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Kyoto Aquarium, Kyoto

3.3
#5 of 37 in Zoos & Aquariums in Kinki
Zoo / Aquarium Nature / Park
Explore what lies beneath during a visit to Kyoto Aquarium, a nature observation facility focusing on fish and marine animals. The large central tank seeks to replicate the waters that surround the islands of Japan, with a diverse array of creatures to be seen, including spotted eagle rays, longtooth groupers, and green sea turtles. Make sure to pay a visit to the zone dedicated to environmental conservation, to learn about the importance of Japan's natural heritage, the challenges it faces, and efforts to protect it. To visit Kyoto Aquarium and get the most from your holiday in Kyoto, create itinerary details personal to you using our Kyoto tour planner.
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  • seems very new, very clean, lovely areas for all the critters- really interesting seeing a lot of marine life we've not seen before, dolphin show the same as others, and no English spoken, but enjoyab...  more »
  • Our little boy has lots of fun with the fish here. The dolphins cost extra and the food options were surprisingly unhealthy. The exhibits are great though - we especially enjoyed the main tank and the...  more »
  • Small but very nice. The Jellyfish display is awesome. The penguin feeding session is a lot of fun. The dolphin show is great for kids. But the main highlight are the Giant salamanders.  more »
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  • A decent mid-sized aquarium with an enjoyable dolphins show. On the expensive side, but it does allow for reentry. Exhibits are all in good condition, some are very small.
  • Aquarium is great. Easy to find. Beautiful displays. Smaller than I expected but worth the effort. I could have sat and watched the main tank for hours happily.
  • Swayed between 3 and 4 stars, giving it the benefit of the doubt as I can't do 3.5... Overall good attraction, some of the displays do seem cramped, I'm not an expert though... Also the layout had me confused leading to a couple of times where I almost walked out of the place by accident, was just lucky I thought I must have done something wrong and went back... I did like the focus on local water life, and the displays have some very effective lighting, highlighting the animals very well.
  • The aquarium is mostly geared towards the display of cetaceans. Which is a shame because I have issues with that. Especially in Japan. There are a few beautiful freshwater nature aquariums and seawater aquariums. Definitely worth the visit, perhaps not worth the entrance fee. While I'm all for children having this experience. I'm quite appalled by the behaviour of those kids towards the animals. Nobody seems to mind knocking and kicking the aquariums. Some of the displays are also way too small for the type of fish. Mixed feelings. Writing this in the serene and beautiful market garden with serpentine waterfall. Nice. PS: The newts and salamander big and small are quite cool. In tastefully decorated tanks.
  • A little hard to navigate but overall a fantastic aquarium! All the animals seemed relatively happy. You can do the rail museum and aquarium in one day!

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Kyoto spoils visitors for choice when it comes to good accommodations, offering everything from traditional ryokans to luxury Western-style hotels. In a city used to receiving foreign travelers, you'll find that most establishments know exactly what to offer tourists and how to help newcomers to the area. To avoid paying premium prices during the cherry blossom season, consider staying in Osaka, located just a 30-minute train ride away. If you must stay in Kyoto itself, keep in mind that centrally located hotels charge more than those in the outer neighborhoods.
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