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Sunshine Aquarium

An oasis in the Tokyo sky.

On the top of a building in the heart of Tokyo, the Sunshine Aquarium is a rooftop oasis – where sky, ocean and people meet.

Head up to the 10th floor of sprawling shopping complex Sunshine City in Ikebukuro to reach one of the city’s best aquariums; the penthouse home to approximately 37,000 fish, as well as sea otters, penguins, toucans, snakes and more.

Renewed in 2011, Sunshine Aquarium is split into three sections. Indoors, you’ll find two floors. The first exhibits a journey into the ocean, with fish from the seven seas swimming in a giant tank that holds 120 tons of water. You can watch the fish being fed every half hour from 10:30. The jellyfish tunnel is especially enchanting, with illuminated jellyfish surrounding you completely as you walk through. On the second floor, you’ll venture along rivers and lakes, where you can see a whole array of animals ranging from turtles to clownfish.

Woman feeding the penguins at Sunshine Aquarium Ikebukuro

 For 300 yen, you can participate in a once-a-day tank feeding event. Photo by shuzo serikawa.

Outside is the marine garden where the seals slip and slide in a transparent overhead water tube called the Sunshine Aqua Ring. You can spot penguins here too. There are seal performances outside as well as pelican and penguin feeding shows. Inside, there are diving performances with a staff member talking about the various animals in the main indoor tank (Japanese only). Check the schedule at the ticket counter when you go in.

The marine garden is especially ambient when the sun has just started to set, making it somewhat popular as a date spot for Tokyo’s young couples. Snap arty silhouettes of young love gazing up at the animals as the city reaches out to the horizon.

Part of the aquarium is also available for rent if you want to have a seriously cool underwater-themed party.

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Things To Know

Opening Hours

10:00 – 18:00 (November to March), 10:00 – 20:00 (April to October), with special hours for summer.

Entrance Fees

Adults: ¥2000/Children: ¥1000 (Junior High School or younger).

Tip

Head to the aquarium on a weekday evening, when it’s generally less busy. You can have dinner under the moonlight at Kanaloa Cafe.

How To Get There

Address

3 Chome-1-1 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tōkyō-to 170-0013, Japan

By train

Take the train to JR Ikebukuro Station and head in the direction of the East exit. Inside the station, there will be signs guiding you to the exit for Sunshine City. Once you come out from the exit, head straight then left towards the main shopping street all the way to the end. It’s only an 8-minute walk.

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