Projection Mapping + Penguins = Paradise!
Chances are you’ve heard of the Skytree – perhaps you’ve already been there. But did you know that at the nearby Sumida Aquarium, you can see penguins fly?
It just so happens that this aquarium holds the distinction of containing the largest penguin pool in the country. Come take a break from the hustle and bustle and relax as you watch amazingly cute Magellanic penguins frolic about. Just like the human inhabitants of this fair city, our fine feathered friends have an array of unique personalities and traits on full display, so if you get tired of people watching, try penguin watching instead!
At Sumida Aquarium, they research all aspects of the penguins’ behaviour, including how they react to light and other environmental stimuli. And all of this copious research is incorporated into the facility to make it the definitive spot for beholding these majestic creatures in all their glory.
There’s a pink spring-themed projection map at the bottom of the pool complete with cherry blossoms and other seasonal touches – thus creating the illusion that the penguins are “flying” through a whirlwind of colourful petals. It’s a pretty cool sight to behold. So bring your basket and blanket – and perhaps some fresh fish – and get ready to have a picnic you’ll never forget!
Location: 1-1-2 Oshiage, Skytree Town, Solamachi 5F/6F Sumida Aquarium, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 131-0045
Penguin show: 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm, 6:30pm, plus 8:10pm on weekends and holidays (lasts approx. 7 minutes)
Aquarium: 9am – 9pm (Last entry 8pm). No holidays
Adults – 2,050 yen
High school students – 1,500 yen
Middle/Elementary school students – 1,000 yen
Children over 3 years old – 600 yen