Hiwasa Chelonian Museum CARETTA
Experience the mysterious ecology of sea turtles
at a museum built on a coast which is famous as a sea turtle egg laying site
Hiwasa Chelonian Museum Caretta is one of the few museums in the world devoted to sea turtles. "Caretta" comes from the scientific name for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, which is designated as a Special Natural Monument. You can learn about the approximately 200 million years of turtle evolution and their mysterious ecology. The first floor exhibits preserved specimens of the world's sea turtles, the process of turtles' evolution, etc. You can also see active turtles ranging from newborn babies to the world's oldest turtle born in 1950. On the second floor, you can see emotional egg laying scenes in a 120 inch high vision theater.
Outdoors, there is a pool where sea turtles over 1 m long are raised, and an artificial hatchery, where they work on artificial hatching of baby turtles. There is also the "Tadayo Sea Turtle Building" with fun facilities like a baby sea turtle water tank and other tanks where from below you can see sea turtles swimming. At sea turtle feeding times, visitors can feed and hug the turtles, so it is very popular among visitors. And the sea turtle shaped phone box in front of the museum is very impressive, making it a popular spot for photos to remember the trip.
Address: 370-4 Hiwasaura, Minami-cho, Kaifu-gun, Tokushima
Admission Fee: Adults 600 yen, junior high and high school students 500 yen, elementary school students 300 yen, younger children free
Closed: Mondays (closed next day if that Monday is a holiday),
Closed for New Year holidays (December 29 to January 3)
Directions: 20 minute walk from the JR Mugi Line, Hiwasa Station (3 hours 30 minutes from Tokyo (Haneda Airport) via Tokushima Airport)
(Car) 2 hours from the Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway Interchange