Japan's 5 Most Beautiful Aquariums   水族館

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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

Underwater Japan

Japan, as an archipelago, means that the sea and oceanography has always occupied an important place. This probably explains in part the success and popularity of large aquariums.

Tokyo: Sumida Aquarium

This is a brand new aquarium since it was inaugurated together with the Tokyo Sky Tree, and is part of the Soramachi complex. This is probably not the largest aquarium, but special attention was paid to the development. Special lighting and marine vegetation make each basin a picturesque underwater experience. The exhibition is devoted mainly to marine life from Tokyo Bay and smaller animals. It should be noted that the large column of several thousand goldfish is considered lucky. Http://www.sumida-aquarium.com/en/

Tokyo: Epson Shinagawa Aqua Park

A little more than an aquarium, the Aqua Park also offers dolphin shows. The aquarium is located in the Prince hotel complex in the heart of Shinagawa - it is very easy to access. It is renowned for its 20 metre underwater corridor that allows you to walk through a sea of manta rays. It is very interactive and also, like many Japanese aquariums, has a large exhibition of jellyfish. Http://www.aqua-park.jp/en/

Yokohama: Sea Paradise Hakkejima

This is not only an aquarium but any artificial island near Yokohama dedicated to the sea and built for amusement. Here you will find dolphin shows, restaurants, exhibitions and other attractions. The aquarium is distinguished by its very large windows almost 10 meters high. A good place to spend a day with children. Access is in itself an attraction, since you will have before you the seaside landscape of Tokyo Bay. Http://www.seaparadise.co.jp/english/index.html

Osaka: Osaka Aquarium Kayuukan

The Kayuukan aquarium is an aquarium from another dimension. The huge building on the Osaka port exposes over 11 floors basins showing marine life of the huge Pacific Ocean, small fish to whale sharks, through to otters and seals. This is one of the main attractions of Osaka. The giant 30-meter pools are a good reason to go. There is also a contact area where you can touch some animals and observe closely some others. A required stop in Osaka. Http://www.kaiyukan.com/language/eng/index.html

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Okinawa: Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

More beautiful, larger, greener, the Churaumi Aquarium is nothing less than the second largest aquarium in the world. It was built to showcase the wonders of the tropical waters of Okinawa but also to serve as a study center. The aquarium is also one part of a huge park with a traditional village, museums and a portion of unspoilt coastline with its beaches and mangroves. This aquarium is in itself a good reason to go to the north of the island of Okinawa. It offers pools of unprecedented size with unique species. An absolute must. Http://oki-churaumi.jp/en/

Comments Read comments from our travellers


Do they have exhibits showing how they massacre dolphins at Taiji cove every year? How about an exhibit showing Japan's part in the genocide of sharks? Whale sharks should be in the ocean! Not in a fish bowl. SHAME ON YOU JAPAN!