Ueno Zoo

5 minute walk from Ueno Station in Ueno Park
Hours: 9:30 to 17:00
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Mon is a holiday), Dec 29 to Jan 1
Admission: 600 yen
Opened in 1882 in Ueno Park, Ueno Zoo is Japan's oldest zoo. Its most popular residents are giant panda bears, which first moved here in 1972 on the occasion of the normalization of relations between Japan and China. The zoo temporarily had no pandas after the death of Ling Ling in 2008, but received two new baby pandas in February 2011 and welcomed the birth of Shan Shan to great fanfare in June 2017.


15 minute bus ride from Nakayama Station, Yokohama
Hours: 9:30 to 16:30
Closed: Tuesdays (except national holidays), New Year holidays
Admission: 800 yen
Zoorasia is a well designed, modern zoo, located about an hour outside of Tokyo in Yokohama. The zoo has animals from around the world, including polar bears and elephants, as well as a section of animals native to Japan.


Sumida Aquarium

Short walk from Tokyo Skytree Station or Oshiage Station
Hours: 9:00 to 21:00 (entry until 20:00)
Admission: 2300 yen
The beautifully designed Sumida Aquarium opened in May 2012 at the base of the Tokyo Skytree. It is relatively small, but features some outstanding exhibits, including a unique penguin cage and attractively presented tanks with sea life from the waters around Tokyo, including the Izu and Ogasawara Islands.

Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa

5 minute walk from Shinagawa Station
Hours: 10:00 to 22:00 (longer hours during holiday seasons)
Admission: 2300 yen (rides extra)
The Epson Aqua Stadium in Shinagawa is part aquarium and part theme park. Popular attractions include the dolphin shows, a jellyfish exhibit, a carousel and a viking ship.

Sunshine International Aquarium

10 minute walk from Ikebukuro Station
Hours: 9:00 to 21:00 (until 18:00 from late September to late March)
Admission: 2400 yen
This aquarium exhibits aquatic creatures from around the world, including stingrays, sunfish, frogs, snakes, penguins, seals and otters. The aquarium is on the 10th floor of the World Import Mart Building in Sunshine City.

Tokyo Sea Life Park

5 minute walk from Kasai Rinkai Koen Station
Hours: 9:30 to 17:00
Closed: Wednesdays and New Year holidays
Admission: 700 yen
Located in Kasai Rinkai Park, this aquarium seeks to reproduce local aquatic habitats and those from around the world. Popular attractions include its penguin and seabirds habitat as well as its 360 degree tuna tank.

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