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Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa - Aquarium And Interactive Art Space

Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa - Aquarium And Interactive Art Space

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The Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa is not your typical Aquarium. Seasonal art installations including projection mapping, light, and sound, take you away to a magical land under the sea. We visited the annual SAKURA AQUARIUM. Come take a walk with us!

Written by Chiara Mischke

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Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa, formerly known as the EPSON Aqua Park Shinagawa, is an entertainment space and an aquarium in one. Decorations, projections, light, sound, and shows change six times a year according to the season and are produced together with the creative group NAKED.

Their current themes include the SAKURA AQUARIUM (spring), the FLOWER AQUARIUM (early summer), the HaNaBi aquarium (summer), the Aqua Pop Halloween (autumn), the STAR AQUARIUM (Christmas) and the SNOW AQUARIUM. With every new theme, the whole atmosphere changes.

I visited Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa during the SAKURA AQUARIUM season. How about joining me for a walk past mystical sea creatures and dancing cherry blossoms?

Interactive Entrance Area and a Pirate Ship

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Picture courtesy of Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa

The magic begins as soon as you step into the entrance area of the Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa. A pattern intertwining with the current theme is projected on the entrance surrounding a small aquarium.

Maxell AQUA PARK SHINAGAWA

The special part about this display is that if you touch it, the projection will change and something will appear beneath your fingertips. In the case of the SAKURA AQUARIUM, cherry blossoms will bloom wherever you touch the projection. It makes you feel a bit like you have magical powers.

Maxell AQUA PARK SHINAGAWA

At the entrance area, you can also board the "Port of Pirates". A pirate ship inspires ship swing. Each ride costs an additional admission fee of 500 yen.

Cherry Blossom Viewing Penguins - Special Show in Spring

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The SAKURA AQUARIUM 2019 offers a special penguin show at the entrance area. There are four shows between 10:30 and 18:00. 

Maxell AQUA PARK SHINAGAWA

This show is a perfect showcase of what the AQUA PARK SHINAGAWA is all about, cutting-edge technology and entertainment alongside fascinating marine creatures. Two little penguins waddle through a small obstacle course while cherry blossoms bloom wherever they walk. In the end, they happily receive a couple of fish snacks underneath sparkling cherry blossoms.

Dolphin Party and a Tunnel of Lights

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In the first room, a sea creature themed merry-go-round awaits you. It is beautifully designed and pays a lot of attention to details.

Maxell AQUA PARK SHINAGAWA

Merry go round rides should be part of everybody's childhood, so why not enjoy this very special one which will make them feel like a little mermaid or merman. Each ride costs 500 yen

Maxell AQUA PARK SHINAGAWA

The tunnel of lights located beside the merry go round is a popular photo spot. The color of the tunnel's lights is synced with the theme. In this case, it changed from pink to blue to represent the cherry blossoms under the blue sky.

Explore Sea Creatures via Touch Screen

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The next part of the aquarium offers a small selection of fish tanks equipped with an interactive screen. Swipe away virtual leaves to discover fish that look just like the leaves, make virtual fish appear and disappear or wipe away ink to discover a small octopus.

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Besides the fun, playful part, you can also learn about the sea creatures in the aquariums by touching them on the screen. The displayed description is available in Japanese and English.

Intricate Art Space

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The following area showcases decorations in the current theme arranged with dainty, color corresponding fish in minimalistic, clean cut fish tanks. Everything is arranged in a unique way to create an exhibition space inside the aquarium.

Maxell AQUA PARK SHINAGAWA

The attention to detail is breathtaking. The sakura exhibition reminded me of traditional ikebana.

Atmospheric Bar and Glowing Sea Life

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Picture courtesy of Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa

The bar area is a place only illuminated but the projections of the current theme and a couple of black lights. The big fish tanks contain fish and corals glowing under the black light in vivid colors of neon yellow, green, orange and pink.

