At Miyajima of Aki, which is known as one of Japan’s three most scenic spots, there is an aquarium where you can see various creatures that live in the Seto Inland Sea.
We visited the Miyajimarin Miyajima Public Aquarium to research this article!
To start off, I’d like to introduce you to this cute face.
It’s the Seto Inland Sea’s only species of whale, the finless porpoise.
If you wave your hand, the porpoise will come nearer.
I could just watch them for ages…
The porpoises have baby faces like this, but actually they’re on the top of Seto Inland Sea’s food chain.
While I’m becoming captivated by the finless porpoises, there is an announcement. Apparently the Penguin Feeding event is just about to begin.
Various events are held daily here at the Miyajima Public Aquarium.
In tears, I say goodbyes to the finless porpoises and head towards the Penguin Pool.
As you might expect, the penguins are cute, too!
I can’t get enough of the sight of them walking in tiny wavy steps.
During the event, you can see how the penguins are fed.
They’re fed a variety of fish, but, much like humans, apparently some penguins are picky about what they eat!
There’s also another event called “Fun Time with Penguins” where you can actually touch them.
Touching a penguin is quite a precious experience.
The Sea Lion Pool is situated next to the Penguin Pool.
This one is really huge!!
It’s hard to tell how big it is just by looking at the picture, but if you see it with your own eyes, it will surely surprise you.
Other events include shaking hands with otters and “Shooting Time” where archerfish shoot water from their mouth like beams.
And then, this is the main event.
The Sea Lion show!
The show includes the “ring toss” game where the sea lions catch rings thrown by the audience by sticking their heads through them.
They also make big jumps out of the water!
You can see various performances that are both cute and dynamic.
There are plenty of other events within the Miyajima Public Aquarium, too, as well as plenty of other creatures from the Seto Inland Sea.
If you visit Miyajima, do come by!
Miyajimarin Miyajima Public Aquarium
Location: 10-3 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi city, Hiroshima prefecture
Fees: General admission (high school students & older) JPY1400, elementary & middle school students JPY700, infants JPY400
Parking: Not available
HP: http://www.miyajima-aqua.jp/ (Japanese)
HP: http://www.miyajima-aqua.jp/english/ (English)
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Daisuke Chiba
Daisuke Chiba / Photo-writer I was born in 1985 in Miyoshi City, Tokushima Prefecture, and now live in Tokushima City. After graduating university, I worked at a publishing company as an editor for various mooks, and in April 2014 I went freelance. I work as a photographer, copy-writer and editor, but also do product development and other stuff as well. If anyone needs me, I can do anything! Except, in spite of my being from Tokushima, dancing - I’m really bad at dancing Awa Odori!
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