Tokyo is home to many aquariums. Each of these aquariums can be easily reached and is close to other popular sightseeing spots, so you might want to include an aquarium or two in your travel itinerary. Here are five recommended aquariums that will make you breathe a sigh of relief and forget about the hustle and bustle of the city.
Located at the Tokyo Skytree Town, SUMIDA AQUARIUM is full of new attractions and experiments, such as the Jellyfish Kaleidoscope Tunnel, Aqua Gallery, and Aqua Scope. It even opened Japan’s biggest goldfish exhibit zone in July 2016. There is no designated route in this aquarium, so you are free to walk around as you please. At the indoor open-ceiling water tank, which boasts of being one of the largest aqua tank of its kind in Japan, you can see penguins and fur seals up close or swimming in the pool. This aquarium also holds an adults-only night program, so how about checking that out to soothe your tired body by relaxing in the calm atmosphere?
1. SUMIDA AQUARIUM
Shinagawa Aquarium is packed with various events every day. The dolphin show, sea lion show, and other performances under the blue sky are totally thrilling. You can even learn about the ecology of aquatic organisms while having fun. There are a lot of ingenious features in store for guests in this aquarium, and some of the must-see spots are the Tunnel Aquarium, which will let you view the ocean while looking up at the ceiling, and the Penguin Land. You will not only be able to see rare creatures at the exhibit zones, but you will also feel affection for the animals and be moved by how water creatures live. Shinagawa Aquarium also has a photo studio aquarium where you can have a souvenir picture with jellyfish, so this is a spot that will remain in your trip memories.
2. Shinagawa Aquarium
Aqua Park Shinagawa is an entertainment facility that is located inside Shinagawa Prince Hotel. It is a new breed of aquarium that fuses lights, images, and creatures to the delight of guests. The Jellyfish Ramble looks just like a galaxy of jellyfish. At the attraction area, you can enjoy the Dolphin Party (Merry-Go-Round) and Port of Pirates. The highlight of this aquarium is the magical dolphin performance, which is a collaboration of dolphins and images reflected onto a 360-degree water curtain and wall. Note that the contents of the show differ between day and night. It’s also famous as a date spot.
Sunshine Aquarium, which is located in Ikebukuro Sunshine City, is an oasis in the sky! It is a healing spot wherein an extraordinary space spreads before your eyes. The 1st floor of this aquarium is under the theme “ocean journey.” At the “Fuwarium,” it will feel like you are being embraced by the sea while walking underwater. The theme of the 2nd floor is “waterfront journey.” Here, you can see organisms in each kind of environment, such as various organisms found on seashores, riverbanks, and lake shores. Meanwhile, the Marine Garden is designed based on the theme “sky journey.” You’ll be surprised to see sea lions swimming in the sky as they swim through the floating ring-type transparent aqua tank! It is a mysterious and unique space, so free your five senses and try to enjoy the healing world it creates!
The mini-aquarium found inside the Nettai Kankyo Shokubutsukan has a himantura chaophraya (giant stingray), the world’s largest stingray, that can only be seen here! This aquarium may be small, but it houses a lot of famous fish. It is divided into three water zones – seawater, brackish water, and freshwater – with about 2,500 fish from 100 breeds on display, centering on fish and organisms from Southeast Asia. There are also four exhibit zones here, including the intertidal zone vegetation and the tropical forest, which will further deepen your understanding of the environments where fish live. The permanent exhibit area showcases the ecosystem and the life of the people in tropical rainforests, among other things. There is also a diorama of insect specimen from Southeast Asia, so you just might end up becoming an authority on these creatures!
Himantura chaophraya (giant stingray)
5. Nettai Kankyo Shokubutsukan (Green Dome Nettaikan)
There are many aquariums in Tokyo and there are different ways to enjoy them. You can carefully observe the ecology of creatures, exclaim in admiration when you watch a dolphin show, or get lost in the world with a different spatial dimension thanks to a light show and sea lions swimming in the sky. So, how about taking a break and immersing yourself in these extraordinary spaces to heal your mind and soul?
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