Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

The port of Nagoya public aquarium is located near the Nagoya-ko station. From the station, a jetty with shops on both sides leads to the Nagoya port. There are many ships and boats at the port. Among them, the great attraction here is the “Fuji Antarctic Ice Breaker” with a helicopter boarded on it. Visitors can enter and walk inside the huge ice breaker ship with an entry pass. Visitors can rest along the vast pavements and surroundings leading to the aquarium enjoying the sea breeze. The two main buildings of this huge aquarium are named as the North and the South buildings. The entrance of the aquarium is at the Northern building. Tickets are sold here. Depending on the ages of visitors, the ticket cost ranges from 500 to 2000yens.

The first floor of the northern building has huge glass walls behind which the dolphins’ and whales are kept. The bottle nosed, Killer whales(Orcas) and Belugas(white dolphins) etc. could be seen here. Belugas are white whales with continuous rapid movements. They are kept in the ‘Under the Northern light’ pool area. The “Underwater viewing area” is a special vast place with a number of stairs extending down. Here, visitors can freely sit and enjoy the movement of the dolphins.

The second floor exhibits the skeletal systems of huge aquatic animals like whales and dolphins hanged from the top of the roof. This area is named as “Diverse World of Whales”. The third floor has a wide open gallery for the dolphin show. A huge screen at the middle displays the motion of the aquatic animals over and under the water. The dolphins will be conducted at scheduled timings. The dolphins, seals, and their instructors appear in front of the visitors bowing, dancing, striking balls and so on. There are small shows done by the Orcas also at a nearby small pool.

In between the two buildings of the aquarium, a dark room with a replica of an Orca explains the inner body parts and the secret of movement of the Orcas.

The northern building is connected to the second floor of the southern building.Visitors will be entering into “Marine life around Japan” area that starts with the “Kuroshio tank” of Japanese fishes. “The Tornado of Blue Pilchard” is a show that is conducted here at scheduled times. Sardine groups will be rhythmically swimming around to catch their food thrown from the upper part of the tanks. There are some rare fish varieties also.

 

. Small and big tanks of water plants, fishes, jelly fishes, sea cucumbers etc. could be seen beyond a small glass tunnel. Many types of turtles, tortoises, crocodiles etc.  are kept in the “Tropical Marine Life” zone which extends to the third floor of this building.

 

The huge Loggerhead sea turtles floating in the tanks is a great view of this aquarium.

The “Australian Marine Life” has rare collection of marine creatures from Australian water bodies.  Penguins are kept in a recreated Antartica behind thick glass walls named as “Antarctic Marine Life”. Some penguin eggs and their replicas with detailed information are displayed near this place. This building has a theater playing a short film about the marine life.

At the ground floor of the building, there are some crabs, water snakes, coral reefs, fishes, etc. kept in tanks. A touch tank with small ray fishes could be touched by visitors as per the instructions given by the guides.  A souvenir shop is located at the exit area of the building.