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Enoshima Aquarium, or more famously known as 'Enosui' is an aquarium facility located in Sagami Bay. It have been operating since 1954 as a research center where Japanese sea researchers are observing various marine animals that dwells in the depth of Sagami Bay's ocean. In 2004, for the first time the research facility renamed itself to Enoshima Aquarium and opened to public. Ever since then, Enoshima Aquarium become one of Yokohama's top attractions that all tourists, including you, should visit.
Connected With The Wondrous Ocean World in Enoshima Aquarium
First area you should absolutely check during your visit to Enoshima Aquarium is the Sagami Bay Zone. The entire zone showcase the treasure trove of marine life that lives in Sagami Bay. It is also a place where you can view various interesting marine animals shows. 'Uogokoro' is an enchanting underwater fish feeding performance held in Sagami Bay Zone done by experienced the Enosui treaters staffs.Watch as large horde of small fishes flock around the treaters as they feast on their food.The second performance is Fins, where you can interact with your favorite fish in a live underwater video.It is definitely an exciting experience and you can brag them to your friends!
Of all exhibits, you should absolutely check the Jellyfish Fantasy Hall. Entering the exhibit feels like you are transported into an ethereal world of under the sea. The transluscent jellyfishes are floating inside a round sphere aquarium, adding more magical feeling to the zone. But wait! You're about to see an even more amazing scenery when the Kurage no Sora show takes place. Literally translated as 'The Jellyfish's Sky', Kurage no Sora show incorporate the stunning jellyfishes with a special 3-D projection mapping technology to invoke the sensation of floating in the ocean. The magic will broke if you come late to the show or leave during the show. So be sure to finish all your businesses first before you come to the Jellyfish Fantasy Hall!
If you are wondering how far have Japanese sea researchers have progressed for their Deep Sea fishes research, you should head to the Deep Sea Zone. It is a special zone where the fruititon of countless researchers done by Enoshima researchers and JAMSTEC institute are put on display. The exhibitions showcase various deep-sea fishes bred using various breeding methods proposed by the researchers. The breeding researches is one of many long term collaboration projects done by both institutions.
Ever wonder how the researchers managed to carry on the Deep Sea project this far? You'll get more information about it in the second Deep Sea Zone. It feature Deep Submergence Vehicle Shinkai 2000, Japan's first full-scale submarine which carry the researchers into the depth of the ocean. The submarine is also said to have largely contributed to the research's development. The submarine is indeed one of Enoshima Aquarium's most precious treasure.
If you are concern about the dwindling numbers of sea turtles especially in Japan, a visit to Sea Turtle Beach in Enoshima Aquarium will give some reassurements. Sea Turtle Beach is spesifically designed so that the sea turtles can breed in safety and live more comfortably. There are also numerous activities in the zone where visitors can engage more with this ancient endangered animals. The most popular show is Sea Turtle Touch, an interactive program where you can feed them or directly touch their back. It's a paid activity and if you're lucky enough you can be one of the first 20 people that can purchase the ticket for only JPY 500 or about $4.42 USD.
Who doesn't love dolphins? While dolphins shows are always associated with animals cruelty, you don't have to worry about that here. First of all, the dolphins here are swimming in a pool filled with sea water. The most exciting part is you still can see their cuteness and also their brilliance in various dolphins show held in the area. 'Kizuna' is an extraordinary show where you will be connected with the dolphins' and the sea lions' feeling. That's what 'Kizuna' or 'Bonds' is about.
How to Get Tickets?
To enjoy Enoshima Aquarium, you should pay an entrance fee for about JPY 2,400 or $21.24 USD, though you will only have to pay JPY 1,890 or $16.72 USD per person if you are in group of 20 people. Children age 3 and older will be charged for only JPY 600 or $5.31 USD, while children below 3 years old are free of charge.
How To Get Around?
Enoshima Aquarium is not that extensive so you can easily hop from one exhibit to another on foot.
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Best Time to Visit
Enoshima Aquarium is an indoor facility, so it is perfect to be visited at any time thoroghout the year. Weekdays are perfect if you want to explore the entire area more freely. However there will be plenty interesting shows await you in weekends and holiday, though the downside is that the place can be too crowded during the time.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, all informations you need can be found in this website.
How To Get There?
Enoshima Aquarium is just three minutes walk away from Katase-enoshima Station on the Odakyu Line. It is also reachable from Enoshima Station on the Enoshima Railroad which only takes time about 10 minutes walking. You can also reach the facility from the Shounnan- Enoshima Station on the Shounnan Monorail.
While you're in Enoshima Aquarium, you should take your time to participate in 'Night Tours' where you will explore the entire facility at night to observe the sea animals' activities when the night falls. You will also get to experience a sleepover inside the facility along with other tourists and visitors. There's a chance you can make new friends.