March has finally come and you know what that means! The spring season is here at last! This time of the year is undoubtedly one of the best seasons to visit Japan and experience something new. As a matter of fact, Japan has a lot to offer this spring and it’s only waiting for you to check them out.
Various areas in Japan are now experiencing the bloom of the beautiful sakura. While these sakura flowers are the main reason to visit the country during spring, there are also cool events to check out for those who want to try out something new. Ever heard of the SAKURA AQUARIUM? Find out more about it!
For a span of one month, from March 4th to April 16th, 2017, the popular AQUA PARK SHINAGAWA (アクアパーク品川) in Shinagawa (品川) will be holding the aesthetically pleasing event called “SAKURA AQUARIUM” with the help of the creative company, NAKED. The whole aquarium has undergone a transformation suited for the spring season, adorning the whole establishment with cherry blossoms using the latest imaging technology.
Upon entering, you’ll be greeted by the Sakura Fubuki (cherry blossom snowstorm; 桜吹雪), leading visitors inside through a flower path. Placing in the aspects of spring, the walls of the aquarium are embellished with both real sakura and projected flowing sakura, together with pink lighting. This is also where you’ll start to see the colorful fishes in the aquarium giving visitors a unique feel and enjoyment of what digital flower viewing is.
The bar counter is also designed for spring where there are limited sakura-themed alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. You can bring these drinks with you while checking the place out!
There are also two dolphin performances held throughout different times of the day. The running time for each show is approximately 15 minutes.
At 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:30 PM, and 4:00 PM, visitors can watch “HARU ULALA (はるうらら)” wherein dolphins perform under natural light with a nice background music.
Meanwhile, at 5:30 PM, 7:00 PM, and 8:00 PM, the “Sakura Gatari (桜語り)” can be watched. During this performance, the whole stadium will be lit with digital images of cherry blossoms. Visitors can enjoy both the view and a dolphin performance at the same time.
For those who are interested in checking out the SAKURA AQUARIUM by NAKED, ticket prices are as follows:
- adults (high school students and above) – 2,200 yen
- elementary and junior high school students – 1,200 yen
- 4-year-old children and above – 700 yen
The total beauty of spring is yet to come and I’m sure each and every one of you who is anticipating to experience Japan’s spring season will be in awe once you’re in the country. Get a chance to see both real cherry blossoms and digital ones at AQUA PARK SHINAGAWA by dropping by this event once you’re here!
SAKURA AQUARIUM by NAKED Website *Japanese only