In the urban of Nagoya, Shima Peninsula (志摩半島) is one of the popular leisure resort area. Designated as Ise-Shima National Park for its natural beauty and cultural importance, Shima Peninsula (志摩半島) is located in the southern of Mie Prefecture which consists of cities of Ise, Toba (鳥羽市), Shima and the town of Minami-Ise.
Toba (鳥羽市) covers the area of 107.34 square kilometers with an estimate population of 19,227 person. Located on the northern half of Shima Peninsula (志摩半島), the area is famous for cultured pearls.
When visiting Toba (鳥羽市) one of the not to be missed place to explore would be Toba Aquarium (鳥羽水族館). Located only 10 minutes walk from Toba Station, the aquarium is open from 0900 hrs to 1700 hrs daily.
Details of Toba Aquarium (鳥羽水族館)
Address: 3-3-6 Toba, Toba City, Mie
Hours open to visitors: 09:00-17:00 (08:30 – 17:30 from July 20 – August 31)
(last admission 1 hour before closing time)
Admission Fee: 2,400 yen (adults), 1,200 yen (children), 600 yen (children aged 3 or under)
Directions: 10 minutes on foot from Toba Station (1 hour 40 minutes from Nagoya) on the JR Sangu Line and the Kintetsu Toba and Shima lines. (Car) 15 minutes from the Ise interchange on the Ise Expressway or Ise Futami Toba Toll Road (car park available)
Toba Aquarium (鳥羽水族館) is Japan’s leading aquarium that houses a total of 12 zones which reproduce the natural environments to home over 30,000 aquatic organisms.
The first aquarium in Japan to house cute dugongs, the endangered species that is known to be difficult to rear in captivity. It is also in Toba Aquarium (鳥羽水族館) where they successfully raised an African Manatee and an sirenian mammal giving us the opportunity to see the two rare species.
There is a Performance Stadium where one will enjoy the sea lions show while The Marine Mammal Kingdom is an educational replicate of natural rocky shoreline where you will be able to see seals and sea lions swimming.
The Coral Reef is an area where one will feel like you are diving in the reef. You will be able to see the fin-less porpoise in the Sea of Ise-Shima and Japan area.
Finless Porpoise is a special species of dolphin. It is now listed as a critically endangered mammal. They are known to stay in shallow waters up to 50m, closer to the shore.
Each and every area in Toba Aquarium (鳥羽水族館) is unique in its many ways. An education and beautiful place, indeed a highly recommendable for a visit.