The Sumida Aquarium is a fantastic aquarium with an excellent atmosphere perfect for the family, or couples, with the option of exploring Tokyo afterwards.
Here is a fantastic, well-designed, albeit small-ish, aquarium in downtown Tokyo — right next to the famous Tokyo Skytree — so there’s lots to do when you’re done roaming the exhibits.
But you’ll probably spend at least a few hours at the Sumida Aquarium. There really is quite a lot to see — and the quality of the experience is top-notch. You can tell they put a lot of work into it.
They also do mini-events to bring you new things to see, such as a diver in the tank, or feeding the penguins.
The dimmed atmosphere is relaxing too. Clearly it’s dimmed so you can see into the aquarium tanks easily, but the side-effect is a comfortable feel while walking the area.
+Expect to spend ¥2,050/adult, less for children varying by age group, credit card accepted — Official page in English.
+“Japan is home to some of the world’s largest and most fascinating aquariums. Although nothing can compare to the extraordinary Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium… there are several aquariums throughout the greater Tokyo metropolitan area that aquatic animal lovers should consider.” Tadaima Japan
+“It features sea creatures which surround the more than 200 islands and sub islands that make up both the Izu and Ogasawara chains located as far as 1,000 KM away from mainland Tokyo.” GaijinPot Travel
+“The Sumida Aquarium is what I would call a boutique aquarium. It is entirely enclosed inside, well laid out with dimmed lights and cool ambiance. The aquascape was designed by Takashi Amano, a revered master of aquascape in Japan.” Best Living Japan