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Toba Aquarium is located in Mie Prefecture, and is home to the largest variety of water-life in Japan. It is also Japan’s largest aquarium, and continues to be a popular tourist destination with boys and girls, young and old, ever since its opening in 1955. A highlight of the aquarium is the subject of mermaid mythology, the dugong. Toba Aquarium is also the only aquarium in Japan where visitors can come face to face with a dugong, now an endangered species. The sea lion and walrus performances are also well worth watching! Let yourself be soothed by their cute acts.
- 3-3-6 Toba, Toba-shi, Mie
- Contact No.
- 10-min walk from JR Toba Station or Kintetsu Toba Station
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 2.5 hours
- Admission fee
- Adult (from High School student age): 2,500 Yen; Child: (Elementary/Junior High School) 1,250 Yen; Toddler (Up to and including 3 years old): 630 Yen
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Dugong, the face of Toba Aquarium
Dugong is the trademark attraction at Toba Aquarium. Raising a dugong is very difficult, and there are only a few aquariums worldwide where you can see them. They are loveable creatures that swim slowly at ease, and munch away pleasantly on seaweed. This is the only place in Japan that you can see one of them!
The sea lions perform extravagant jumps and hoop tricks, while the walrus oozes charm so close you can almost touch him, as part of the crowd pleasing performance shows. The penguins also take a once-daily walk, where visitors can get an up-close and personal look at these cute creatures!
Coral Reef Diving
The Coral Reef Diving area is modelled on a sea in the tropics with water tanks on all sides, the first of its kind worldwide. It is the largest manmade coral reef in the world, and is home to a sea turtle and tropical fish, as well as giving visitors the experience of actually being in the sea.
Unusual Sealife Research Area
In this area, you can see frogs that bark just like dogs, something that you cannot see in any other aquarium in Japan, or giant isopods, related to the world’s largest woodlouse species, among over 50 strange and unusual living things on display.