Sunshine Aquarium’s illumination event. They are opening the facility at nighttime too

06.December.2017 | SPOT

Sunshine Aquarium located in Ikebukuro, Tokyo is opening an outside area called, “Marine Garden”at nighttime where you can enjoy illuminations and events every Friday/Saturday until the 10th of March 2018.



“Marine Garden” is an outside area which was renewed in July 2017. The venue has a popular aquarium called “Tenku no Penguin” and you can watch penguins swimming with the sky as a backdrop.

The aquarium is decorated with 6,000 illumination lights and you can enjoy a romantic night aquarium which is different from the aquarium during the daytime.



Moreover, 8 kotatsu (a table with an electric heater attached to the underside of the table) will be placed in the outside space of Canaroa Café.  Many warm menu items like“oden (Japanese traditional winter pot),” “motsuni (Japanese tripe stew),” “jizake (local sake)” and “Sushine Aquarium Original Penguin Dumpling”will be offered.


Plus, a talk event held by the specialist of animals called “Ikimono Campus” will be held.

Why don’t you visit this aquarium at nighttime?



Sunshine Aquarium

Address: 3-1, Higashi Ikebukuro, Toyoshimaku, Tokyo. Sunshine City World in Port Mart Building, rooftop,

Business hours: 10:00 to 21:00 (April to September), 10:00 to 18:00 (October to March) ※Last entrance – one hour before closing time

※The time noted above might be changed

Entrance fee: Adult (older than high school student) 2,200 yen, child (elementary school/Junior high school students) 1,200 yen, Small child (older than four years old) 700 yen



Night Marine Garden

Date: until 2018,03,10 (Sat.) / Friday and Saturday 18:00 to 20:00 (last entrance 19:30)

※Except for 12,22 (Fri.) and 23rd (Sat.)

Fee: 600 yen ※400 yen worth of food/drink ticket which you can use at Kanaroa Café will be offered

※For those of you who have an annual pass, you can enter the venue for free. However, please note that the food/drink ticket is not included.

Kanaroa Café

Kotatsu installment: until 2018,03,10 (Sat.) 10:00~18:00(LO.17:30)

※Friday and Saturday while the event is held: 10:00~20:00(LO.19:40)

※12,22 (Fri.), 23 (Sat) – until 21:00 (LO.20:30)

Ikimono Campus

Price: 3,500 yen ※The entrance fee for Marine Garden is included, 400 worth of food/drink ticket which can be used at Canaroa Café will be offered.

Reservation (lottery basis):

※The fixed number of each session is 50 and the participants will be decided by lottery when the number of reservations exceed the fixed number. ※Fee must be paid initially

【1】2018,1,13 (sat.) 18:30 ~ (about 90 minutes)

Lecturer: Yuho Satonaka (animal writer / field researcher)

Title: “TOKYO WILDLIFE STORY ‘Wild animals living inside Tokyo Part.1’”

Many of you might not know that there are many kinds of mammals living inside Tokyo. You can meet with mammals living in the center of Tokyo or animals living in suburban areas. I will introduce to you some mammals that can be found in Tokyo in a fun way.

【2】2018,1,27 (Sat.) 18:30~ (about 90 min)

Lecturer: Etsuro Sawai (Hiroshima University’s special researcher who is known as the researcher who announced the classification of the new fish called “Kakure Manbo”)

Title: “The only place on the earth where humans and globefish can meet ~an aquarium which helps in the study of the biology of globefish~”

Almost nobody can see these wild globefish since they are swimming in the vast ocean. So, aquariums where you can meet with globefish are very valuable. Many aquariums have been trying many different things to connect globefish and humans. In this lecture, I will introduce to you the activities that many aquariums have done.

【3】2018,2,10 (Sat.) 18:30 ~ (about 90 min)

Lecturer: Asako Numaguchi (shark journalist)

Title: “The mystery of Megamouth Shark and QA corner”

It is said that there are 509 kinds of sharks. Many people think that sharks are firesome creature, but there are a wide variety sharks and they have interesting and mysterious biology. In this lecture, I will introduce to you some sharks that are not included in ordinary pictorial books and mysterious biology.

【4】2018,3,10 (Sat.) 18:30 ~ (about 90 minutes)

Tsukasa Murayama (dolphin researcher)

Title: “Science in aquarium ~studying the world from the viewpoint of dolphins~”

The senses and intelligence of dolphins must be surveyed through behavioral experiments. How they capture the world and how they are smart… Such things can be learned by performing tests by raised dolphins. Let’s see what we found out with some tests. 

※The contents of the lectures noted above might be changed according to the situation. ※Images noted above are all images.