I went during a week day, taking a bus from Wakayama JR Station. The whole of Marina City was very deserted. Spent some time near the entrance to Porto Europa Theme Park and in the 20mins I was there I could only see the ticketing staff, no one went in or out and there were very few visitors already inside. The European buildings outside were quite pretty for photo taking though.
So I decided to skip the theme park and instead headed to the Kuroshio Market for lunch. There were a few more people here (probably around 10). To be honest, the food stalls sold very average food for above average prices. There were stalls selling sushi, sashimi, Japanese noodles and sashimi rice and another place selling meats and seafood for you to take outside and BBQ them yourself. I had a Salmon Sashimi Rice with some Salmon roe. This wasn't cheap, but when it came there were only 3 paper thin slices of Salmon and maybe a dozen salmon roes.
I then watched the Tuna Preparation Show with the other 9 people. They were true to their word and cut a whole Tuna in front of us, worth seeing if you have not seen it before.
I then visited the Hot Spring next door, which was pleasant and enjoyable. There were indoor and outdoor springs all with a good view of the Marina (though not much privacy). This was the highlight of my day.
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