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Visiting Tokyo Sea Life Park

Where to go in Tokyo when you want to look at lots of pretty fish and penguins? The friendly, neighborhood Tokyo Sea Life Park!

Tokyo Sea Life Park 葛西臨海水族園 (Kasai Rinkai Suizokuen) is a favorite in the Kanto area because it is very easy to access by train. (Continued after the Japanese summary)



If you do want to travel by train or have a car and are willing to drive and then shell out for parking space just to enjoy the largest sea park (an entire artificial island) near Tokyo, then the place to be is the Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise 横浜・八景島シーパラダイス.

But the admission fee to Hakkeijima is more than thrice that of Tokyo Sea Life Park! Here we’ll talk about the more affordable choice.

Blue and yellow fish at the Tokyo Sea Life Park

Blue and yellow fish at the Tokyo Sea Life Park

Having been to Hakkeijima, I was not too happy with how compact and crowded Tokyo Sea Life Park was. But it’s still bigger than the other aquarium in Shinagawa, Tokyo. So it’s kind of the middle ground: easy on the budget, easy to get to.

Hello maguro!

Hello maguro! A scene at the Tokyo Sea Life Park.

The aquarium above houses swimming maguro or tuna fish :). I guess it’s fascinating for people to see tuna that is not in a can; when I look at these swimming beauties I feel guilty for gobbling up that tuna sandwich…

Little penguins!

Little penguins!

Last March there was news of a penguin that escaped from the park; nearly three months later it was found swimming in a river in Chiba, 8km away from the park. I don’t know if the above pic is that of the said escape artist, but it looked so cool swimming here and there 🙂

When to Visit

So when’s the best time to visit aquarium parks in Japan? Anytime except summer!

That’s the lesson I learned this summer, when my husband and I attempted to visit the Tokyo Sea Life Park in the middle of July. We went to the park on a weekend and it was so crowded we gave up shooting photos and just tried to breathe through the throngs of visitors. Since the schools were on their summer vacation, people—from 3 to 93 years old—came in droves.

Less colorful, yes, but still cute. The tropical fish tanks were super-crowded, but this one had some elbow space.

Less colorful, yes, but still cute. The tropical fish tanks were super-popular with the visitors and thus too crowded to go near. But this tank with less flashy fish had some elbow space.

The crowds were so thick that we had a difficult time navigating the area and missed capturing the views of the popular aquariums. I should know better than to visit places like these during the weekend as well as summer vacation time for students.

When you can, try to avoid summer. Try to go on a weekday. When taking the kids on a weekend, best to go as early as possible (the park opens at 09:30) to beat the crowds.

What to Bring

There are a couple of stalls within the park selling food like hotdogs and french fries, as well as a restaurant inside the building. But on a weekend there are loooong lines of hungry visitors.

Benches with sail-like shades.

Benches with sail-like shades.

We saw families that packed their own lunch and ate leisurely on the shaded benches. They’re the smart ones for sure!

When visiting during summer, slather on lots of sun screen lotion. The penguins are in an area outside the building, when it can get really hot.

How to Get There

5 minutes walk from the JR Keiyo line’s Kasai Rinkai Koen station.

Address: Tokyo Sea Life Park, 6-2-3, Rinkai-cho, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo 134-8587, Japan

Admission fee is JPY 700 for adults. Discount for groups, senior citizens and middle school students. Free for middle school children and younger who are students in Tokyo schools. (Info as of September 2012)


Free Admission Days
On the following days admission is free for everyone (Yey!)
Greenery Day on May 4, Tokyo Residents’ Day on October 1, and Park Anniversary Day on October 10. May 5 is free admission for middle school students.

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External Links

葛西臨海水族園 – 公式サイト。 Official site, with nice pictures.
Tokyo Sea Life Park – page with English information.
八景島シーパラダイス Hakkeijima Sea Paradise – 公式サイト。 Where to go when you have both time and money.

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