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“Kids love penguins”

Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium
Ranked #16 of 285 things to do in Nagasaki
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

A wonderful place for kids to observe penguins. You can see parade by King Penguins. Not so many people go there, so good for kids.

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Reviewed January 17, 2013

I took my three kids here, and they all seemed to enjoy it. They loved the "march of the penguins". I thought it was a bit small, and we had seen everything un under 90 mins.
The thing we enjoyed most was being able to touch the pengins. I am glad we went, but most likely won't go back.

1  Thank Christin S
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

positive: you can see the penguin closely and clearly!! I study a lot from this aquarium too. It's not too crowded like the aquarium in Osaka.

negative: too far! But the scenery to the aquarium is really worth it!

Tips: If you go here early, you can see the penguin show. I forget the time, but perhaps it's around noon. Btw, the bus fare from nagasaki eki is 420Yen, prepare coins because the bus don't accept others. You can change the coin inside of the bus, but do it long before you get off from the bus. Please count the coin again. I don't know why but when I changed the coin with the machine it short of 50yen and 20 yen.

I slightly made a mistake with my itinerary. If you're planning to go around Nagasaki after the aquarium, buy Nagasaki pass at Nagasaki Station for 500 Yen. After you finished with the aquarium, you can drop by at the first tram station you see. You can start your trip from Glover Garden! The bus fare is going to be cheaper too.

About the bus in Nagasaki, you will hop on from the middle door. then see your left or right, there will be a machine giving you a small piece of paper with a number. It shows you the number of the bus stop you depart. You can see how much money you have to pay for the bus fare by looking at the board above the driver which is going to change every station. Match it with the small paper in your hand.

Enjoy Nagasaki!!!

1  Thank Ades2312
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Reviewed November 2, 2010

A fun aquarium that focuses much of its attention on the most adorably awesome animals ever - penguins.

It's not a large aquarium and doesn't take long to see everything, but the penguin exhibits are top notch. While the penguins are its focus, there are other excellent aquarium tanks - with things like reef fish, jellyfish, sharks, giant crabs, giant catfish, and a pool for kids to touch urchins and starfish.

While their website is only in Japanese, run it through Google translator and you can find out what time they have events such as penguin feedings, march of the penguins, and penguin petting.

Getting there is a little difficult - it's way outside the center of town and requires you to take a bus. The local tourist offices will give you bus directions, but it requires you to be able to read a little Japanese to know which bus to get on. In our case, we decided to take a taxi to and from. Just ask the driver to take you to "Pingin Suizokukan."

Once there, buy your tickets from the automated machines at the entrance, then grab an English language map/brochure on your way in. There's a small gift shop at the end and a cafe that serves drinks, ice cream, and noodle meals.

If you have kids in tow, the fun and charming penguins make a great counter-balance to the weightier more emotional sights of Nagasaki.

2  Thank EugeneLA
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Reviewed July 12, 2008

This is a surprisingly entertaining and informative aquarium located about 30 minutes [by bus] from Nagasaki station. Catch a red bus bound for Aba in front of the "London" game center. Cost is about 420 yen per person.

A 12 meter deep tank dominates the entry way. You can observe a variety of swimming penguins from the vantage of underwater. A nearby circular tank, about three meters tall, has a school of sardines numbering in the thousands. Penguin food.

This place will let you get closer to penguins and observe more behavior than you can possibly anticipate. Please note: they do smell fishy. The whole facility is well-kept and the staff is very friendly. English is limited, but it probably won't get in the way of your enjoyment.

A number of other aquaria contain many species of fish and invertebrates found locally, as well as a huge tank containing giant catfish [pla bluk] from the Mekong River in Thailand. Coral reef communities, giant crabs, mud flats with fish walking around out of water, bizarre sea urchins, tube worms, basket stars and much more are in "showcase aquariums."

It claims to have 8 of the 18 worldwide species, but I didn't see any rockhoppers. No matter. the birds that were there were in excellent spirits. There was even a king penguin that appeared to be only a few days old and another king penguin incubating an egg. It was possible to view this from a distance of less than 2 feet!

The blue penguins from southern Australia were billed as the worlds smallest. They were delightful to watch, surfing the man-made waves that washed ashore their desert habitat.

We went on a Sunday morning and found the facility nearly deserted. As the morning progressed, it filled with families and grandparents with young children. The reactions of the kids made the whole day more fun. Actually, we were the only [apparently] non-Japanese there.

The building is adjacent to a delightful sandy beach that could make a day with kids full and exciting. Entry is a reasonable 500 yen for adults, kids under 3 are free. The gift shop has all manner of penguin swag.

The web page http://www1.city.nagasaki.nagasaki.jp/penguin/ is unfortunately only in Japanese.

Bottom line is that if you get to Nagasaki and can make a morning free, you should get out to this place. It opens at 0900, closes 1800. It is truly an undiscovered gem.

4  Thank decham
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