Locating near the seaside in the outskirt of Beppu City, Oita Prefecture in Kyushu Japan, Umitamago (Oita Marine Palace Aquarium) “うみたまご” is a really nice aquarium for families.
Visiting the first time, I was impressed with the performances and the set up. My favorite was the walrus show! I have never seen a walrus that can act and do sit-ups in real life. Truly entertaining and amazing! Like! Like! Like!
The dolphin show was also fun! While many people want to sit closer to the dolphin pools, you would want to stand further away… simply because you will get wet from the splash when the dolphins jump and spin. That’s the fun part of the watching the show as well. Very exciting!
Other performances such as the seals show, feeding sardine, sharks, eels are entertaining as well. The key is to follow the show program schedule so that you can see them all one after another.
If you are travelling young children, the marine-themed indoor kids area will the place where they won’t want to leave the slides and claw facilities. There is big lawn outside the aquarium where they can run as well. Do check it out when you visit Beppu or Oita in Kyushu Japan.
Address：Takasakiyama-shita Kaigan, Oita-shi, Oita Japan
Admission: ¥1,890 for adults (high school above), ¥950 for primary and secondary school students, ¥630 for children (over 4 years old)
Hours: 09:00 – 18:00 (Mon – Fri), 09:00 – 21:00 (weekends and holidays)
Parking: available (paid parking)
Transportation: 20 minutes by bus from Beppu or Oita stations