- Yuka Matsumoto
Appreciate Japanese Goldfish in a Retro Environment at Sumida Aquarium’s Tokyo Goldfish Wonderland 2019
Sumida Aquarium's Tokyo Goldfish Wonderland 2019 is highly recommended for those searching for a sightseeing spot that's a little out of the ordinary. You absolutely have to see the many adorable Japanese goldfish swimming around in a retro space reminiscent of Japan's streets decades ago! Find out about the highlights and the best way to come here in this article.
About Sumida Aquarium's Tokyo Goldfish Wonderland 2019
Tokyo Goldfish Wonderland 2019 is held at Sumida Aquarium from Friday, July 12, 2019 to Thursday, October 31, 2019. It is held on the 5th floor, called the "Edo-rium", and you can see around 10 different kinds of Japanese goldfish, called "kingyo" in Japanese, such as wakin (common goldfish), ryukin (fringetail goldfish) and demekin (telescope eye). There's no additional fee if you pay the aquarium entry fee (2,050 yen for adults).
This retro space looks just like an evening festival decorated with old-fashioned signboards and goldfish-shaped paper lanterns. You can view Japanese goldfish here while enjoying this traditional atmosphere. This retro-cute exhibition is full of highlights like digital water rippling effects as you walk on the floor.
Retro Signage and Goldfish Are a Perfect Match
When you enter the exhibition hall, you will see an array of signboards like retro advertisements and goldfish-shaped paper lanterns and lamps. You will be able to appreciate the shapes of the Japanese goldfish amidst this summer festival food stand atmosphere.
Goldfish have been adored as aquarium fish in Japan for a long time, making them a perfect fit for a retro space. This setting is so photogenic it will have you wanting to snap photos without even realizing it. Your mind will be soothed as you leisurely gaze at Japanese goldfish while soaking up this nostalgic setting. There are also many interesting displays, such as one describing the history of goldfish, so be sure to check them out.
Pay Attention to Cutting-Edge Image Production
The most current and high-level image production is definitely something to take note of at Tokyo Goldfish Wonderland 2019. An image of lovely Japanese goldfish swimming around is projected onto the floor, and as you approach, they dart away. You'll even see fascinated children chasing after them.
In addition, it's full of other interactive gimmicks like water ripple projections as you walk. The projections change over time, so you won't get bored of looking at the same thing for too long.
Original Aromatherapy and Music Produce a Retro Feel
Aside from the decorations and projections, aromatherapy and music mixed for the event also play a part in evoking the nostalgic mood. You will be enveloped in relaxing music and the faint smell of soap, and all your cares will be forgotten as you view the Japanese goldfish. The big attraction of Sumida Aquarium's Tokyo Goldfish Wonderland 2019 is that your whole body will be immersed in this nostalgic world.
Tips to Know Beforehand for a Smooth Outing
As Sumida Aquarium is a popular spot near the Skytree in Sumida, Tokyo, it tends to be especially crowded during summer vacation and weekends. If you're going to make the effort to go, you probably want to enjoy your visit and see everything properly, right? Here are some tips for having a smooth visit to Sumida Aquarium:
▼Go immediately after the aquarium opens, or after 6:00 pm
Solamachi, the popular shopping area in SKYTREE TOWN, opens at 10:00 am, and Sumida Aquarium opens at 9:00 am. A lot of people go to the aquarium after shopping at Tokyo Solamachi, so there are relatively few people at the aquarium right after it opens.
Also, after 6:00 pm, families start heading home, so there will be less of a crowd than during the day, and you can view the aquarium at your leisure.
▼Buy an e-ticket in advance
During busy times, there will be a long line at the ticket desk. Depending on the situation, you could end up waiting for 30 minutes to an hour. If you buy your ticket beforehand, you'll be able to get in easily.
Thoroughly check the access information before you go, so that you can get there without getting lost.
Direct access from TOKYO SKYREE STATION on the Tobu Skytree Line
5-minute walk from Oshiage (SKYTREE) Station on the Tobu Skytree Line, Hanzomon Line, Keisei Oshiage Line, or Toei Asakusa Line
At Tokyo Goldfish Wonderland 2019, you can enjoy the collaboration of Japanese goldfish and a retro space to your heart's content! You should definitely come and make some great summertime memories here.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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