Kasumigaura City Aquarium
This aquarium features fish found in the nearby Lake Kasumigaura and other freshwater creatures sourced worldwide.
At the touch tank, visitors can experience touching some fish, including carp and bitterlings.
- 910-1 Saka, Kasumigaura City
- By public transport: 1-hour bus ride from Tsuchiura Station on the JR Joban Line
- Business Hours
- Business Hours
9:00-17:00 (last admission 16:30)
Mondays (open Monday and closed Tuesday if a national holiday falls on Monday)
Closed over the New Year's holiday (December 28 to January 1)
- TEL: 029-896-0722
- 100 parking spots(free parking)
- Adults: 330 yen (group discount price 270 yen)
Elementary and juinor high school students: 160 yen (group discount price 110 yen)
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