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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Sub-zero temperatures and the greatest of outdoor environments, complemented by sizzling soul food and warm-hearted welcomes. Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Sleek apple-red and electric-green shinkansen whisk you up to a haven of fresh powder snow, fresh fruit and fearsome folk legends Fearsome festivals, fresh powder and vast fruit orchards—the rugged northern territory of Tohoku offers a fresh perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
Mountains and sea meet in one of Japan's wildest regions, and the result is sheer beauty. Once largely inaccessible, Hokuriku is now reachable by shinkansen from Tokyo in a matter of hours An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Characterized by the constant buzz of the world's most populous metropolitan area, the Kanto region is surprisingly green with an array of escapes that include mountainous getaways and subtropical islands Experience diversity at its fullest, from the neon of Tokyo to the ski slopes of Gunma, exotic wildlife of the Ogasawara Islands and cultural heritage of Kamakura
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Served by the shinkansen line that connects Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the Tokai region provides plenty of interesting diversions and easy excursions Tokai means "eastern sea," and this region stretches east from Tokyo to Kyoto and includes blockbuster attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
From raucous nights out to outdoor thrills to peaceful reverie, trying to categorize the Kansai region is a futile task The Kansai region is one of extreme contrasts—the neon lights of Osaka and glittering Kobe nightscape, the peaceful realms of Shiga, Wakayama and Nara, and the cultured refinement of Kyoto
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Less-traveled and delightfully inaccessible at times, the Chugoku region is a reminder that the journey is sometimes more important than the destination Welcome to Japan's warm and friendly western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Providing the stage for literary classics, fevered dancing and natural wonders Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
Easily reached by land, sea and air, the dynamic Kyushu prefectures are bubbling with energy, culture and activity The southern island of Kyushu is home to volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky, succulent seafood, steaming hot springs and the country's hottest entrepreneurial town
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Ruins and recreated castles of the Ryukyu kings nestle amid magnificent beaches in Okinawa, a diver's paradise teeming with an amazing array of coral and undersea life Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Attraction

Sunshine Aquarium サンシャイン水族館

Rooftop aquarium an underwater oasis in the sky

Home to hundreds of marine and aquatic animals, Sunshine Aquarium is an immersive and interactive exploration into 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. Simply 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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