Last Saturday was the 25th anniversary of Tokyo Sea Life Park (Kasairinkaikoen), and to commemorate the occasion, entry to the park was free! FREE!!
As someone who never passes up anything that is free, I was super excited about going because I had never been there before.
Tokyo Sea Life is located right by Tokyo Bay to the southeast of Tokyo – it’s almost in Chiba as you can see Tokyo Disneyland from the park – so it’s pretty far away from where I live.
Since it was a Saturday, and because it was free, there were so many people and SO many children. I was a bit overwhelmed, and it didn’t help that it was really hot as well, but it’s lovely and cool inside.
I really like the main “building” of this aquarium as it looks like some observatory. The surrounding view is absolutely beautiful as you can see far into the distance, and it sort of feels like you’re at the beach.
The entrance to see all the fish etc. is inside this observatory-like building, and most of the exhibits are underground. I’ve been to a few aquariums in my life time, but I saw fish there that I’ve never seen before.
As expected, there were loads of tanks that were full of different types of sea life. One of the main features of this aquarium is the Deep Sea Theatre where you can watch all these huge tuna fish swimming around.
In addition to fish and invertebrates, they also have birds! You can see puffins and penguins outside, which was a nice bonus.
They were probably my favourite exhibition out of the whole aquarium.
They even had a “petting” area where you can touch crabs, and other sea creatures.
After completing the tour of the aquarium, I walked around outside for a bit.
Just outside the park, they have various other attractions such as a ferris wheel, and a bird sanctuary. I wanted to get a better view of the coast so I went inside “Crystal View” which is a building that has a clear view of the area.
Since it was still pretty early (2pm) I decided to head towards Japan’s largest urban Farmers’ Market in Kachidoki- Market of the Sun. It’s held on the second Saturday & Sunday of each month, where there are over 100 stalls, and apparently each month they feature a seasonal fruit/veg etc.
It wasn’t far from Tokyo Sea Life Park, so I headed there to look for something to eat.
This event was also free (yes!) and there were plenty of food samples. All the fruits and vegetables seemed to be organic, and there were lots of unusual produce.
Everything was pretty pricey, but I guess you get what you pay for. I tried some mango, which was so sweet and juicy, but one mango could set you back over 1000 yen!! :O
Although I didn’t buy anything, I had tasted enough free samples to tide me over until I got home and cooked dinner.
It was a great day out, especially as I only spent money on transport. There are more matsuri happening in the next few days and I plan to go to at least one, but we will see- I have to save up for my trip to Okinawa!
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