SHIKOKU
AQUARIUM

Kagawa, Japan

  • Dolphin Pool

    Their breathing reminds us how dolphins constantly switch between stillness and motion

  • View of Sunset

    Their breathing reminds us how dolphins
    constantly switch between stillness and motion.

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EXPLORING A STORY OF
WATER AND LIFE.

A story of water and life
woven from 70 scenes.

Shikoku is encircled by the Pacific Ocean and the Seto Inland Sea, embracing beautiful rivers and countless reservoirs.
The abundant aquascapes are a playground of an astounding number of organisms.
This is a place to encounter Shikoku's aquascapes.
Wonder and excitement awaits.
It's not just seeing. It's not just knowing.
Your curiosity awakens as you want to find out what lies beyond.
Come, let's explore this story of water and life.

EXHIBITION

The aquarium consists of four signature tanks (Watatsumi, Sunset Sea, Uzushio, and Shark Shadow)
and six zones (the Pacific Ocean, the Seto Inland Sea, the Deep Sea, Jellyfish, Freshwater, and the Active Field).

SETO INLAND SEA

  • View of the Uzushio

    The fish that inhabit Naruto Strait, some of tha most turbulent waters in the world.

  • Setouchi Zone

    The sea as part of dialy life.

PACIFIC OCEAN

  • Main tank Aquarium

    The fish that inhabit Naruto Strait, some of tha most turbulent waters in the world.

  • View of Shark Shadow

    The very definition of functional beauty for survival.

  • Pacific Ocean Zone

    The Kuroshio Current is amazing!

RIVER & LAKE

  • Freshwater Zone

    Everything starts with a drop of springwater.

  • Otter Sceneries

Shūrinzu

Illustrated book of fish and aquatic animals

A fully-fledged illustrated catalog of aquatic animals made in the mid-18th century by order of Matsudaira Yoritaka (1711–1771), the fifth lord of Takamatsu Domain, who ruled 120,000 koku in Sanuki Province (present-day Kagawa Prefecture). Consisting of 723 illustrations across four books, the Shūrinzu forms a set with the two-book Shūkin gafu that depicts birds as well as the three-book Shasei gajō and the four-book Shūhō gafu that depict flora, collectively making up the Hakubutsu zufu.

Characteristic of the Takamatsu Matsudaira family's Hakubutsu zufu are the highly precise depictions through elaborate techniques in all the illustrations, but the Shūrinzu stands out for its excellent expression of the animals' luster and texture as well as three-dimensionality. It has been pointed out that the Sanuki scientist Hiraga Gennai was involved in the production, and as a work that gathers the knowledge and techniques of the time, it is prized not only as illustrations of the natural world but also as a work of art and an historical source. It has been pointed out that the Sanuki scientist Hiraga Gennai was involved in the production, and as a work that gathers the knowledge and techniques of the time, it is prized not only as illustrations of the natural world but also as a work of art and an historical source.
This wall-size illustration shows a selection of aquatic animals from the Shūrinzu with a focus on those living in and around Shikoku.

Historically used by the Takamatsu Matsudaira family, held by Kagawa Museum
Tangible Cultural Property Designated by Kagawa Prefecture

View of Ryugu

A legendary aquascape of Shikoku

The Ryūgū-jō where Urashima Tarō journeyed:  the legend of Urashima Tarō can also be found in Kagawa (Mitoyo City, Kagawa Prefecture).
Many places dedicated to the gods of the sea (shrines and temples) also have mentions of the Ryūgū-jō in their founding stories.
There are even anecdotes that the word ryūgū originally comes from the language of the Buddha, Sanskrit (ancient Indian language).
It was then spread to many places by a great man from Sanuki, Kōbō Daishi or Kūkai.
Today, the tradition is carried on at 88 sacred grounds across Shikoku.
After an incredibly long time, the legendary Shikoku aquascape "Ryūgū scenery" has appeared at Shikoku Aquarium.

SHOP

  • Museum shop

    Official aquarium mascot Shuko-kun merchandise, shark udon and many other original products are available.

  • Food service

    Inside the aquarium is a restaurant offering Sanuki udon and other dishes and a cafeteria for more casual dining.

INFOMATION

Open on

7days a week

*Except temporary closing for maintenance in winter

Hours of Operation

9:00-18:00

*Open until 21:00 during Golden Week and summer vacation
*Last admission in 30min before the closing time

FLOOR MAP

  • 1F Floor Map
  • 2F Floor Map

ADMISSION

Individuals
  • Adult [Ages 16+]

    JPY 2,200

  • Student [Ages 7-15]

    JPY 1,200

  • Child [Ages 3-6]

    JPY 600

  • Two and under

    Free

Regular groups (20 persons or more)
  • Adult [Ages 16+]

    JPY 1,980

  • Student [Ages 7-15]

    JPY 1,080

  • Child [Ages 3-6]

    JPY 540

  • Two and under

    Free

ACCESS

4 Hama-1-banchō,  Utazu-chō, Ayauta-gun, Kagawa
(inside Utazurinkai Park)

TEL : +81-877-49-4590
FAX : +81-877-49-4600

・About 12-min walk from JR Utazu Station
・About 40-min drive from Takamatsu Airport
・About 10-min drive from Sakaide IC

Parking lot : Paid parking lot near the aquarium