Attraction 6 Chome-2-3 Rinkaichō, Edogawa-ku, Tōkyō-to 134-0086, Japan Published on: 25-02-2016
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Why Tokyo Sea Life Park is special ?
Tokyo Sea Life Park captures visitors with a huge glass dome, displaying rare marine life collected from the Pacific, Indian Ocean, Atlantic, Arctic and Antarctic. Especially thrilling is the Bluefin tuna darting swiftly around in a huge 2,200-ton donut-like tank under the glass dome. It is the world’s first facility in which pelagic fish swim in a cluster and succeeded in spawning.
The aquarium is also known for its exhibition of penguins, one of the largest in Japan, raising Humboldt, Rockhopper, Fairy, and King penguins that can be observed both on land and through water. It also exhibits the world’s largest kelp, a cluster of sea algae from California, various marine environments of Ogasawara Islands, Izu Seven Islands and Tokyo Bay to show sea life in Tokyo, and sea birds, like tufted puffin and murre, swimming at a dazzling speed under water.
What to explore at Tokyo Sea Life Park?
After descending an escalator from the enormous glass dome entrance, you are greeted by an enormous tank filled with sharks and Japanese sardines and many other types of fish.
From the warm, coral-filled waters of the Caribbean to the frozen waters of the North Pole, the World’s Oceans exhibit is the home of an enormous variety of rare marine life from all over the globe.
Birds are also a large part of marine wildlife. At the Sea Bird Exhibition, you can witness the thrilling sight of birds living on the coastline diving into the water to feed on fish.
At the Life on the Shoreline exhibit, you can experience the once nature-filled fresh waters of Tokyo. There is a freshwater lake and a river where you can find fish swimming against the currents.
The penguin exhibit at Tokyo Sea Life Park is one of the largest in the country. Here you can find Humboldt Penguins, Emperor Penguins, Little Penguins, and Rockhopper Penguins.
From the world’s largest type of kelp to the marine animals of the California shoreline, you’ll find many types of wildlife in the Kelp Forest.
At the Sea of Tokyo, you will find exhibits of Tokyo’s islands (yes there are islands in Tokyo) to replicas of the Tokyo bay area.
How to get to Tokyo Sea Life Park?
The aquarium is located in the Kasai Rinkai Park, and easy to get from JR Kasai Rinkai Koen Station (5 minutes' walk), which is 15 minutes' ride from JR Tokyo Station by Keiyo Line.
If you take Subway Tozai Line, get off at Kasai Station or Nishi-Kasai Station, and take the bus to Kasai Rinkai Koen Station.
Tokyo Sea Life Park could be reached by Tokyo Mizube Line, which runs on Ara-kawa and Sumida Rivers. For further information, call 03-5608-8869.
Take the Wangan Expressway, exit at Kasai ramp, and follow the signs.
- A gem of an aquarium, fantastic for families
- Refreshing and tranquil
- Cute, animal friendly zoo
- Great collection ,beautiful views
- Good for the kids
6 Chome-2-3 Rinkaichō, Edogawa-ku, Tōkyō-to 134-0086, Japan
Tips for you
The aquarium is wonderful. Very nice display of large tuna.
This is not a large aquarium, neither is it one of the usual "to do" things when visiting Tokyo. But, it is a terrific place to visit particularly for those who stay near to Disneyland, and for those with kids. Here is why: 1. It is located within the Kansai Rinkai Park, which on its own is a beautiful place to visit, for those days you just need to chill out from too much Mickey Mouse or for getting over any jet lag. The surrounding environment is peaceful, with plenty of birds and ducks to see and with great landscaping. So before you enter the aquarium or when you exit, the experience of nature continues. 2. It does not have a massive amount of exhibits and this is going to be particularly obvious for aquarium lovers who have seen much bigger ones around the world. But, the exhibits they do have are very well chosen in variety and are displayed exceedingly well such that you are able to identify each species they do have. Many aquariums place a whole lot of fish species in one large tank and you may not be able to find them all. Over here, I find the exhibits smaller in size but very well designed for observing and learning. Of particular mention is the bluefin tuna, the scalloped hammerhead, the bigfin reefsquid, the leafy seadragon. This aquarium also has a nice mix of indoors and outdoors exhibits - the penguin exhibits are outdoors and gives a very nice view of the penguins with their burrows as well as their swimming activities in the water. Right at the end of your aquarium visit, you will also be on an outdoor trails where you can see ducks, cranes, frogs - all in their natural habitat. It is a fantastic end to your aquarium visit. 3 . The entry fee is 700 yen for adults, and free for kids under 12. This is by far the most value for money aquarium we have ever visited. If you stay in central Tokyo and have very limited number of days, you may not necessarily want to come out all the way to see this. Having said that, the trains are very convenient and this place is easy to get to (its at Kansai Rinkai station). But if you are staying near to Disneyland and have a spare half a day, do come here for a very enjoyable day out, especially if you have young children.