An oasis in the sky, featuring a magical world that's fun for all the family
Located on the rooftop of the World Import Mart in Ikebukuro's Sunshine City complex, the Sunshine Aquarium reopened in August 2011 after being remodeled around the concept of an "oasis in the sky." Attractions include the gigantic Sunshine Lagoon tank, which holds approximately 240 tons of water, the Jelly Fish Tunnel, and tanks in which ocean sunfish swim elegantly, so a visit to this magical world is bound to make you feel more tranquil and relaxed. A total of around 37,000 fish from about 750 species are displayed in 80 or so tanks, where visitors can not only view the ever-popular sea otters and penguins, as well as such rare creatures as the Southern Tamandua, but also watch female divers feeding the fish in the big tank.
Outside, a donut-shaped tank called the Sunshine Aqua Ring is suspended overhead, making the sea lions and penguins swimming through it look as though they are swimming in the sky. In addition, there are many events, including a fish circus and a sea lion show. This facility is both educational and entertaining, providing amusement while allowing you to observe the activities of a diverse array of creatures, so it's fun for all the family, no matter how young or old you might be.
Address: Rooftop of the World Import Mart Building, 3-1-3 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Hours open to visitors: 10:00-20:00, admission until 19:00
Admission Fee: 1,800 yen (adults), 900 yen (elementary and junior high school students), 600 yen (4 years old or older preschool children), and 1,500 yen (65 years old and above)
Closed: Open all year round
Directions: By train: A10-minute walk from JR Ikebukuro Station, or a 3-minute walk from Higashiikebukuro Station on the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line
By car: Directly connected to the Higashiikebukuro exit/entrance of the Shuto Expressway Route 5