In Tokyo there are many things to do such as visiting art museums, shopping, and eating at delicious restaurants. Located in Oshiage and connected to the Tokyo Skytree is the Sumida Aquarium. The aquarium is located on the 5th and 6th floor of the Tokyo Skytree. Even though it is a smaller aquarium, it has a good environment and entertaining exhibits. There are different exhibits all year around so be sure to check the schedule online. If you visit this aquarium more than twice a week, then it would be a good idea to buy a yearly pass.
Currently, the main exhibit is all about jellyfish. One part of the incorporates photos from Mika Ninagawa, she specializes in photographing dimly rooms with flowers and gorgeous models. The combination of elements in her photos are breathtaking. With the use of her excellent photography skills and the simple jellyfish, the combination is amazing. A total of 18 jellyfish sinks, and more than 5,000 mirrors combined with lights and musics creates the Kaleidoscope Tunnel of Jellyfish. From November 8, 2016 to March 14, 2017. This is a recommend spot for Valentine’s Day because there is also a romantic atmosphere.
From the second you walk in, you don’t know where to look because the colors are so overwhelming. Each spot is unique in it’s own way.
With the background music constantly changing and the colorful jellyfish tanks, it feels like a mysterious world underwater.
Jellyfish are such majestic creatures, watching jelly fish never gets boring.
Some jellyfish like to sit at the bottom of the tank. These round blue little ones are so cute.
Mika Ninagawa works with bold colors and bright themes, those elements can be seen at this display at the Sumida Aquarium. In the background you can see the bold flowers and they bring the tanks to a whole new level.
Within all of the jellyfish tanks, there are many different types of jellyfish. Some are big and easy to spot, some are so small you have to get very close to the tank to see them.
Looking at the jellyfish will make it feel as if you have gone to another world.
This jellyfish laying upside down is sometimes mistaken for parts of a coral reef.
From the side of the tank, you can see the jellyfish eat, and even sometimes give birth. Newly born jellyfish are so small that you need a magnifying glass to see them.
During the night, there is a different version of the exhibit. The afternoon exhibit features warm and vibrant colors. The night version features cool and dark colors. I would recommend going around 4PM because it won’t be overly crowded and you can see everything change from afternoon to night.
The next highlight of the Sumida Aquarium is the Kaleidoscope Tunnel. You walk through a tunnel of colorful lights and there is fish in every tank.
With the background music, being in the tunnel surrounded by an incredible animation.
There is over 5,000 mirrors used in the Kaleidoscope Tunnel, it’s very dazzling and the images continue changing.
At the end of the tunnel, there is a large screen and you can take photos of your silhouette. This is a fun photo opportunity at the Sumida Aquarium.
In addition to the jellyfish exhibition, the marine life and aquarium has many more animals to see. These little eels like to stick their heads out of the sand, supposedly they are 40 centimeters long.
Although the aquarium does not have an outdoor space like a typical aquarium, there is also a large open penguin space in the museum, allowing people to watch the lovely penguins at a close distance.
The goldfish exhibit is interactive as well, you can leave about different types of goldfish, the history, and what they mean to Japanese culture.
After seeing all of the exhibits, be sure to visit the aquarium gift shop. Find beautiful post cards by Mika Ninagawa and photos from the exhibit. Of course there are sea animals plushies too. If wouldn’t be an aquarium without them.
The Sumida Aquarium at the Tokyo Skytree is a great spot for a date. If you are in Japan around Valentine’s Day romance your date here. The breathtaking exhibits at the Sumida Aquarium can’t be seen anywhere else.
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Address: TOKYO Skytree Solamachi, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida Ward, Tokyo
Access: Connected to Oshiage Station
Hours: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
2,050 yen (Adult)
1,500 yen (Student)
1,000 yen (Junior)
600 yen (Child)
Website: Sumida Aquarium