Matsushima has always been known for its beauty, but that beauty can overshadow some of the area's other attractions. Steps from Matsushimakaigan station is Japan's second oldest aquarium: Marinepia Aquarium. The aquarium was opened in 1927. That means it survived WWII and the unforgiving March 2011 tsunami and disaster, despite the epicenter being so close. Unfortunately, the aquarium will close its doors May 10th, 2015. A new, but unrelated aquarium will open later that year near the Sendai Port.
Nearly 400 species of 8000 marine animals and plants are represented at the aquarium, it is an amazing place, even if some of its facilities are aging.
Take a brief virtual tour with this photo story and make sure to read its accompanying article here for more information.
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Justin Velgus (ジャスティン ベルガス) is a long-term resident and promoter in the Tohoku region. He has been a content producer for JapanTravel.com since 2012 and was the Miyagi Prefecture Regional Partner 2013-2015. Justin’s over 300 published travel and culture articles come from a background of studying in Akita, teaching English in Miyagi through the JET Program, and working for the government in Fukushima. He lives in the gyutan capital of the world, Sendai. Justin is an expert in local culture and history. He was the first foreign volunteer at Sendai City Museum and regularly advises the local volunteer guide group GOZAIN , which he is a veteran member, on guiding techniques and hidden locations in the city even locals don't know about. In his free time he enjoys delivering original walking tours, such as his Dark Sendai Tour (ghost tour) or Kokubuncho Mystery Tour (redlight district tour). Justin is also a Certified Sake Professional.