Despite its small size, the Takeshima Aquarium in Gamagori, Aichi Prefecture, claims to have the largest number of fish in Japan. Opened in 1956, over 450 species of marine life are represented here, including the rare small-tooth sand tiger shark, the giant Japanese spider crab captured off the coasts of Mie and Wakayama Prefectures, and sea lions. The sea lions perform four times a day and are very popular with the children.
The aquarium is divided into 17 easy to follow sections displaying a claimed 4,500 saltwater, freshwater, deepwater and tropical marine life from all around the world.
Apart from the playful sea lions and their antics, children seem to love the Moray eels, also the various types of colorful crustacean, the sting rays, huge gropers, sea horses, giant land crabs, turtles, tortoises, mud-skips, jellyfish, you name it, the kids and adults alike will be ooh-ing and aah-ing over them! Particularly at the orange and white clownfish tank, where kids were shouting out “Nemo, Nemo” after the popular Disney animated character. Although not necessarily marine animals, the aquarium also houses some capybara, the largest rodents in the world, native to South America, which also delight the kids.
Sections of the aquarium are dedicated to allowing people to interact with the sea life. The yacht “The Erika” that once took some local adventurers around the world is on display in front of the museum.
A day trip to the Takeshima Aquarium, Gamagori, just 15 minutes walk from the Gamagori Station, is a simple, yet enjoyable, inexpensive outing for couples and families, in historical, charm filled Gamagori.
|Location|| : 〒443-0031
1-6, Takeshima-cho, Gamagori-City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
|Fee||: Adults 500 yen, children 200 yen|
days / hours
|: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM|
|Parking||: 250 free parking spaces|
|Holidays|| : Tuesday (the following day if Tuesday is a public holiday)
* Open on Tuesdays during spring holidays, Golden Week, summer holidays, winter holidays etc.
|Phone number||: 0533-68-2059|
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