At Kaikyokan you can observe and inspect a wealth of marine life, including displays of puffer fish from all over the world. The aquarium also houses a collection of Humboldt penguins whose clumsy, sometimes comical demeanor transforms to grace and agility when viewed from below the surface. You'll also have the chance to watch dolphin and sea lion shows, as they re-enact a famous offshore samurai battle with their trainers, along with displays dedicated to colorful coral habitats, and those of the tidal flats. Owing to the region's obsession with the culinary delicacy of puffer fish, otherwise known as fugu, the puffer fish exhibit attracts lrge crowds, featuring around 100 different species. Bear in mind that during the winter months, the outdoor dolphin show can get cold, so dress accordingly. To visit Kaikyokan on your holiday in Shimonoseki, and find out what else Shimonoseki has to offer, use our Shimonoseki.
Shimonoseki is famous for puffer fish. But I can't remember seeing so many species of puffer fish in an aquarium. In general, an enjoyable visit. more »
The aquarium itself is not so big as the Osaka one but it has a collection of more than 100 types of puffer fish ("Fuku: in Japanese). There is also a small area for sea show but you it's only one... more »
This an awesome aquarium, liked all of the fish exhibits, would have loved it if the coelacanth on display was alive instead of preserved. There were some pretty neat variations of puffy fish throughout the facility. Also if your are interested there is a fish market just a few minutes walk away if you want to try puffer fish as well.
Those who do not care about animal abuse might enjoy this place and feel good. I hate to see dolfins, sea lions, penguins and all other sea animals cooped up under poor conditions.
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