A visit to the Epson Aqua Park Shinagawa is a great cold or rainy day activity. This aquarium reopened in July 2015 after a total renovation and expansion (3Xs previous size). The aquarium is quite high-tech with touch panel exhibits, fluorescent-lighted jellyfish and choreographed performances. Depending on how many performances you would like to see, plan to spend about 2-3 hours at the aquarium. If you have a baby to Jr HS student and think you may attend 3 or more times in one year as a rainy day back-up I would recommend buying the annual pass (see details below). Because of the central location next to Shinagawa Station it is a great meet-up location for a playdate.
Epson Aqua Park Shinagawa
The Aqua Park is comprised of 11 different areas from the entry way with an unusual selection of images and flowers (not the high point) to the Jelly Fish Ramble, Wonder Tube and Stadium (all high points). When you enter the Park, the first two optional actives you will find are the pirates ship ride and the sea merry-go-round; both cost 500 yen extra to ride. After the rides, you enter an area of touch panels where kids can use their hands on screens to move octopus ink, turn fish into skeletons and back and also move leaves to find creatures. Very creative area.
The next highlight was the illuminated jelly fish area that was really beautiful and soothing to watch. If you have a high energy or sensitive child, this is a good place to spend some time mellowing out.
After the jellyfish area, you enter what I would consider the main “fish” area which many small but engaging tanks of jungle river, lake and ocean fish. Walking through the wonder tube was the highlight.
Our final destination was the Stadium to watch the dolphin show. With water falling from above to the beat of the music and dancing trainers and dolphins it was a high-tech performance. If you sit in the front five rows, remember to bring a rain poncho or buy a pocho for a few hundred yen on site. You will get VERY wet! Getting soaked was a highlight for my 11-year-old.
Epson Aqua Park Shinagawa Details
Address: 4-10-30 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8611 (located within the Shinagawa Prince Hotel)
Business Hours: Everyday 9:00 to 22:00
Cost: Adults (HS and older) 2,200 JPY, Elementary and Jr. HS 1,200 JPY, children 4 years older 700 JPY; Annual passport Adults 4,200 JPY, Elementary and Jr. HS 2,300 JPY, children 4 years older 1,300 JPY
Website: Epson Aqua Park (english website)
Epson Aqua Park Shinagawa
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