Kyoto Aquarium

Kyoto Aquarium


Kyōto Suizokukan

Welcome to Kyoto Aquarium!
Kyoto Aquarium is modern and nicely designed, but small compared to Japan’s best aquariums. It was newly opened in March 2012 in Umekoji Park, about one kilometer west of Kyoto Station and Kyoto Tower.
The two-story facility is divided into nine zones with various themes, exhibiting a variety of aquatic animals.
Stingrays glide gracefully here, they seem to be flying!
Though some visitors may find the entrance fee of 2000 yen a little steep, I personally feel this is well worth the money.
You’ll always get what you pay for, in Japan!
A modern landscape garden retreat lies in the heart of the aquarium
Unique to the aquarium is a zone that recreates the aquatic environment of rivers in Kyoto and features the Japanese giant salamander.
Unfortunatly, I didn’t manage to get any pictures of the Japanese giant salamander! =(
Inside Kyoto Aquarium is a small, but very beautiful and scenic park – perfect for some fresh air!
The Kyoto Aquarium aims and also strives to preserve numerous species of rare local aquatic life through breeding.
Sqwuark* “You’re my new friend”!
In other zones, visitors can see sea life from across the world, including penguins and seals.
These cute seals are very well-trained!
There is also a dolphin stadium with multiple performances per day.
Colorful fishes swim all around you in Kyoto Aquarium!
To see our previous trip to Kyoto Aquarium, please feel free to click the link below! =)
Concept of the Kyoto Aquarium
Life Connected by Water
Many people may ask, “Why build an aquarium in the Kyoto basin, far from the sea?”
Naturally, the ocean is essential to an aquarium.
This is a “Flat Fountain”!
However, the ocean is not the only home to aquatic life.
Surrounded by mountains on three sides, the Kyoto basin is blessed by abundant water resources brought by the rivers that flow from the mountains.
More than 10 Class A rivers run through the city of Kyoto, notably the Kamo, Katsura and Uji rivers. Long known as a city of Sanshisuimei, or scenic beauty, Kyoto has fostered a unique culture around its rivers.
For example, in the Heian period (794-1185), river infrastructure was developed to transport goods, and classical Japanese waka poetry was written in connection with rivers.
In the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1573-1603), the custom of creating kawayuka riverbed verandas began. In the Edo period (1603-1868), the Yuzen dyeing technique emerged.
In this manner, Kyoto’s development has been closely tied to its rivers throughout its history.
Against this historical backdrop, Kyoto saw the birth of its first aquarium in 2012.
Rain falling on the Tanba mountains and the Ashiu virgin forest emerges as spring water, which forms creeks and eventually becomes large rivers, finally flowing into the sea.
Kyoto Aquarium recreates the connection of life from the source of Kyoto’s rivers to the sea and the ecosystems where numerous life forms co-exist.
Furthermore, in addition to offering exhibits, Kyoto Aquarium regularly holds interactive events where visitors can have fun while learning about aquatic life, as well as presentations by specialist aquarium keepers.
Kyoto Aquarium aspires to be a comprehensive “edutainment*-oriented aquarium” where children living in Kyoto can learn about and interact with water resources and aquatic life.
Kyoto Aquarium has strived to protect the natural environment as a facility at the forefront of Kyoto’s efforts to become an environmental model city.
Measures include conserving power through solar power generation, and supporting the breeding of Kyoto’s rare species.
The Aquarium has already become an essential facility for all those who admire Kyoto.
All visitors will truly enjoy this aquarium, for sure.
Kyoto Aquarium aims to combine entertainment with education!
*Edutainment is a combination of “education” and “entertainment”.
After visiting the beautiful Kyoto Aquarium, we soon left – taking a sweet stroll through the park along the way.
Umekoji Park
Kyoto Aquarium is situated in a very convenient location. Just past the park, is the bus stop and that’s where we awaited our bus to take us to our next location, Kyoto Tower.
 Please stay tuned for our next entree! 🙂
Guess who took this shot?? =)
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