community-forum community-penpal community-userReports destinations-admission destinations-beenThere-solid destinations-bookmark-solid destinations-city_outline destinations-city_solid destinations-closedDays destinations-date destinations-getThere destinations-hotels destinations-hoursFees destinations-itineraries-3 destinations-nearbySpots destinations-pin-simple-outline destinations-pin-simple destinations-sortBy-dots destinations-tours destinations-town interests-agriculture interests-amusementParks interests-beaches interests-castles interests-city_solid interests-contemporaryArt interests-events interests-festivals interests-flowers interests-foodDrink interests-gardens interests-hiking interests-historicSites interests-industry interests-koyo-single interests-koyo interests-mangaAnime interests-museums interests-nature interests-onsen interests-parks interests-pottery interests-sakura-single interests-sakura interests-scenicRides interests-shopping interests-shrines interests-skiing interests-snow interests-sumo interests-temples interests-traditionalArts interests-traditionalTheater interests-viewpoints interests-volcanoes interests-wildlife interests-winterIlluminations news-section planning-tickets-2 planning-transportation-access planning-transportation-bicycle planning-transportation-boat planning-transportation-bus planning-transportation-car planning-transportation-plane planning-transportation-shinkansen planning-transportation-tickets planning-transportation-train planning-transportation-walk shapes-chevron-down shapes-circle shapes-star social-fb social-gplus social-instagram social-twitter social-youtube ui-alert-construction ui-alert-warning ui-calendar ui-confirmed-outline ui-confirmed-solid ui-date ui-globe ui-lightbulb ui-no_entry ui-ok ui-pencil ui-reverse ui-search ui-time ui-video-play ui-x user-avatar
Sign Out
The Churaumi Aquarium in Okinawa is widely considered Japan's best aquarium

As an island country, Japan has a history and culture that are inseparably tied to the sea. Not surprisingly, aquariums are both numerous and popular attractions found across the country. Many of these are modern facilities, with new aquariums still being built and older ones renovated, which typically feature a large main tank as well as some focus on local marine and aquatic habitats.

Tohoku

Tokyo

Sunshine Aquarium

Renovated in 2011, the Sunshine Aquarium is a modern, indoor aquarium located on the 10th floor of the Sunshine City shopping complex in Ikebukuro. The aquarium exhibits sea creatures from the different oceans and tropical forests around the world.

Tokyo Sealife Aquarium

The Tokyo Sealife Aquarium is one of several attractions found at Kasai Rinkai Koen, a large, seaside park built on reclaimed land on the outskirts of central Tokyo. The aquarium's main tank immerses visitors into the center of a school of yellowfin tuna and bonito.

Epson Aqua Stadium

Part of the Shinagawa Prince Hotel complex across from Shinagawa Station, Epson Aqua Stadium is a medium sized indoor aquarium with a variety of sea creatures on display. The aquarium features a dolphin pool where frequent shows are held. Just outside the aquarium is a small amusement park with a virtual ride theater and an indoor rollercoaster.

Around Tokyo

Enoshima Aquarium

The Enoshima Aquarium is a large, modern aquarium found along the beach across the bridge from Enoshima. Much of the aquarium, including its two story tall main tank, displays the diverse aquatic life found locally in Sagami Bay. The aquarium also has dolphin shows, penguins and seals and an excellent jellyfish display.

Chubu Region

Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

Nagoya's aquarium at the Port of Nagoya is one of Japan's larger and better aquariums. Housed in two separate buildings, it displays various marine mammals including dolphins, orca and beluga whales, as well as other marine creatures from the five aquatic regions between Japan and the Antarctic Ocean.

Kansai Region

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Widely considered Japan's second best aquarium after Okinawa's Churaumi Aquarium, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan introduces the sea life of the Pacific Rim. Visitors enter on the 8th floor and spiral their way downward around a large central tank which houses a whale shark. Several of the tanks span multiple floors making it possible to observe the animals from different perspectives.

Kyoto Aquarium

The Kyoto Aquarium is a modern aquarium complex a 20 minute walk west of Kyoto Station. Targeted at local school children rather than foreign tourists, the new facility does not rank among Japan's outstanding aquariums, but does offer attractive displays about a variety of different aquatic environments including Kyoto's local rivers.

Chugoku Region

Miyajima Aquarium

Reopened after major renovations in 2011, the Miyajima Aquarium exhibits the local aquatic life found around Miyajima as well as from seas and oceans around the world. One of its more unique displays teaches visitors about the oyster farms found around the island.

Kyushu

Okinawa

Churaumi Aquarium••

Located in subtropical Okinawa Prefecture, Churaumi Aquarium is unequivocally Japan's best aquarium. Its massive tank, home to several whale sharks and the aquarium's main attraction, is one of the largest in the world. The aquarium also has a variety of different exhibits such as a shark tank, bioluminous fish and several animal shows.
Page last updated: June 17, 2014