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Kyoto Aquarium 京都水族館

Kyoto Aquarium Kyoto Aquarium
Kyoto Aquarium Kyoto Aquarium

Water creatures of all kinds and events for all ages

Unlike many aquariums that are brightly lit and that feel as large as the ocean, the winding pathways and subdued colors give this facility a uniquely Kyoto atmosphere.

How to Get There

You can take a taxi or walk to the aquarium from Kyoto Station . From JR Umekoji-Kyotonishi Station, it takes about 7 minutes to walk to the museum.

The aquarium is located in Umekoji Park, a 15-minute walk west from the station.

Showing off Kyoto's water creatures

The aquarium opens with a section dedicated to creatures native to the rivers of Kyoto, featuring the Japanese giant salamander. This cute yet creepy critter has become an unofficial mascot of the place, and the tank is always crowded.

A wide variety of ocean-dwelling creatures

After this section, you can see ocean-dwelling fish and a large number of other marine creatures, such as penguins and seals. A small food court midway through the route allows you to enjoy a snack while watching seals frolic.

The dolphin show

A dolphin show is held several times a day in an outdoor theater. The show is in Japanese, but the beautiful elegance of these creatures needs no translation. Bringing a lunch from home and having a picnic in the stadium before the show is a popular option, but you can buy ocean-themed treats to eat as well.

This is probably the only place in the world where you can get a photograph of a dolphin jumping out of the water with a bullet train passing beneath it in the background.

Other themed events

Kyoto Aquarium has frequent themed events ranging from 3D illumination and light shows to water gun battles in the dolphin theater. These change regularly; hence, be sure to check which event is being hosted during your visit.

The latest information may differ, so please check the official website


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