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.
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
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.
There is lots to explore at this aquarium, which is divided into easy to navigate sections. See fish, crustaceans, penguins and more.
The Kaikyokan Aquarium is home to a variety of jellyfish as well as several larger animals, including bottlenose dolphins, porpoises and sea lions.
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.