Yamagata Prefecture, Shonai region

A wondrous aquarium praised worldwide

Tsuruoka City, where stands Kamo Aquarium, is known for its abundant wild nature of the mountains and the plains, highly subject to the distinct four seasons of the region ; but also faces the Japan Sea, a sea blessed with an incredibly rich varieties of living forms. Just like the living forms on land, the living beings in the sea are subject to the seasons. We personally think it is our duty to transmit the richness of the sea and the culture of the “people of the sea”. This is why we opened Kamo Aquarium, affectionately referred to as “The Dream House of Jellies”. Through jellyfish amongst other sea creatures present in the aquarium, you will be able to discover all the uniqueness and plurality of sea life. From time to time, sea lions shows are held in the show area, as well as explanatory classes about jellyfish. You can also interact with seagulls on stage and learn how they live. Kamo Aquarium will definitely teach you something new.

Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium
Address: 997-1206 Yamagata Prefecture, Tsuruoka City Imaizumi Okubo 657-1, JAPAN
Email: info[at]kamo-kurage.jp

Exterior of the aquarium

Jallyfish Dream Theater

Open hours:

Regular opening hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The reception desk closes at 4:00 p.m.

Opened all year around (no closed day)

Entry fees:

Adults (over 15 years old): 1500 yens/person

Groups of adults: 1350 yens/person

Children (6 to 15 years old): 500 yens/person

Groups of children: 450 yens/person

Toddlers and infants (under 5 years old): free

To qualify for group fees, a group must contain 10 or more persons (toddlers & infants not included)

1 year unlimited entries Pass

  • Adults (over 15 years old) : 3000 yens
  • Children (6 to 15 years old) : 1250 yens.

The pass has a validity of one year after the purchase date.

NOTICE: Adult fee is scheduled to be revised effective July 1, 2024.


You can get the latest information on the aquarium from SNS.
*Information for distributing numbered tickets will be posted on Twitter and Facebook during periods of expected congestion such as Golden Week and Obon in Japan.
Please be sure to check the latest information before you come.





Youtube has an “All Night Kamosui” every Saturday. The jellyfish on display will be delivered live from around 6:00 PM to 8:00 the next morning with beautiful music.


By plane

Haneda Airport → Shonai Airport (approx. 1 hour) (click here for timetables)

Please remind there is no direct public transportation from the airport to the aquarium. If you plan to use the bus, please transfer at Tsuruoka Station.
For direct transportation, please use a taxi service or contact a car rental service.


By train

JR Tokyo Station → JR Tsuruoka Station (approx. 4 hours)
JR Niigata Station → JR Tsuruoka Station (approx. 2 hours)
click here for timetables: Conventional line timetables at Tsuruoka Station (Japanese)

By car

  • From Tokyo (approx. 480km, 6 hours 30 minutes by paying roads)
  • From Sendai (approx. 160km, 2 hours 30 minutes by paying roads)

The indicative information have been estimated by governmental administrations. They are subject to change according the traffic situation and other conditions.

Nearest toll exit:

  • Yamagata Expressway Tsuruoka IC (15 min. away)
  • Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway Tsuruoka Nishi IC (25 min. away)


By bus

  • Location: JR Tsuruoka Station
  • Name of the bus: Shonai Kotsu Local Bus (Shonai kotsu rosen bus 庄内交通路線バス)
  • Direction: Yunohama Onsen dir. (Kamo Aquarium stop) : 40min. from JR Tsuruoka Station. Get off at the bus stop called Kamo Suizokukan 加茂水族館 (Kamo Aquarium)(click here for timetables)

Please remind the bus bound for Zenpoji temple does not stop at Kamo Aquarium.


By taxi

  • 30 min. from JR Tsuruoka Station
  • 20 min. from Shonai Airport


Gyosho Dining “Okimizuki”

    • Open 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.