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Taiji Whale Museum

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2934-2 Taiji, Taiji-cho, Higashimuro-gun 649-5171, Wakayama Prefecture
+81 735-59-2400
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Horrible!

This place is the most vile place. The tanks are filthy, and the dolphins are in such small... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Chickadee74
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Ottawa, Canada
via mobile
Dirty, disgusting, animal cruelty! Do not go!

The young children in our group started crying because the animal cruelty is so bad in this place... read more

Reviewed December 9, 2017
DianasFamilyTravels
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London, United Kingdom
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  • Poor3%
  • Terrible9%
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2934-2 Taiji, Taiji-cho, Higashimuro-gun 649-5171, Wakayama Prefecture
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+81 735-59-2400
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This place is the most vile place. The tanks are filthy, and the dolphins are in such small tanks. Thanks but NO tanks!

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Reviewed 9 December 2017 via mobile

The young children in our group started crying because the animal cruelty is so bad in this place. There is so much chlorine in the tank that the dolphins can’t even open their eyes! They support annual dolphin hunts and do not understand animal welfare....More

13  Thank DianasFamilyTravels
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Reviewed 23 November 2017

I visited Taiji mainly for the Kumano Shrines and Nachi Falls. I visited this museum on the last day of my visit. It is very clear that the staff here genuinely love the whales and dolphins and other marine mammals they keep. They appear to...More

4  Thank Brisbane41
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Reviewed 8 September 2017

I took my teenage children to the whale museum and should have known better. The tanks are far too small and disgustingly dirty. You can see black stains and filthy water these dolphins have to live in. The whole experience was beyond depressing. All of...More

14  Thank Tabby6033
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Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

If you wanna see lucky Dolphins in her real living space, have a glass of wine at the beach - all over the world and enjoy the unique and peaceful creatures. Please don't support that place! Better to crying with happiness to see lucky Dolphins...More

14  Thank Corinna M
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Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

Tiny filthy tanks, too shallow to provide shade from the sun and just round the corner from The Cove. Give this a miss. Watch The Cove Award Winning Documentary Instead...

61  Thank Ian T
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Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

Visited with my wife and children as we are avid conservationists. Tanks that the animals were kept in were very small and didn't look clean. The museum consisted of whaling memorabilia with biological specimens like whale foetuses for visitors to view. We were confused at...More

56  Thank Stevan D
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Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

This museum is more for young kids. The highlight is the 15 minutes whale and dolphin show. There is 45 minutes in between 2 shows where you can visit the museum. The museum has English panels which very well explain the rise and fall of...More

1  Thank Helen C
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Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Visited with family, what an awful place animals are kept in tiny tanks and it seems very cruel in my opinion. Much better things to do than this.

49  Thank anne19612014
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

Dolphins and whales are just floating on the surface just 50 meters from the ocean. Not a place to get an educated insight of how these animals live especially when you can see then in the wild the authorised of the rocks. Tanks are dirty!

61  Thank travelleratheart2015
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Donna C
4 October 2017|
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Response from 857anita | Reviewed this property |
Because menkind is so ignorant and did not see " the cove" Taiji is a huge disgrace for Japan!!! The dolphins are there only because of menkinds greed. They suffer tremendously!!! All their family is KILLED !!!
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Donna C
4 October 2017|
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Save the date! May 12 is Empty the Tanks Worldwide. *70 locations *23 countries. Join activists across the world as we call for an immediate end to dolphin captivity.
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melinda r
2 May 2017|
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Save the date! May 12 is Empty the Tanks Worldwide. *70 locations *23 countries. Join activists across the world as we call for an immediate end to dolphin captivity.
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