Taiji Whale Museum

Taiji Whale Museum, Taiji-cho: Hours, Address, Taiji Whale Museum Reviews: 4/5

Taiji Whale Museum
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Ana L
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Please do not patronize this cruel and inhuman “museum” the beautiful albino dolphin named Angel swims in circles in a filthy small tank. Horrible.
Written November 3, 2021
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ShirlTurner6024
Sherborne, UK317 contributions
The place has no soul and the dolphins look really depresssed in their surroundings. Not a place I'd visit again in a hurry.
Written October 27, 2021
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Shlomi T
Nagano, Japan1,327 contributions
Wish there was more English there. Interesting museum with show of dolphins and whales. I do not like shows of animals, so I did not stay for that.
Written May 24, 2021
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HAPPY NEWFIE
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very friendly staff. my kids cant wait to go back... we got to eat whale meat just like my great grand father the sea captian from Newfoundland the whaler and sealer. people need to look at this place as an educational experience and take of their western blinders... highly recomeneded.
Written October 8, 2020
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SleeFam
Halls Creek, Australia14 contributions
Family
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.
Written January 11, 2019
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Brisbane41
Newcastle, Australia2,099 contributions
Solo
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 be on a strict diet and the shows are done in a way that educate and entertain. The main language here is Japanese with very little English available. If you speak Japanese then you will not have a problem.

Having walked all around the exhibits and seen the shows I think that the museum is mainly aimed at educating about marine life.

The whales are kept in seawater where the inlet has been dammed closed allowing them to be in a somewhat natural environment albeit on the small size. The aquarium and dolphin pools although small could really do with some regular cleaning in my opinion.

Although the enclosures may be considered small, one must remember that this is Japan and its population are used to extreme dense living. The housing for Japanese people and work places are often on the small side also. If activists and people want to see improvement then it is best to make constructive suggestions. I think with a bit of money and investment and regular cleaning then this place can improve.
Written November 23, 2017
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Helen C
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Couples
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 whale hunting. Since there is not much to do in Taiji, the visit is almost a must.
Written October 24, 2016
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TimFP
Singapore878 contributions
Solo
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 the running commentary on the cruise boat is only in Japanese.

A visit to the museum and park is a nice experience, not least because some parts of the marine park is set within a scenic bay area - this is where the whale show and some of the optional activities are conducted . The entrance fee is very affordable (about 1300 yen?) compared to the big marine parks in Australia or the US for example. The museum itself is very old school and some of the highlights are the models and drawings of the traditional colorful whaling ships, the preserved organs and other body parts of the whales and the description of traditional whaling practice in Japan.

There are also whale and dolphin shows (2 separate shows) scheduled regularly throughout the day and these are fun to watch. You also have the opportunity to take part in any of the following activities for an additional fee, for example go kayaking with false killer whales or swim with the dolphins within an enclosed area for a 15 minute duration. These sessions are guided/supervised so the fee is very reasonable and the photo opportunities are great!

Don’t miss the aquarium right at the end of the bay with its dolphin lagoon housing an albino dolphin.
Written January 23, 2016
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h0me_l0ver
Brisbane, Australia21 contributions
Friends
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 want to come again with my kids in the future.

You can feed dolphins and play with them in the lagoon! The dolphins are so cute!

The exhibition is kind of old style, but informative. There seems to be a long history of whaling and you can see whaling from their perspective.

Anyhow, you can enjoy half a day here.
Written September 28, 2015
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Oswens
Hong Kong, China482 contributions
Couples
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 there are a 3 layers of museum. Once you entered the museum, you can see a few real-sized whale skeletons at the center of the museum hall. The second floor showed lots of displays about the life of whales and dolphins, including different parts of internal organs (eg hearts, genital organs). The third floors showed the history of whaling in Japan and other countries.

The most exciting experience is that you can feed the dolphins in the lagoon, just only 200 yen every time, no time limitation. In the aquarium, you can see the only captured albino dolphin inside. Though I do object the whaling and eating whale meat in Japan, you can have a broader view and knowledge about the close relationship between whaling and Japanese here.
Written August 9, 2014
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