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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
Shinetsu
Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Sub-zero temperatures and the greatest of outdoor environments, complemented by sizzling soul food and warm-hearted welcomes. Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Sleek apple-red and electric-green shinkansen whisk you up to a haven of fresh powder snow, fresh fruit and fearsome folk legends Fearsome festivals, fresh powder and vast fruit orchards—the rugged northern territory of Tohoku offers a fresh perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
Mountains and sea meet in one of Japan's wildest regions, and the result is sheer beauty. Once largely inaccessible, Hokuriku is now reachable by shinkansen from Tokyo in a matter of hours An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Characterized by the constant buzz of the world's most populous metropolitan area, the Kanto region is surprisingly green with an array of escapes that include mountainous getaways and subtropical islands Experience diversity at its fullest, from the neon of Tokyo to the ski slopes of Gunma, exotic wildlife of the Ogasawara Islands and cultural heritage of Kamakura
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Served by the shinkansen line that connects Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the Tokai region provides plenty of interesting diversions and easy excursions Tokai means "eastern sea," and this region stretches east from Tokyo to Kyoto and includes blockbuster attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
From raucous nights out to outdoor thrills to peaceful reverie, trying to categorize the Kansai region is a futile task The Kansai region is one of extreme contrasts—the neon lights of Osaka and glittering Kobe nightscape, the peaceful realms of Shiga, Wakayama and Nara, and the cultured refinement of Kyoto
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Less-traveled and delightfully inaccessible at times, the Chugoku region is a reminder that the journey is sometimes more important than the destination Welcome to Japan's warm and friendly western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Providing the stage for literary classics, fevered dancing and natural wonders Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
Easily reached by land, sea and air, the dynamic Kyushu prefectures are bubbling with energy, culture and activity The southern island of Kyushu is home to volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky, succulent seafood, steaming hot springs and the country's hottest entrepreneurial town
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Ruins and recreated castles of the Ryukyu kings nestle amid magnificent beaches in Okinawa, a diver's paradise teeming with an amazing array of coral and undersea life Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Attraction

Aqua World アクアワールド茨城県大洗水族館

Explore the depths of the ocean at Aqua World Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Museum

Aqua World Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Museum gives you an up-close look at rare creatures of the deep in a picturesque setting alongside the Pacific Ocean. One of Japan's biggest aquariums, its 20,000 square meters contain nearly 70,000 sea creatures that represent around 580 different species.

Quick Facts

A wide variety of fish and sea animals to see

The largest number of shark species at any aquarium in Japan

A whole floor of fun for kids at Kids Land

How to Get There

It can be accessible by train to Oarai Station then by bus to Aqua World Oarai.

Take the JR Joban Line from Ueno Station in Tokyo to Mito Station. From Mito, take the Kashima Rinkai Tetsudo Line to Oarai Station. From Oarai Station, take the Kaiyu-Go loop bus for Aqua World Oarai.

Explore 9 different zones in the park

The park has nine different zones to explore and a host of rare species to see. The Encounter Zone is a 1300-ton tank where 20,000 fish of 80 different species swim freely. Another impressive sight is a massive water tank where you can see the rare ocean sunfish with its strange facial expressions.

Largest number of shark species in all of Japan

One of the biggest draws at Aqua World Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Museum is the sharks. The aquarium has the largest number of shark species in all of Japan, with a total of over 45 species represented. Two tanks contain sharks of all shapes and sizes, including huge tiger sharks, which are true monsters of the deep.

A wide variety of sea mammals

The aquarium has a wide variety of sea mammals including sea otters, spotted seals, and sea lions, as well as sea birds. There are dolphin and sea lion shows, and penguin feedings that are open to visitors.

Kids Land

There's plenty for kids to do at Aqua World Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium. Kids Land is the aquarium's largest facility. It's a whole floor of displays, playground equipment, and hands-on educational opportunities for kids where they get to not only see ocean fish up close but also touch them.

Get the stunning ocean views

Aqua World Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium sits right on the Pacific Ocean at the mouth of the Naka River and offers wonderful ocean views.

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