Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

Friday, June 24, 2016

I can now feel the summer vibe here but let me share you a side trip just last year's summer. Of course, I know it is too late for this but as I always say, BETTER LATE THAN NEVER because there's no late for everything. Only regrets. Well now, back to the post. 
I, together with the sisters and brotha-in-law, we went to Nagoya's public aquarium. It is located in a part of Nagoya Port, one of the largest port in Japan. The other part is for the Garden Pier Green Park, but we didn't able to go there that time. Maybe next time when money and time allows. 
The aquarium is divided into 2 buildings, the North ans South. In the North building, this is where the marine mammals like the dolphins(there's a dolphin show here...),  the white whales or what you called belugas and some killer whales that will amaze you of their environment. In the opposite building, the South, this is where you can find 350 species of sea animal which counts to almost 30,000 animals that traditionally resides in Japan and the cooler areas like the South Pole. This is where you can see different species of fishes. Also, this is where the penguin area is if you want to see those cute creatures.
This place is good not only for children and students but everyone will enjoy here. Family, couples, children at heart, anyone, will learn something or two. A must visit when you're in Nagoya area.

The aquarium is open everyday except Mondays and if Monday is a holiday, they will be closed the following day. It is open during the Golden Week period. from July-September, and during the spring/winter vacation season(Haru/Fuyu Yasumi)*. Also, they will be temporarily close at the end of January for maintenance (subject to change without prior notice).

 Regular hours: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm**
Golden Week/Summer vacation (Natsu Yasumi): 9:30 am - 8:00 pm**
December-March: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm**
December 24th: 9:30 am - 9:00 pm**
*Check the calendar
**Entrance will be closed one hour prior to the closing time
For admission, adults and high school students will have to pay 2,000JPY. Junior high school and elementary students will pay 1,000JPY. For children over 4 years old, 500JPY. For nighttime admissions(from 5:00 pm onwards), you will only pay 1,600JPY, 800JPY, 400JPY, respectively.
The aquarium has a re-entry policy where you can enter and leave the aquarium within the day. Just be sure you will be stamped upon the first time you leave the place.
This is the dancing sardines show where a group of sardine fish looks like dancing underwater while they are being feed. I have a video of this show, but I forgot where I put it or I accidentally erased it. Sorry. My apologies. I will not be able to show you the beauty of this show.

These cute penguins are inside a controlled low temperature room wherein the temperature is properly maintained based on the needs of these animals.
In the north building, there is this dolphin show, which I think the best thing I saw that time. These dolphins showing the crowd tricks with their instructors. Better be early since the place gets crowded early to the point where you can't sit anymore to have a good view of the show. I attempted to get a video but I wasn't able to continue because I want to just see with my own eyes the show. Though there are pictures in between.

The aquarium is best accessed via train and it's a walking distance from the nearest station.
From Nagoya station, take the Higashiyama subway line bound for Fujigaoka and get off at Sakae station then transfer to Meiko subway line bound for Nagoyako and get off at the last stop for 470JPY. Exit at Exit #3 then 5 min. walk.
From Kanayama station, take directly the Meiko subway line for Nagoyako station for 270JPY. Exit at Exit #3 then 5 min. walk.

Further instructions when inside the public aquarium are:
* No camera flashes. It will disturb the animals.
*Refrain from eating, drinking, or smoking outside the designated areas.
*Refrain from bringing any pets inside the aquarium.

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