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Otaru Aquarium, Otaru

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At Otaru Aquarium, see the only harbor porpoises in Japan and other curious species, such as Siberian salamanders and floating sea slugs. With nearly 250 different species and 5,000 sea creatures, this is the largest aquarium in Hokkaido. Meet walruses, earless seals, sea lions, and penguins. Acrobatic shows, a penguin walk, and hands-on feeding experiences with spotted seals, harbor seals, and sea lions remain the aquarium's highlights. Amenities include a lounge area, a shop, and a restaurant. Discover how to plan a Otaru trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • September 27, 2017
    Enjoyed the dolphin show, but is personally recommended marine mammal Park. Have a hard time climbing up and down facing the sea so it's worth it. It is filled with a huge walrus, penguins, sea lions, seals, see. So-called-forget atmosphere as seen, too much time.
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  • September 18, 2017
    Pretty clean show have I been building, just up and down quite so comfortable shoes are required.
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  • September 11, 2017
    Did the aquarium in the city now, I went to the Aquarium, but old building is Otaru Aquarium, was deserted, but feeling. Watch fish on display, was also absent, such as the show sounded very hard. Dolphin showed various tricks, such as jumping in the small pool. Marine mammal shows that, had been done at the seaside walruses, seals, penguins, sea lions and had me go in short intervals. Walrus in vigorous spirit of service which made it fun. A sea lion show, thrilling plunges, had. In the winter wild sea lions and seals to come, to see the winter now want to go.
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  • June 10, 2017
    The indoor section if the aquarium is small but had lots of interesting exhibits for its size and hands on section for children. It also has a dolphin and sea lion show in a separate building. The sea mammal park is much bigger with various shows and a penguin walk. Admission vibes with a free style rental, overall a great experience of you have children. I'm not sure if it's worth visiting in the winter though
  • June 9, 2017
    This aquarium is partially outdoor. Best time to visit is spring and autumn when the weather is cool. and you can stay outdoor watching the shows. The display include Penguin parade, Sea lion show, Seal show, dolphin show and sea lion dives from high platform. There are restaurant inside the aquarium. There is a steep hill going towards the outdoor part of the aquarium. Kart is available for those who have difficulty climbing steep slope. You can purchase fishes to feeds the seals. Watch out for the seagull while you are feeding the seals. Bus are infrequent here. check the timing especially the last bus of the day.
  • March 14, 2017
    Lovely fever sea animals! Really enjoy winter activities in Otaru Aquarium! 1.Lovely Penguin Snow Walk (11:30, 12:40, 14:40) 2. Feeding cute Seals (10:40, 14:30) 2016winter information
  • May 13, 2017
    Only recommend if you are traveling into Otaru with young kids in toll. A cozy aquarium to keep the children engaged for a few precious hrs.
  • June 19, 2017
    You can see sea animals very closly even in a meter. So peaceful and quiet.

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Historic little Otaru brings in significant numbers of visitors every year, with its scenic old canals and relaxed bayside charm. Take a peek at the converted warehouses in the canal district for some of the most stylish accommodations in town, with boutique hotels decorated with a keen eye for detail. Standard and luxury hotels line the newer commercial streets around town, while well-kept, traditional (or traditional-looking) "ryokan" (guesthouses) sit on the older commercial thoroughfares. Budget hostels can be found throughout, offering private and shared rooms.
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