Tokyo Area Aquarium’s & Zoo’s – A Reference Guide

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Aquariums

Sunshine City Aquarium

Located on the rooftop of a popular shopping mall, this award-winning and hugely popular aquarium is unique of its 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 aquarium, although small, is very well laid out. A popular feature is the tunnel through the aquarium’s largest tank, which houses tuna, large reef fish, black tip reef sharks, very large manta rays, and a rare saw fish. There is an arena with dolphin shows. They have a penguin display and it’s a very children friendly place. 

Location: 4-10-30 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo  (Within 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 Tokyo Skytree Town. The centerpiece of the aquarium is its 350 thousand liter tank, 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, and allows visitors to see the animals from virtually any angle. 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 blue fin tuna. The aquarium also exhibits sea birds including penguins, and giant kelp from California, US. 

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. There are also many aquatic animals living in simulated setting of their natural environment. There is also 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

Zoos

Ueno Zoo

Established in 1882, Ueno Zoo is the oldest zoo in Japan. It has grown over the years, expanded its area, and been a forerunner in the Japanese zoo world. Now it’s home to over 3,000 animals from 400 different species and provides visitors with learning experience about the diversity of animals as well as fun and enjoyment.

Location: 9-83 Ueno Park, Taito-ku  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 massive land mass wildlife park. This is a zoo where animals are displayed under natural and spectacular habitats. 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

The 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, that 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-Shirane-cho, Yokohama  Access:Tsurugamine Station, bus 15 min  Google Maps

Tobu Zoo

The Tobu Zoo has approximately 120 species, 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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