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The water tunnel is the largest draw at Shinagawa Aquarium, giving visitors a chance to get up close and personal with the sea life.

The water tunnel is the largest draw at Shinagawa Aquarium, giving visitors a chance to get up close and personal with the sea life. (Eric Guzman/Stars and Stripes)

The water tunnel is the largest draw at Shinagawa Aquarium, giving visitors a chance to get up close and personal with the sea life.

The water tunnel is the largest draw at Shinagawa Aquarium, giving visitors a chance to get up close and personal with the sea life. (Eric Guzman/Stars and Stripes)

The water tunnel is the largest draw at Shinagawa Aquarium, giving visitors a chance to get up close and personal with the sea life.

The water tunnel is the largest draw at Shinagawa Aquarium, giving visitors a chance to get up close and personal with the sea life. (Eric Guzman/Stars and Stripes)

The dolphin show is the only one of its kind in Tokyo. They are held hourly at Shinagawa Aquarium.

The dolphin show is the only one of its kind in Tokyo. They are held hourly at Shinagawa Aquarium. (Eric Guzman/Stars and Stripes)

Spectators are invited to get as close as they want to the tank during the dolphin show at Tokyo's Shinagawa Aquarium, at the risk of being splashed during the act.

Spectators are invited to get as close as they want to the tank during the dolphin show at Tokyo's Shinagawa Aquarium, at the risk of being splashed during the act. (Eric Guzman/Stars and Stripes)

Guests are invited to watch the penguin and sea lion feedings at the Shinagawa Aquarium in Tokyo, both held in the afternoon and conveniently located near the dolphin show.

Guests are invited to watch the penguin and sea lion feedings at the Shinagawa Aquarium in Tokyo, both held in the afternoon and conveniently located near the dolphin show. (Eric Guzman/Stars and Stripes)

Guests are invited to watch the penguin and sea lion feedings at the Shinagawa Aquarium, both held in the afternoon and conveniently located near the dolphin show.

Guests are invited to watch the penguin and sea lion feedings at the Shinagawa Aquarium, both held in the afternoon and conveniently located near the dolphin show. (Eric Guzman/Stars and Stripes)

There’s no shortage of aquariums in Tokyo.

Some, like Ikebukuro’s Sunshine Aquarium, are located inside high-rise buildings. Others come and go as pop-up installations, most famously in Roppongi Hills.

But the Shinagawa Aquarium — while not the most conveniently located aquarium around — is hands down the best aquarium available in Tokyo.

The family-friendly atmosphere and tourist-ready exhibits make for a great day trip.

The water tunnel, the aquarium’s biggest draw, lets you walk through the basement levels of the two-story facility while surrounded by water and sea life. Eels, sting rays, assorted species of fish and sea lions dance around the tube as visitors watch from the inside.

Dolphin, penguin and sea lion shows are hosted hourly.

Crowds for the dolphin show can fill up quickly, so it is advised to show up early to make sure there is seating available. The dolphin show is the only one available in Tokyo.

Guests also are invited to watch the sea lion and penguin feedings, as they’re turned into small shows as well.

And there are splash zones designated for guests who want to get the full aquatic experience.

The cost for all shows inside of the aquarium is included with price of admission.

There is a restaurant at the entrance of the aquarium, with separate adult and children’s menus available. Beer is served inside the restaurant and at one of the concession stands outside.

The Shinagawa Aquarium is located 15 minutes away from Omori Kaigan Station’s east exit if you choose to walk, but the aquarium provides a shuttle from Hinode Pier if you would rather go by vehicle.

DIRECTIONS: Address is 3-2-1 Katsushima, Shinagawa, Tokyo. Accessible by metro from the Omori Kaigan Station, east exit. Also accessible by the Sujo Water Bus from Hinode Pier.

COSTS: Entry is 1,300 yen for adults, 600 yen for ages 7-12, and 300 yen for ages 4-6

TIMES: Open Wednesday through Monday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; doors close at 4:30 p.m.

FOOD: The on-site Dolphin Restaurant offers light meals and drinks.

INFORMATION: Telephone: 03-3762-3431; website: aquarium.gr.jp/en


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