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The darkness in combination with the vivid colors of the sea life creates a unique atmosphere. You almost feel like you are in a fancy club or bar not in an aquarium.

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The bar itself offers seasonal drinks and occasionally also snacks. The colors of the seasonal drinks coordinate with the current theme. Feel free to keep on strolling the aquarium with your drink or enjoy it at one of the standing tables. Each one has a small fish tank encased in them. 

Jellyfish Ramble - Enchanting Sound and Light

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The Jellyfish is located in the room next to the bar and offers an enchanting sound and light experience. There are seats in the room and is a great place to enjoy your seasonal drink from the bar.

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The colors illuminating the jellyfish tanks are changing constantly and relaxing music floats fills the air as the jellyfish quietly float in their tank. On a regular basis, the lights on the ceiling flicker and the room appears to be sparkling.

The Stadium - Enjoy Majestic Dolphins and Seasonal Projections

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In the stadium, you can watch Aqua Park's popular dolphin shows. The shows are held several times a day and vary by season. They are separated in morning and afternoon shows.

Daytime - Energetic Performance in the Daylight

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Picture courtesy of Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa

While sunlight is shining brightly through the big ceiling window, dolphin's will jump and dance to energetic music. The audience is invited to join with clapping, hand gestures to direct the dolphin's adorable dances.

Nighttime - Seasonal Projection Mapping, Sound and Light

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Picture courtesy of Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa

The nighttime show has a more calm and romantic feel to it. Quiet music is flowing through the air while the dolphin's jump through waterfalls with seasonal projections on them. Make sure to enjoy the enticing light and sound show with a glass of one of the seasonal beverages. 

The Friendly Square - Encounter Fur Seals and Penguin

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Between the morning and early afternoon, you can watch short penguin and seal shows at the friendly square located outside. The Shows depend on the weather and might get canceled if the weather is bad or to hot for the animals.

Stunning Marine Life - Penguins, Sharks and Majestic Rays

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Besides the Stadium, you can enter the area with bigger marine life. Sharks and Sea Turtles quietly swim alongside other sea creatures. 

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The area offers an about twenty-meter long fish tank tunnel made of glass. Watch all kind of rays including the only dwarf sawfish exhibited in the world swim above you. A breathtaking sight worth taking time to be admired.

There are also penguins, sea lions and seals exhibited in the area. The penguin tank offers a downstairs area where you can watch them floating and playing in the water.

Aqua Jungle - Piranhas and Reptiles

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The last small area offers an insight into the jungles around the world. Flesh-eating piranhas share this space with lizards, snakes and frogs.

Maxell AQUA PARK SHINAGAWA

In the back of the Aqua Jungle, you can find capybaras, the largest rodents in the world. They love water and often enjoy a nice bath while watching people pass by.

AQUA SHOP LUCE - Don't Forget your Souvenirs

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Our magical tour has ended and on the way out you will walk through the souvenir shop. They offer all kind of marine life-related souvenirs, from jellyfish pillows over themed cookies to dishes and phone cases.

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If you have a favorite marine animal you should definitely check out this shop.

Discount Tickets for the maxell AQUA PARK SHINAGAWA 

You can also get an annual pass for just 1.9 times the regular admission fee and visit as often as you wish for a whole year.  This is a great option for people living in Japan or if you want to visit more than once.

If you stay at any of the Prince hotels in the Takanawa or Shinagawa area you can get a discount on the maxell Aqua Park ticket! Adults will pay only 1700 yen, elementary children 900 yen and children four years or older only 400 yen. Just show your room key or proof of stay.

Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa - Enjoy Each Season Under The Sea

Maxell AQUA PARK SHINAGAWA

The Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa is not your usual aquarium. Magical creatures, an enticing bar with matching beverages and a mystic atmosphere take you away to a magical land under the sea.

If you love aquariums or the playful use of sound, lights, and projections, you should definitely give Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa a try!


In cooperation with Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa

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