Photo/IllutrationThe undersea palace at the new Sea Life Nagoya aquarium that opens next to Legoland Japan in April (Noboru Tomura)

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NAGOYA--The Legoland Japan theme park here is opening a 2,000-square-meter aquarium adjacent to it called Sea Life Nagoya on April 15.

It will contain 11 display zones and house about 2,000 sea creatures of approximately 100 species.

A new 252-room hotel in the same building as the aquarium is scheduled to open April 28.

One zone is called “Ryugujo” (undersea palace) where sharks swim around visitors who walk along an 8.2-meter-long tunnel. The idea is that visitors can think of themselves as being Urashima Taro, a popular Japanese folk hero who travels to an underwater realm.

Other areas include “Rock Pool” where people can touch starfish and sea cucumbers, and “Kisogawa,” which exhibits carp and turtles.

Torben Jensen, president of Legoland Japan, poured water from a bucket into a tank during a media event at the venue on Feb. 8 and said that he wants visitors to see, touch and learn about sea creatures.

The admission fee is separate from Legoland. A one-day ticket for adults is 1,900 yen ($17) including tax. For children from 3 to 12, it costs 1,500 yen.