Kushimoto Marine Park

Kushimoto Ocean, Sightseeing Attractions

The Kushimoto Marine Park was the first established marine park in Japan in July 1970, associated with the Yoshino-Kumano National Park. The Kushimoto Marine Park Center is a set of educational and sightseeing facilities focused on the marine environment in Kushimoto including an aquarium, underwater observation tower, glass-bottom boat tour, restaurant, souvenir shop, research station and diving park. The clear warm waters of the Kuroshio Current from the south washes along the coast in Kushimoto, the southernmost tip of Honshu (the main island of Japan) creating the perfect conditions for a coral reef, the most northern in the world.  This rich marine environment is registered under the international Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.  A visit to the Kushimoto Marine Park is an excellent chance to have a close encounter with this rare and beautiful underwater world.

Octopus in Aquarium
Aquarium entrance
Up close and personal
Underwater Tunnel
Kushimoto Marine Park
Souvenir Store

Price Plans

Combination Ticket: Aquarium & Underwater Observation Tower Entrance Ticket
 This price plan is for a combination ticket including the Aquarium & Underwater Observation Tower.AquariumThe warm "Kuroshio" current sweeps past the Kii-hanto peninsula creating a rich environment supporting a diversity of tropical and subtropical marine life. Over 400 species from the Kushimoto waters are f...
Price per person 1,800 yen
Glass-Bottom Boat (Undersea Sightseeing Boat "Stella Maris") Tour Ticket
 The Undersea Sightseeing Boat "Stella Maris" is a provides a unique perspective of the ocean around Kushimoto. Unlike other glass-boat tours there are seats facing out large windows below the surface of the water. The boat moves slowly so visitors can view coral and tropical fish while comfortably seated.  I...
Price per person 1,800 yen
Combination Ticket: Aquarium, Underwater Observation Tower, & Glass-Bottom Boat
 This price plan is for a combination ticket including the Aquarium, Underwater Observation Tower, and Glass-Bottom Boat tour.AquariumThe warm "Kuroshio" current sweeps past the Kii-hanto peninsula creating a rich environment supporting a diversity of tropical and subtropical marine life. Over 400 species from the...
Price per person 2,600 yen


Ramsar Convention

The Convention on Wetlands is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. It was adopted in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971 and came into force in 1975, and it is the only global environmental treaty that deals with a particular ecosystem. The Convention’s member countries cover all geographic regions of the planet.

The Convention’s mission is "the conservation and wise use of all wetlands through local, regional and national actions and international cooperation, as a contribution towards achieving sustainable development throughout the world".

Kushimoto Coral Communities

Kushimoto Coral Communities.08/11/05; Wakayama; 574 ha; 33°27’N 135°47’E. National Park. A unique littoral area rich in high-latitude to tropical marine life of 120 species, situated at southern tip of Kii Peninsula. Kuroshio Current, the major warm current on the earth, touches the area allowing formation of a peculiarly warm environment supporting tropical organisms on the main island of Japan. Acropora hyacinthus, the dominant species, is important for its high nutrition productivity and topography formation capacity, and also significant for tourism resources because of its beautiful tabular coral landscape. The highest concentration of Catalaphyllia jardenei population was identified only in this area, making it the largest marine colony in Japan and northernmost distribution in the world. The remarkable coral communities support rich biodiversity with nutrition and habitat sources stabilising the neritic environment. The site has special value for marine fishery, leisure fishing, scientific research and tourism, particularly coral observation and scuba diving. Typhoon, natural retreat of the warm current, Arita Bay development activities, illegal and over-fishing are considered as major threats to the coral communities. Ramsar site no. 1548.

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