Mar. 05, 2019 UPDATE

Kyoto Aquarium

- 京都水族館 -
Kyoto Aquarium; Fresh Water Animals
Only about 15-minutes’ walk from Kyoto Station, Kyoto Aquarium is located in Umeko-ji Park which is enjoyed by friends, families and children. You may wonder why there is an aquarium in Kyoto as it does not face the ocean. However, Kyoto is blessed with various rivers such as River, Katsura River, and Uji River which are all class-A rivers. Therefore, Kyoto Aquarium is especially focused on fresh water creatures. Occasionally, workshops are held in which children and even adults can experience and enjoy interacting with living creatures in the water.
Dolphin Performance
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Dolphin Performance
When you visit Kyoto Aquarium, it is highly recommend that you go see the dolphin performance! This is a participatory show in which the aquarium staff distribute whistles for all the guests. When the performers give the signal, you blow the whistle so that the dolphins will react and do their performance. Their dynamic performance will amaze you. There is a cute penguin visitor during the show, so please check them out too!
Giant Salamander
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Giant Salamander
Giant salamanders are known as the biggest amphibian in the world! It is also designated as a Special Natural Monument in Japan and only a few have been observed in the western part of Japan including Kyoto. In the Kyoto Aquarium, there is a big tank that has a motif of Kamo River. As giant salamanders are nocturnal animals, they barely move during the day time. However, they sometimes move and give people a nice surprise!
Enjoy Jellyfish
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Enjoy Jellyfish
If you like various kinds of jellyfish please check out this zone! It looks like you’re in space! Jellyfish move slowly and look like they’re bouncing. You might feel your stress float away with them. As the room is dimly lit, you can see the details of the jellyfish.
Huge Fish Tank
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Huge Fish Tank
If you stand in front of this huge fish tank, you can feel like you’re in the ocean. There are a variety of creatures such as fish that inhabit Kyoto's sea. You can enjoy this huge fish tank from the 2nd floor, the fisheye lens spot, the cave-like area, and the 1st floor right in front of the tank. It may feel different depending on where you are.
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I used to have a yearly pass when I was a university student. As there are many events, I have visited there many times! It is unique that its focus is fresh water living things while other major aquariums focus on marine lives. Since Umeko-ji Park is inside the aquarium, please also enjoy the playground with your friends, families and children!
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Kyoto Aquarium / 京都水族館
Category Other Things to See
Phone +81 75-354-3130
Address 35-1 Kankiji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
Directions About 15-minute walk from JR Kyoto Station 3 to 5-minute walk from Nanajo-Ohmiya & Kyoto Suizokukan mae (Kyoto Aquarium) by Kyoto City Bus #205, 206 and 208 from Kyoto Station
Open Hours 10am - 6pm (The last entry is 1 hour before closing time)
Reservations Not accepted (For over 20 people or more, you can make a reservation)
Closed None
Price range
¥2,050 (adult), ¥1,550 (16-18 years old), ¥1,000 (6 - 15 years old), ¥600 (over 3 years old)
Credit cards VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners, etc. / Accepted
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
The official website has 5 different languages
Information English brochure is available
Lanuages spoken Japanese and English
URL1 http://www.kyoto-aquarium.com/en/index.html
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