Jellyfish can conjure an image of space aliens or frilly dresses for some. But no matter what you see when you look at these marvelous creatures, there’s no doubt that time can seem to slow down while gazing at their hypnotic floating.
While most jellyfish aficionados will think of Kamo Aquarium in Tsuruoka, Yamagata; Sumida Aquarium in Tokyo is sure to become a big name for jelly lovers. And while it doesn’t rival the size of Osaka Kaiyukan, Sumida Aquarium’s 2020 renewal has made it into a more eco-friendly aquarium that produces its own saltwater—rather than importing it daily.
Located in Tokyo Skytree Town, Sumida Aquarium is commemorating this new jellyfish area by selling original merchandise and café foods in a jellyfish motif! Try one (or a few) of the fifteen limited edition jellyfish snacks. If you're a little squeamish about jellyfish-themed foods, you can always grab a bite at the aquarium's restaurant or nearby Solamachi.
The new main jellyfish attraction is called the Big Petri Dish. Here, guests can stand above an illuminated tank where lazy jellyfish gently sway in the water—more than a petri dish, stars floating in the Milky Way come to mind. It’s a calming, almost meditative, sight to watch the jellies bob and float.
In addition to this large aquarium, there are many more with over fourteen species of jellyfish on display. See some of the smallest jellies up close and personal and observe the long tentacles of some larger species.
No matter what you imagine when you look at a jellyfish—even if it’s just a sore sting from a beach trip—you’ll gain a new understanding and appreciation for these interesting creatures when you visit the Sumida Aquarium’s jellyfish exhibition.