes, they are adorable, yes, they are "smiling" but they have no other expression. This is a sad display and I hope whoever runs this aquarium will soon give these poor creatures a larger tank, or better yet, set them free!
There are also depressingly small enclosures for the seals, penguins, and otters, as well as hopelessly outdated "performances" by some of these animals. I can understand how people enjoy seeing these wonderful creatures, the chance to get up-close and personal is exciting, but at the same time I can't help but wonder how this affects the animal. Does the end justify the means?
If you still want to go:
Allow about 2 hours max. The aquarium opens at 9:00am everyday except Dec. 26-30 and closes at 5:00 pm (last tickets sold at 4pm) Price ranges from 1400 yen for adults to 700-400 yen for kids (depending on age) with under 4 year olds free. From Miyajima pier it is about a 25 minute walk to the aquarium
Written September 24, 2013
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Kenni H
Washington, DC1 contribution
Oct 2012 • Friends
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 support this aquarium.
Written October 30, 2012
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Ben
47 contributions
Oct 2019 • Family
At first i thought why should we waste time on another aquarium- i have seen many.
But as part of the visit to Miyajima this was really enjoyable. The sight is very well designed, it is small and fits Miyajima and has a very interesting exhibition of sea animals from the area. I enjoyed and the teenager with me enjoyed (a good pause between one temple to the other...).
The most interesting animal for me was the trilobite. This is a living fossil. There were 17000 types of Trilobites 250-500 million years ago. They all perished in a Mass extinction. One survives and lives today in Japan. I can still remember David Attenborough explaining in “Life on earth” how important is this trilobite to evolution study. And here you can see several of them!!
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Written October 9, 2019
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Anne B
Montreal, Canada129 contributions
Jan 2019 • Solo
If you get a chance to visit this aquarium on Miyajima island, do so. It’s small but very well kept and so many different species to see. The otters are absolutely a must especially at feeding time. There was a seal show which last 15 mins at the time I was there.
Written January 15, 2019
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JooliC
Singapore, Singapore109 contributions
Nov 2017 • Family
We visited the aquarium for an indoor activity on a rainy day, and were pleasantly surprised by the range of marine life on display.

It’s a nice place to while away a couple if hours, when you get bored of jostling with the crowds along the main street in Miyajima
Written November 27, 2017
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