Toba Aquarium opened in 1955 is one of Japan's largest aquaria located in Toba, Mie Prefecture. It is the home to 30,000 aquatic organisms of about 1,200 different species.
This Toba aquarium is the only aquarium in Japan to find dugongs which is considered an endangered species for more than 30 years.
Aside from housing different variety of species, this aquarium is also involved in the protection of endangered creatures.
The aquarium is consisted of 12 zones with 12 different unique themes where visitors can find sea lions, crabs, fish, jelly fish, amphibians, seals, sea birds, otters and variety of mammals that only live in Japanese coastal water.
The aquarium also operates a laboratory, "Henna-Ikimono Kenkyujo" that exhibits a collection of rare species such as giant isopods, a large crustaceans that lives deep the sea.
The aquarium also has a shop inside that sells a range of figures exclusively in the aquarium.
It's a 5-10-minute walk to the north of Nakanogo Station (Kintetsu Shima Line)
The aquarium opens at 9:00 to 17:00 from September to July 19 and 8:30 to 17:30 from July 20 through August.
It has no closing days. Admission fee is 2500 Yen.
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