Okinawa Sights

Churaumi Aquarium at Okinawa Expo Park (Okinawa Churaumi Suizokukan)

  • 424 Ishikawa Map It
  • Motobu
  • Zoo/Aquarium

Published 12/10/2015

Fodor's Review

With one of the biggest saltwater tanks in the world, the most impressive aquarium in Japan is a wonderland for the eyes. A pioneering coral-breeding experiment has tons of information about the fragile tropical ecosystem, while tanks hold dangerous sharks, freaky deep-water species, and thousands of other wondrous sea creatures. The star attraction is the 30-foot-deep tank, big enough to hold three majestic whale sharks, a dozen graceful manta rays, and schools of fish big and small from across the Pacific. Viewing the whale sharks from below is a breathtaking experience. If you haven't rented a car the easiest way to get to aquarium is Yanbaru Express bus service that runs from Naha Airport, via central Naha to the aquarium (2 hours, 20 minutes) 0980/56–5760. In addition to Churaumi Aquarium, Ocean Expo Park also houses a great Oceanic Culture Museum and the Traditional Okinawa Village Arboretum. Close by there is the Ryugujo Butterfly Garden and the charming village of Bise.

Sight Information

Address:

424 Ishikawa, Motobu-cho, Kunigami-gun, Motobu, Okinawa, 905-0206, Japan

Map It

Phone:

098-048–3748

Website: oki-churaumi.jp

Sight Details:

  • ¥1,850
  • Mar.–Sept., daily 8:30–7; Oct.–Feb., daily 8:30–5:30

Published 12/10/2015

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