Deep Submergence Research Vehicle SHINKAI 2000

The deep submergence research vehicle SHINKAI 2000 was completed in 1981 as the successor vehicle of Japan’s first manned research submersible SHINKAI (1970–1976) and it had been in service for a long period of time exceeding 20 years until its final submergence. The inside diameter of the pressure hull is 2.2 m, and the vehicle can carry three crew members. SHINKAI 2000 played a significant role in the development of deep-sea research and in marine resources surveys, including the discovery of chemosynthetic vesicomyid clams (Phreagena soyoae) in Sagami Bay and the discovery of the hydrothermal venting henomenon in the Okinawa Trough. At present, the vehicle is on permanent display at the Enoshima Aquarium.

On exhibition

Enoshima Aquarium

Hours open:
* Varies depending on season (Entry closes one hour before closing time).
Admission fee:
2,500 yen for adults, 1,700 yen for high schoolers, 1,200 yen for elementary/ junior high schoolers, 800 yen for children aged 3 or older
Days closed:
No days closed except for temporary closing for facility check.
2-19-1 Katase-Kaigan, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa 251-0035
3 mins. on foot from Katase-Enoshima Sta., Odakyu Enoshima Line
10 mins. on foot from Enoshima Sta., Enoden Line
10 mins. on foot from Shonan-Enoshima Sta., Shonan Monorail Line

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