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Review of Taiji Whale Museum

Taiji Whale Museum
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Taiji-cho
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Reviewed September 13, 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!

60  Thank travelleratheart2015
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Reviewed January 23, 2016

Visited here in November 2015 as part of the Matsushima-island cruise (from Nachi-Katsuura). I think this is by far the easier way to see the museum by public transport whilst you are visiting the Kumano shrines and countryside. The cruise itself costs 1350 yen and the running commentary on the cruise boat is only in Japanese.

A visit to the museum and park is a nice experience, not least because some parts of the marine park is set within a scenic bay area - this is where the whale show and some of the optional activities are conducted . The entrance fee is very affordable (about 1300 yen?) compared to the big marine parks in Australia or the US for example. The museum itself is very old school and some of the highlights are the models and drawings of the traditional colorful whaling ships, the preserved organs and other body parts of the whales and the description of traditional whaling practice in Japan.

There are also whale and dolphin shows (2 separate shows) scheduled regularly throughout the day and these are fun to watch. You also have the opportunity to take part in any of the following activities for an additional fee, for example go kayaking with false killer whales or swim with the dolphins within an enclosed area for a 15 minute duration. These sessions are guided/supervised so the fee is very reasonable and the photo opportunities are great!

Don’t miss the aquarium right at the end of the bay with its dolphin lagoon housing an albino dolphin.

4  Thank TimFP
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Reviewed September 28, 2015

Taiji is the village notorious for whale/dolphin hunting.

There is the museum for whaling in this small village. I was wondering to pay 1,300 yen or so to enter since I'm not interested in whaling. However, I really enjoyed this museum so much that I want to come again with my kids in the future.

You can feed dolphins and play with them in the lagoon! The dolphins are so cute!

The exhibition is kind of old style, but informative. There seems to be a long history of whaling and you can see whaling from their perspective.

Anyhow, you can enjoy half a day here.

6  Thank h0me_l0ver
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Reviewed August 9, 2014

If you have JR West Pass and stay near Shirohama, you can go Taiji whale museum. Though some rumors about not welcoming Westerners to visit the museum, I haven't seen any notice or warnings about that. The one-day ticket was 1300 yen (including re-entry) and there are a 3 layers of museum. Once you entered the museum, you can see a few real-sized whale skeletons at the center of the museum hall. The second floor showed lots of displays about the life of whales and dolphins, including different parts of internal organs (eg hearts, genital organs). The third floors showed the history of whaling in Japan and other countries.

The most exciting experience is that you can feed the dolphins in the lagoon, just only 200 yen every time, no time limitation. In the aquarium, you can see the only captured albino dolphin inside. Though I do object the whaling and eating whale meat in Japan, you can have a broader view and knowledge about the close relationship between whaling and Japanese here.

9  Thank Oswens
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Reviewed May 30, 2014

I stayed here one night and visiting the whale museum in between down pours. What I liked was the lagoon, as you can walk out onto the piers to see the dolphins. I saw for 20 minutes playing peek a boo with one (or maybe he was playing wiht me...)
There is a dolphin show that is quite good.
Teh museum itself is interesting, similar to one I've seen in Maui. It's good to know, however, that the practice of whale hunting is on its way out.
A nice place to spend half a day.

11  Thank kterhark
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