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Oita Marine Palace Aquarium (Umitamago)
Oita Marine Palace Aquarium, also known by its nickname “Umitamago,” is a large aquarium opened in 1964 on the beach at the foot of Mount Takasaki in Oita Prefecture. The aquarium went through a major renovation in 2004 on its 40th anniversary and the facility grew by triple in size and a much larger number of creatures, roughly 15,000 of 500 different species, can now be viewed. Imaginative and lively performances by dolphins and walruses are fun to watch, not to mention all the fish and creatures in glass tanks.
- 3078-22, Kanzaki Aza Uto, Oaza, Oita-shi, Oita
- Contact No.
- Take Oita Kotsu Bus bound for Oita Station from JR Beppu Station. 15 minutes to Takasakiyama Nature Zoo stop.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- 9:00-18:00 (closes at 21:00 when open for longer hours)
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 2.5 hours
- Admission fee
- Adults (High school students or older) 2,200 yen, Children (Elementary and Junior high school students) 1,100 yen, Infants (4 years old and up) 700 yen
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Performance by marine animals
The popular attraction at Marine Palace Aquarium is an impressive performance by marine animals. Especially in their popular Walrus Show, a perfect pair of trainer and walrus perform a laugh-inducing comedy act. After the show, there is a window in which the audience can touch the walrus’ body.
A Large Touch Pool
In front of the aquarium building expands a large fish tank called “a touch pool” as if it is merging into the beautiful water of Beppu Bay. In this tank, a variety of fish natural to the local sea of Oita are swimming about, allowing visitors to see the fish up close, even touch some and examine the smell and temperature.
Aso Beach has reversed the old notion of aquarium as a place to see sea creatures over the glass tank. Here, at the Beach, the visitors have a rare opportunity to see ocean life as in their natural environment. Also called a “glass-less aquarium,” Aso Beach is now one of the most popular attractions in the Marine Palace Aquarium.