Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium Overview

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, at Ocean Expo Park built for the 1975 World Fair reveals the mysteries of its marine species. Beginning with the softly lighted Coral Sea tank, this aquarium displays a wide range of coral reefs. You will get to explore the active Kuroshio Sea tank adjacent to the aquarium, where you can see the world's largest whale sharks, in addition to stingrays. As you progress further into the aquarium, you will come across the Deep Sea tank, which recreates Okinawa's enigmatic deep sea, enabling you to explore the complete underwater world of Okinawa. You can also grab a bite as the premises also has Ocean Blue cafe which serves you light and healthy food.


With your Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium tickets, visit the Kuroshio Sea tank with a depth of 7,500,000 litres water capacity. The aquarium has three storeys, with the entryway on the top floor and the departure on the first. Visit the pool with your Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium tickets, where you will get to feel the live marine life and seashells. The massive adhesive skylights that allow for such a spectacular view are 8.2m high, 22.5m wide, and 60cm thick. Experience the amazing feel of being so close to sharks, rays, and migratory fish in the Kuroshio Sea.

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Purchasing Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium tickets online allows you to skip long lineups and reserve from anywhere at any time. You'll also get discounts when you buy Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium Tickets, which will help you to get fast admission and registration verification.

With the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium tickets you get to experience Okinawa's rich environment, culture, and art. You can observe a wide range of aquatic wildlife such as manta rays, whale sharks, seahorses, and more with your kids. You can witness flame snappers, black snoek, faintly glowing shrimp, and other rare creatures.

Activities inside Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Okichan Theatre
Okichan Theatre

Appreciate the dolphin's amazing talents with your Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium tickets, in the Okichan theatre. This exhibit showcases spectacular athletic displays by a faux killer whale and a bottlenose dolphin in many entertaining ways. Through the shows, you can discover about dolphins' lives, habits and more.

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Dolphin Lagoon
Dolphin Lagoon

Don't pass up the opportunity to see the dolphins closely by purchasing Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium tickets. Catch the dolphins up and close, in a wide variety of shows and daily events. You can dive with dolphins, touch their dorsal fins and learn more about them, in detail.

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Sea Turtle Pool
Sea Turtle Pool

The pool is inhabited by a variety of tortoises, like the hawksbill, loggerhead, green turtles, and some rarely found ones like the Olive ridley and the black turtle. You can easily see turtles sliding in the water, from a large acrylic panel in the basement observation room.

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Manatee Pool
Manatee Pool

The Manatee Pool exhibits the West Indian Manatee, from which the mermaids were styled. You can admire the great manatee, a herbivorous mammal that is on the verge of extinction and has been recognised as critically endangered. In the pool, you get the option to look at manatees from 2 angles, i.e. above the water from the first floor and from the basement, via observation deck.

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Emerald Beach
Emerald Beach

Inside the Churaumi Aquarium, you get to explore a lovely beach with white coral sand and dazzling cobalt blue ocean! It is interesting to note that in May 2006, the Japanese Ministry of Environment named the beach one of Japan's top 100 bathing beaches. Swim in the beaches, where turtles come every year to lay their eggs.

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Esplanade
Esplanade

Take a leisurely stroll while seeing the cobalt blue water filled with little islets on this amazing walkway. You can easily get down to beaches anywhere, by several stairways leading down to the shore.

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Kids Adventure Land
Kids Adventure Land

This Adventure land has the largest net playground equipment in Japan and can be seen at Ocean Expo Park. In the Okinawan seas, there are four different zones, which depicts unique characteristics of all of them. For instance, the Open Sea Zone, a blue coloured net affiliated with the open waters is spread out, making it the most spectacular of the four. Bring the whole family for some fun and games, as well as a picnic.

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Know Before You Go Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Essential Information
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Essential Information
  • Location: 424 Ishikawa, Motobu, Kunigami District, Okinawa 905-0206, Japan
  • Timings: 8:30am–6:30pm
  • Best time to visit: Spring and fall are the best seasons to visit the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. You can visit from March to early May and late September to early December as the rainy season stretches from early May to early June, with typhoons being a threat in July and August.

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  • How to reach:

1. By Bus:

A. Via Naha: From the Okinawa Airport a Shuttle, Yanbaru Express and bus line 117 you can directly reach to the city centre of Naha with the Churaumi Aquarium. The one-way trip takes little more than two hours and charges between 1900 and 2000 yen on the airport Shuttle and between 2440 and 2550 yen on bus 117. There are approximately 1-2 buses per hour. The nearest stop for the airport shuttle is at the Prefectural Office (Kencho Kitaguchi), while for bus 117 it is the Naha Bus Station.

B. Via Nago: Take buses along line 65 and 66, which carries you to Ocean expo park, and charges approximately 900 yen.

2. By Car: To get to the Ocean Expo Park use the Okinawa Expressway from Naha to Nago, its northern end (1040 yen one way) and then follow conventional roads through the Motobu Peninsula. The trek takes roughly two hours one way (more during rush hours).

Tips to Visit Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Tips to Visit Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
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  • It is recommended to plan your visit to the aquarium on weekdays and non holidays, to avoid crowds. The best time to go is before 11 a.m. as people are the busiest at that time.
  • You should allow yourself plenty of time, as there is a lot to see in the aquarium.
  • There are a few restaurants at the aquarium, along with a sushi restaurant and a cafe and you should definitely enjoy a meal here.
  • The gift shop is an excellent location for purchasing memorabilia for loved ones and friends. You can purchase a variety of Okinawa-themed items, such as clothes, whale shark keychains, and magnets.
  • The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is set in a lovely setting, it is advised to take some time to admire the panorama of the ocean and the surrounding islands.

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