Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise 横浜・八景島シーパラダイス
An island marine theme park featuring thrilling rides and one of Japan's largest aquariums
Visit Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, an island ocean leisure facility renowned for its aquarium and marine amusement park, for a great mix of entertainment, education and the excitement of some uniquely situated rides.
Facilities are loosely zoned into Aqua Resorts (aquariums) and Pleasure Land (amusements)
The island itself is free to visit, while the aquariums and amusements attract fees
Island shows and events, such as fireworks displays, are held regularly throughout the year
A one-day pass lets visitors into all the aquarium areas and on as many rides as they can handle, but the evening pass is cheaper
How to Get There
Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is easy to access from Tokyo or Yokohama via the elevated Seaside Line.
Yokohama is 30 minutes from Tokyo via several lines, including the Keihin, Yokosuka, and Tokaido lines. From Yokohama Station, take the 20-minute ride to Shin-sugita Station on the Negishi Line, followed by another 20 minutes on the Seaside Line. The park is located near Hakkeijima Station.
The aquarium as an attraction stands on its own, and it is worth allowing a few hours to stroll around. Unusual displays include a huge tank with 70,000 sardines that act as a moving light show.
Shows and other activities
With its seaside location, the park naturally lends itself to marine-themed shows and attractions. You can play with dolphins and other mammals at the fureai (touching) area or wade through the tide pools. There are the usual dolphin shows, and the Sea Farm area offers more educational activities, such as feeding fish and studying plankton.
Thrills on the bay
There are plenty of rides for the little ones and a few for thrill-seekers at the Pleasure Land amusement parks. The Blue Fall is a 107-meter free-fall ride with a spectacular view over the bay. There's also a 90-meter tower that features the same views without the heart-stopping plunge. Part of the Leviathan roller coaster track juts out into the water for a brief thrill, and a chute ride plunges into the bay when the water is calm.
Sea Paradise accommodations
If you want to spend more time on the island, there's also a hotel on the premises, although advance bookings are advised.