8 Recommended Aquariums You Should Visit in Japan!

8 Recommended Aquariums You Should Visit in Japan!

I love aquariums, I think most Japanese people do. Being an island people with a maritime tradition gives us a close affinity for the sea and, of course, the sea provides a large part of our diet. So it’s perhaps not surprising that Japan has a large number of aquaria, among the best in the world, so here are eight recommendations for visitors to our shores.



 

8 Recommended Aquariums You Should Visit in Japan!

 

1. Churaumi Aquarium, Okinawa

8 Recommended Aquariums You Should Visit in Japan! Churaumi Aquarium Okinawa

Part of the Ocean Expo Park, Churaumi is easily the best Aquarium in Japan and a must-see location for all visitors to Okinawa. Its huge Kuroshio Tank, one of the largest in the world, is named for the warm Kuroshio current which is home to the wide diversity of Okinawa’s of marine life. The tank reflects this variety, with giant whale sharks and manta rays among its most spectacular exhibits. The easiest way to visit from most locations is by car to the Motobu Peninsula. Otherwise, the Yanbaru Express Bus connects the airport and Nara city centre with Churaumi; the 2 hour journey costs around ¥2,000. Aquarium admission fee is ¥1,850.

 

2. Kaiyukan – Osaka Aquarium

8 Recommended Aquariums You Should Visit in Japan! Kaiyukan

Considered Japan’s second best aquarium, Kaiyūkan’s marine life is housed in tanks representing fifteen specific regions of the Pacific Rim. The central Pacific tank is nine meters deep and is home to a whale shark. Starting on the 8th floor, visitors slowly spiral down floor by floor around the central tank. As some tanks cover several floors, you’re able to see creatures at different depths and viewpoints. Osaka Aquarium is located at Osakako Station on the Chuo subway line and costs ¥2,300 admission.

 

3. Aquamarine Fukushima, Iwaki

8 Recommended Aquariums You Should Visit in Japan! Aquamarine Fukushima

(flickr By Yu Morita)

This is a fascinating aquarium with a large triangular tank representing the current-rip between the southern Kuroshio Current and northern Oyashio Current that meet off the coast of Fukushima. Other sections exhibit marine life from tropical Asia, the cold Okhotsk sea, rarely seen fish and sea creatures, and marine mammals like seals and walruses. Access is easiest by bus from Yumoto or Izumi stations on the JR Joban line. Admission is ¥1,800.

 

4. Marine World Uminonakamichi, Fukuoka

8 Recommended Aquariums You Should Visit in Japan! Marine World Uminonakamichi

(flickr By Takashi Yamaoku)

Visitors to Kyushu love Uminonakamichi Seaside Park and Marine World. The aquarium’s huge seven meter deep main tank features many different kinds of marine life, including over 120 sharks of various kinds. It also has some outdoor tanks where you can experience feeding dolphins and sea lions. Uminonakamichi Station (JR Kashii Line) is right outside the entrance to the park. Aquarium fee is ¥2,160.

 

5. Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

8 Recommended Aquariums You Should Visit in Japan! Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

Also one of the best aquaria in Japan, its exhibits span two large buildings and feature marine mammals such as dolphins, orca and beluga whales, as well as marine life from five aquatic regions between Japan and Antarctica. Nagoya Port’s attractions are within walking distance of Nagoyako Station, terminus of the Meiko Subway line. Admission ¥2,000, or ¥2,400 for combo ticket with other facilities.

 

6. Sunshine Aquarium, Tokyo

8 Recommended Aquariums You Should Visit in Japan!Sunshine Aquarium

Part of the impressive 60 storey Sunshine City in Ikebukuro, the Aquarium was revamped in 2011 as an “Oasis in the Sky,” and features the immensely popular Sunshine Aqua Ring with its view of sea lions swimming overhead and the almost surreal beauty of Jellyfish Tunnel. On foot, Sunshine City is 3 minutes from Higashi-Ikebukuro Station (Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line), 8 minutes from Ikebukuro Station (JR, Tokyo Metro, Seibu and Tobu lines), and 4 minutes from Higashi-Ikebukuro 4-Chome Station (Toden Arakawa Line). Admission ¥2,000.

 

7. Sumida Aquarium, Tokyo

8 Recommended Aquariums You Should Visit in Japan! Sumida Aquarium

One of the attractions of the Tokyo Skytree Town complex, this beautifully designed aquarium houses over 10,000 sea creatures on the 5th and 6th floors. Its 350K litre tank, the largest open indoor tank in Japan, is home to penguins and fur seals and is designed to allow visitors to see the animals from almost any angle. The aquarium also features an impressive jellyfish display. Access is fromTokyo Skytree Station (Tobu Isesaki line), and Oshiage Station (Asakusa Subway, Hanzomon Subway, and Keisei Oshiage lines). Admission ¥2,050.

 

8. Tokyo Sea life Aquarium

8 Recommended Aquariums You Should Visit in Japan! Sumida Aquarium

(flickr By Takashi Yamaoku)

Part of Kasai Rinkai Kōen, the largest park in central Tokyo, built on reclaimed land to preserve the natural environment of Tokyo Bay, the aquarium’s main tank has a central viewing area that immerses you amid various species of fish, including tuna, bonito and sharks. There are also penguin and seabird exhibits. This lovely park also offers several walking trails through the gardens, lawns and beaches, and a seabird sanctuary. The park is right next to Kasai Rinkai Kōen Station on the JR Keiyo Line, just 15 minutes (¥210) from Tokyo Station. Aquarium admission is amazing value at ¥700.

 

Conclusion

For anyone who’s interested in marine life, and particularly the diversity of the Pacific ocean and the waters around Japan, our many amazing aquaria will both delight and entertain. So please visit one of these recommended locations if you get the chance; you won’t be disappointed.

 

8 Recommended Aquariums You Should Visit in Japan!

1. Churaumi Aquarium, Okinawa
2. Kaiyukan – Osaka Aquarium
3. Aquamarine Fukushima, Iwaki
4. Marine World Uminonakamichi, Fukuoka
5. Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
6. Sunshine Aquarium, Tokyo
7. Sumida Aquarium, Tokyo
8. Tokyo Sea life Aquarium