Trip Planner: Asia / Japan / Okinawa Prefecture / Kunigami-gun / Motobu-cho / Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Situated on the site of the 1975 World's Fair, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium continues to attract millions of visitors with its world-class variety of marine life. Touch tanks near the entrance of the three-story aquarium allow you to get up close and personal with starfish and seashells. Daily feedings and shows are open to the public; check ahead for relevant times. Make sure you stop at the massive Kuroshio Tank to see manta rays and giant whale sharks. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Motobu-cho holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium reviews
This was one of the most impressive things we did on Okinawa - it has a real Jurassic Park feel to it from the outside.
This was one of the most impressive things we did on Okinawa - it has a real Jurassic Park feel to it from the outside. more »
Great Aquarium; lots of amazing exhibits. I think they are taking the COVID protection a little too far by closing things that don't need it (exhibits, etc). See the Christmas show 100%.
Great Aquarium; lots of amazing exhibits. I think they are taking the COVID protection a little too far by closing things that don't need it (exhibits, etc). See the Christmas show 100%. more »
Billed as the second-largest aquarium in the world, Churaumi is an incredible place and one of the few world aquariums that has whale sharks in captivity. You could easily spend all day here -- indoor exhibits, multiple buildings, outdoor attractions like the turtle habitat and the dolphin show. Great gift shops and cafes on the sprawling grounds. Everything appears very well-maintained and the animals seem healthy. We had the chance to visit several times during our 4-year tour of Okinawa Island, and each time it was a memorable experience.
Easily the best aquarium in all of Japan. At one point this was the largest aquarium in the world and it was the first to ever exhibit whale sharks and manta rays in a single tank. If you stop by the nearby convenient stores you can save up to ¥200 yen off the adult price of admission. It took us about 3 hours to go through all of the inside portions and we stopped by the sea turtle and manatee pools. It's a really peaceful and beautiful experience so make sure you have plenty of time you can spare if you visit. I highly recommend visiting this aquarium.
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