The biggest goldfish
Japan’s largest goldfish museum is born in Nara Prefecture, one of Japan’s Top 3 goldfish cultivation areas.
The entire museum is based on the concept of “goldfish”, with displays created by today’s leading artists.
Here you can experience experiments only available here—projection mapping, flowers, terrariums, and mirror balls.
The stars are the goldfish, which range from familiar to rare species, all raised in Yamatokoriyama City.
Approx. 3,000 goldfish swim gracefully and beautifully around the aquariums as if floating along.
Enjoy “soothing”, “surprising”, and “impressive” spaces that you can experience through the five senses as befitting an “entertainment aquarium” transcending the concept of a “goldfish museum”.
Seven artistic spaces featuring projection mapping, light, stained glass, and mirrors. Each of these spaces has been crafted by various artists, realizing fantastical spaces. The fish swimming gracefully in these various spaces are a part of the art. Be sure to also notice the out-of-the-ordinary expressions on the goldfish.
JAPANESE AQUARIUM DISCO
Japan’s customary four seasons, goldfish, cutting-edge technology, and mirror balls weave together to create a mirror ball disco night. On display is the world’s first diamond-cut fish tank, which has a brilliant cut designed to “spread the sparkle” of light that penetrates the tank from above and is totally reflected internally. Please enjoy experiencing the gorgeous world and excitement.
This aquarium recreates an Edo streetscape exuding a captivating atmosphere, like a procession of courtesans. Enjoy Japan’s four distinct seasons—spring, summer, autumn, and winter—with cherry blossoms in spring and red-golden leaves in autumn.
Be greeted by colorful art and the charming Japanese beauty of light on 21 traditional Japanese umbrellas.
This enchanting power spot aquarium beautifully displays goldfish that look like living jewels. Goldfish swim around an underwater forest oasis against a backdrop of colorful fantasy projection mapping against a 12 m wide wall. Relax and savor an exquisite sense of healing that can only be experienced here.
Trick art where you can ride on the backs of goldfish, scoop goldfish, producing magical photographs.
Pictures are painted directly on the wall, so be sure to notice the brushwork, too.
Five Hundred Goldfish
NARA KINGYO MUSEUM
This display comprises goldfish created in collaboration with Yanai Goldfish Lanterns from Yamaguchi Prefecture. During its making, the overwhelming lattice was infused with the creators’ desire to connect people through “bonds” from top to bottom of the country precisely because of these difficult times. Each of the 500-odd goldfish lanterns are handcrafted by artisans.
UWS ENTERTAIMENT then connected all these lanterns one-by-one.
TApprox. 10 times the size of a normal home aquarium, this “human aquarium” enables you to know how fish feel and is the only one of its kind in Japan. Everything you would need in an aquarium—aqua plants, a bubbling filter—is human-sized. Go inside the aquarium and experience what it feels like to be a goldfish!
Approx. 1,700 years ago, humans discovered a type of crucian carp that was a different color from all the others, and thought the fish was beautiful. Could these humans’ finding of beauty in differences and diversity after the discovery of goldfish be the origin of humankind’s “beauty aesthetic”? Fish continue to evolve, even today. No two goldfish have exactly the same color, shape, and pattern. The possibilities of life are infinite.
4th Floor, M! Nara, 1-3-1 Nijo-oji Minami,
Nara City, Nara Prefecture, Japan
[Access by walking/train/bus]
An approx. 15-minute walk from Shin-Omiya Station
Approx. 15 minutes by Nara Kotsu Bus from Kintetsu Nara Station
Approx. 9 minutes by Nara Kotsu Bus from JR Nara Station (Miyaatoteien Bus Stop)
[Access by car/motorbike]
From the Nijo-oji Minami 1-chome Intersection, drive straight to the Nara City Office. Turn left at the main entrance and follow the road to the museum.
[Access by complementary shuttle bus]
Complementary shuttle bus services operate from JR Nara Station (West Exit), Kintetsu Nara Station, and Shin-Omiya Station to M! Nara. For service information/timetables, please check the M! Nara website.
(Junior high school age – 64 years)
Elementary school student
65 years or above
Persons with disabilities1※1
(Persons issued with a disability certificate)
Free admission for children under elementary school age※2
Please present your disability certificate to receive the disability discount. Admission is free of charge for one caregiver for each person with a disability paying the admission fee.
2An admission fee (\600/child) applies to children under elementary school age in the following situations.
(1) Admission to the aquarium for events organized by schools (kindergartens, nursery schools, primary schools, junior high schools, high schools, special-needs schools, universities, etc.) and led by teachers/staff in accordance with Article 1 of the School Education Act.
(2) Admission to the aquarium for events organized by kodomo-kai (children’s associations) or kids’ clubs.
10:00 – 18:00
open throughout the year
*Last entry is 30 minutes before closing time.
Any changes to opening hours or days on which the aquarium is closed will be posted on the aquarium’s official website. Please be sure to check the website before visiting the aquarium.
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