Water Eco Park is Japan’s largest freshwater aquarium. The aquarium is a part of the Kiso River Water Park in Gifu, roughly a 40 minute drive north east of Nagoya. The Kiso River Water Park offers the opportunity to feel “real” nature. Admission is free to the park itself, and there are lots of things to see and do within it. Between the park and the aquarium you and your family could spend the entire day there!
The aquarium itself celebrates and compares the nature of Japan’s freshwater river ecosystems with other systems like the Mekong, Congo, and Amazon rivers. Through educational and interactive exhibits the aquarium help visitors explore relationships between people and the rivers. The aquarium boasts a large collection of animals that live in or near the Nagara River, one of three big rivers that cross the Nobi Plain here in the Tokai Region, Mekong, Congo, Amazon Rivers, and Lake Tanganyika. Some interesting things to see; the Giant Mekong Catfish, and an electric eel that became famous in Christmas of 2007 for lighting up a Christmas tree.
Directions – By public transport
- From Gifu Station, get on a city bus bound for Kawashima Matsukura 川島松倉.
- Get off at the KawashimaKasada川島笠田stop.
- The park is a 15 minute walk from that stop.