Sleep With the Orca Whales With Kamogawa Sea World’s Night Stay Program

22.October.2019 | SPOT

Kamogawa Sea World is offering a different kind of aquatic experience later this year with its new “Adult Night Stay” program which will run for 5 set days between December 7, 2019 and January 18, 2020 for those aged 18+.

The program offers a chance to take a photo with the beluga whales as well as watch a special performance from the orcas, which is available to those participating in the night stay as well as guests staying at Kamogawa Sea World Hotel. The aquarium also has some other night-time plans in store which you can’t experience during daytime hours.

During dinner, you’ll get to watch the orcas swim from the window while dining and chatting with the feeder and trainer of the orcas. The semi-course dinner was conceived by head chef Yamamoto and is made with seasonal ingredient.

After food, enjoy gazing at the giant “Endless Ocean” tank.

 

Below is the schedule for the two days.

 

Day 1

・Tropical island behind-the-scenes study

・Pet the beluga whales (includes photo)

・Special orca performance

・Semi-course dinner with feeder and trainer

・Night adventure

・Bathe (At Kumogawa Sea World Hotel or neighbouring facility)

・Stay in front of endless ocean tank

 

Day 2

・Watch the dolphins

・Breakfast at the Ocean restaurant

・Free roam of the aquarium

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    Kagyo Ryoran – Joy Area 

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    From Left Clockwise: Goldfish Sarasa ¥750 / Palet D’or Cacao Soda ¥900 / Echire Butter & Cream Castella ¥800 / lohasbeans coffee Matcha Tiramisu ¥850 / Goldfish Jelly ¥750 (All Before Tax)

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    The aquarium event sells its own souvenirs, such as goldfish plushies in various sizes, original confections, collaborative products, and more.

    “Everything was magical—the goldfish, the sounds, the lights, the atmosphere!” explains Yuna. “They have a lot of different varieties of goldfish, and the fish tanks come in all shapes and sizes, which makes for plenty of Instagram-worthy moments. And since it’s inspired by Edo culture, it has a Japanese vibe to it too. The fish are always swimming around, so no two moments are ever the same, meaning you’re offered something fresh every time you visit.”

     

    If you’re visiting Tokyo, be sure to pay a visit to ART AQUARIUM MUSEUM.

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    28.September.2020 | FEATURES / SPOT

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    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON was granted early access to the news areas, so here’s our review!

     

    Check out our review of the new Beauty and the Beast area too here: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/362152

     

    The Happy Ride with Baymax: The world’s first Big Hero 6 attraction

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    Big Pop: Tokyo Disneyland’s first popcorn shop

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    This space-themed shop serves up a whole range of flavours like cookie cream, caramel and cheese, and strawberry milk. There’s also four different popcorn baskets to choose form, including Big Hero 6 and Beauty and the Beast designs.

     

    Minnie’s Style Studio: Meet Minnie Mouse

    This studio imagines Minnie Mouse as an international fashion designer who designs outfits, shoots photos, and more. Guests can meet Minnie Mouse at her studio if they book in advance.

     

    ©Disney

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