Welcome to the official Aquas website

Shimane AQUAS Aquarium is located in a beautiful area facing the Sea of Japan and was opened in 2000 in Iwami Seaside Park. 10,000 fish and animals spanning around 400 varieties such as belugas, sharks and flying fish await your visit! Aquas is the only place in western Japan where you can see belugas, and the bubble rings that the belugas grow are a very popular spectacle. Near to Aquas there is also a large play area called AQUAS LAND and a beautiful beach coastline that stretches for 5.5 kilometers. There are also restaurants and souvenir stores. We hope you come and enjoy your visit to Aquas and Iwami Seaside Park.


Name Shimane Aquarium
Address 1117-2 Kushiro-cho, Hamada-shi, Shimane Prefecture 697-0004 Japan
Tel +81(0855)28-3900
Fax +81(0855)28-3610
Admission fees Adult (individual): ¥1,550
Elementary-High school student ¥500
Group discount Adult: ¥1,250
Elementary-High school student ¥400
*50% discount for those with physical/mental handicaps
*20% discount for group admission (over 20 full-price visitors)
*The group discount is only valid when all members of the group enter the aquarium together
Opening hours 9:00-17:00 (9:00-18:00 from July 20th to August 31st)
Closed Tuesdays (Open if Tuesday is a national holiday and closed the following day)
The aquarium will be open every day throughout Golden Week and school summer holidays, winter holidays and spring holidays.


By car 6 minutes (5km) from Hamada Higashi IC, around 90 minutes from Hiroshima IC
By train 10 minutes from Hashi station on the Sanin line
By bus around 15 minutes from Hamada or Gotsu JR stations.

Overview of facilities

Over 10,000 fish and animals spanning 400 varieties including belugas, sharks, flying fish, clown fish, penguins, Californian sea lions and harbor seals.

In the vicinity

Aquas is in Iwami Seaside Park which has over 5.5 kilometers of beautiful coast. There are also restaurants and the play area Aquas Land.


You cannot bring your pets into the aquarium. (We may be able to look after them at reception, please ask)
No food or drinks are allowed inside.
Flash photography is prohibited.
Unlimited re-entry is permitted on the day of purchase. Please ask, and we will put a transparent stamp on the back of your hand.

Audio tour

We have an audio tour system available for your visit. It is free for international visitors. (English, Chinese, Korean and Russian only.)


There are ¥100 lockers which will return the money after use.


Wheelchair access

The entire aquarium is wheelchair accessible. We can provide wheelchairs free of charge. Please ask as the 1st floor reception.


Baby stroller

We can provide baby strollers free of charge for babies 2 years and under.


Nursing room

There are 3 nursing rooms for baby and mother on the 1st and 2nd floor toilets and in the corner of the kids’ room.