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Otaru Aquarium, Otaru

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Aquarium · Zoo / Aquarium
At Otaru Aquarium, see the only harbor porpoises in Japan and other curious species, such as Siberian salamanders and floating sea slugs. With nearly 250 different species and 5,000 sea creatures, this is the largest aquarium in Hokkaido. Meet walruses, earless seals, sea lions, and penguins. Acrobatic shows, a penguin walk, and hands-on feeding experiences with spotted seals, harbor seals, and sea lions remain the aquarium's highlights. Amenities include a lounge area, a shop, and a restaurant. Discover how to plan a Otaru trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • To get there was very easy as you can catch the bus at Otaru station or a taxi very easily. But the way back you will have to plan well for the bus back as per timetable... waiting at the bus stop...  more »
  • They need to shut this place down - it is so sad to see the animals, especially the dolphins swimming in cricles, so stressed out. I would not visit this place again.  more »
  • Lots to see, didn't disappoint although small. View was spectacular in winter as the aquarium was on a ledge. Penguin walks were cute and the dolphins, sea lion were amazing. There's a restaurant too inside , although wish there were more variety of foods to choose from. Nevertheless recommended. Btw....its easy access too by bus
  • The aquarium is on the small side, but has an impressive group of critters & lots of opportunity to see them up close, including a sea lion & dolphin training session, an outdoor penguin march, & a pelican walk through the exhibits. We went in February during a snowstorm, which was perfect for the penguin march. The little guys were plopping down in big fresh piles of snow & sliding. The facilities are a little dated, but well maintained. They don’t heat the building, so dress accordingly. There a heat lamps around the building for patrons to warm up. Google maps said there wasn’t public transport, but there is a bus from Otaru Station to the aquarium for 220 jyp.
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