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10 Best Aquariums All Over Japan That Are Amazing

Visit some of the best and largest aquariums in Japan. Family-friendly events such as dolphin shows and see whale sharks swimming around. Osaka, Okinawa, and Tokyo have some of the biggest aquariums.

We all know Japan is famous for the great seafood and behind that there is an even greater appreciation for ocean life. In fact, Japan has some of the best aquariums in the world featuring large and unique spices. These are some of the ten best aquariums in Japan. Japan is an island nation so it is no wonder that there are some of the best aquariums in the world. No matter which of these on the list you choose to visit, you are guaranteed to have a unique experience. And make sure to visit the gift shop!

 

#1. Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium – Okinawa

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium - Okinawa

Churaumi Aquarium is located in Okinawa and is part of the Ocean Expo Park. This aquarium features 77 exhibits and the largest tank holds about 2 million gallons of water.

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium - Okinawa
Photo Credit:sinnosuke uchida

This aquarium houses ten species of coral and more than 25,000 animals. Churaumi Aquarium prides itself on the facilitation of sting rays and in 2007 a sting ray gave birth at the aquarium.
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Address: 424 Ishikawa, Motobu, Kunigami, Okinawa

Access:
2 hours by car from Naha Airport
3 hours by bus from Naha Airport

Hours:
October – February 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM
March – September 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM

Admission Fee:
Adults 1,850 yen
Children 610 yen

Phone: 0980-48-374

Website: Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

 

#2. Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise – Kanagawa

Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise

Located at the tip of Yokohama, this aquarium prides itself as a modern amusement park. In the aquarium, there is over 100,000 sea creatures. Since there are so many species, it is one of Japan’s largest aquariums.

Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise

Also within the park, there is the Umi Farm. The main attraction is the interactive exhibits and activities to promote awareness and educate people about the ocean.
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Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise

Address: Hakkeijima, Kanazawa Ward, Yokohama city, Kanagawa prefecture

Access: 10 minute walk from Hakkeijima Station

Hours:
Weekdays 10:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Weekends 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Admission Fee:
Adults 5,050 yen
Children 3,600 yen

Phone: 045-788-8888

Website: Hakkeijima Sea Paradice

 

#3. Kaiyukan Aquarium – Osaka

Kaiyukan Aquarium

Kaiyukan is located in Osaka and is one of the largest public aquariums in the world. It opened in May 1990, the architecture of the building is unique and well-known. The layout of the aquarium focuses around the large central tank which allows guests to walk around it and see everything from different angles.

Kaiyukan Aquarium

There is around 29,000 animals and 470 different species. The central tank also features a full sized whale shark, the other exhibits are all have a theme and has species from around the world.
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Osaka Kaiyukan Aquarium

Address: 1-1-10 Kaigandori, Minato Ward, Osaka

Access:
1 hour by limousine bus from Kansai International Airport
5 minute walk from Osakako Station

Hours: 10:00 AM  – 8:00 PM
*Hours vary based on month

Admission Fee:
Adults 2,300 yen
Children 600 yen

Phone: 06-6576-5501

Website: Osaka Kaiyukan Aquarium

 

#4. Kamogawa Sea World – Chiba

Kamogawa Sea World

Part of the Sea World franchise, Kamogawa Sea World features many attractions that Sea World is well-known for. Sea World is famous for performances by killer whales, dolphins, and other animals. It also includes Sea World’s mission and dedication to aquamarine research. The goal is getting guests to interact with sea animals, both physically and emotionally.

Kamogawa Sea World

The exhibits are designed to recreate the animal’s natural habitats. Some of these include the Penguin Sea, Walrus Sea, and Polar Adventure. With over 20 different habitats and shows, you won’t find a dull moment here.
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Kamogawa Sea World

Address: 1464-18 Higashi-cho, Kamogawa city, Chiba Chiba prefecture

Access: 2 hour bus ride from Tokyo station

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Admission Fee:
Adults 2,800 yen
Children 1,400 yen

Phone: 04-7093-4803

Website: Kamogawa Sea World

 

#5. Aquamarine Fukushima – Fukushima

Aquamarine Fukushima

Opened on July 15th, 2000 the highlights of this aquarium are marine life in and around the Shiome Sea. The Shiome Sea is characterized by the meeting of two rivers, the Kuroshio and the Oyashio. The aquariums main tank holds 540,000 gallons of sea water and is separated by a tunnel.

Aquamarine Fukushima

On one side of the tunnel the temperatures are warmer and on the other side the temperatures are colder. This is a representation of the Shiome Sea. The aquarium also has a garden on the 4th floor that shows the diversity of vegetation in Fukushima.
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Aquamarin Fukushima

Address: Onahama Pier 2, 50,Tatsumi-cho, Onahama, Iwaki city, Fukushima prefecture

Access:
25 minutes by train and bus from JR Johban Line Izumi Station
1 hour and 40 minutes by car from Fukushima Airport via National Route 49

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Admission Fee:
Adults 1,800 yen
Children 900 yen

Phone: 0246-73-252

Website: Aquamarin Fukushima 

 

#6. Umitamago Aquarium – Oita

Umitamago Aquarium

Umitamago aquarium is located in beautiful Beppu, Japan. The main attraction at this aquarium is slightly different than other aquariums. For example, they have acrobatic walruses, sea lions, and pelicans.

