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Kyoto Aquarium (s, Kyōto Suizokukan) is modern and nicely designed, but small compared to Japan's best aquariums. It was opened in 2012 in Umekoji Park, about one kilometer west of Kyoto Station. The two-story facility is divided into several zones with various themes, exhibiting a variety of aquatic animals.

Unique to the aquarium is a zone that recreates the aquatic environment of rivers in Kyoto and features the Japanese giant salamander. The aquarium also strives to preserve numerous species of rare local aquatic life through breeding. In other zones, visitors can see sea life from across the world, including jellyfish, penguins and seals. There is also a dolphin stadium with multiple performances per day.

Getting there and around

Kyoto Aquarium is in Umekoji Park, a 15 minute walk west from Kyoto Station or a five minute walk from Umekoji-Kyotonishi Station (3 minutes, 150 yen one way from Kyoto Station).

How to get to and around Kyoto

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Hotels around Kyoto

    • Japanese hotel, Ryokan Nishiyama
      Experience the real Japan at our affordable ryokan. Close to major tourist spots in Kyoto.
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    • Ryokan Hirashin
      A traditional hotel with spacious rooms and high speed Wi-Fi. Conveniently located in the heart of Kyoto city. 3min to Shijo Karasuma Sta. and 5min to the famous Nishiki Market.
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    • Ryokufuso
      A friendly Japanese hotel near Nishi Honganji temple. 5min by taxi from JR Kyoto Sta. Enjoy your stay with the Japanese room and communal baths. Free Wi-Fi & parking lot.
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    • Guesthouse KYOTO COMPASS
      Budget-friendly
      Located in Kyoto, this traditional Japanese guest house features free Wi-Fi and a free public computer. Shichijo Onmae bus stop is 3 minutesf walk away. A seating area and shared bathroom are provided with each room at Guesthouse KYOTO COMPASS. Free toiletries are provided and blankets are available upon request. Select rooms have a garden view. A shared living area and bicycles are available for guestsf use during their stay at this Kyoto Guesthouse Compass. Access to the shared kitchen is available upon request. The guest house is 4.5 km from Imperial Palace and 2.2 km from Kyoto Station. Nijo Castle and Toji Castle are within a 30 minutesf bus ride away.
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    • Guest House Oumi
      Budget-friendly
      Well set in the centre of Kyoto, Guest House Oumi provides air-conditioned rooms, a shared lounge, free WiFi and a garden. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The accommodation offers a shared kitchen and room service for guests. All units include a shared bathroom, slippers and bed linen. A continental breakfast is available daily at the guest house. Nijo Castle is 1.2 km from Guest House Oumi, while Kyoto International Manga Museum is 2.2 km away. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 49 km from the accommodation.
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    • Hotel Muso
      Mid-range
      Well located in the Shimogyo Ward district of Kyoto, Hotel Muso is located less than 1 km from Gion Shijo Station, a 10-minute walk from Kyoto Shigaku Kaikan Conference Hall and 1.8 km from Sanjusangen-do Temple. This 3-star hotel offers a concierge service and luggage storage space. The accommodation provides a hot tub, free WiFi throughout the property and family rooms. The rooms in the hotel are fitted with a coffee machine. Each room has a kettle and a private bathroom with a bidet and slippers, while selected rooms come with a kitchen equipped with a stovetop. Guest rooms will provide guests with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and a flat-screen TV. Popular points of interest near Hotel Muso include Samurai Kembu Kyoto, Kiyomizu-dera Temple and TKP Garden City Kyoto. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 48 km from the accommodation.
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    • GLANZ KEI Kyoto Station
      Luxury
      Offering air-conditioned rooms in the Minami Ward district of Kyoto, GLANZ KEI Kyoto Station is 1.1 km from Kyoto Station. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel has family rooms. At the hotel, the rooms include a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. At GLANZ KEI Kyoto Station, all rooms are equipped with a seating area. The accommodation provides a laundry service, as well as business facilities like fax and photocopying. TKP Garden City Kyoto is 1.1 km from GLANZ KEI Kyoto Station, while Sanjusangen-do Temple is 2.1 km from the property. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 45 km from the hotel.
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    • Ryokan Shimizu
      Budget-friendly
