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Io World Kagoshima City Aquarium (いおワールドかごしま水族館)



This is the municipal aquarium built on the coast, on Kagoshima Bay facing Sakurajima Island. In the Kuroshio Large Tank which contains as much as 1,500 tons of water, you can watch the tuna and bonito migrating on the Kuroshio Current. Among them, the impact of the whale shark “Yu Yu” is a highlight. The seal exhibitions and dolphin pool are also popular. It is a 15-minute walk from Kagoshima Station.


Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Honkoushinmachi 3-1 (Kagoshima / Mt. SakurajimaArea)

phone 0992262233

9:30-18:00 (Entry by 17:00)
[GW/Summer vacation Saturday Public holiday/Buddhist vacation/Kimasive etc. may be extended] 9:30-21:00

Review of Kagoshima City Aquarium

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2021/03/05 Worthy Aquarium, Has its Pros and Cons
Japan has nice aquariums and I found the Kagoshima aquarium to be very nice. The entrance fee was reasonable and as an English speaker it was easy to get around. Some signs had English names while...
Reviewed:2020/03/21 Great Aquarium!
The City Aquarium is four floors of fish and education. There are several large tanks with lots of fish and a legend explaining the various types. There are a couple of fish larger than a regular...
Reviewed:2019/12/21 not the biggest, but very interesting
This aquarium, also called IO World, is located conveniently near the ferry-port. While not the biggest in Japan, I found it to be very interesting:the seascape in this area has some unique...

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Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Honkoushinmachi 3-1 [map]
Kagoshima / Mt. SakurajimaArea
9:30-18:00 (Entry by 17:00)
[GW/Summer vacation Saturday Public holiday/Buddhist vacation/Kimasive etc. may be extended] 9:30-21:00
Dec. Between 1st Monday and 4Sunday
[Admission fee] Adults (High School Students and above) 1,500yen, Elementary and Junior High School Students 750yen, 4 years and above 350yen
Parking Lot
Credit Card
Available (* Shop only
VISA, MasterCard, JCB, AMEX, UnionPay, DISCOVER, Diners Club)
Not available
Temporary suspension of business:Closed until May 31, 2020 (Information as of May 5, 2020)
* Information may be changed, so please be sure to check the official information.
Estimated stay time
60-120 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly
Pet friendly
Not possible (service dogs are allowed)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          Kagoshima Areas


          Over 100 active volcanoes across Kagoshima make it one of the Japan's most exciting prefectures. The prefectural capital, Kagoshima city, looks out to one of the prefecture's most spectacular volcanoes, Sakurajima, an island of its own that can be visited and seen close up or admired from afar, with the promise of breathtaking sunsets complete with frequent puffs of smoke and ash. Down the Satsuma Peninsula, the most southerly part of mainland Japan, waterfalls, sand onsen, and fascinating history await, while Kagoshima's abundance of satsuma imo (sweet potato) provide a wholesome snack as well as one of Japan's favourite drinks - shochu.