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. Add Kaikyokan and other attractions to your Shimonoseki trip itinerary using our Shimonoseki tourist route planner.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Dolphin Show in the most popular seat done 30 minutes ago. Who wants to get tough was standing room only, so sitting ahead of time!
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  • August 14, 2017
    Colaboshoaw of dolphins and sea lions have stories every time, interesting! I also know about the ecology of the puffer fish! You can contact if you sign up for in Penguin village!
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  • August 14, 2017
    Last weekend near dolphin and penguin exhibits. Other exhibits are there, slowly we didn't.
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  • July 7, 2017
    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.
  • June 29, 2017
    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.
  • May 20, 2016
    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
  • December 29, 2015
    It is so big, a lot of attractions. Penguin are super cute. Very easy for traveller.
  • April 29, 2016
    A good place to go after a big meal at 唐戸市場

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