      About a 7-minute walk from JR Kyoto Train Station and a 3-minute walk to Nishi-Hongan-ji Temple, Ryokan Shimizu is a non-smoking property that provides air-conditioned Japanese rooms with free Wi-Fi and a private bathroom. Rental bicycles are available at an additional charge. Guests at Shimizu Ryokan can experience traditional Japanese-style sleeping arrangements, with futon bedding on a tatami (woven-straw) floor. Rooms include a TV, a fridge and a tea maker. The en suite bath has toiletries. Higashi-Hongan-ji Temple is a 5-minute walk away, while Gojo Subway Station is a 10-minute walk. Sanjusangen-do Temple is 2 km away. On-site parking is possible, for a fee. Housed in a traditional gmachiya-zukurih building, the hotel includes a small garden and a hot bath that can be reserved for private use.
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    • Tomoya Residence Hotel Kyoto
      Luxury
      Located in Kyoto, within 400 metres of Kyoto International Manga Museum and 1.7 km of Samurai Kembu Kyoto, Tomoya Residence Hotel Kyoto provides a garden. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and a concierge service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Certain rooms at the property include a balcony with a garden view. Guest rooms at the hotel come with air conditioning, a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a safety deposit box and a private bathroom with a bidet, bathrobes and slippers. All rooms are fitted with a kettle, while selected rooms are fitted with a kitchen with a microwave. At Tomoya Residence Hotel Kyoto each room has bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a continental breakfast. Popular points of interest near Tomoya Residence Hotel Kyoto include Kyoto Shigaku Kaikan Conference Hall, Gion Shijo Station and Nijo Castle. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 49 km from the hotel.
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    • Hostel Sui Kyoto
      Budget-friendly
      Offering air-conditioned rooms in the Kamigyo Ward district of Kyoto, Hostel Sui Kyoto is 1.2 km from Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Among the facilities at this property are a shared kitchen and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Private parking is available on site. The capsule hotel provides certain units that include a safety deposit box, and every room is fitted with a shared bathroom with a bidet and slippers. At Hostel Sui Kyoto the rooms are fitted with bed linen and towels. The accommodation offers a terrace. Kinkaku-ji Temple is 1.8 km from Hostel Sui Kyoto, while Kyoto Imperial Palace is 2.4 km away. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 51 km from the capsule hotel.
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    • Guest House Ga-Jyun
      Budget-friendly
      A 5-minute walk from Higashiyama Subway Station, Guest House Ga-Jyun features free Wi-Fi at the entire property. The wooden terrace has chairs overlooking the garden. Guests can choose to stay in dormitory-style rooms or in private rooms. Bathrooms and toilets are shared. Free-use massage chairs are available at the lounge and a safety deposit box is provided for storing valuable belongings. The shared kitchen comes with a microwave, fridge and an electric kettle. A coin-launderette is on site and luggage storage is offered at the front desk. The property offers a free shuttle service to a public bath located a 5-minute drive away (The public bath is closed on Tuesdays and Fridays). Every Friday night. we have a friday party to communicate with other guests. We serve food and drinks! Enjoy chatting with people from all over the world!!! A simple free breakfast with bread and drinks are served at the dining room. Ga-Jyun Guest House is a 10-mimnute walk from Heian Jingu Shrine and Yasaka Shrine. Kyoto Imperial Palace is 20-minute public bus ride and Kyoto Station is a 25-minute subway ride away.
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    • Yadoya Kikokuso
      Mid-range
      Yadoya Kikokuso is set in Kyoto, a 10-minute walk away from JR Kyoto Station and a 5-minute walk from Shichijo Station of the Keihan Line. Kiyomizu-dera Temple is 2 km from Yadoya Kikokuso. Higashi Honganji Temple and Sanjusangen-do Temple are respectively a 5 and 10-minute walk from the property. Every room is equipped with a flat-screen TV. Certain units have a seating area where you can relax. The rooms are fitted with a shared bathroom. Extras include slippers and free toiletries. There is luggage storage space at the property. Samurai Kembu Kyoto is 2 km from Yadoya Kikokuso, while Tofuku-ji Temple is 2 km away. The nearest airport is Osaka Itami Airport, 37 km from the property.
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    • Malda Kyoto
      Luxury
      Well set in the centre of Kyoto, Malda Kyoto provides air-conditioned rooms, a restaurant and free WiFi. The property is around 1.5 km from Kyoto Shigaku Kaikan Conference Hall, 2.2 km from Nijo Castle and 2.3 km from Shoren-in Temple. Heian Shrine is 2.4 km from the hotel and TKP Garden City Kyoto is 2.9 km away. All guest rooms at the hotel are equipped with a seating area. All units include a private bathroom, slippers and bed linen. An Asian breakfast is available daily at Malda Kyoto. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Kyoto International Manga Museum, Samurai Kembu Kyoto and Gion Shijo Station. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 49 km from Malda Kyoto.
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