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Oga Aquarium GAO
The Oga Aquarium GAO is located on the coast of the Sea of Japan. At the entrance is a giant tank reproducing the sea of Oga with around 40 different kinds of 2,000 fish. On display are fish from Akita like the “hatahata” sandfish along with other rare fish of the world. There are lots of other sea animals to be found in the aquarium like polar bears, penguins, seals, and sea lions. One can also get great views of the Sea of Japan from the restaurant and museum shop full of polar bear goods. From kids to adults, everyone can have enjoy these wonderful facilities.
- Toga Shiohama Azatsubogasawa, Oga-shi, Akita
- From JR Hadachi Station take the Akita Chuo Kotsu Bus for on the Oga Kita Line for 43 minutes to the last stop, Yumoto Chuzaisho. Change here to the Toga Kamo Bus Line (run on reservations) for 14 minutes and get off at the Oga Suizokukan (aquarium) GAO stop from which it is a short walk.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- 9:00-17:00 (May change throughout the year.)
Every year closed in January for maintenance.
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 60 minutes
- Admission fee
- Adults 1,100 yen, Elementary and Junior High School Students 400 yen, Infants admission 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.
Giant Water Tank
The giant water tank in the aquarium was made to model the sea of Oga from spring to summer. The giant tank holds more than 800t of water and exhibits around 40 different kinds of 2,000 sea animals. Inside of the tank swim creatures such as red sea bream, striped horse mackerel, Japanese rockfish, green sea turtles, and so on. The power of this giant water tank is sure to impress its visitors.
Two times throughout the year, none other than the famous ogres of the Namahage folklore from the Oga Peninsula come to dive into the aquarium. These Namahage ogres appear swimming in the giant tank during the New Year and in February for the “Namahage Sedo Festival.” Only in Oga Aquarium GAO can you find such a sight. Aren’t the fish just as surprised as the kids by the terrifying form of the ogres!?
Popular Back Scene Tour above the Water Tanks
During certain times, tours are offered revealing the back scenes of the aquarium. It’s certainly a strange way to view the aquarium from above. Those interested should definitely take part in the tour where the GAO feeding staff offer detailed explanations while walking together above the tanks. These tours are offered every year from fall to winter.