Kamo Aquarium

Enter a mesmerizing marine world

鶴岡市立加茂水族館 | Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium

Photo by Nishant Annu

Photo by Nishant Annu

Photo by Nishant Annu

Photo by Nishant Annu

Originally founded in 1930, Kamo Aquarium was built with the support of locals who wanted to have an aquarium nearby the site of Kamo Fisheries High School. The aquarium’s original claim to fame was the seal and sea lion exhibit, a rarity at the time. Today, the aquarium is most well-known for holding a record number of jellyfish species on display.

Even visitors who weren’t particularly curious about jellyfish will find the exhibit mesmerizing; the tanks are designed to highlight the dreamlike forms of the creatures they house. The cornerstone exhibit is the Jellyfish Dream Theater, which displays jellyfish in a huge circular tank, illuminated in vivid color. Guests to the Dream Theater are invited to sit down and drift away to the sound of live piano music as they gaze into the strange marine world in front of them. The Dream Theater is lit up with multiple different colors from January to mid March and is returned to the classic blue light-up from late March to November.

If you’re interested in getting deeper into the mysterious world of jellyfish, the aquarium hosts a short seminar four times a day, where visitors can observe the growth of jellyfish under a microscope and watch them feed. In addition to the jellyfish exhibits, the museum is also home to local Shonai fish, as well as many exotic species. Visitors will also find sea turtles, seals and sea lions on display.

After you’ve had your fill of Kamo Aqarium’s undersea worlds, take some time to relax in the aquarium restaurant and enjoy breathtaking views of the Shonai Coast. There’s also a sushi chef on staff at the restaurant who’ll prepare such delicacies as fugu sashimi right before your eyes. Reservations are required, but it’s also possible to do a sushi-making experience here as well.

Reviews from Google Maps

An amazing experience, with many kinds of wonderful fish. The jellyfish ice cream, jellyfish exhibits and scenic views are a must!

Matthew Corbally ★★★★★

A place you have to visit in Yamagata Prefecture. Very interesting educational place with awesome jellyfish. It's cost not expensive, but worth it experience. There's a bus shelter if you want to go there by public transport.

Galuh Hidayati ★★★★★



Okubo-657-1 Imaizumi, Tsuruoka, Yamagata 997-1206


1,000 yen


Some English panels, English aquarium map


Aquarium Hours: 9:00 - 17:00 (Last admission at 16:30), Summer hours (July 20 - Aug 20) 9:00 - 17:30 (Last admission at 17:00), Restaurant hours: 11:00 - 15:00 (weekdays), 10:00 - 16:00 (weekends/holidays), Coffee served daily from 9:00-16:00


Open 365 days a year



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