The One about Shinagawa Aquarium

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Located in Shinagawa is one of Tokyo’s big aquarium’s, Shinagawa Aquarium.

One of the few aquariums with a tunnel tank and a shark hall where one can see sand tiger shark and grey reef sharks, the main attraction to Shinagawa Aquarium is the dolphin and sealion show.

With the dolphin show only available weekdays at 11:00, 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., while the sea lion show is only at 2:30 p.m. and on the weekends and holidays at 10:45 p.m., 1:30 pm. and 3:30 p.m. for the dolphin show and at 11:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. for the sea lion show.

While I went to Shinagawa Aquarium and it looked beautiful outdoors, in truth, it was absolutely hot and humid outside.

I have to say that I was inside Shinagawa Aquarium for at least an hour.  Part of the issue I had was not more of the aquarium and what it offered but the weather as it was hot and humid and I was absolutely drenching in sweat.   And for me, I don’t like humidity or profuse sweating and it was all that I was thinking about throughout my time in the aquarium of how hot I felt.

And also, carrying to much heavy gear with me which I regretted.  In fact, after this trip, I decided to keep my DSLR and lenses at the hotel and just do the rest of my photo and video coverage through my Canon G7X.

But if there was a positive, I ‘m glad I did watch the dolphin show (which was absolutely packed).

For those traveling to Shinagawa, the price is Y1,080 for adults and high school students, Y480 for primary school students, children over four-years-old is Y240 and children 3-years-old and under get in free.  The aquarium opens at 9:30 a.m. and closes at 5:30 p.m.

While I wish I would have stayed and enjoyed the aquarium and took more photos inside, I will say that the aquarium has similarities to Monterey and Long Beach Aquarium.  Of course, there are large varieties of fish but in terms of sharks and the live shows, this is where Shinagawa Aquarium has an edge if compared to Tokyo Sea Life in Edogawa.  While Tokyo Sea Life doesn’t have the dolphin or sea lion show but offers more wide variety of fish and has a better penguin exhibit.  So, both has its own positives and negatives.

But for children, I think Shinagawa Aquarium has the advantage as it has the dolphin and sea lion show which will keep the children entertained.



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Dennis A. Amith