Have you been to Sendai Umino-Mori Aquarium? Well, if you have not been yet or are thinking to bring your children somewhere fun and interesting in Sendai, then I would like to recommend Sendai Umino-Mori Aquarium.
This is a good place to go for a time of entertainment with your family as well as to educate your children about the wonders of the marine world. I believe Sendai Umino-Mori Aquarium will allow you and your family to enjoy the amazing underwater world.
It is a brand new aquarium in the Tohoku region and officially opened its doors on July 1, 2015. Located at the strategic location in the port area of Sendai City and is only about 15 minutes walking distance from JR Senseki Line Nakanosakae Station. If you go there by car, there are 2,250 units of parking spaces provided by Sendai Umino-Mori Aquarium for free. This aquarium is a replacement for Matsushima Marinepia Aquarium, the second oldest aquarium in Japan that had been closed on May 10, 2015. This new aquarium is much bigger and modern compared to the former.
The aquarium has two floors and almost 50,000 fish total in the aquarium. There are about 300 species of local marine life, including a rare blue shark. The tickets are sold at the main entrance and you also can buy it from the aquarium’s website. It costs 2,100 yen for the adults and for my children currently in the Elementary and Junior School category it is just 1,100 yen and 1,600 yen, respectively. For Junior and Senior High School students are 1,600 yen, while for young ones under 4 years old, it is only 600 yen. If you plan to bring your parents who are under the category of Senior citizen (over 65 years old), you just need to pay 1,600 yen per person. The aquarium opens to the public from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm and during public holidays it is open until 7:00 pm except during winter which will be closed earlier at 5:00 pm.
There are two tips I would like to share in order to make sure you and your family won’t miss the performance by the dolphins, sea lions and also have the opportunity to interact with adorable penguins. First, arrive at least 15 minutes earlier before each show and plan your journey based on the event program schedule. Second, it is worth to buy tickets on-line in order to skip the queues and crowds, especially when you plan to go there during weekends or public holidays. You can buy the tickets a day before via the aquarium’s website (http://www.uminomori.jp/webket/). Even though my family and I have already been to both Matsushima Marinepia Aquarium and Sendai Umino-Mori Aquarium, we still have plans to go there again next time.