KOBE – Incorporating scenic sets and digital art, the recently opened Atoa Aquarium in the Shinkocho district of the city’s Chuo district wows visitors.
The aquarium displays around 100 species of fish and amphibians in around 60 tanks, using lasers and projectors to create a fantastic atmosphere.
Atoa occupies the second to fourth floors of the Kobe Port Museum, which also opened on October 29 as part of the city government redevelopment project for the port’s waterfront.
The shopping complex has a total area of approximately 5,600 square meters.
The aquarium is divided into eight zones, each with its own theme.
In the section “The Fluctuation of Life” on the second floor is a cylindrical reservoir 3 meters high and 5 meters in diameter and containing a stingray.
The “Light and Shadow” section on the third floor features a glass tank under the floor, inside which colorful “nishikigoi” carp swim. The section also features screenings of scenes from the four seasons.
The “Meeting of the Miraculous Planet” section – also on the third floor – has a spherical tank 3 meters in diameter for cherry sea bass and other fish. It is complemented by fog and laser effects to create an unusual atmosphere.
There is a food court on the first floor of the Kobe Port Museum where nine restaurants operate.
The aquarium is open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Admission is 2,400 yen ($ 21) for junior high school students or above, 1,400 yen for elementary school students, and 800 yen for children 3 years of age or older.
For more information, visit the official website at (https://atoa-kobe.jp/floor/).