Who: My girlfriend and 2 4th Grade boys
When: Saturday around 12:00
Wear: Casual comfortable clothes and shoes you don't mind getting wet.
Why: It was a rainy windy day
Verdict: I recommend going
The previous reviewers have gone into more details, so I will just mention a few things. get the 2000 yen ticket for 4 rides. Especially if you have older kids. We ended up doing this twice for each boy. They actually have one of those pirateboat rides inside the complex. The shows are terrific. If you sit within the first 3 rows, I would suggest purchasing a plastic poncho for 100yen from concessions. The shows are really terrific. Even though we were there on a Saturday afternoon it wasn't so crowded. You should go at least once.
The most interesting feature of this aquarium is that many tanks are built in such a way that you feel like you are going into the aquarium, and you walk under and in the middle of the fishes, turtles and seals. It's really great!
If you are a fan of animal shows, you will love the dolphins and the seal's shows! These are really adorable and a kid's favourite.
Many tanks feature rare fishes or sea animals, and it can be really hypnotising to watch those beautiful creatures.
Loved it! And the aquarium is surrounded by a very pretty municipal park with a pond.
I was fortunate to visit Shinagawa Aquarium during the Christmas special in December. This entailed that throughout the aquarium there were decorations and many of the tanks were Christmas themed. This month also included a special Chritmas Seal Show where Cookie the Seal performed to Jingle Bells and even rang the bells! It was truly adorable. No Japanese comphrehension was needed to enjoy these shows.
Walking around the aquarium was also a lot of fun. There was so much to do! The tank where you can walk under the fish swimming above is truly unique. My favorite was the seal tank where you could feel like you were sharing the fun with the seals underwater as they swished passed you at amazing speeds.
Another thing that was unique to this aquarium was the starfish petting zoo. You could hold in your hands a regular yellowish starfish or even a black one! The kids loved this (but I did, too!).
There weren't too many food options at the aquarium so I advise to bring snacks or plan to eat elsewhere. However, if there is any type of seal or dolphin merchandise, or really any aquatic merchandise for that matter, that you are seeking, the gift shop right outside the exit will surely fulfill your needs.
There is a "Pamplet in English" on the Japanese website (button is in English) which was really useful to me. It has directions, show times, display descriptions, and more. (http://www.aquarium.gr.jp
Shimmering from above, the light streams through the water when suddenly a mammoth stingray swims over top and blots out the sun, leaving you in shadow, but only for a moment. The water tunnel in the Shinagawa Aquarium is one of its many great features that make it a really fun place to go. The aquarium is also host to a fleet of dolphins and a few adorable sea lions who put on an amazing show about 3 times a day. The sea lions waddle out on stage and jump atop their little pedestal and greet the audience with a great big wave and clap. Although the announcer speaks Japanese to the crowd during the show, you really do not need to understand what they are saying since the animals are the real entertainers. It is truly amazing what the sea lions can do and you will be astounded by how adorable they are, and how funny. The dolphin show was equally incredible, showing off a vast number of tricks and abilities that are impressive. The dolphin’s acrobatic ability is greater than a world class gymnast at the Olympics. While you wait in-between shows, explore the rest of the aquarium which is quite fascinating. All the displays give the English name of the fish, but there is no other English available. The aquarium takes care of animals from all over the world, including a large tank of massive fish from the Amazon. At the electric eels tank, you can see how much voltage they are putting out at any given moment with the gauge above the tank. I was slightly disappointed in the shark tank, but they do have one massive shark that dwarfs all the others. The tunnel observatory is really fascinating to look at because there are so many creatures in the tank and you can see all of them up close and from all angles. They have another 360˚ tank for spotted seals that allows you to watch them swim under and above you. Shinagawa aquarium is a great place to take the family, a date, or just your friends. If you go here, you will be thoroughly entertained.