Kyoto Aquarium (s, Kyōto Suizokukan) is modern and nicely designed, but small compared to Japan's best aquariums. It was newly opened in March 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.

How to get to and around Kyoto

Hours and Fees


10:00 to 17:00 or longer. Opening hours vary by day (see official website).


A small number of closing days for maintenance


2200 yen

Hotels around Kyoto

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