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This aquarium has about 500 species and over 40,000 sea creatures mainly the ones that inhabit the Noto Peninsula Coast. Visitors can enjoy various events and activities, such as the Dolphin and Sea Lion Show which is the most popular among all, the Sea Bream’s World of Light and Sound, Penguins Go for a Stroll, and the Sea Otter Feeding Show. Dolphins are seen swimming freely in a large tank called “Dolphins’ Paradise,” while “Whale Shark Zone: Blue World” displays a whale shark and a scalloped hammer head swimming majestically in a blue tank. They have various events where visitors can touch and feed the sea creatures.
- 15-40 Notojimamagari-machi, Nanao-shi, Ishikawa
- Contact No.
- From JR Wakuraonsen station, take Notojima Kotsu bus bound for "Notojima Rinkai Koen." Ride for 30 minutes and get off at the last stop. Walk for a few min.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- 9:00-17:00 (-16:30 From December 1 to March 19)
Open all year round
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 120 minutes
- Admission fee
- Adults 1,850 yen
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Most Popular: Dolphin and Sea Lion Show
The most popular show in Notojima Aquarium is the dynamic “Dolphin and Sea Lion Show” that lasts for 25 minutes. The show includes a group of pacific white-sided dolphins swimming in the water, battlenose dolpins’ dynamic jumps, dances and jumping through a hoop. It is an exciting show that takes your breath away.
One of the Largest Underwater Tunnels in Japan “Dolphins’ Paradise”
You can see dolphins swim over the top of your head in the large underwater tunnel with 200 tons of water and 22 meters long. The natural light shines through the water as if you are strolling around under the sea. The popular sea creatures including dolphins and penguins can be seen swimming around freely.
The Largest Fish Tank along the Sea of Japan “Whale Shark Zone: Blue World”
“Whale Shark Zone: Blue World” is the largest fish tank along the Sea of Japan which contains 1,600 tons of water. In this tank, visitors can see the large sized migratory fish species in warm waters around Noto coast such as a whale shark in the lead, a scalloped hammer head, a school of blue banded snapper and many kinds of ray fish.
Interact with Otters
Otters have snack times twice a day. You can hand some snacks to the otters. Otters reach their hand to get the snack through the pipe attached to the tank. It is a popular corner where you can touch the otters’ soft hand.
World of Jelly Fish with Special Light Effects
It is a magical world of jelly fish floating in the LED lit water tank surrounded by mirrors. You can spend a soothing time watching 5 species and about 290 jelly fish including moon jelly fish and brown jelly fish.