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Kamo Aquarium and the Jellyfish

  • When you visit this bustling tourist hub it’s hard to believe that it was once facing bankruptcy. After overcoming its financial struggles and reinventing itself, Kamo Aquarium in Yunohama has now easily become one of Japan’s most unique and popular aquariums. In 2014 alone the aquarium welcomed over 835,000 visitors through it doors, more than nine times the number of people who visited Kamo Aquarium in 1997 (90,000) and since 2014 it’s simply gotten bigger and better. Home to the most incredible and unique displays of jellyfish you’ll ever see in your life, Kamo Aquarium is definitely a one of a kind place worth visiting if you find yourself in Yamagata prefecture.

    Kamo Aquarium and the Jellyfish

    Kamo Aquarium and the Jellyfish

    The Kamo Aquarium is actually the only aquarium in the whole of Yamagata and it boasts the world’s largest collection of jellyfish on display. Spanning over 50 different varieties, these gooey creatures are both hypnotic and fascinating in equal measure. All housed in the aquarium’s "Jellyfish Park" these strangely beautiful creations are exhibited in circular, backlit windows in rooms with low lighting making an atmospheric spectacle that feels more like an art installation than an aquarium. Kamo is also home to a weirdly cute jellyfish farm where thousands of tiny, unborn jellyfish are constantly being incubated.

    Kamo Aquarium and the Jellyfish

    Kamo Aquarium and the Jellyfish

    As well as jellyfish the aquarium has a lot more on offer including an impressive display of fresh and saltwater fish found in the local area and small outdoor arena which hosts a number of seal shows daily. The complex also houses a souvenir shop and a cafe where brave guests can actually taste test a number of jellyfish dishes including jellyfish ramen and jellyfish ice cream.

    Kamo Aquarium and the Jellyfish

    Kamo Aquarium and the Jellyfish

    The Aquarium is situated on a stop along the bus line that links Tsuruoka Station to Yunohama Onsen making it pretty accessible if you’re travelling via public transport. From Tsuruoka Station, the one way ride to the aquarium takes a little over 30 minutes and costs 740 yen each way. The bus passes through approximately every two hours. If you’re coming from Sakata city center, Tsuruoka Station is a 20-30 minute train ride south and costs 500 yen by local train or around 1,000 to 1,500 yen by limited express. If taxi is more your style you can reach the aquarium from central Tsuruoka in about 25 minutes, which costs around 4,500 yen.

    Kamo Aquarium and the Jellyfish

    Kamo Aquarium and the Jellyfish

    The aquarium is open every day of the year, with doors usually opening at 9:00 am and shutting at 5:00 pm. Between July 29 to August 20, the aquarium has extended hours, opening from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. Entry is 1,000 yen for adults, 500 yen for elementary and junior high school students, free for children younger than three.

    Kamo Aquarium and the Jellyfish

    Kamo Aquarium and the Jellyfish

    Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium
    Address
    Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Imaizumi Okubo 657-1
    Phone
    0235333036
    Tsuruoka
    Address
    Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Suehiromachi
    Phone
    Yunohama Hot Spring
    Address
    Yamagata Tsuruoka-shiYunohama
    Phone
    0235732905
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