Io World Kagoshima City Aquarium

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.

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Update date:2024.02.22

Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Honkoushinmachi 3-1 map map Map
9:30-18:00 (Entry allowed until 17:00)
[GW/SaturdaySundayPublic holidays/Bon Festival, etc.] 9:30-21:00
Dec.1stMonday to 4Sunday
[Admission fee] Adults (High school students and above) 1,500yen, Elementary and junior high school students 750yen, 4 years old and above 350yen
Parking Lot
Credit Card
Available (*Shop only
VISA, MasterCard, JCB, AMEX, UnionPay, DISCOVER, Diners Club)
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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 allowed (service dogs are allowed)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Worthy Aquarium, Has its Pros and Cons
    4.0 Reviewed : 2021.03.05
    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...
  • Great Aquarium!
    4.0 Reviewed : 2020.03.21
    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...
  • not the biggest, but very interesting
    4.0 Reviewed : 2019.12.21
    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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