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Aqua Marine Fukushima
A rare current rip-themed aquarium with an eye-catchy appearance of a remarkable glass whale. Although it suffered severe damages during the great earthquake, it impressively recovered. It attracts attention as the only place in the world where swirling pacific saury (sanma) can be seen. It accurately reproduces the ecosystem of the natural ocean, so visitors feel like they are immersed into the ocean just by walking around. There are various activities for the whole family, such as a beach where you can enter barefoot and interact with marine life.
- 50 Onahama Tatsumicho, Iwaki-shi, Fukushima
- Contact No.
- From Izumi Station on JR Joban Line, take bus towards Onahama/Ena, get off at "Shisho Iriguchi" and walk for about 10 min
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- Open days: 9:00-17:30 (Sat, Sun and holidays from mid July to end August every year is 9:00-19:00, otherwise depends on season)
Open all year round
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 3 hours
- Admission fee
- Adults 1,800 yen, elementary to high school students 900 yen
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.
"Current Rip Ocean" With a Rare Triangular Tunnel
The kuroshio current and the oyashio current meet in Fukushima after traveling for thousands of kilometers from the south and north of the archipelago of Japan. The two aquariums of kuroshio and oyashio have been made to reproduce this current rip. This can be seen from inside the triangular tunnel. The fish have different characteristics, like the fish of kuroshio swimming more powerfully due to the strong current.
Impactful Swirling of Fish
Aqua Marine Fukushima, where studies of the pacific saury are conducted, is a great place to see fish like the pacific saury and sardines swirling in schools. You will be fascinated by the sight of them shimmering in silver as they are disguised as a big fish.
Outdoor Facility for Family Fun Time
At Janome Beach, where visitors can play barefoot with marine life, you can encounter popular animals like otters and slow loris, and there are also extensive facilities and outdoor exhibits that take advantage of the seaside location, such as the fishing pond "Marine Egg."
Sushi Restaurant in Front of Fish Tank
In many aquariums you can eat sushi, but there are not that many sushi restaurants that are in front of an aquarium fish tank. Once the chef prepares your favorite sushi, take it to eat in the dining area, which is in front of the fish tank.
Tourism and Commercial Center "La La Mew" also Offers Cruises
Visitors always stop by this giant tourism and commercial center "La La Miew", which is 10 minute's away. It sells many Fukushima souvenirs as well as specialty gourmet items. Cruises are also available, so enjoy the sea view if you have some spare time.