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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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  • Hit the Aquarium. The Interior of the Aquarium is really a resident hall Aquarium (?) At the same level, but this is going from the outside of the Aquarium, the genuineness of the aquatic animal. Go to around 10 am when the animal is applied continuously. The last is the most an hour to see the penguins walking, but also enjoyable and parents and children rejoice in're good here ... Ah ~ You'll be. When again I don't know if you will be going up in Sapporo, but go here just go back.
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  • Lots of interesting fish and other aquatic denizens but unfortunately all the exhibits are descrbed in Japanese. There jwere a lot of fish that I would like to have learned more about. Price was right...  more »
  • Entrance, walking down stairs, the hotel complex. Elderly mother give up in the middle. Outside, close to the violent sea where plenty of animals. Toilet seen done ago. In March Cairo, cold is cold weather essential.
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  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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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