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Tokyo Sights

Sunshine International Aquarium

Updated 08/19/2013

Fodor's Review

This aquarium has some 750 kinds of sea creatures on display, plus sea lion performances four times a day (except when it rains). An English-language pamphlet is available, and most of the exhibits have some English explanation. If you get tired of the sea life, head to the Sunshine Starlight Dome planetarium, where you can see 400,000 stars. And if that still isn't enough to keep you occupied, try the 60th-floor observatory for great views of the city. To get here, take

the JR Yamanote Line to Ikebukuro Station (Exit 35) and walk about eight minutes west to the Sunshine City complex. You can also take the Yuraku-cho subway to Higashi-Ikebukuro Station (Exit 2); Sunshine City and the aquarium are about a three-minute walk north.

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Address:

3–1–3 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 170-6090, Japan

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03-3989–3331

Sight Details:

  • Aquarium ¥1,800, planetarium ¥900, observatory ¥620; tickets may be purchased in combination
  • Aquarium weekdays 10–6, weekends 10–6:30; planetarium daily 11–7; observation deck daily 10–9:30

Updated 08/19/2013

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May 3, 2006

If you have nothing else to do and want to waste an hour

During my business travels I usually stay in the Ikebukuro area, and this was a short walk. I had a morning to waste before my flight left, and this did the job. The dolphin on exhibit is cool looking (black and white), but other than that it is no sea world. It is at the top of a mall and rather poorly laid out.

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