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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.


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Centurion Hotel and Resort Vintage Okinawa Churaumi ¥9,991
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 Yugaf Inn Bise ¥7,322
    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).

      Wisteria Condominium Resort ¥8,455
      Wisteria Condominium Resort

      Wisteria Condominium Resort

      Yamakawa 973, Motobu, Okinawa-ken
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Nestled on the beach, this Motobu apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Ryugujo Butterfly Garden and Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. Ocean Expo Memorial Park and Oceanic Culture Museum Planetarium are also within 10 minutes.

        Hotel Orion Motobu Resort & Spa ¥24,463
        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, Emerald Beach, and Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. Okinawa Hanasaki Marche and Nakijin Gusuku Castle are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Yukurina Resort Okinawa Umikaji ¥18,981
          Yukurina Resort Okinawa Umikaji

          Yukurina Resort Okinawa Umikaji

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

            Situated near the beach, 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.

            The Villas Machidoya
            The Villas Machidoya

            The Villas Machidoya

            894-1 Azaishikawa, Motobu, Okinawa
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Bise, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Ocean Expo Memorial Park and Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. Tropical Dream Center and Native Okinawan Village and Omoro Arboretum are also within 15 minutes.

              Private Cottage Warami ¥6,362
              Private Cottage Warami

              Private Cottage Warami

              442 Bise, Motobu, Okinawa
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Bise, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Ocean Expo Memorial Park and Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. Tropical Dream Center and Native Okinawan Village and Omoro Arboretum are also within 15 minutes.

                Pension SeaShells ¥6,364
                Pension SeaShells

                Pension SeaShells

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

                  Situated near the beach, 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.