Japan City Guides: Kagoshima City Aquarium, Kagoshima City
Kagoshima City Aquarium いおワールドかごしま水族館
Located on the seafront near the Sakurajima Ferry Terminal and the new Dolphin Port development in Kagoshima city, Kagoshima Aquarium (Io World Kagoshima Suizokukan) opened in 1997.
The seven floors of Kagoshima Aquarium feature displays mostly concerned with local marine life, including the island chains that extend south from Kagoshima including Yakushima, Tanegashima and Yoron Island.
The biggest display is the Kuroshio Tank, showing sea creatures from the Kuroshio Current, which flows past Kyushu and includes rays and a whale shark.
Another floor features life from among the coral Nansei Archipelago that extend south from Kagoshima to the Okinawan Islands, and another section focuses on Kagoshima Bay.
There is a dolphin tank with shows throughout the day, but on most days, depending on the weather and water conditions, there are also dolphin feedings and shows outside the aquarium in the waterway.
The outdoor shows are free. There is a small cafe with excellent views across the bay to Sakurajima, and free wi-fi throughout the building.
Access - Getting to Kagoshima Aquarium
Tel: 099 226 2233
The Kagoshima Aquarium is open from 9.30am to 6pm everyday except 4 days from the first Monday in December.
1,500 yen for adults, 750 yen for kids. An annual pass is 3,000 yen for adults.
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The area around Kagoshima Chuo Station has many hotels including the Hotel Gastof, the Hotel Urbic Kagoshima, the Toyoko Inn Kagoshima Chuo-eki Nishi-guchi, the JR Kyushu Hotel Kagoshima Hotel and the APA Hotel Kagoshima Chuo-Ekimae.
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