Fly to Eastern Hokkaido
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25 amazing adventures to try at least once
in wintertime Eastern Hokkaido
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The “YAMA NO Aquarium” reopened after renovations in July 2017, and is now an established tourist destination. In 2012, the Aquarium's producer, Mr. Hajime Nakamura, created a style of biological displays that dynamically regenerate the natural features of rivers in Hokkaido. Needless to say, the attraction to see in winter is the “Aquarium of the Four Seasons” that regenerates a “river” in as close to its natural state as possible. In winter, the aquarium freezes over.
Visitors often wonder, “Where are the fish in winter?”, as fish are not normally visible in the winter. However, visitors to the aquarium can see fish swimming under the ice. Fish survive the cold and use their strength to swim under the ice on the river floor. This sight communicates the power of life. There are so many things to see. The Aquarium has is a large tank with the largest ito fish (Japanese huchen, a rare fish even in Hokkaido) in Japan, the basin water tank where visitors can observe fish from below in a semi-cylindrical aquarium tunnel, and a tank with low water levels in order to see fish jump out of the water, and much more.
Although the “Aquarium of the Four Seasons” was constructed on a low budget, the Aquarium uses its location to its advantage by pumping a large volume of clean ground water into the tank. We are sure that you will be moved not only by our novel river ecosystem, but also the ideas incorporated in the displays.
1-4 Matsuyama, Rubeshibe-cho, Kitami-shi, Hokkaido
8:30 - 17:00 (9:00 - 16:30 from November through March)
Closed days: April 8 - April 14, December 26 - January 1 (next year)
Approximately 1.5 hours by car using National Route 39 from Memanbetsu Airport
Travel by bus from Memanbetsu Airport to JR Kitami station, then catch a train on the JR Ishikita Honsen line to JR Rubeshibe station.
Further, get on the Kitami Bus, and get off at the last stop, Onne-Yu Onsen, you can reach it in two minutes on foot.
Entrance: Adult (high school student or older) 670 yen (510 yen)／Junior school student 440 yen (370 yen)／Elementary school student 300 yen (200 yen)
Prices in parenthesis refer to group prices and discounts for persons with disabilities.
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