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Taiji Whale Museum

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I visited Taiji mainly for the Kumano Shrines and Nachi Falls. I visited this museum on the last... read more

Reviewed November 23, 2017
Yulara, Australia
Old school marine park and museum with interesting exhibits and activities

Visited here in November 2015 as part of the Matsushima-island cruise (from Nachi-Katsuura). I... read more

Reviewed January 23, 2016
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2934-2 Taiji, Taiji-cho, Higashimuro-gun 649-5171, Wakayama Prefecture
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Reviewed January 11, 2019 via mobile

The aquariums appeared small and often dirty and the animals look bored. So much rather see and swim with these beautiful creatures in the wild and in their natural habitat. I was unhappy with my visit and would not return again.

Date of experience: January 2019
65  Thank SleeFam
Reviewed November 23, 2017

I visited Taiji mainly for the Kumano Shrines and Nachi Falls. I visited this museum on the last day of my visit. It is very clear that the staff here genuinely love the whales and dolphins and other marine mammals they keep. They appear to...More

Date of experience: November 2017
10  Thank Brisbane41
Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

This museum is more for young kids. The highlight is the 15 minutes whale and dolphin show. There is 45 minutes in between 2 shows where you can visit the museum. The museum has English panels which very well explain the rise and fall of...More

Date of experience: October 2016
4  Thank Helen C
Reviewed January 23, 2016

Visited here in November 2015 as part of the Matsushima-island cruise (from Nachi-Katsuura). I think this is by far the easier way to see the museum by public transport whilst you are visiting the Kumano shrines and countryside. The cruise itself costs 1350 yen and...More

Date of experience: November 2015
5  Thank TimFP
Reviewed September 28, 2015

Taiji is the village notorious for whale/dolphin hunting. There is the museum for whaling in this small village. I was wondering to pay 1,300 yen or so to enter since I'm not interested in whaling. However, I really enjoyed this museum so much that I...More

Date of experience: September 2015
8  Thank h0me_l0ver
Reviewed August 9, 2014

If you have JR West Pass and stay near Shirohama, you can go Taiji whale museum. Though some rumors about not welcoming Westerners to visit the museum, I haven't seen any notice or warnings about that. The one-day ticket was 1300 yen (including re-entry) and...More

Date of experience: August 2014
9  Thank Oswens
Reviewed May 29, 2014

I stayed here one night and visiting the whale museum in between down pours. What I liked was the lagoon, as you can walk out onto the piers to see the dolphins. I saw for 20 minutes playing peek a boo with one (or maybe...More

Date of experience: May 2014
13  Thank kterhark
Reviewed April 27, 2014

I wasn't too sure what to expect as the reputation of Taiji due to the Dolphin hunting is not too good. So we were really surprised about the whale museum. A bit outside of the village, the museum is located in a big bay. It...More

Date of experience: April 2014
5  Thank sunshine-for-four
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