Visiting aquariums in Japan!

An aquarium near Tokyo where you can fully enjoy the ocean waters of Japan

Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is recommended for those would like to fully enjoy the appeals of the Japanese ocean waters. Here, you can have fun all day long as there are plenty of facilities such as restaurants and amusement facilities. Lively and adorable creatures of the sea welcome you at the “Aqua Museum”, which is located at the center of the aquarium.

Sixty thousand fish of thirty different species swim in the immense main tank to present the world of nature in the vast oceanic waters.
A huge school of 50,000 sardines swims to illuminations and music, appearing as if it were one living creature in the “Super Sardine Illusion”. Here you can see and experience a powerful spectacle of sardines that you normally cannot see unless you go underwater diving.

In addition to being able to catch fish such as sea bream and horse mackerel in the “UMI Farm”, which is themed on oceanic education at sea, visitors can also deep-fry and eat the fish that they catch at the “KARATTO Kitchen” within the farm. Japanese people regularly eat fish because Japanese people live in a nation that is surrounded by ocean water. This is a facility that teaches this cycle of life.
While being one of the largest aquariums in Japan, the appeal of Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is that it lets you observe as well as touch many kinds of creatures of the sea. At the “FUREAI (interaction) Lagoon Sakana (Fish) Reef”, which replicates the shallow waters of the Tokyo bay, visitors can actually enter the water to see the creatures of Tokyo bay. You can also even feed the animals such as the dolphins and penguins that are bred here.

Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise

Address:Hakkeijima, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama-shi
Tel:045-788-8888 (Audio Assistance > English [8], Standard Chinese (Pekingese) [9])
Access: Direct from Hakkeijima Station on the Seaside Line

An appealing aquarium in the Tokyo area

Sumida Aquarium
A new aquarium built next to the Tokyo Skytree. It is a small but relaxing aquarium with facilities including an indoor penguin zone and a huge tank that replicates the waters of Ogasawara.

Kasai Rinkai Suizokuen (Tokyo Sea Life Park)
The dynamic view of the schools of bluefin tuna swimming in the donut-shaped tank is a popular attraction here.

Sunshine Aquarium
The metropolitan aquarium Ikebukuro that reopened in 2011. It features attractions such as the “Sunshine Aqua Ring”, which is an overhead tank with sea lions that appear to be swimming up in the sky.

Epson Shinagawa Aqua Stadium
The aquarium built next to the hotel in front of Shinagawa Station. As it is open until 10 p.m. on weekdays and 9 p.m. on Sundays and holidays, the aquarium is a good place to visit after dinner.

Very popular and dynamic aquariums!

Ocean Expo Park / Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, which still holds the world record for keeping a whale shark for the longest time ever, is famous all throughout the world. This aquarium is themed on “The Mysteries of Okinawa in Living Color”. The “Kuroshio (Black Current) Sea Tank”, which is the main tank here, introduces the fish that live in the waters of the huge warm Black Current that flows near Okinawa. Watching the wide-ranging fish, large fish, and the symbolic whale shark all swimming freely makes you feel as though you have entered a whole new world inside the ocean.

Visitors can walk above the Kuroshio Sea Tank to enjoy an over-water observation course known as “Exploring the Kuroshio Sea Tank”.

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Address:424 Ishikawa, Motobu-cho, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa (inside Ocean Expo Park)
Access:Approx. three hours from Naha Airport by bus.

The Kaiyukan, which is a unique eight-storied aquarium with a striking exterior, is located in Osaka. Its biggest feature is the immense nine meter-deep tank that replicates the Pacific Ocean. Once you reach the eighth floor, you go down to the lower floors while circling the Pacific Ocean Tank. There are thirteen tanks in total, centering on the Pacific Ocean, that depict the seas of the world.

In addition to the audio guidance provided in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean, there is a unique system with guidance (in Japanese) given with NINTENDO DS and 3DS consoles. After the clock strikes five at night, there is the “Kaiyukan at Night”, which replicates the ocean at night and lets you see the creatures of the ocean in their sleep.

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Address:1-1-10 Kaigan-dori, Minato-ku, Osaka-shi
Access:5 minutes walk from Osakako Station on Osaka Municipal Subway Chuo Line.

A unique museum that is the only one of its kind!

Giant isopod

Because it is located at Suruga Bay, which is the deepest bay in Japan with a maximum depth of 2,500 meters, the Numazu deepsea aquarium puts its efforts into its exhibitions of deep-sea fish. Strange creatures that you normally do not see appear one after another, showing you the intricacies of the biological evolution.


Enoshima Aquarium is the aquarium that was able to breed the “whitebait” fish, which is a type of sardine, for the first time in the world, and has been displaying them to the public since April 2014. Whitebait is often eaten in Japan, but they had not been observed carefully in their natural habitats as they do not handle impact well and are very sensitive fish. Come and take a look at these creatures that are small, but sustain the oceanic ecosystem.

Furthermore, the exhibition of the manned submersible research vehicle, the “Shinkai 2000”, which has explored the deep waters of Japan, and the “Sea Turtle Beach”, which lets you observe sea turtles from up close, have been newly opened.