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Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium
The Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium is built facing Tachibana Bay. The aquarium boasts the largest variety of penguins in Japan with 9 out of the 18 species that inhabit the world, and here you can meet over 180 penguins. The penguins can be seen swimming throughout the water around the 4 m deep tank and on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays there are events allowing people to feed and touch some of the penguins. There are many other attractions to see such as mudskippers and horseshoe crabs in Nagasaki’s fish corner, one of the world’s largest freshwater fish, the Mekong giant catfish, and a reproduction of old mountain woodlands you can experience, all for a reasonable price allowing you to enjoy yourself to your heart’s content.
- 3-16 Shuku-machi, Nagasaki-shi, Nagasaki
- From the east exit of the JR Nagasaki Station (south exit on weekends and holidays) take a prefectural bus headed for Aba and Kasuga-shako-mae for 30 minutes and get off at the Suizokukan-mae (Aquarium) stop from which it is a 3 minute walk.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Open all year round
- Official Website
- Admission fee
- Adults 520 yen, Children 310 yen
- “Sea Kayak Experience” open on weekends and holidays between April and October (open every day during summer vacation period)
※ 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.
Exhibit to Reveal Penguins Individual Character
Just as the name suggests, the Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium specializes in penguins. Though the aquarium is of a relatively small scope, the exhibit revealing the penguins’ individual character is the main attraction. Located just inside the main entrance is a large tank where the penguins are free to roam and swim and rest as they please. One won’t easily get bored with this wonderful view into the world of the penguin.
Watch Penguins Swimming in the Ocean!
At the Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium, you can see penguins swimming not only in tanks, but also in the ocean in the “Nature Zone,” a concept thought up by the staff to let the penguins experience the nature of the real sea. Here, you can see penguins swimming freely about the ocean. In this area, you can also have the chance to meet and feed many of the wonderful penguins.
Feel the Salty Ocean Breeze on a Kayak Tour!
One may be surprised but kayak tours are also available at the aquarium. Breathe in the refreshing ocean breeze as you slowly paddle out into the Tachibana Bay which spreads out before the aquarium. Instructors are also available so beginners can rest easy!