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
Aqua World provides 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, representative of around 580 different species.
How to Get There
If traveling from Tokyo, take the JR Joban Line from Ueno Station 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.
Explore nine 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 1,300-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 unusual facial expressions.
Largest number of shark species in all of Japan
One of the biggest draws at Aqua World is the sharks. The aquarium boasts 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, true monsters of the deep.
A wide variety of sea mammals
The aquarium features 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.
There's plenty for kids to do at Aqua World. Kids Land is the aquarium's largest facility. It's a whole floor of displays, playground equipment, and hands-on educational opportunities for children, where they get to not only see ocean fish up close, but also touch them.
Stunning ocean views
Aqua World sits right on the Pacific Ocean at the mouth of the Nakagawa River and offers wonderful ocean views.