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Why Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is special ?
Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is one of the best aquariums in the country and also one of the largest, housing over 100,000 fish and other marine creatures, including polar bears and sea otters. In addition to the main aquarium building there's also a big interactive zone where kids can wade around in ponds and touch the fish, and visitors of all ages can meet the resident dolphins and sea lions face to face.
The aquarium stretches out over four separate areas, so hold onto your set of tickets (aka the Aqua Resorts Pass) after purchase. The attractive main aquarium building contains a huge, three-story aquarium with an underwater viewing tunnel. It's also home to a big parliament of penguins, a sleepy polar bear, many exotic jellyfish, impressively large crabs and giant sea turtles that live in an outdoor pool on the roof. This is also the location for the marine mammal show, which is held four times a day.
What to explore at Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise?
Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is recommended for those would like to fully enjoy the appeals of the Japanese ocean waters. Here, you can have fun all day long as there are plenty of facilities such as restaurants and amusement facilities. Lively and adorable creatures of the sea welcome you at the “Aqua Museum”, which is located at the center of the aquarium.
Sixty thousand fish of thirty different species swim in the immense main tank to present the world of nature in the vast oceanic waters.
A huge school of 50,000 sardines swims to illuminations and music, appearing as if it were one living creature in the “Super Sardine Illusion”. Here you can see and experience a powerful spectacle of sardines that you normally cannot see unless you go underwater diving.
In addition to being able to catch fish such as sea bream and horse mackerel in the “UMI Farm”, which is themed on oceanic education at sea, visitors can also deep-fry and eat the fish that they catch at the “KARATTO Kitchen” within the farm. Japanese people regularly eat fish because Japanese people live in a nation that is surrounded by ocean water. This is a facility that teaches this cycle of life.
While being one of the largest aquariums in Japan, the appeal of Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is that it lets you observe as well as touch many kinds of creatures of the sea. At the “FUREAI (interaction) Lagoon Sakana (Fish) Reef”, which replicates the shallow waters of the Tokyo bay, visitors can actually enter the water to see the creatures of Tokyo bay. You can also even feed the animals such as the dolphins and penguins that are bred here.
How to get to Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise?
By Keikyu Railways
Take the Keikyu Main Line from Yokohama to Kanazawa-Hakkei (20 minutes, 270 yen, frequent limited express trains) and then the Kanazawa Seaside Line from Kanazawa-Hakkei to Hakkeijima (7 minutes, 280 yen, frequent trains).
By Japan Railways
Take the JR Negishi Line from Yokohama to Shin-Sugita (15 minutes, 220 yen, frequent trains) and then the Kanazawa Seaside Line from Shin-Sugita to Hakkeijima (18 minutes, 310 yen, frequent trains).
- Sea paradise for the family
- Great Water Show
- A pleasant way to spend a day
- One of famous places to visit with kids
- Love the huge moonfish
Japan 〒236-0006 神奈川県横浜市金沢区 八景島
Tips for you
This place is half aquarium and half amusement park. You can opt to buy tickets for both or just the aquarium. You can ask for the English map when purchasing the ticket. They have daily shows, and timing is at the entrance. We watched the dolphin show, was entertaining. Highlight of the aquarium are the belugas, and whale sharks. There is a food court in the premises but could be crowded on weekends.