Tokyo Sea Life Park

Wednesday was our trip to the largest aquarium in Tokyo proper (can you guess its name?).

We slept in, as we were both totally wiped after a very long day at Disneyland (it’s fun, but it’s expensive, so we went early and stayed pretty late).

We got up and headed off in the same direction as the day before, as our destination was only one stop before Disneyland on the same line. Naturally, we took the express, which didn’t stop at our stop, so we went to the Disney stop anyway. Realizing our error, we got on the next train and backtracked to the right station.

There, we saw children. Masses and masses of schoolchildren on a daytrip to the aquarium. Fortunately, they were lined up on the platform, leaving.

The next thing we noticed was a giant ferris wheel. We had seen it coming and going on the train, but when you’re closer, it looks much bigger. Especially since there’s nothing else tall in the immediate vicinity. We took a few pictures and then wandered off to the aquarium, where we promptly encountered many more schoolchildren. Ah well.

Anyways, we saw Hammerhead sharks, stingrays, and tuna… lots of tuna. There were also many other fish, the names of which I do not know. Suffice to say that there were many pretty fish, some ugly fish, and some strange fish. We tried to take pictures of many of them.

Tuna, in case you didn’t know, are really big. The tuna that they had at this aquarium were that, and fast. Add these facts to the fact that they all had spiky bits on their tails and had metallic looking skin and, I kid you not, it looked like a whole school of robot fish. It was whacky.

The aquarium, for reasons that I’m not quite clear on, also had a large penguin exhibit. Which was nice because, hey, who doesn’t like penguins?

There was also one tank that had some sea turtles in it. Seemingly random sea turtles, and only two of them. I’m certain that they were Amanda’s favorite part of the trip, and they may have been mine as well. I like turtles, and I know the kanji for turtle, so I was pleased.

We also watched a feeding of some sea birds, though we took no pictures of the event. Based on the speed of the event, I suspect it would have been pointless to try. Come to think of it, we didn’t even take video.

At the aquarium, Amanda bought a little card game that involves learning the Japanese names for several sushi fish. It’s essentially a matching memory game, but it should heighten our sushi awareness, so I’m down with it.

After the aquarium, we headed over to that big ferris wheel (117 meters, or 384-ish feet, tall), which we proceeded to ride. I took some interesting pictures of the surrounding area, though my cityscapes didn’t turn out as well as I would have liked This is not because of any excessive cloud cover, but strictly due to the Tokyo smog.

Amanda was fine on the wheel until we were about 3/4 of the way up, at which point she started to get scared. She stayed scared until we were 1/4 of the way down the other side, at which point she was fine again. Did I mention she’s scared of heights? This makes her agreement to go on the wheel (and her enjoyment of the previous day’s Splash Mountain) mystifying to me, but she did, and we had fun.

After our trip on the wheel, we returned to the hotel for a leisurely evening.

The photos, naturally, are over on her photoblog, though I should comment that if anyone wants more detail on any of the photos, I can upload the full-size (ginormous) originals to this site. If you’re curious, all the pictures that I have uploaded here have been shrunk down for the sake of space, the originals are much bigger.

Tomorrow I will post about, and there should be pictures for, our trips to the National Museum of Western Art and the National Science Museum.


~ by truth9 on May 4, 2007.

One Response to “Tokyo Sea Life Park”

  1. Glad you are having fun! Great updates!! Keep ’em coming!!
    We enjoy the photos, too!

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