We did not have alot of time in Tokyo this time, so I could not take my toddler to Tokyo Disney resort, Sanrio Hello Kitty Land or any of the bigger theme parks. The only place we managed to go in the end was the Epson Aqua Stadium, which was located right within the premises of our hotel - Shinagawa Prince Hotel N Tower.
We are a family who frequent many aquariums in different countries. Kyo loves aquariums so we've actually been to the Sydney Aquarium multiple times, Hong Kong Ocean Park, Singapore Resorts World South East Asia Aquarium etc. But I must say that compared to all the bigger aquariums, Kyo really enjoyed herself at the Epson Aqua Stadium, which was much smaller, but packed full of exciting programs to entertain her every minute.
We were in and out of the Aqua Stadium within 3 hours, but during that short 3 hours, Kyo had managed to catch the entertaining Seal & Sea Lion show, marvel at the active fish, sharks and rays swimming in the main fish dome just past the entrance, catch the manta ray and sharks feed on fish and plankton, run up and down the aisle in front of the penguin enclosure, and catch the very exciting Dolphin show at the Dolphin pool. This was the first aquarium where Kyo was able to catch the Dolphins close up! The lively music during the dolphin show had her up on her feet and dancing!
Of course, our favorite penguin enclosure is still at Ocean Park, and we still love our sharks and dugongs and sea turtles at Sydney Aquarium, but we will rate Aqua Stadium the best place for introduction and getting close to the seals, sea lions, and dolphins, who looked so happy and free swimming alongside their trainers during the dolphin show.
For more information, visit: http://www.princehotels.co.jp/shinagawa/aquastadium/e/
For adults who are wondering what else you can do apart from visiting the Aquarium, Aqua Stadium also has an Attractions Squares, with virtual rides, indoor roller coaster, viking, and carousels as well as an ice cream cafe and arcade: http://www.princehotels.co.jp/shinagawa/aquastadium/e/attractions/