Miyajima Public Aquarium, Hatsukaichi

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#2 of 14 in Zoos & Aquariums in Chugoku
At Miyajima Public Aquarium, see 13,000 creatures of 350 distinct species from the Seto-inland Sea. Imported animals like otters, penguins, and sea lions perform entertaining shows, and feeding times of various residents also draw a crowd--particularly the manta rays and turtles. In the first floor, kids can interact with starfish, sea cucumbers, and other gentle creatures in the tidal pool. Highlights include an area dedicated to Kabuto-gani, a horseshoe crab that has not changed for a million years. Information boards are provided in English, and the aquarium has all the necessary facilities, including a cafeteria, restrooms, and picnic area. Before you head to Hatsukaichi, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Hatsukaichi vacation website , to make sure you see all that Hatsukaichi has to offer, including Miyajima Public Aquarium.
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  • October 3, 2017
    So very interesting once you join because when I went was just doing free backyard tour is recommended. Listen to behind the Aquarium usually cannot see or backstory. Aquarium in Japan the only successful 3-generation reproduction of the finless porpoise, so come go like the finless porpoise is good I think.
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  • September 16, 2017
    Very nice to visit. The sea lion show is also very nice and despite the fact that the trainers only speak Japanese is worth it. Very nice set up with very beautiful aquariums.
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  • September 16, 2017
    This aquarium is a nice place not only for children, but also for adults. It is neither too small nor too big. After the visit of Itsukushima shrine, the visit of this aquarium should be a good comple...  more »
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  • August 24, 2017
    Very well organized and maintained aquarium... amazing displays....we can sit in front of the larger aquarium for sometime n watch the fishes, dolphins, star fish, n many other types
  • April 27, 2017
    We loved it. Visited on a Friday 1.5 hour before closing and it was quite empty and just about enough time to enjoy everything even if stopping everywhere. The larger aquariums especially are quite elaborate and smartly done. A bit pricey but totally worth it especially if this is your only aquarium in Japan like it was for us. There is some English signage, many details are Japanese only but I suppose Wikipedia can fill in the details.
  • July 6, 2017
    Nice aquarium with plenty to see. A couple of unexpected marine animals in there. Plus a penguin show and petting experience. Well worth a visit.
  • June 14, 2017
    Compared to aquariums in Europe this seems very reasonably priced - 1400 yen for an adult, and has always been reasonably quiet whenever I've been. The gift shop is pretty good too - we loved the talking penguins.
  • July 3, 2017
    Surprisingly well stocked with loads of interesting fish and fish enclosures including rays and sharks. 3 and 1 year old were engaged for hours. Price was high but fair (kids were free)

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Where to stay in Hatsukaichi

With its historic temples and shrines, scenic coastal areas, and wealth of inland trekking potential, Hatsukaichi has a number of accommodations to complement the vast array available in neighboring Hiroshima. Many visitors do decide to stay in the larger city to the east, but if you're particularly set on staying in Hatsukaichi, you won't be disappointed by the choice. Look close to the sea for the more upmarket rooms offering views of the bay, and on some of the narrower side streets for budget-friendly guesthouses and hostels. The same goes for the island just offshore. With its shrine and history, many choose to stay on Itsukushima, close to the Miyajima shrine.
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