Sumida Aquarium is an indoor aquarium in Tokyo, which is home to over 10,000 creatures. It was opened in May 2012 as one of the main sightseeing places in Tokyo Skytree. This place has a special meaning for aquascapers; while many aquariums in the world only display marine aquariums, Sumida Aquarium has an exhibition room right after the entrance just for displaying Nature Aquarium created by Takashi Amano, the founder of ADA. The scapes have not been changed since they were created in 2012!
For foreigners, visiting places in Tokyo can be very confusing. In this article, I will be describing how to use trains to go to Sumida Aquarium so that you won’t spend too much time figuring out which train to take.
1. Basic Information
Address: 5-6F, TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN Solamachi
1-2, Oshiage 1-chome, Sumida Ward,
TEL: 03-5619-1821（9AM to 21PM）
Closed Days: None(open 365 days a year)
|General Admission||Annual Passport|
(Aged 3 and over)
Official Site: https://www.sumida-aquarium.com/en/index.html
Sumida Aquarium is located on the 5-6th floor in Tokyo Solamachi, a shopping mall in Tokyo Skytree Town. The nearest stations are ‘Tokyo Skytree’ and ‘Oshiage’. Here are the directions from each station.
From ‘Tokyo Skytree’ Station:
Tokyo Skytree station is a railway station on Tobu Skytree Line. As you can easily imagine from its name, it is located right next to Tokyo Skytree Town. The distance from the station to Sumida Aquarium is 210m, and this is the simplest way to get there.
From ‘Oshiage’ Station:
Oshiage Station is a station on Hanzōmon Line, Tobu Skytree Line, Toei Asakusa Line, and Keisei Oshiage Line.
There is a direct accessway from the station, and all you need to do is to look for the signs and follow them.
Walking from each station to Sumida Aquarium is usually not a big deal for most people. However, travelling by trains in Tokyo is not easy. So I listed up the routs from 3 major stations in Tokyo down below.
Rout 1. (Recommended) Tokyo Station → JR Sōbu Line(Rapid) → Kinshichō Station → Tokyo Metro Hanzōmon Line → Oshiage Station
Rout 2. Tokyo Station → Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line → Ōtemachi Station → Tokyo Metro Hanzōmon Line → Oshiage Station
Rout 3. Tokyo Station → JR Yamanote Line → Akihabara Station → JR Sōbu Line → Asakusabashi Station → Toei Subway Asakusa Line → Oshiage Station
② Shinjuku Station
Rout 1. (Recommend) Shinjuku Station → Toei Subway Shinjuku Line → Kudanshita Station → Tokyo Metro Hanzōmon Line → Oshiage Station
Rout 2. Shinjuku Station → Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line → Ōtemachi Station → Tokyo Metro Hanzōmon Line → Oshiage Station
Rout 3. Shinjuku Station → JR Chuō Line(Rapid) → Ochanomizu Station → JR Sōbu Line → AsakusaBashi Station → Toei Subway Asakusa Line → Oshiage Station
③ Shibuya Station
Rout 1. Shibuya Station → Tokyo Metro Hanzōmon Line → Oshiage Station
Tokyo is known for its complicated train network. You might take the wrong train and find yourself in a place you have no idea where you are. If you have any concerns about the train, don’t hesitate to ask for help. People are very kind to strangers! Also, the services of the train companies are brilliant. If you are in trouble, find the train staff in uniforms. They will kindly show you the way.
Exhibitions at Sumida Aquarium are breathtaking. I didn’t include much photos in this article for those who want to see them for the first time with your own eyes. But I have uploaded a virtual tour video of Sumida Aquarium on my YouTube channel. Check it out if you are stuck at home!