Kaikyokan, Shimonoseki

4.3
#1 of 14 in Zoos & Aquariums in Chugoku
At Kaikyokan you can observe and inspect a wealth of marine life, including displays of puffer fish from all over the world. The aquarium also houses a collection of Humboldt penguins whose clumsy, sometimes comical demeanor transforms to grace and agility when viewed from below the surface. You'll also have the chance to watch dolphin and sea lion shows, as they re-enact a famous offshore samurai battle with their trainers, along with displays dedicated to colorful coral habitats, and those of the tidal flats. Owing to the region's obsession with the culinary delicacy of puffer fish, otherwise known as fugu, the puffer fish exhibit attracts lrge crowds, featuring around 100 different species. Bear in mind that during the winter months, the outdoor dolphin show can get cold, so dress accordingly. To visit Kaikyokan on your holiday in Shimonoseki, and find out what else Shimonoseki has to offer, use our Shimonoseki online tour itinerary planner .
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  • Dolphin is a story-driven, even the children enjoyed. First escalator was very stiff, the kids were really excited. I enjoy staff, wheelchair and stroller rental have elevators and ramps.
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  • I went to the Halloween season. Helpful pumpkin face. Water tank on the other side to the sea the sense of unity was wonderful. Dolphin story. Penguin Hotel is for outside on a rainy day and I thought. The group is a little hard to see.
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  • Dolphins and battery-Kun shows! Of penguins. I know speed of the kanmon Straits ' current booth.
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  • Good aquarium staff not the most kind. Visited with our little one and she loved it. Not huge but okay size. You can touch the penguins or the dolphin if you are in time. You are asked to choose between the two activities I guess I'm order to make sure everyone has a chance to try one or the other and leave room for everyone. The place was deserted on our visit on a typhoon day so we went to check last minute if we could also touch the dolphin since there was no-one registered for the activity didn't have the chance to say a word and were told you can't come back you did one already. End of conversation. Why not make a little girl happy if no one is there for an activity closed mind or lack of kindness don't know but common sense for all should be adopted.
  • A little gem of an aquarium. Lots of Fugu, if you're into that, and a good blue whale skeleton. Penguin displays and arctic bird displays also a highlight. I personally liked it better than Marine World Uminonakamichi, FWIW. A short ferry trip over from Mojiko is preferable to walking the tunnel, since its quite a distance from the tunnel entrance.
  • I went there a year ago and I liked it. So many cute mammals I want to take my husband there cause his never been there
  • It is so big, a lot of attractions. Penguin are super cute. Very easy for traveller.
  • A good place to go after a big meal at 唐戸市場

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Shimonoseki boasts a number of two- and three-star hotels, mostly clustered around the town's train station, offering both standard rooms and suites, as well as air conditioning and onsite buffets or restaurants. For a more affordable option, choose an inn or a bed in a hostel, also centrally located, with clean rooms and Internet access. Renting an apartment or room short-term can also be a great option for the budget-conscious.
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