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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Marvel at huge whale sharks in one of the world’s largest aquariums at this marine center that recreates the aquatic environment of Okinawa’s waters.

Take the family on an unforgettable trip to Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, a vast undersea world teeming with whale sharks, rays, corals and tropical fish. Watch aquatic shows, learn about Okinawa’s marine life and touch a starfish.

The aquarium has 77 tanks spread out over four floors. Start on the fourth floor by looking down into the large, open Coral Sea Tank. Try to spot some of the sea creatures that live there, including spanner crabs that spend a lot of time buried in the sand. Visit the Touch Pool on the third floor and reach out and touch sea cucumbers and starfish.

The aquarium is famous for its Kuroshio Sea Tank located through the second floor to the first floor. The enormous container is 89 feet (27 meters) wide, 115 feet (35 meters) long and 33 feet (10 meters) deep. Through the large acrylic glass panel, you can see whale sharks, zebra sharks and manta rays.

Learn about life at the bottom of the ocean by visiting the exhibits on the first floor. Observe creatures that glow in the dark and see the giant squid specimen that is more than 20 feet (6.35 meters) in length. Throughout the day, you can listen to free informative talks about ocean life, and watch sharks and rays being fed.

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is open every day except the first Wednesday and the following day of December. Admission charges apply with discounts for a group with more than 20 people and reduced cover after 4 p.m. After your visit, watch a free dolphin show at the nearby Okichan Theater and view more porpoises at the Dolphin Lagoon. Visit the aquarium’s official website for details of fees and events.

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is located in the Ocean Expo Park complex within the Motobu District. It is a 2-hour drive from Naha Airport, and you can park in the on-site free lot. You can also reach the aquarium by bus, which takes about 2.5 hours from the airport.

Popular Activities at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

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How about making your visit a bit more unique? A Sightseeing Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Nago Pineapple Park and an Okinawa: Churaumi Aquarium, Butterflies & Pineapple Park are both worth thinking about.

For more activities, have a look at our Motobu things to do page.


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Hotel Mahaina Wellness Resort Okinawa ¥8,906
Hotel Mahaina Wellness Resort Okinawa

Hotel Mahaina Wellness Resort Okinawa

1456, Yamakawa, Motobu, Okinawa-ken
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the boardwalk, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Okinawa Hanasaki Marche and Ocean Expo Memorial Park. Motobu Genki Village and Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Centurion Hotel and Resort Vintage Okinawa Churaumi ¥7,226
    Centurion Hotel and Resort Vintage Okinawa Churaumi

    Centurion Hotel and Resort Vintage Okinawa Churaumi

    938, Ishikawa, Motobu-cho, Kunigami-gun, Motobu, Okinawa-ken
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps from Ocean Expo Memorial Park and Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. Tropical Dream Center and Native Okinawan Village and Omoro Arboretum are also within 10 minutes.

      Hotel Orion Motobu Resort & Spa ¥20,661
      Hotel Orion Motobu Resort & Spa

      Hotel Orion Motobu Resort & Spa

      148-1 Bise, Motobu, Okinawa-ken
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Bise, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ocean Expo Memorial Park and Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. Emerald Beach and Bise Fukugi Tree Road are also within 10 minutes.

        Hotel Yugaf Inn Bise ¥6,248
        Hotel Yugaf Inn Bise

        Hotel Yugaf Inn Bise

        1147-1, Bise, Motobu, Okinawa-ken
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Bise, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ocean Expo Memorial Park and Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. Emerald Beach and Okinawa Hanasaki Marche are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Ala MAHAINA CONDO HOTEL ¥22,809
          Ala MAHAINA CONDO HOTEL

          Ala MAHAINA CONDO HOTEL

          1421-1 Yamakawa, Motobu, Okinawa
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in the entertainment district, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Okinawa Hanasaki Marche and Ocean Expo Memorial Park. Motobu Genki Village and Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            Yukurina Resort Okinawa Umikaji ¥16,527
            Yukurina Resort Okinawa Umikaji

            Yukurina Resort Okinawa Umikaji

            799-2 Ishikawa, Motobu, Okinawa
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Motobu, this condo building is within a 5-minute walk of Ocean Expo Memorial Park and Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. Oceanic Culture Museum Planetarium and Native Okinawan Village and Omoro Arboretum are also within 10 minutes.

              Pension SeaShells ¥6,323
              Pension SeaShells

              Pension SeaShells

              Ishikawa 801-5, Kunigami-gun, Motobu, Okinawa
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Motobu, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Ocean Expo Memorial Park and Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. Oceanic Culture Museum Planetarium and Native Okinawan Village and Omoro Arboretum are also within 10 minutes.

                Yukurina Resort Okinawa ¥6,446
                Yukurina Resort Okinawa

                Yukurina Resort Okinawa

                760-2 Ishikawa, Motobu, Okinawa-ken
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the beach, this condo building is within a 15-minute walk of Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Emerald Beach. Motobu Genki Village and Sesoko Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).