This aquarium is inside of the Ocean Expo Park in Okinawa. The aquarium is themed after the Okinawa ocean, with exhibits of the Kuroshio Sea, deep sea creatures, and the creatures of the Nansei Islands.
Specialties here at the Churaumi Aquarium include a whale shark 8m in length swimming in one of the world’s largest aquariums. This is the first aquarium to engage in breeding of these whale sharks, and they currently have successfully bred 3 of the sharks.
There are commentary and feeding programs that you should check out in advance to find out the programs. On the official website you can see details in English, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. Particularly popular are the whale shark feeding courses and the Kuroshio Exploration course where you can see lots of fish from atop the water.
Churaumi allows same-day readmission if you get a stamp on your arm as you leave the aquarium, so you can explore around the Ocean Expo Park until it’s time for the aquarium show you are interested in. Around the park you can see the Sea Turtle Theater and the dolphins in the Okichan Theater. At the Okichan Theater you can see and pet dolphins
There is a café called Kuroshio Sea in front of the large aquarium and you can enjoy food and drink while watching the fish swim peacefully. On the fourth floor there is an ocean view restaurant that you can use even without admission to the aquarium.
Business hours vary by season, from October to February hours are 8:30~18:30, and from March to September hours are 8:30~20:00.
At Churaumi Aquarium there are touchscreen audio guides available for free that give guidance and info on the aquariums. Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean guides are available. However, there are only a few of these audio guides available, so they must be booked in advance by at least a week. There are also 10 electric wheelchairs available for rent, and almost all areas in the facility can be accessed by wheelchair. Reservations not needed for wheelchairs.
After 4 pm ticket: you can buy it if you enter the aquarium after 4 pm (the fee is about 30% off).
You can get to the aquarium by car or bus. It takes about 2 hours from Naha Airport by a high speed road or 2h50m by a normal road. There is free parking at the north gate of the Ocean Expo Park. During weekday mornings and evenings there may be heavy traffic congestion so be cautious. Access by bus ranges from 3-3.5 hours. There is a high speed bus, a general bus, and the Yanbaru express bus.
You can use the Yanbaru express bus from Naha Airport without a transfer, but on the high speed and general bus you need to transfer at the Nago Bus Terminal (名護バスターミナル).
Image Gallery: Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Description: Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
|Sights||Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (美ら海水族館)|
424 Ishikawa, Motobu-chō, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa-ken 905-0206
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 0980-48-3740 / Fax: 0980-48-4444|
|Closed dates||Irregular closed dates|
|Admission Fee||Pay admission: 1,850yen|
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|Recommended target||Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|
Map: Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium