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Otaru Aquarium

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Address: 3-303 Shukutsu, Otaru 047-0047 , Hokkaido
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Phone Number: +81 134-33-1400

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Friendship ensues

It is an aging but really nice aquarium. The atmosphere is peaceful and I enjoyed the fact the for a small fee one can feed seals. Enjoyed the seal show mostly. Otaru is beautiful.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is an aging but really nice aquarium. The atmosphere is peaceful and I enjoyed the fact the for a small fee one can feed seals. Enjoyed the seal show mostly. Otaru is beautiful.

Thank cuore316
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

See the deep sea creatures, interact with friendly penquins, seals, watch dolpins and walrus show. Spectacular and engaging indeed. A recommended visit, especially for family visit. Interactive info and ocean life education is available on recorded speakers located in many locations.

Thank Adrian Y
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have visited several aquariums in Japan, specifically to see otters. This is the oldest of Japan and it does show its age. Some enclosures are a bit depressing (as in, they are only boxes for animals with nothing in it, the big turtle exhibit especially is heartbreaking), but the otter enclosure is fantastic and multidimensional. Some other enclosures for... More 

Thank Yavianice
Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

It is a small aquarium with some outdoor sea performance. See a lot of different kinds of interesting fishes. Good to go with the kids.

Thank Jason L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Amazing place for kids, if you are staying at niseko this is the nearest zoo-aquarium like! a great place for a slow afternoon^^

Thank Thierry b
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

I am actually not willing to share this secret garden to the world because I would like it to remain for locals enjoyment. However, if you are quality and manners tourists, then this is a place which you can really experience the local style in Otaru. Almost no English and other languages for their descriptions, purely Japanese! and I like... More 

1 Thank Chenz T
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

Some people might think that this kind of places can be only suggesting to those who travel with kids, yet personally I think its one of good place to visit in order to gain new knowledge. Every ocean have different creatures that live in, so visiting aquarium is one of the MUST when you travel abroad!` Otaru Aquarium might be... More 

1 Thank travelismylife53
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2016

People say that the aquarium is no good. First off, there is a direct bus from JR Otaru Station. it's just a few steps away from the bus stop. Unless there's a heavy snow, it won't be a big problem. Since there the walkway to the entrance has no overhead cover. Penguin show is more up close than that of... More 

1 Thank khrise
Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2016

Good show on the dolphin, seal and walrus, they were taught to bow to audience and involve some audience to participate. Despite the language in japanese, but we can understand what they want to do. The complex itself is not that big, but clean, organize (you walk through and see all animals).

1 Thank Yulie22
Prevessin, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

we wanted to see the penguin parades, the maruyama zoo was a bit too far from our place, so we went to this aquarium. Not only we saw the penguin parades, we also saw other attractions: dolphins, etc. we like it this place very much.

Thank cessy_k

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