An aquarium in Tokyo has unveiled a brand new area that allows visitors to watch as penguins, “fly” overhead in a purpose-built tank with sunshine and sky streaming in.
Located a ten-minute walk away from Ikebukuro Station, and built on the rooftop of a 40-metre high building, the Sunshine Aquarium is part of the Sunshine City urban complex, a facility that attracts over thirty millions visitors a year. The aquarium is designed to resemble a tropical resort, allowing visitors to relax and explore the underwater world of Japan and beyond.
The new area features a cleverly-designed large-scale tank with a passageway below it for guests to walk through. Visitors can look up at the blue sky and surrounding buildings of the large metropolis, giving the illusion that the penguins are flying through the sky overhead.
Opened earlier this month, the tank measures in at just over 1000-square-metres. A special transparent acrylic was used to create sections of the 12-metre-wide walls that allow the tank to merge with the surrounding views.
Other areas in the aquarium include a jellyfish tunnel and coral reef ocean, as well as exhibitions dedicated to aquatic plants of the Amazon, as well as the fresh streams of Japanese and African rivers.
More information on visiting the sky penguin exhibition is available at the official Sunshine Aquarium website.