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