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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Visitors to the Kyoto Aquarium Top Two Million and Why We Won't Go

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The Kyoto Aquarium, which opened on March 14 of this year, recorded its 2,000,000th visitor on November 5th.

That landmark was reached four months earlier than predicted.

The aquarium is relatively eco-friendly, and it hosts many local species.

But we were not among the two million, and we will not be joining the throngs in the future since Kyoto, like most Japanese aquariums, has as its main event a dolphin show.

Those dolphins are no doubt the leftovers from annual kill off the coast of Wakayama Prefecture, which was so poignantly depicted and exposed in the The Cove.

For those who have no objection to the dolphin show, see below for details.


35-1 Kankijicho Kyoto Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8835 (inside Umekoji Park)
Tel: +81 75 354 3130

It is a fifteen minute walk from Kyoto Station. There are also buses.

For cyclists, the aquarium is about 5-6 minutes northwest of Kyoto Station in Umekoji Park, which is in front of the tracks of the JR Saiin Line. Ride west on Shichijo Dori to Omiya Dori and turn right, heading north. The park is on the left and there will be signs.


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