Joetsu Aquarium Umigatari

See penguins up close at a modern aquarium with many cute marine animals

The Joetsu Aquarium, known by its nickname of “Umigatari,” was reopened after refurbishment on June 2018 and is located in a modern building that looks more like an art gallery than an aquarium. 

The area of the aquarium that is home to approximately 120 Magellanic penguins recreates the environment of Chubut Province in Argentina, which is a major habitat for wild Magellanic penguins. From the second-floor outdoor walkway over this recreated wild environment you can see nesting penguins incubating their eggs, and from the first floor you can see them swimming so fast they almost seem to be flying. Seeing the penguins at such uniquely close quarters enables visitors to see them acting as they would in the wild.

Another popular attraction are the cute beluga whales. On the top floor of the aquarium is an infinity pool that appears to become one with the Sea of Japan, and it is here that you can see bottlenose dolphins performing astounding jumps.

General Information

Adults 1,800 yen
High school students 1,100 yen
Elementary and junior high school students 900 yen
Pre-school children over 4 years 500 yen
Senior citizens (over 65) 1,500 yen
Opening Times
* Changes according to season
* Subject to change without notice
Open year round
15 minutes on foot from Naoetsu Station on the JR Echigo-Tokimei Line
15 minutes from Joetsu Interchange or 30 minutes from Nadachitanihama Interchange on the Hokuriku Expressway
30 minutes by car from Joetsu-Takada Interchange on the Joshin'etsu Expressway
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