Tokyo Area Aquariums & Zoos

Polar Bear at Ueno Zoo Tokyo
Polar Bear at Ueno Zoo Tokyo

Being located on Tokyo Bay, and Japan being an island nation, it is not unexpected for Tokyo to have some of the best aquariums in the world. Tokyo’s huge aquariums attract millions of visitors a year and boast some of the best collection of marine animals and fish globally. The Tokyo Zoos offer an interesting experience to see a variety of animals, and Zoos often have shows that feature the animals. Here is a list of the Tokyo Area Aquariums & Zoos.

A dolphin at an Aquarium in Tokyo

Tokyo Area Aquariums & Zoos


Sunshine City Aquarium

Located on the rooftop of a popular Sunshine City shopping mall. This award-winning and hugely popular aquarium is unique and one of a kind. You can discover 37,000 different types of fish and watch exciting sea animal performances. Sea lions and penguins also swim in a transparent donut-shaped rooftop tank. Location: Rooftop Sunshine City World Import Mart Building, 3-1-3 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Higashi Ikebukuro Station, 5 min walk, Ikebukuro Station, 8 min walk Google Maps

Aqua Park Shinagawa

The Aqua Park aquarium is not very large, but it is very well laid out. A popular feature is a tunnel through the aquarium’s largest tank, which houses tuna, large reef fish, blacktip reef sharks, very large manta rays, and a rare sawfish. There is an arena pool that has dolphin shows. They have a penguin display, and the aquarium is a very child-friendly place. Location: 4-10-30 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo (At Shinagawa Prince Hotel) Train Access: Shinagawa Station, 2 min walk Google Maps

Sumida Aquarium

The Sumida Aquarium is one of the main attractions of the new Tokyo Skytree Town. The centerpiece of the aquarium is its 350 thousand liter tank. This is the largest open indoor tank in Japan, which is home to dozens of penguins and several fur seals. The tank is designed with thick, clear glass walls with almost no visible supports to obscure your view. The aquarium also features an excellent jellyfish display and research laboratory, as well as tanks representing the habitats around Tokyo Bay and nearby islands. Location 5-6F, TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN Solamachi 1-2, Oshiage 1-Chome, Sumida Ward, Tokyo Train Access: Tokyo Skytree Station, 5 min walk Google Maps

Tokyo Sea Park

Tokyo Sea Park has displays of freshwater and marine life not only from Tokyo but also from around the world, even from the Antarctic. In the huge 2,200-ton tank, you can enjoy watching bluefin tuna. The aquarium also exhibits sea birds including penguins, and giant kelp from California, U.S. Location: Tokyo Sea Life Park, 6-2-3, Rinkai-cho, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Kasai Rinkai Koen Station, 5 min walk Google Maps

Kamogawa Sea World

Kamogawa Sea World is a large park with killer whales, dolphins, and belugas. There are special shows with the animals to showcase their intelligence. The park has many aquatic animals living in a simulated setting of their natural environment. Be sure to check out the fish feeding shows and an animal petting area. Location: 1464-18 Higashi-cho, Kamogawa, Chiba Train Access: Awa-Kamogawa Station, 10 min shuttle bus Google Maps


Ueno Zoo

Established in 1882, Ueno Zoo is the oldest zoo in Japan. It has grown over the years, and expanded its area. This is the king of the Japanese zoo world. Now it’s home to over 3,000 animals from 400 different species from around the world. The Ueno Zoo provides visitors with a learning experience about the diversity of the animals. Location: 9-83 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Ueno Station, 5 min walk Google Maps

Tama Zoo

Tama Zoological Park is a unique zoological park in Japan, as it is a huge landmass wildlife park. This is a zoo where the animals are displayed under their natural conditions. The zoo has three ecological areas, the Asiatic Garden, African Garden and Australian Garden, and the Insectarium. Location: 7-1-1 Hodokubo, Hino, Tokyo Train Access: Tama Dobutsu Koen Station, a few min walk Google Maps

Inokashira Zoo

Inokashira Park Zoo is a popular, family-focused park filled with an interesting collection of animals. The zoo is separated into two individual parks, the Main Park and the Aquatic Life Park, which is home to a number of water-loving birds. The park also contributes to the conservation and breeding of Japanese squirrels, mandarin ducks, and swans. Location: 1-17-6 Gotenyama, Musashino 180-0005, Tokyo Train Access: Inokashira Park Station 1 min walk, Kichijoji Station, 5 min walk Google Maps

Yokohama Zoo (Zoorasia)

This is one of Japan’s newest and best zoos. The animals are generally kept in spacious areas that simulate their natural habitat. The animal exhibitions of Zoorasia are spread out among seven ecological areas, The Asian Tropical Forest, Subarctic Forest, Oceanian Grassland, Central Asian Highland, Japanese Countryside, Amazon Jungle, and African Tropical Rain forest. Among the zoo’s highlights are the elephants, polar bears, black bears, okapi, and proboscis monkeys. Location: 1175-1 Kami-Shiranecho, Yokohama Train Access: Tsurugamine Station, bus 15 min Google Maps

Tobu Zoo

The Tobu Zoo has approximately 120 species and a total of 1200 animals, including a rare species of white tigers, live in the zoo. You can have exciting experiences, such as feeding the animals and interacting with the small animals. Location: 110 Suka, Miyashiro, Minamisaitama District, Saitama Train Access: Tobu Dobutsu Koen Station, 10 min walk Google Maps

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