One of the things that I found challenging when I first arrived was to find places to take the children to where they could have fun, learn new things and experience this amazing country. I have decided that I will write a review of the places that we visit so to encourage others to experience this country with kids in tow!
My son, J loves aquariums and zoos. He especially loves matching the fish to their image. We have been to a few aquariums, Tokyo Sea Life Park, Hakkeijima Sea Paradise and Epson Aqua Stadium and over the Winter Holidays, we had an opportunity to visit Shinagawa Aquarium.
The tanks had the usual assortment of various types of fish. The tunnel had a couple of turtles, rays and other fish. It had a few cameras dressed up as turtles and for 100Yen, the girls had a go at moving it up and down and round and watching the fish on the screen. They had great fun pretending they were Octanauts in an Octopod.
There was a dolphin and walrus show, which the children found fascinating. You could also watch the dolphin tank from below. I thought their tank was a bit small for them, and unfortunately I don’t believe that they have much more room behind the scenes.
The highlight for me was the seal tunnel. The seals are in a tank with a U- shaped tunnel going through the pool so the seals can swim over, under and round you. I haven’t seen a tunnel in the seal pools in any aquarium before, and thoroughly enjoyed watching them whizz over, under and round me.
The highlight for the girls was the touch pool. The loved being able to pick up starfish and feel them. They kept going back to the pool for more.
As I mentioned before, getting there was a bit of a challenge, though now that we know how to get there, it is easy by car.The train stations are all a bit of a walk- 8 Minutes from the Keihin Omorikaigan Station and 15 minutes from the Omori Station on the JR Keihin Tohoku Line.The aquarium does offer a free transit bus from Bus Stop No.6 outside the Oi Town Central Station,East Exit, which is on the JR Keihin Tohoku Line.
A lovely afternoon out and worth visiting.
Apologies that the photo quality is a bit erratic- we weren’t always allowed to use a flash.