Shimoda Aquarium, Shimoda

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Centered around a floating facility harboring a 600-ton tank, Shimoda Aquarium boasts energetic dolphin and sea lion shows. The dome makes up the central point of a barricade in the bay, creating a performance arena and living space for the resident dolphins of the aquarium. Standing on the floating causeway, you'll witness these creatures and their trainers pulling off tricks and stunts. Other activities include dolphin petting, feeding, dolphin trainer workshops for kids, and opportunities for boating around their paddock. Back inside the main building, see over 200 species collected from the Izu as they swim inside the enormous water tank. Our Shimoda trip maker tool makes visiting Shimoda Aquarium and other Shimoda attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • I went last weekend for 11 months. We decided to go on foot arrived at Shimoda station in 9:10, because 9:30 was opened. Mouth mouth famous Shimoda kurofune shop and bakery jam, it's restaurnt before Perry Street and sightseeing over 30 minutes arriving as the hours passed, no. Not too busy, even though Sunday could be seen slowly show of dolphins, sea lions and seals. And dolphin were booked on the day before. It is thought whether this cold weather into the sea, but this is surprisingly good. Long body shoes, into the sea to a depth of 50 cm. Feel almost cold seawater was concerned. Then there is the dolphins come, stroking that can. Not seldom experience is an aquarium in the dining room for lunch, also taste very good at reasonable prices. It is a tourist destination you want visited Shimoda is kinda far but if went out take a look at.
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  • Time didn't make it to the show tour, arrived at the last moment, so gave up on tour, was disappointing, also of opportunity, would have closed down, or too early!
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  • By bicycle from Shimoda station, walking around the Shimoda. In Dolphin to under the Cactus Park. Aquariums have been built in the sea as its name suggests, so naturally see close up. Photographing a lovey dovey! Dating and family travel is recommended.
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  • The dolphins are in a relatively big ‘cage’ which is in fact a small closed-in bay. And the shows are really fun to watch.
  • Ok positive first: clean, friendly staff, beatiful scenery around, funny sea lion show. Why two stars? The compounds / aquariums are mostly far too small. For example, the situation of the giant sea turtles is absolutely heartbreaking. Therefore i cannot recommended it. To the owner: Please review the size of the compounds!!
  • Really good beach. The water is very clear. And I love the timing of going inside the cape by boat.
  • The shows were good and I like that one of the dolphin shows is from the bay, not in the aquarium. The turtle "lake" needs some help. The variety of things are very good.
  • Went on a windy day and my kids nearly got blown into the ocean! The floating pontoon walkways that connect the aquarium to the main building are a safety hazard. We did get to watch a herd of penguins waddle through a crowd of people so that kind of made up for the life threatening experience :) The entrance fee is too high for this place, but there really is not a whole lot else for kids to do in Shimoda besides the beach.

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You can choose from a wide range of accommodation options when staying in Shimoda, most notably situated along its famous coastline and around the bus station. A number of hot spring resorts offer lodgings, often with a sea view and private bathhouses. For the budget-conscious, traditional Japanese ryokans present a good option, as does renting a cottage near the beach.
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