“Do starfish walk?” “How should I hold a crab?” You can touch the sea creatures directly.
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.
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.
Take off your shoes here to enjoy the pool with waves. (Available May – Oct. * May be closed due to bad weather.)
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.
Discover new sea animals in each aquarium with its own theme.
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.
In this room, crabs are enjoyably showcased by displays. Enjoy learning about crabs by taking our Crab Quiz.
We offer cute goods featuring sea creatures. (Open: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
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.
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.
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.
Tottori Karo Crab Aquarium is managed and operated by the Tottori Prefecture Tourism Organization (general incorporated foundation).
Approx. 4 minutes by taxi or bus from Tottori Sand Dunes Conan Airport to Kanikko Kuko Road (via Pref. Road 327)
Take a Hinomaru bus from JR Tottori Station to Kanikkokan-mae bus stop on the Karo Junkan Route (approx. 42 min).
- 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.