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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  • 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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  • When you come to Shimoda always drifted. We start from the dolphins from 2 o'clock show. As usual, very cute. Even a six-month baby cancer see you.
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  • Went to and interact with the dolphins. The ship floating in the Bay dolphins feel that? From the dolphin's food do you can. One 1300 Yen takes children and adults alike is satisfied. Playing after dolphin and are booked in advance. A Cardigan or a little hat or does not fly because the wind was quite strong, as is convenient. Lunch in the Aquarium, but very tasty? And is an honest impression.
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  • 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.
  • An interesting aquarium taking the advantage of a natural gulf to create huge enclosures for dolphins. The animals seem happy and you can get very close to them. The dolphin show features an underwater dance with a trainer with small scuba diving gear. One of the best in the world. The seal show is good too. When I was there on June 2016, a dolphin mother was mourning for the death of her baby dolphin. She would just keep swimming with the swelling corpse, a pretty sad scene. The keeper hardly spoke English but he told me that the dolphin mother was already doing this for a few days. I was going to ask why not removing the corpse from the water but he did not understand. I guess it might be a humane thing to just let the mother to slowly accept her baby's death.
  • This aquarium supports animal cruelty. Thers dolphins come from the Taiji slaughter cover where only the "pretty" dolphins are picked. The rest of the dolphins watch their families be slaughtered. Please don't support this aquarium.
  • We had a blast here, the dolphin show was awesome and they have sea turtles right outside the entrance. It is directly connected to the ocean and they allow the sea life to roam free in the bay area. Zero guilt felt for these captive animals, they do a great job caring for them.
  • Animal rights and the individual needs of the species do not seem to be an issue at this aquarium. Animals are rather displayed like objects in a museum than living creatures in their natural habitat. Avoid this place if you love animals.

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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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