Kaikyokan, Shimonoseki

4.2
#1 of 15 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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  • Shimonoseki is famous for puffer fish. But I can't remember seeing so many species of puffer fish in an aquarium. In general, an enjoyable visit.  more »
  • Penguin is sold as Aquarium here, there is a large penguin exhibit. 視remas are plenty of Penguin swim from the bottom of the tank to the other.
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  • I love penguins here pretty favorites are. Just around the corner is so excited! It is easy to visit the Compact.
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  • It is a must visit place if you are in simonoseki. It is a wonderful place for marine life lover. Main attraction is the penguin and the dolphins show that is held half an hour intervals. It is so beautiful to see. Also there are lots of types of fish also. Coral reef, jellyfish, sharks, sea lion, sun fish are few examples. There is blue whale skeleton also. Overall it is a awesome place to visit.
  • Really interesting! This Kaikyokan get 5th ranked in Asia and 3rd ranked in Japan as well as get Service of Excellence by Trip Advisor. There is Kanmon Strait Tide Tank, Aqua Theater, Penguin Village (Sub-Antartic Zone and Temperate Zone), and Blue Whale Skeleton! For facilities, there is Coin Lockers (100 yen returnable deposit), Nursing Room (prohibited to men, there is diaper changing table and baby beds as well as warm water for milk), Wheelchairs and Baby Buggies, and Recuperation Room. Outside views are also amazing!
  • No dolphin lover enjoy the Marine Science museum. So sorry for the dolphins from Taiji. A big Thank you to Trip Advisor for not support such animal cruelty
  • 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.

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