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The only aquarium in Yamagata prefecture Tsuruoka Shiritsu Kamo Suizokukan specializes in jellyfish and is often referred to as Jellyfish Dream Aquarium, a nickname. More than 50 kinds of jellyfish are exhibited here, which is number one in the world. To see floating colorful jellyfish is relaxing and allows you to indulge in a fantastic feeling. They also hold educational and experiential programs such as a sea lion show, black-tailed gull feeding and study class of jellyfish. This aquarium can be enjoyed by people of all ages from kids to adults.
- 657-1 Okubo Imaizumi, Tsuruoka-shi, Yamagata
- Contact No.
- 30-min bus ride on Shonai kotsu Bus bound for Yunohama onsen from Tsuruoka Station on JR followed by a minute's walk from Kamo Suizokukan bus stop,
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- 9：00-17：00 (During summer vacation closes at 18:00)
Open all year round
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 90 minutes
- Admission fee
- Admission fee 1,000 yen
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“Kuranetarium” of Kamo Aquarium!
Kamo Aquarium got very famous because of its Kuranetarium, a coined word that combines “kurage” (jellyfish in Japanese) and planetarium, the exhibition room specializing in jellyfish. The dim exhibition room is lit up and floating jellyfish appear creating a fascinating atmosphere. You can enjoy this beautiful and fantastic world.
Jellyfish Dream Theater: a water tank that has a diameter of 5 meters
In the world-class water tank that has a diameter of 5 meters called Jellyfish Dream Theater, about 10,000 aurelias are floating. Aurelia has a characteristic where they transform their shape even with slight changes in the water stream. Each jellyfish is tiny, but you will be overwhelmed by the number and you won’t be able to look away.
Sea lion show
Adorable sea lions perform in the show at the huge open stage. With great teamwork with the aquarium staff, people are entertained by splendid ball catching and playing quoits.
Let’s eat jellyfish!
There is a jellyfish restaurant in the aquarium. You can enjoy the unique menu including jellyfish ice cream, jellyfish ramen and a set meal of Echizen jellyfish. You can enjoy not only seeing jellyfish but also its texture and taste by eating, and this is unique to this jellyfish aquarium.