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Otaru Aquarium

Certificate of Excellence
Features Animals
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Address: 3-303 Shukutsu, Otaru 047-0047 , Hokkaido
Name/address in local language
Phone Number:
+81 134-33-1400
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Beautiful Dolphin Show

Otaru in Hokkaido ,Japan was below zero in winter but we braved the weather to go to Otaru Aquarium. Easily accessible by train from Sapporo & by bus from the bus station, we... read more

Reviewed 9 February 2017
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
via mobile
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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Level Contributor
12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

In my mind during 2-hours train from Susukino; it may be dull and boring seeing these aquatic creatures at Otaru Aquarium, unfortunately I was WRONG ! We arrive 1:30pm at the station, then directly get to the bus station; you can asks the bus station counter which bus ride to Aquarium. It takes around 17-minutes bus ride. As we arrived,... More 

Thank Nadhirah S
Level Contributor
15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband was reluctant to go at the first place and wanted to take a cab from Otaru Station. But the bus to the Aquarium is sooooo convenient and it is for me the must go place in Otaru! An aquarium by the sea with many animals in the open air (pools) instead of kept in the indoor cage. You... More 

Thank Alice Z
Level Contributor
11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

Wanted to go there because of the lumpfish. This aquarium has many fishes which are not common to see! The best thing here is the shows of the marine mammal park. Definitely cannot miss!!!! Highly recommend!!

Thank Ka Yee C
Level Contributor
36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

This site is great for families. The day we were there it was very busy. Apparently the aquarium consists of several large tanks and the walkway spirals around the tanks. The top was very busy but the crowds seemed to thin out as we went along. Great for kids. At the end there is a spot for touching some fish.

Thank WinnipegLaurie
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

We as adults, aquarium and zoo are something like "ohh poor animals in these small cages..." but for kids they are just a fantastic place to explore live animals. Otaru Aquarium was great as well. Dolphin and Sea lion shows were well worth watching. I can see the aquarium is putting lots of effort to keep the place interesting. We... More 

Thank White2000
Level Contributor
13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviewed 12 February 2017

My friend wanted to go to the aquarium so we went to visit. It was suprisingly interesting with the various aquatic life from the Hokkaido seas on display. The animal shows were fun: the seal feeding, dolphin show, and penguin walk. The light house is nearby and there is a good view of the Otaru seaside between the aquarium and... More 

Thank Ann T
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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60 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

Otaru in Hokkaido ,Japan was below zero in winter but we braved the weather to go to Otaru Aquarium. Easily accessible by train from Sapporo & by bus from the bus station, we arrived at the aquarium by the edge of the sea. A relatively small Aquarium but it had interesting specimens. Apart from the fishes and other water exhibits,... More 

Thank LIsmail
Medan, Indonesia
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

Have so much fun here , although the place is quite small . I love here because we can contact directly to the penguins and friends 👍

1 Thank Erwaty L
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70 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Using the bus day trip ticket (700yen) you can get a discount on the entrance rates. For 900yen (adult) this place was quite worth the value to spend the morning! Shows start in the morning from seal feeding (1045am) to dolphin and seal show (11am) to penguin walk (1130am). There's a pelican walk in the afternoon (1 or 3pm)but we... More 

2 Thank Amanda C
Nilai, Malaysia
Level Contributor
18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

The aquarium is small but the main attraction is the penguin parade. The dolphin show also not bad and the show is in a cover theater.

1 Thank syaizalah

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