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Enoshima Aquarium, Kanagawa-ken

Enoshima Aquarium (新江ノ島水族館) best living japanTook the kids to the Enoshima Aquarium (新江ノ島水族館) the other day and it was AWESOME! A great aquarium right on the beach with many indigenous fish from the Sagami Bay and the Pacific Ocean, great educational exhibitions, and touch pool.  IEnoshima Aquarium (新江ノ島水族館) best living japan can’t believe I have been in Japan for so many years and never have visited.  In one hour from Shinjuku or Tokyo train stations you can be transported to a beautiful beach and a great aquarium.
The aquarium is split into 12 zones and takes between 2-4 hours to see and enjoy.  The zones include: 1. Sagami Bay Zone, 2. Deep Sea part 1, 3. Jelly Fish Fantasy Hall, 4. Pacific Ocean, 5. Research by his Majesty Akihito, 6. Jelly Fish Magic, 7. Penguins and Seals, 8. Deep Sea Part II, 9. Sea Turtle Beach, 10. Beach Experience Hall, 11. Dolphin Show Stadium and 12. Touch Pools. Our favourites were the Sagami Bay Zone, Penguins and Seals, Turtle Beach, Dolphin Show and Touch Pools.   More details here.
Enoshima Aquarium (新江ノ島水族館) best living japanThe Enoshima Aquarium also has various shows each day to learn and enjoy! We enjoyed the Uogori show which Enoshima Aquarium (新江ノ島水族館) best living japanwas a scuba diver swimming around the massive Sagami Bay Tank. The show is in Japanese only, but cool to see the diver swimming amongst the fish. The diver gives an overview of the ecosystem and how the fish live. This show takes place twice a day for about 15-20 mins. We also saw the Penguin show and the Dolphin show which were very fun!
Most explanation boards at exhibits have titles and some sub-text in English, so you know the name of the fish you are viewing, but most details are only in Japanese. There is a cafe in the aquarium for lunch, and many barrier-free and child-friendly bathrooms so take your time and enjoy.
 Enoshima Aquarium Details

Enoshima Aquarium (新江ノ島水族館) best living japan

Address: 2-19-1 Katasekaigan, Fujisawa, Kanagawa-ken ( 神奈川県藤沢市片瀬海岸2-19-1)
Phone: 0466-29-9960
Hours: March – November 9:00 – 17:00; December – February 10:00 – 17:00
Cost: Adults 2,100 yen, high school students 1,500 yen, jr. high school and elementary students 1,000 yen, children  3 to elementary 600 yen, below 3 years free
Website: http://www.enosui.com/en/ (English)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/enosui (Japanese only)
Access: From Shinjuku station take the Odakyu Limited Express Romance Car for 63 mins to Katase-Enoshima station and then walk 3 mins to the Enoshima Aquarium. From Tokyo station take the JR Tokaido line for 54 mins to Fujisawa station and then change to the the Odakyu Enoshima line to Katase-Ensohima station.
Note: Car parking available directly under the Enoshima Aquarium (200 yen per 30 mins)
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Enoshima Aquarium (Kanagawa-ken)

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