Learning about the History, Geography, and Wildlife of your Travel Destination. A Study Trip for Adults Visiting "Art Museums" and "Aquariums" in Eastern Japan.

Art Museums and Aquariums, are both popular tourist destinations. This course is designed for adults to explore and fully enjoy these locations while gaining surprising insight and information suitable both for children and themselves. These facilities offer the opportunity to experience artworks and creatures up close, which are often not usually so easily accessible. So, when you visit each city or town, be sure to check them out!

After starting from Takaoka Station, take the local train to Shin-Takaoka Station, then transfer to the Hokuriku Shinkansen to reach Joetsu-Myoko Station. From there, change trains to the Niigata Station.On the next step of the journey, take the Joetsu Shinkansen to head to Jomo-Kogen Station and at Omiya Station transfer to the Tohoku Shinkansen to head to Fukushima Station. This route allows you to explore various destinations by bus or taxi from each station. Don't forget to check the timetable and enjoy sightseeing at each transfer station, too.

"Takaoka City Fujiko F. Fujio Furusato Gallery" -Takaoka city A Gallery Where You can Experience the Origins of Fujiko F. Fujio's Manga!

Takaoka city is the hometown of the manga artist Fujiko F. Fujio, where he was born and raised until the age of 20 when he moved to Tokyo. Throughout the city, you can find various monuments and signs featuring characters from Fujiko F. Fujio's works, including the "Takaoka City Fujiko F. Fujio Furusato Gallery." The city's tram line, known as Manyo Line connecting Takaoka city and Imizu city, has one special tram with a blue Doraemon design. Additionally, at Takaoka Station, you can find a large Doraemon mailbox crafted in the traditional local industry of "Takaoka copperware. The "Takaoka City Fujiko F. Fujio Furusato Gallery" also showcases a Doraemon statue made of Takaoka copperware (Pictured).

Recommended sight seeing spot
Takaoka City Fujiko F. Fujio Furusato Gallery
 About a 20-minute walk from Takaoka Station, inside the Takaoka City Art Museum, you can find the "Takaoka City Fujiko F. Fujio Furusato Gallery" (pictured). This gallery showcases the 14-year-old Fujiko F. Fujio's handmade booklet "Yokai Island," containing all its original pages from his early creative endeavors. You can also explore exhibits featuring items he cherished and artwork from "Doraemon" that captures the essence of Takaoka's landscapes. In addition, there is a manga library where you can read Fujiko F. Fujio's works and immerse yourself in his unique world.


Address:2F Takaoka City Art Museum, 1-1-30 Nakagawa, Takaoka city, Toyama
WEB:Takaoka City Fujiko F. Fujio Furusato Gallery

"Niigata City Aquarium Marinepia Nihonkai" - Niigata City Meet Approximately 20,000 Aquatic Creatures from around 600 Species at One of the Targest Aquariums on the Japan Sea Coast.

Niigata city is located in the Echigo Plain, which stretches along the lower reaches of the Shinano River and Agano River. Near the Shinano River, you'll find one of the largest aquariums on the Japan Sea coast, known as "Niigata City Aquarium Marinepia Nihonkai". Visitors can enjoy daily dolphin shows, explore the outdoor exhibit "Niigata Field," which recreates the local mountains and countryside, and stroll through the Marine Tunnel under the 800-cubic-meter "Japan Sea Large Water Tank"(pictured) where approximately 40 species of fish are displayed, providing an immersive and highly acclaimed underwater experience.

Recommended sight seeing spot
Niigata City Aquarium Marinepia Nihonkai
 The dolphin show held daily at the Dolphin Stadium of "Niigata City Aquarium Marinepia Nihonkai" is enjoyable regardless of the weather as the seating area is covered with a roof. The "Marine Safari Feeding Commentary" features the animal care staff providing explanations about the anatomy and ecology of seals while feeding them. Additionally, the "Penguin Commentary" (pictured) offers insights into the endangered birds; Humboldt penguins' behavior, physical characteristics, and natural habitats. Both events are held daily at specific times, so be sure to check the schedule in advance. Furthermore, the aquarium offers a variety of interactive exhibits, providing a perfect opportunity for visitors to “see, touch, and learn” in a hands-on experience.


Address:5932-445 Nishifunami-cho, Chuo-ku, Niigata city, Niigata
WEB:Niigata City Aquarium Marinepia Nihonkai

"Road Station Minakami Mizukikoukan" - Minakami Town Relaxing Park! Enjoy a Footbath! Even Explore an Aquarium!

Located along National Route 291, "Minakami Mizukikoukan" is a convenient roadside station in Minakami Town that you'll pass through when heading to places like Tanigawadake or Okutone area. While the typical image of a roadside station is a place to purchase local vegetables and specialty products, "Minakami Mizukikoukan" offers more than that. Besides buying local agricultural products and souvenirs, visitors can also enjoy nature and various experiences, such as a park and a climbing wall. Despite being in Gunma Prefecture, which lacks a coastline, there’s a small aquarium "Suisan Gakushu-kan (Aquarium and Fisheries Learning Center)" (pictured) in this facility.

Recommended sight seeing spot
Road Station Minakami Mizukikoukan
 The "Suisan Gakushu-kan (Aquarium and Fisheries Learning Center)" (admission fee: 350 yen for adults, 250 yen for high school students, and others) features stream and tunnel tanks where visitors can observe and learn about freshwater organisms inhabiting the Tone River. In the small fish tank, you'll find various small fish and aquatic creatures such as Yoshinobori, Freshwater minnow, Bitterling, and Loach. Inside the roadside station (pictured), there are additional areas where you can enjoy a footbath, and at Suwa Gorge, you can fully appreciate the ever-changing beauty of nature throughout the seasons. At the souvenir shop, you can purchase locally produced goods, including fresh spring water, and regional specialties of the Road Station Minakami Mizukikoukan.


Address:1681-1 Yubawa, Minakami town, Tone county, Gunma

"The Flower Photography Museum (Fukushima City Museum of Photography)" - Fukushima city A Nostalgic and Charming Taisho-era Atmosphere, Designated as a Tangible Cultural Property by Fukushima City.

This building, constructed in 1922 (Taisho 11), originally served as the main building of the Fukushima Testing Institute for Electrical Experiments, which was established by the Ministry of Communications (Teishinsho) to oversee the Tohoku, Hokkaido, and Karafuto (Sakhalin) regions. It was both a government office and testing facility combined. In 2003 (Heisei 15), it was opened as a museum of photography, symbolizing the aspirations of the late photographer Shotaro Akiyama, who introduced "Hanamiyama" to the nation along with the famous saying, "Fukushima has a utopia."

Recommended sight seeing spot
The Flower Photography Museum (Fukushima city museum of Photography)
 The museum aims to deepen the understanding of the region's cultural arts, instill pride and attachment to their hometown, and promote community formation through utilizing the charm and activities of various cultural and artistic organizations in fields such as photography culture. They serve as a venue for presentations and activities of these cultural and artistic groups, to enable citizens to pass on the cultural arts of our city to future generations. We offer the rental of certain parts of the facility, including the exhibition room (pictured) and multipurpose room, to support these endeavors.


Address:11-36 Moriai town, Fukushima city, Fukushima

A Journey like an Adult Study Trip, Exploring Art Museums and Aquariums!

While exploring the local delicacies and tourist spots can be a exhilirating part of any journey, it's also enjoyable to learn about the history, wildlife, and other aspects of each destination. It allows us to fully immerse ourselves and appreciate the travel experience even more.

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