The huge aqua blue water tank where a whale shark and penguins avidly swim
The Notojima Aquarium located on Notojima Island in the picturesque Nanao Bay has vibrant marine life, opportunities for petting the animals, shows and other features to provide a popular participatory aquarium experience. The big highlight is the Whale Shark Zone: Blue World. In a giant 1,600-tonne water tank, there is a whale shark and other large fish from the south seas which travel through the nearby Noto Sea. In addition, there is also one of the largest underwater tunnels in Japan known as the Tunnel Tank. The 22m-long tank has a capacity of 1,200 tonnes which allows natural light to softly pour in from the ceiling to give that realistic feeling of being underwater. Above your head is the impressive sight of avidly swimming penguins and dolphins. In the World of Jellyfish, you will see the wondrous sight of many jellyfish floating up in a darkened room. With LED lights shining upon the jellyfish, it almost seems like art.
Truly a hit! The magnificent show of sea bream and sardines
At the Notojima Aquarium, there are enjoyable performances all throughout the day with various sea life. The most popular among them is the Dolphins & Sea Lion Show. The darlings of the aquarium, the dolphins, swim at top speed and pull off soaring jumps! They also show their prowess in dancing and art. As well, the comical performances by the sea lions are also adorable. Inside the aquarium, about 2,000 sea breams swim as a group in rhythm with piano music in a performance known as The Sea Bream’s World of Light and Sound. Also, there is the highly-praised Sardine’s Big Wave in which about 10,000 sardines swim freely about.
Have that precious experience of meeting dolphins and sea otters
The variety-filled program of meeting the animals is also very popular. In particular, the interactive pool with the dolphins is a hit. You can also encounter the dolphins via precious experiences such as the Dolphin Beach which is open during the summers. Furthermore, there is the Otters’ Feeding Time where you can shake flippers with the otters, the Penguins’ Stroll during which Magellanic Penguins waddle about on the grounds, and other fun activities.