A Japanesque aquarium taking into consideration the surrounding scenery
Just a 5-minute walk from the exit of the World Heritage site of Itsukishima Shrine, the aquarium has a Japanese appearance with a tiled roof that takes into consideration the surrounding scenery, and its entrance incorporates a Japanese mood evoking the image of Itsukishima Shrine. There are more than 13000 examples of 350 species of sea life centering on the life in the Seto Inland Sea, and in the main building, the world of the Seto Inland Sea is introduced through 10 zones. The tidal flats around Itsukishima Shrine’s giant torii gate are recreated here, and there are other fascinating displays that can only be found on Miyajima such as Kakiikada where the sight of breeding oysters which are a delicacy in Hiroshima Prefecture are exhibited.
Lots of adorable characters!
The finless porpoise, a relative of the whale, resembles the dolphin but the fact that it has no fins is a notable characteristic. Peeking into the water tank, it will approach you so that you can take a photo together with it. The Penguin Pool has an unusual display where you can view the penguins directly from below as if they were flying in the sky. The Asian small-clawed otter which is popular for its seemingly smug expression can be observed through 2 exhibition rooms designed so that you can see them east, sleep and play.
Various events throughout the day
A variety of events are held daily at this hands-on participatory aquarium. Watch the archerfish as they hunt for insects which alight on the branches and leaves by shooting water from their mouths at Archerfish Shooting Time. You can get in contact with archerfish and also Humboldt penguins twice a day. This is an aquarium which treasures contact with animals through activities such as Sea Lions Live which is held 3 times a day, Feeding Time where you can view penguins, otters and walruses being fed, and your own chance to feed the penguins yourselves.