Umitamago Aquarium

Umitamago aquarium also features very impressive dolphins shows but the highlight is the comedy routine with the walrus. The aquarium is highly educational because each exhibit has commentary from experts. Most of the exhibits allow guests to touch the sea animals.
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Umitamago

Address: 3078-22 Kanzaki-uto, Oita city, Oita prefecture

Access: 25 minutes by bus from Oita Station

Hours:
March – October 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
November – February 9:00 AM -5:00 PM

Admission Fee:
Adults 2,200 yen
Children 1,100 yen

Phone: 097-534-1010

Website: Umitamago

 

#7. Echizen Matsushima Aquarium – Fukui

Echizen Matsushima Aquarium - Fukui

Although the Echizen Matsushima Aquarium isn’t the largest aquarium on the list, it makes up for the size because of the quality of the attractions. They have the standard dolphin show, but the real highlight is the penguins walking.

Echizen Matsushima Aquarium - Fukui

Several times a day, the penguins are walked from their enclosure to a small park where guests can watch them play in an more intimate setting. There are many opportunities to interact with some of the other cute sea animals.
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Echizen Matsushima Aquarium

Address: 74-2-3 Mikunichosaki, Sakai city, Fukui prefecture

Access: 60 minute car ride from Komatsu Airport

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Admission Fee:
Adults 2,000 yen
Children  1,000 yen

Phone: 0776-81-27

Website: Echizen Matsushima Aquarium

 

#8. Enoshima Aquarium – Kanagawa

Enoshima Aquarium - Kanagawa

The Enoshima Aquarium is easily accessible for those visiting the Tokyo area and is definitely worth seeing. This aquarium features 12 different exhibits that showcase life in the Sagami Bay. There is a deep sea exhibit with species that are not seen everyday.

Enoshima Aquarium - Kanagawa

There are some of the world’s best jellyfish displays and you can learn about the life cycle of the jellyfishes. There is even have an exhibit to get close up and personal with penguins and seals. One of the newest attractions is the sea turtle beach, this exhibit allows visitors to see sea turtles all year around.
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Enoshima Aquarium – Kanagawa 

Address: 2-19-1 Katasekaigan, Fujisawa city, Kanagawa prefecture

Access:
7 minutes from Fujisawa Station and 3 minutes walking
10 minute walk from Enoshima Station

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Admission Fee:
Adults 2,100 yen
Children 1500 yen

Phone: 0466-29-9960

Website: Enoshima Aquarium

 

#9. Sunshine Aquarium – Tokyo

Sunshine Aquarium - Tokyo

The Ikebukuro Sunshine Aquarium reopened in fall of 2011. The inspiration for this aquarium was “an oasis in the sky”. This aquarium is located in the heart of Tokyo and still manages to have about 37,000 fish from over 700 different species. In total, there are about 80 tanks where visitors can view the sea animals.

Sunshine Aquarium - Tokyo

The highlight of this aquarium is the Sunshine Aqua Ring. This tank is suspended several meters above the ground and allows sea lions and penguins to swim above you as if they were flying.
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Ikebukuro Sunshine Aquarium – Tokyo 

Address: 3-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima ward, Tokyo

Access:
3 minute walk from Higashi-Ikebukuro Station
8 minute walk from Ikebukuro Station

Hours:
April – October 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
November – March 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Admission Fee:
Adult 2,000 yen
Child 1,000 yen

Phone: 03-3989-3466

Website: Sunshine Aquarium

 

#10. Shinagawa Aquarium – Tokyo

Shinagawa Aquarium - Tokyo

Another metropolitan aquarium is the Shinagawa Aquarium. Although this one isn’t necessarily next to the ocean, they still manage to feature some impressive exhibits and shows. The two best exhibits are the Underwater Walk and the Shark Hall. The Underwater Walk gives a unique view and makes it feel as if you were walking with your favorite sea animal.

Shinagawa Aquarium - Tokyo

Shark Hall is exactly what it sounds like, a tank featuring sharks from around the world. Shinagawa aquarium offers multiple dolphin and sea lions shows daily. You will be amazed by the high flying acrobatic dolphin show and you will be laughing so much from the humorous sea lion show.
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Shinagawa Aquarium – Tokyo 

Address: 3-2-1 Katsushima, Shinagawa ward, Tokyo

Access:
20 minute walk from Omori Station
10 minute walk from Omorikaigan Station

Hours: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Admission Fee:
Adults 1,350 yen
Children 600 yen

Phone: 03-3762-3433

Website: Shinagawa Aquarium

 

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