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Sendai Umino-mori Aquarium
Sendai Umino-mori Aquarium opened in July 2015 as a symbol of recovery from the great earthquake. In an area of 9,900 sq. meters, it displays the beauties of all the oceans of the world in about 100 tanks of all sizes. The main giant tank is especially a must see. Other than the displays, there are also dynamic dolphin and sea lion performances as well as events like "friendly time," where visitors can interact with animals. Also popular are option programs such as picture taking with dolphins.
- 4-6 Nakano, Miyagino-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi
- Contact No.
- 15-min walk from Nakano-Sakae Station on JR Senseki Line
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- 8:00-19:30 (may change depending on season)
Open all year round
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 2.5 hours
- Admission fee
- Adults (over 18 yrs) 2,100 yen, middle and high school (12-18 yrs) 1,600 yen, elementary school (6-12 yrs) 1,100 yen, children (4- under school age) 600 yen, seniors (over 65 yrs) 1,600 yen
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Impressive Giant Fish Tank
Inochi Kirameku Umi (ocean shimmering with life), the giant tank reproducing one of the world's top three fishing grounds Sanriku ocean, has an impressive scale of 6.5 m height and 13 m width. The 25,000 marine animals of about 50 different kinds swimming elegantly underneath the natural lighting is a fascinating view.
Sensational Dolphin and Sea Lion Performances
Dolphin and sea lion shows are held in Umino-mori Stadium, the largest one in Tohoku with about 1,000 seats. Viewers are at a close proximity with the animals and can view them right in front, as there are no acrylic fences in between. One performance lasts around 20 minutes and is held about 5-7 times in a day.
Interactive "Friendly Time" with Animals
During the "Friendly Time," when penguins and otaria (sea lions) come up to the audience, guests can pet and interact directly with the animals. Times change depending on the season so make sure to check on the website in advance.
Variety of Additional Programs
In addition to performances and interactive shows, there are several different activities called option programs. Activities include guided backstage tours of the aquarium and petting dolphins while taking pictures with them. Surely everybody of all age groups can have fun from small children to adults.