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Sunshine Aquarium サンシャイン水族館

Sunshine Aquarium
Sunshine Aquarium

Rooftop aquarium an underwater oasis in the sky

Home to hundreds of marine and aquatic animals, Sunshine Aquarium is an immersive and interactive exploration of life under the sea. Situated on the top floor of Sunshine City's World Import Mart Building in Ikebukuro , a visit to this modern aquarium makes an educational and entertaining respite from sightseeing and shopping.

Don't Miss

  • The Sunshine Aqua Ring, an overhead donut-shaped tank
  • Undulating swarms of jellyfish floating in their multicolor tanks
  • Marine life feeding shows that take place every half hour

How to Get There

Sunshine Aquarium is easily accessed via train.

From Ikebukuro Station, it's a 12-minute walk. Lines stopping at Ikebukuro Station include JR's Yamanote, Saikyo, and Shonan-Shinjuku lines, the Tokyo Metro's Marunouchi, Fukutoshin, and Yurakucho lines, as well as the Tobu-Tojo and Seibu-Ikebukuro lines.

If taking the Yurakucho line, disembark at Higashi-Ikebukuro Station—the aquarium is just a 5-minute walk away.

Marvel at diverse marine life

Sunshine Aquarium consists of two floors housing indoor tanks and an outdoor extension aptly called the Marine Garden.

The first floor features marine life from around the world. Lose yourself in the waters' rich cobalt blues, and you'll forget you're in Tokyo. Enjoy the otherworldly atmosphere as you walk through dimly lit tunnels, the deep-sea sound effects adding to your experience.

The second floor has a lakes and rivers theme. No less impressive, the freshwater cast includes turtles and frogs joining thriving schools of fish.

Sea lions, penguins, and other critters keep you company as you make your way to the outdoor aqua ring, a tank that makes the most of the aquarium's rooftop locale.

The sky's the limit

A fully transparent tank in the shape of a donut, the rooftop Sunshine Aqua Ring differentiates Sunshine Aquarium from its peers. Embracing the aquarium's theme as an "oasis in the sky," sea lions frolic and swim above you, presenting a curious juxtaposition against the backdrop of buildings and the horizon.

Translation at your fingertips

Language is not an issue at Sunshine Aquarium; the exhibits make use of a QR translator. Just scan the QR codes, and you'll have English information on demand.

One huge playground

Sunshine Aquarium is part of Sunshine City, an entertainment complex offering multiple attractions. Check out the Sky Circus observatory on the top floor of the Sunshine 60 building for thrilling views of the city, or gaze into Tokyo's starry night at the planetarium.

While there is a small area serving snacks and light refreshments at the aquarium, restaurants in Sunshine City offer something more substantial.

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