Kyoto Aquarium 京都水族館
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 .
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 to you 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.