Kyoto Aquarium on the northern edge of Umekoji Park, just west of Kyoto Station, has opened despite a considerable amount of local opposition.
Built by Orix Corp, Kyoto Aquarium is a high-tech facility, with a number of eco-friendly features such as rain-recycling for the aquarium's toilets. The highlight of the Kyoto Aquarium is the Dolphin Lagoon, one of the nine zones of the complex.
The other zones are the Rivers of Kyoto Zone, which includes Japanese giant salamanders, the Sea Animals Zone, the Penguin Zone, the Ocean Zone with an impressive coral reef area, the Main Pool with 500 tons of water, the Event Hall, the Beauty of Nature Zone, and the Countryside of Kyoto Zone.
Tel: 075 354 3130
Google map of Kyoto Aquarium
Access: Kyoto Aquarium is 15-minute walk south of Tambaguchi Station on the JR San-in Line or 15 minutes west of Kyoto Station.
Admission: 2,000 yen
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