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Shimonoseki Kaikyokan is a museum that exhibits the sea life in Shimonoseki such as a tank that replicates the whirlpools in the Kanmon Straits, the display of pufferfish from all over the world, and the full skeleton of a blue whale. 2,400 tons of water is contained in 65 tanks that keeps 20,000 sea creatures of 500 kinds. You can never get bored of this place no matter how many times you go. You can also enjoy the sea lions’ shows and watching porpoises blow bubble rings. They also have the interactive activities like a theme park such as the touching pool and the virtual museum.
- 6-1 Arukapoto, Shimonoseki-shi, Yamaguchi
- Contact No.
- From JR Shimonoseki station, take Sanden Kotsu bus bound for Karato, Chofu, or Yamanota. Ride for 7 minutes and get off at Kaikyokan-mae. Walk 3 minutes.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 2.5 hours
- Admission fee
- High school students and older 2000 yen, elementary school student & junior high school students 900 yen, 3-year-old -baby 400 yen
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
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The Largest Penguin Exhibition in Japan: the Penguin Village
You can see the cute penguins up close at the Penguin Village, the largest penguin exhibition in Japan. Also there is an overwhelming event, Great Penguin Formation that shows the penguins swimming that seem to be flying in the water as a flock.
Cute Bubbling Porpoises Fascinate You
One of the charms of this museum is that you can meet cute porpoises blow bubble rings in the water. The porpoises happily blowing bubble rings look so cute that you can’t take your eyes off them. Go and meet this adorable creature at the museum.
Overwhelming School of Sardines
You can see the giant school of sardines swimming dynamically in the water from under the tank. The way all the sardines swim to the same direction in perfect order reminds us of the mystery of life. The exhibition accurately recreates the natural life as if it is cut out from the real nature. It surely impresses you in many ways.