Friday 29 November 2019

Nagoya Day 4-5: Port of Nagoya Aquarium & Osu in the Day


We are off to Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium today! To get there, take the Meijo Line (violet) to Nagoyako Station (read my tips on train travel in Nagoya).

There are two types of trains on the Meijo Line:
  1. the usual Meijo train that goes in a circle (clockwise or anti-clockwise)
  2. the train that is bound for Nagoyako Station.

Do note that the Meijo Line is a circle line that goes in Clockwise or Anti-Clockwise direction. You'd need to check that you are heading in the correct direction. Next, check the timing of the trains.

Clockwise from left: Check the timetable for the timing of the trains heading to Nagoyako Station;
Make sure the signboard displays '名古屋港' before boarding;
On arrival, follow the signboards to the exit to Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium. 
Follow the signboards or use Google Maps to find the aquarium!

We passed by JETTY, a shopping mall with a food court, and decided to have our lunch there 😊

Jetty mall
Clockwise from left: Spacious food court with affordable Japanese food;
Yummy Japanese curry rice;
Very delicious takoyaki! 😋
My kids love the Kids Meal from Sugakiya

After lunch, we continued our walk to the Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

Another photo opportunity with the Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium building in the background
(Address: 1-3 Minato-machi, Minato-ku, Nagoya-city, Aichi)
Tickets cost ¥2030 per adult, ¥1010 per child 7-16 years old and ¥500 per child 4-6 years old.
Children under 4 years old FREE.

We were greeted with the sight of swimming dolphins on entry to the aquarium.

Up close and personal with the dolphins! 🐬

Kids measuring their heights as compared to the orca and dolphins
There is a kids play area for younger children.
My boy wanted me to take a picture of him at the standee 😄
Exhibit of the bone structure of an orca

The star of the aquarium is the orca, which we were all here to see! Fun fact: although orcas are also known as killer whales, they belong to the dolphin family and not the whale family! Hence, they are really smart!

The orca show only starts in 30 minutes, hence we explored the penguin exhibit located outside of the aquarium.

The penguin exhibit
Up close and personal with the black and white penguins

It was finally time for the Orca show!

Orca show at 2.30pm!
If you sit close enough you just might get wet! 

Super cute!
Look how big it is!

We also caught the dolphin show later that afternoon, which was interesting but definitely nothing like the Orca show!

Dolphin show

We explored the rest of the aquarium after the show.

Belugia White Whale
Famous of its cute round head
Beautiful fish tanks all decorated for Christmas
Beautiful sea turtles! Kids loved being so close to them! 
These creepy looking sea worms were actually made into magnets for sale at their gift shop!
For those of you who love the weird...
Feeding the penguins (I think these are emperor penguins)! 
Another one of their aquariums, beautiful but a lot smaller than Singapore's SEA Aquarium 
Beautiful jellyfish

If you're bringing along your baby, there is a nursing room here but it does not have a lot of privacy or a sink to wash your hands.

Baby care room

After exploring the aquarium, we headed outside to the Nagoya Port Sea Train Land, a small theme park outside the aquarium.

Nagoya Port Sea Train Land
(Address: 〒455-0034 Aichi, Nagoya, Minato Ward, Nishikuracho, Japan 1−51)
The beautiful Ferris wheel

We wanted to play but it was too cold! We decided to head back to our hotel instead.

On the way back, we stopped by Sakae to do some shopping and buy food back for dinner.

Super nice BBQ pork we got on the way back to the hotel
Our table full of takeaway food!

It was a great end to a fun day!

Day 5

As we brought a baby on this trip (and with 3 kids in total), we intentionally added extra days of just wandering around town so that the trip would not be overly packed and we had time to rest. You could probably do without 2 days and still be able to enjoy enough of Nagoya in my opinion :)

We decided to spend the day at Osu Shopping Street as we did not get enough of it when we were there 3 days ago!

We took the train to Osu Kannon Station as we had done before. Osu Kannon is definitely more beautiful in the day than at night!

The entrance to Osu Kannon
Osu Kannon in the day
Osu Shopping Street in the day
The fruits look so good that we just had to buy some!
Taiyaki! My favourite! So yummy!

We had a simple lunch at a nearby Coco Ichibanya. I know we have this in Singapore but the taste in Japan is really different.

Adult vs kid meal

If you've got more time, you can consider visiting:

  1. Nagoya City Science Museum
  2. Atsuta-Jingu Shrine
  3. Shirotori Garden

For us, we were happy to do some simple shopping and head back to our hotel to rest. It's really not easy to travel with a baby and 2 very active kids!

Our hotel surroundings at night!
Dinner at Nakau
My boy eating his favourite udon heartily! 

We are so looking forward to another fun day at the mountains tomorrow!

Continue to >> Nagoya Day 6-7: Mt Gozaisho & Shopping at Sakae
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