Shima Marineland Travel Guide

Shima Marineland
Discover what lies in the deep blue sea when you visit Shima Marineland, where you can dive into the world of the giant sunfish and other unique species of fish.

Nearby Restaurants


La Mer the Classic

If you have not tried seafood-based French cuisine before, this 2020 Michelin-starred restaurant in Shima is the ultimate restaurant to visit.
Lunch: ¥15,000-20,000
Dinner: ¥30,000-40,000

Japanese Restaurant Hamayu (Shima Kanko Hotel)

Delicate, elegant, and high-quality dishes filled with Ise-Shima’s finest seasonal ingredients put on a show at Hamayu, located in one of Mie Prefecture’s most luxurious hotels.
Lunch: ¥15,000-49,999
Dinner: ¥15,000-49,999

Shima Marineland is a fantastic place to visit, especially for kids who can learn more about marine life through physical touch. The main attraction of the aquarium is the sunfish, which are giant and weigh a few tons. Even though their large size seems intimidating, the sunfish is actually the most carefree and harmless creature. The fish tank contains 2,500 animals, including various species of sharks and yellowtail fish and there is also a feeding demonstration done by an Ama (literally “sea woman”) diver.

A popular attraction at Shima Marineland is the adorable penguins and visitors can also learn more about the sea and its different lifeforms by visiting the ancient aquarium, where fossils are displayed. There are also rare Japanese freshwater fish that live in the aquarium, including sea creatures with amusing names such as kissing loach and stumpy bullhead!

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