Thursday, September 20, 2012

Aqua World - Oarai

We recently visited the Aqua World in Oarai. This aquarium is located in Higashi-ibaraki district of Ibaraki prefecture is built over 19800 sq metres and located close to Oarai port. 
The Aquarium area has been divided into 7 floors. The display areas are further segregated into The Encounter Sea, Deep Sea, The Seas of the World, The Museum Area, Seas of the World-2, Rivers and Streams, The Rendezvous Deck, Ocean front and the Marketplace.

Many varieties of fish, marine mammals and other sea creatures can be seen in Aqua World.

 About 580 species of 68000 creatures are on display in the aquarium’s 60 water tanks.

The aquarium has a large number of sharks on display. 

The Sea Life of Ibaraki exhibit features over 20000 fish of 80 species, which live at the confluence of warm and cold currents. In the Seas of the World exhibit, the coral reefs of Okinawa and the Sea of Okhotsk have been recreated.

This exhibit features ocean life in the temperate and tropical waters.

The marine mammals on display include Humboldt Penguins, Sea Otters, Spotted Seals, Tufted Puffins and California Sea lions. 

The displays of seaweeds, plankton, sharks, whales, penquins etc in the Sea Life Museum offer visitors and insight into the anatomy and behaviour of fish. Computers in the Ocean Information Plaza provide information on sea creatures.

The star attraction of the Aquaworld is the Dolphin and California sea Lion show. 

This show which lasts about 30 minutes is held about 4 times a day in the Ocean Theatre. 

It may be difficult to find seating especially on weekends. There are also other shows like Aqua Viewing, and feeding of Humboldt penguins, Sea lions, Seals, Sharks, Sunfish and Tufted Puffins.

Aqua World is definitely a place that one must visit. Our 5 year old daughter loved the place to the core. 

Address: 8252-3 Isohama-machi Oarai-machi Higashiibaraki-gun Ibaraki-ken 311-1301 Japan

Phone: 029-267-5151

Opening hours: 9:00-17:00 hrs

Tickets: Adults 1800 yen; Children 900 yen (age 7-15)/ 300 yen(Age 3-7). Group discounts available.

Parking: Free (750 cars)

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