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Key Info

6-2-3 Rinkai-cho, Edogawa-ku

Price & Hours

700 yen (about $6) for adults; 250 yen (about ...
Thurs-Tues 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Details

Zoos and Aquariums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.9scorecard
  • 3.5Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Across the water from Tokyo Disneyland, the Tokyo Sea Life Park provides educational fun for the whole family. This well-designed aquarium features numerous habitats that mimic bodies of water from around the world, like the Caribbean Sea, Indian Ocean, Atlantic Ocean and Tokyo's very own Tokyo Bay. Here you can find a variety of fish from those regions, including Tokyo's famous bluefin tuna. Travelers will also run into penguins during their visit, puffins and turtles, to name a few. There's also a petting area where patrons can get up close and personal and touch sting rays and bamboo sharks. 

Travelers found the aquarium to be informative and were impressed with the variety of sea life housed here. Travelers loved the penguin exhibit as well as the touching station and recommended a visit if you have kids in tow or are staying near Disneyland and looking to pass some time. The views of Tokyo Bay, which surround the aquarium, were a nice bonus for visiting travelers (the entrance to the Sea Life Park is a large glass dome situated on the edge of the water). 

The Tokyo Sea Life Park is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last admission at 4 p.m. It is also closed on Wednesdays. Admission costs 700 yen (about $6) for adults and 250 yen (around $2) for kids. Located in Kasai Rinkai Park, the aquarium is only a five-minute walk from the JR Kasai Rinkai Koen metro station. For more details, check out the Tokyo Sea Life Park's website.

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If you're looking to learn a little (or a lot) about Japan's history, the Tokyo National Museum is the place to go. This museum is one of the country's most expansive, housing about 116,000 pieces of art and artifacts that cover the longest recorded history of Japan. Strolling through the halls of its numerous buildings, you'll spot relics such as samurai armor and swords (a traveler favorite), delicate pottery, kimonos, calligraphy, paintings, and much more, some of which are designated as national treasures and Important Cultural Properties by the Japanese government. In addition to artifacts from Japan's history, you'll also find pieces from all across the Asian continent, including Buddhist scrolls that date all the way back to 607. 

Travelers were impressed with all that the Tokyo National Museum has to offer. Even some who admitted they aren't museum people enjoyed the variety of unique artifacts on display. Travelers appreciated that the museum featured English translations, something that some visitors noticed other Tokyo top attractions lacked (think the Ghibli Museum). Museum goers also say that there so much to see in the Tokyo National Museum that you probably need an entire day if you want to get through everything. If you don't have enough time to do this (or just don't want to) the best thing to do is get a map of the museum beforehand and pick what you want to do before you venture in. 

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