Kyoto Aquarium was opened in 2012 as the first fully-artificial-seawater aquarium in Japan. It recreates the connection of life from the source of Kyoto’s rivers to the sea and the ecosystems where numerous life forms co-exist. Surrounded by mountains on three sides, the Kyoto basin is blessed by abundant water resources brought by the rivers that flow from the mountains. More than 10 Class A rivers run through the city of Kyoto, notably the Kamo, Katsura and Uji rivers. Long known as a city of Sanshisuimei, or scenic beauty, Kyoto has fostered a unique culture around its rivers. In addition to offering exhibits, Kyoto Aquarium regularly holds interactive events where visitors can have fun while learning about aquatic life, as well as presentations by specialist aquarium keepers.