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Aquarium – the discovery of the marine life

By Linh Truong Aug 26, 2018

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Are you interested in the ocean? Are you eager to get more information about the diversity of creatures living under the sea? If you are in Tokyo and you want to discover these amazing creatures, it will be the best choice to go to one of many aquariums around this city. Aquarium is a place that suits both adult and children. In order to make a wise choice, let’s take a look through 4 wonderful aquariums in Tokyo as well as it surrounding areas and their special and unique features!

1. Enoshima Aquarium

Enoshima is a small island in Kanagawa Prefecture. It is famous for many historical sites, beaches and its aquarium – Enoshima Aquarium. It takes around 1 hour from Tokyo to this aquarium. In this aquarium, there are many exhibitions of different creatures living in the sea. However, I highly recommend you this aquarium due to its Jellyfish Hall and Jellyfish Science. Known as one of the most excellent exhibitions on jellyfish, it will provide you with valuable experience of wondrous therapeutic effects by using the aquarium’s research about long-term breeding methods for jellyfish. Besides, you will get an opportunity to get a closer look at the ecosystem and life cycle of jellyfish as well as the aquarium’s method to take care this beautiful creatures in the Jellyfish Science exhibition.

  • Opening hours

(Enoshima Aquarium is open around the year, however, depends on each period of time, the opening hours of this aquarium will be different. I will provide you with the schedule for August and September. For the months later, please check on the link below)

– August 11 – August 16: 08:00 – 20:00

– August 17 – August 31: 09:00 – 20:00

– September 01 – September 08: 09:00 – 19:00

– September 09: 09:00 – 17:00

– September 10 – September 30: 09:00 – 19:00

  • Entrance fees

– Adults: 2,400 yen

– Senior high school students: 1,500 yen

– Junior high school students and Elementary school students: 1,000 yen

– Children (ages 3+): 600 yen

You can also buy annual ticket if you go there frequently or buy the ticket in group of more than 20 people in order to get cheaper price. For more details, please click here.

  • How to access

– Address: 2-19-1 Katase Kaigan, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture, 251-0035 Japan

– Nearest Station: Katase-Enoshima Station

2. Tokyo Sea Life Park (Kasai Rinkai Aquarium)

Tokyo Sea Life Park is the very first aquarium opened in Japan in Ueno Zoo in 1882. With the upgrades in facilities and the enlargement in capacity, this aquarium attracts a lot of customers every year. Its highlight is a giant donut-shaped tank (2,200 tons) – a space for bluefin tunas. When you come to Tokyo Sea Life Park, you will be able to observe the starfish, sea urchins, etc. from close distance in Tidal Pool; to learn how to feed tunas along with penguins and do it by yourself in Feeding Times, to enjoy the beautiful view of Tokyo Bay while dining in the cafeteria.

  • Opening hours

– From 09:30 – 17:00 (you can only buy tickets until 16:00)

– Tokyo Sea Life Park is closed on every Wednesday or Thursday (if Wednesday is a national holiday)

  • Entrances Fee

– Adults (ages from 16-64): 700 yen

– Seniors (ages 65+): 350 yen

– Students (ages from 13-15): 250 yen

The ticket will be free for the following people:

– Children: from 0-12 years old

– The disabled and one assistant

– Junior high school students living in Tokyo or attending schools in Tokyo

If you want to check more information about Tokyo Sea Life Park, please click here.

  • How to access

– Address: Tokyo Sea Life Park, 6-2-3, Rinkai-cho, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo 134-8587, Japan

– Nearest Station: JR Kasai Rinkai Koen Station

3. Maxell Aqua Park

Shinagawa is one of the 23 wards in Tokyo – where Maxell Aqua Park is located. Maxell Aqua Park offers its customers unforgettable memories with about 350 species of more than 20,000 creatures living in the sea. Moreover, customers not only observe these creatures as in other aquariums but also hear the sound and watch the dazzling lighting in this aquarium. For example, in the Jellyfish Ramble exhibition, you can walk around the area and observe the jellyfish with lights and its sounds. In this summer, there is a special event being held in Maxell Aqua Park which is Hanabi Aquarium by NAKED. This is a event of dolphin performances with not only sounds and lights but also with fireworks (in night versions only). This event lasts from July 07 until September 09. On each day, there will be 5-6 performances on different times. If you want to check the schedule for this event, please click here.

  • Opening hours

– August 11 – August 15: 08:30 – 22:00

– August 16 – August 31: 09:00 – 22:00

– September 01 – September 30: 10:00 – 22:00

  • Entrance fees

– Adults: 2,200 yen

– Junior high school students and Elementary school students: 1,200 yen

– Children (ages 4+): 700 yen

You can get discount if you are staying in one of the four Prince Hotels in Takanawa and Shinagawa areas.

  • How to access

– Address: 4-10-30 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8611, Japan (Within Shinagawa Prince Hotel)

– Nearest Station: Shinagawa Station

For more information about exhibitions or events, please click here.

4. Sunshine Aquarium

Sunshine Aquarium is located on the rooftop of 40 meters tall building. Going to this aquarium will be the time for you to go on three journeys: Ocean Journey, Waterfront Journey, and Sky Journey. As the highlight of Sunshine Aquarium, Sky Journey is held outdoors with Marine Garden where you can experience the combination of sky, light, water and greenery in exhibitions as well as performances. This summer will be the chance for you to enjoy your meals and to watch many creatures swimming around like penguins, otters, seals, etc. in Sunshine Aquarium Skybar 2018 Event. This event is held from July 13 to September 02.

  • Opening hours

– April – October: 10:00 – 20:00

– November – March: 10:00 – 18:00

  • Entrance fees

– Adults (ages 16+): 2,200 yen

– Youth (ages from 7-15): 1,200 yen

– Children (ages from 4-6): 700 yen

  • How to access

– Address: Rooftop Sunshine City World Import Mart Bldg. 3-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

– Nearest Station: Ikebukuro Station

For more information please click here.


Here is a list of 4 amazing aquariums in Tokyo and surrounding areas. Let’s pick one and go there to enjoy the wonderful moments!