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Niigata City Aquarium Marinepia Nihonkai
Niigata City Aquarium Marinepia Nihonkai is a gigantic aquarium that contains approx. 20,000 of more or less 500 types of animals. Opened in 1967 as Niigata City Niigata Aquarium, it has been renovated several times to become bigger and bigger! Recently, there was a renovation done in July 2013. With this renovation, it has become an aquarium where children and adults can both see sea animals at a close distance.
- 5932-445 Nishifunamicho, Chuo-ku, Niigata-shi, Niigata
- Contact No.
- 20-min bus ride on Niigata Kotsu bus bound for Nagisaso/ Suizokukan from JR Niigata Station. Get off at the terminus.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Opening hours of restaurants and outside stand: 10:30-17:00
Opening hour of museum shop: 9:00-17:00
Closed: Dec 29-Jan 1 and the first Thursday of March and the day after
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 2.5 hours
- Admission fee
- Adults (High school students or older) 1,500 yen, Children (Elementary school students and junior high school students) 600 yen, Young children (above 4 years old) Free
※ 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.
Dynamic dolphin shows
In the Dolphin Stadium, about four dolphin shows take place a day. It is the most popular event in this aquarium. In addition to seeing dolphins jump in the air dynamically, two people from the audience will be chosen to touch dolphins on stage.
Huge fish tank where sea animals from the Sea of Japan
In the "Sea of Japan Main Tank," there are 6000 of 35 types of sea animals from the Sea of Japan. You shouldn't miss the "Marine Tunnel," where you can go under the fish tank! As you walk inside the tunnel, you would feel as if you are walking under the sea where fish swim above you.
Observe sea lions and sea otters eat at a close distance!
In the aquarium, you can see shows in which sea lions and sea otters are fed. They take place several times a day, whether on weekdays or weekends. In addition to seeing cute sea lions and sea otters eating their food at a close distance, you can also learn how these animals live.