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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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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

Shimonoseki Kakiyokan 海響館

See penguins, dolphins and 100 varieties of pufferfish at the Kaikyokan Aquarium in Shimonoseki

Spend the day at the Kaikyokan Aquarium in Shiminoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Visitors can make their way through the underwater tunnel and watch the sea creatures swimming all around. See penguins, dolphins and even a tank replica of the nearby Kanmon Straits, complete with tides and whirlpools.

Quick Facts

The Penguin Village is a Special Protection Area

The museum is home to 100 varieties of pufferfish

The aquarium has an enormous blue whale skeleton

How to Get There

Located in Shiminoseki City, the Kaikyokan Aquarium is accessible by public transportation.

Kaikyokan Aquarium is seven minutes by bus from JR Shimonoseki Station, or a two-minute walk from JR Mojiko Station. If arriving from out of town, take the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen to Kokura Station and transfer to the Kagoshima Line. Kaikyokan Aquarium is a 30-minute bus ride from JR Shin-Shimonoseki Station.

See jellyfish, porpoises and other incredible creatures

There is lots to explore at this aquarium, which is divided into easy to navigate sections. See fish, crustaceans, penguins and more.

See the shark at Kaikyokan Aquarium

The Kaikyokan Aquarium is home to a variety of jellyfish as well as several larger animals, including bottlenose dolphins, porpoises and sea lions.

This colony of tiny jellyfish is a mesmerizing sight

Humboldt penguins at the Penguin Village

The Penguin Village is designated as a Special Protection Area. This means it is an important breeding ground for the Humboldt Penguin outside of their natural habitat.

The aquarium also offers a program of regular and special events, including displays, and offers opportunities for the visitors to interact responsibly with the animals.

Located close to Akama Shrine and Karato Market on the Shimonoseki Straits, the Kaikyokan Aquarium is the perfect place to include on your Shimonoseki itinerary.

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