Floor Map

Introduction

❶Sea Creature Petting Pool

“Do starfish walk?” “How should I hold a crab?” You can touch the sea creatures directly.

❷Fish in Tottori Aquarium

This is a water tank for fish living in the sea of Tottori, which is a must-see exhibit where you can see fishes with unique characteristics.


You can feed the fish!
(Only May – Oct.)
(100 yen/feeding)
From 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays,
Sundays, and national holidays
* Feeding may be subject to cancellation.

❸Workshop Space

We hold many enjoyable events including crafting and hands-on events. Regular coloring and paper folding courses and the baby play yard are also popular. We lend you play equipment that you can use in the outdoor open space.

❹Outdoor Pool

Take off your shoes here to enjoy the pool with waves. (Available May – Oct. * May be closed due to bad weather.)

❺Behind-the-scenes Facilities

Our staff raise water creatures and provide injured and diseased animals with medical care in this room. Visitors can peek across the counter at what goes on behind the scenes.

❻Special Exhibitions

Discover new sea animals in each aquarium with its own theme.

❼Matsubagani Sea Farm

We show you a deep-sea world where matsubagani crabs, a local specialty of Tottori, live. You can learn all about matsubagani crabs at the farm.

❽Exhibition Room

In this room, crabs are enjoyably showcased by displays. Enjoy learning about crabs by taking our Crab Quiz.

Small Museum Shop

We offer cute goods featuring sea creatures. (Open: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Pamphlet

Crab Picture Book

Matsubagani crab (Snow crab)

Male adult snow crabs, called matsubagani in Japan, are filled with meat and have rich umami or savory taste. This crab is a representative winter delicacy in Tottori.

A matsubagani crab, which had landed at Tottori Port in November 2018 and auctioned at a price of two million yen, was awarded a Guinness world record as a crab auctioned at the highest price in the world.

A crab weighing 1.28 kg with a shell 14.6 cm wide was certified as an Itsukiboshi crab, the premier brand of Tottori Prefecture.

Beni-zuwaigani crab

The number of beni-zuwaigani crabs landed at Sakai Port in the western part of Tottori Prefecture is the largest in Japan.

◎Beni-zuwaigani crab fishing is done from early September to the end of June the following year.

Oyagani crab (Snow crab)

Female snow crabs, called oyagani in the San-in region, are smaller than male snow crabs and often used for crab miso soup. (The crab is also called kobakogani and seikogani in other regions.)

Male snow crabs soon after casting off their shells are called waka-matsubagani. Their shells are soft and their meat is very moist. They are sold at reasonable prices, so local residents love them.

Various Crabs

Japanese spider crab

Floral egg crab

Japanese sponge crab

Elbow crab

Red-clawed crab

Japanese mitten crab

Shore swimming crab

Decorator crab

Himeakaiso crab

●address
27-2 Nishi 3-chome, Karo-cho, Tottori City 680-0908
TEL0857-38-9669 FAX0857-31-0199
●Hours
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Last admission: 4:45 p.m.)
●Closed
Tuesdays (except the following days)
* If a Tuesday is a national holiday, the Aquarium will be open that Tuesday and closed the following day.
* The Aquarium opens each day from Mar. 24 to Apr. 8, from July 20 to Aug. 31, and from Dec. 24 to Jan. 8.
●Fee
Free (Parking is also available free of charge.)
●Welfare facilities
Nursing room, multipurpose toilet (ostomate-accessible), audio guides, tactile ground surface indicators, and other equipment
●Available equipment
Wheelchairs and strollers

Tottori Karo Crab Aquarium is managed and operated by the Tottori Prefecture Tourism Organization (general incorporated foundation).

By plane

Approx. 4 minutes by taxi or bus from Tottori Sand Dunes Conan Airport to Kanikko Kuko Road (via Pref. Road 327)

By bus

Take a Hinomaru bus from JR Tottori Station to Kanikkokan-mae bus stop on the Karo Junkan Route (approx. 42 min).

By car

- Approx. 20 min from JR Tottori Station - Approx. 4 min from Tottori Sand Dunes Conan Airport - Approx. 20 min from Tottori IC on Tottori Expwy.