Echizen Matsushima Aquarium, Sakai

3.8
#2 of 44 in Parks in Fukui Prefecture
Walk over a seabed across a glass board in your socks and play with fish in shallow pools of Echizen Matsushima Aquarium, a well-kept establishment built seaside to highlight the experience. Featuring over 400 species including dolphins, sharks, rays, jellyfish, penguins, octopuses, turtles, and frogs, the aquarium features a full range of marine life, some of which you can touch. Daily dolphin shows and penguin walks are a highlight. You can see penguins from an underwater tunnel or walk to a nearby small island to see animals in the wild. With our online itinerary creator, Sakai attractions like Echizen Matsushima Aquarium can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Tojinbo's get in the way. Admission is 2000 yen is a little more expensive, but many touch Aquarium. Show. Feeding the sea lion do the walking of the penguins, Dolphin and more. This is the Aquarium is a modest but sophisticated.
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  • You can enjoy that cultivates interaction between people and creatures of the sea, nice big aquarium is FL at. Starfish, shellfish, fish, Octopus, Nudibranchs, sharks, rays, seals, turtles and fureaemasu. Fish, sea turtles and tortoises to bait do you (charges apply)
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  • It was raining, but slowly see the good. Touch the turtle, the Fed will be able to do. I had so much fun.
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  • A bit of the beaten track this is still with visiting. Unfortunately some of the tanks don't seem up to great standards for the animals, though.
  • What this aquarium lacks in size, it more than makes up for in original experiences. Visitors can take in a dolphin show, touch octopus, sting rays and sharks, feed sea turtles, and see fish that were all acquired locally.
  • Great for children and very affordable entrance fee.
  • Came here around winterishtime. Quite barren which was really quite nice in its own way. Shouldn't really take you more than an hour or two to experience all that's on offer at this aquarium but that's fine. It's a pretty peaceful experience that gave me a hearty nostalgic hit for some reason.
  • A fairly complete local aquarium that's great fun for the kids. Has a dolphin show, sessions with seals (allowed to touch) and penguins. Other attractions include feeding turtles, and small bridge to a small rocky island.

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A modern agglomeration of what were once multiple towns, the city of Sakai has many centers. Even so, it offers few places to stay, with just a small number of hotels close to the castle and over by the coast. The established town of Fukui to the south possesses a greater diversity of places to stay, including a number of standard hotels and traditional ryokans. The hot spring resort town of Awara, just north of Sakai, has a wealth of ryokans with onsite onsens.
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