Visit Enoshima Aquarium when you visit Enoshima Island
As a former long-time resident of the area, I'll admit: I used to think Enoshima Aquarium was an overpriced tourist trap. But with each new visit, especially after their renewal, I've grown to really appreciate and enjoy the aquarium.
First, the price - at 2100 yen for an adult ticket, it's really not that expensive. And if you plan on visiting more than once, they offer an annual passport for only 4000 yen. I think my initial beef was there wasn't that much to see for the price. But that's not true at all. Enoshima Aquarium can take hours to explore, if you take your time. You'll find Enoshima has quite a lot to offer, including one of the most beautiful jellyfish exhibits in the world. In addition to an exhaustive display of Enoshima-area sea life, they also have one of the only deep sea exhibits in existence.
Add to the mix a seal and penguin area, a full-scale manned research submersible on diplay, you start to get an idea of just how exhaustive the aquarium is. For children, Enoshima Aquarium also has a dolphin show, touching pools, and an area where kids (and adults) can colour in their favourite sea animal and have it scanned and then watch it swim on video at no extra charge.
It's really a delightful place and worth a visit. Take it from someone who's been there a lot - and plans to visit a whole lot more.
2-19-1 Katase Kaigan, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture, 251-0035 Japan
Official Website (English)
Former Deep Japan Writer