Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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


Oita Marine Palace Aquarium 大分マリーンパレス水族館うみたまご

Interact with dolphins, walruses and other sea creatures at an immersive aquarium by the sea

Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago is a huge aquarium whose biggest attraction is one of the biggest water tanks you've ever seen. A walk around its huge tanks puts you right under the sea with all of the fish and other sea animals living here. It's a popular spot for families, couples and visitors of all ages.

Don't Miss

  • The massive 1250-ton water tank with its freely swimming fish and sea life
  • Shows featuring walruses, sea otters, dolphins, and more
  • The touch pools where you can make contact with sea life

How to Get There

The aquarium is located close to Oita Station, making it an easy bus ride.

Oita Station is served by the Kyudai, Hohi and Nippo Main lines, offering access to much of Kyushu. From Oita Station, take the Oita Kotsu route bus bound for Beppu and get off at Umitamago.

A massive aquarium on Beppu Bay

The modern architecture of Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago feels like an extension of of Beppu Bay. The aquarium features several tanks, the biggest of which holds 1250 tons of water. A visit to the aquarium is a totally immersive underwater experience.

Sea animal shows at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago

Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago offers a variety of aquatic performances where you can see the animals up close. One of the most popular shows is the dolphin show. The humorous walrus show is also a major attraction.

Even the fish here are performers. Parrot fish and porcupine fish do acrobatics, electric eels zap things, archerfish shoot water at targets and more.

Touring the tanks

The giant circular tank contains the 90 kinds of fish living in the nearby Bungo Channel. Experienced staff are on hand to provide commentary on each species. The tanks have everything from starfish and sea cucumbers to rare parrot and porcupine fish and massive mantas. As you walk around exploring the depths of the sea, soft music and lighting create a unique and otherworldly experience.

Do more than just watch

This aquarium is big on interaction—you can get in the tanks and touch everything from smaller animals to walruses. The popular dolphin touch pool is designed as an artificial seashore with soft white sand where you can interact and play with these intelligent beings.

Deep-sea adventures for all ages

Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago is a great place to learn about the depths of the sea. If you also want to learn about the ins and outs of running an aquarium, it offers a behind-the-scenes "backyard tour." The tour gives you a glimpse of parts of the aquarium that are usually inaccessible to the public.

For the little ones

There is a play area filled with huge, life-sized sea life, from walruses to penguins. The touch pool and petting area lets kids pet rabbits, giant tortoises, and fish from Beppu Bay. When it’s time to refresh and refuel, the aquarium's restaurant offers a delicious menu of sea-themed dishes, snacks and drinks.

The river zone

The first display room you'll come across is called the River Zone, an artificial immersive environment that mimics a river ecosystem. Every inhabitant of the tanks in the zone and the water flowing through them come from rivers in the Oita area.

For souvenir hunters

There are two souvenir shops, one on the first floor and one on the second, selling original goods from Oita Marine Place Aquarium Umitamago as well as plush toys, T-shirts, sweets, biscuits and other cute items.


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