Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

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The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is a popular classic tourist spot in Okinawa!
By using one of the world’s largest water tanks, the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is famous for boasting the world’s first success in housing and raising multiple whale sharks and giant oceanic manta rays.

The “Chura” of “Churaumi Aquarium” means “beautiful” in Okinawan dialect. As the name suggests, the Churaumi Aquarium strives to faithfully reproduce the beauty of Okinawa’s ocean from the water’s surface to a depth of 700 meters by maintaining light, water quality, transparency, and more as close to nature as possible.

The aquarium’s largest acrylic glass panel is a whopping 8.2 meters high by 22.5 meters long, letting guests truly feel like they are in the ocean. Another featured attraction is the aquarium’s “Coral Sea,” a tank that has no opaque roof so that natural light can fill the exhibit.
It is recommended that guests who visit Okinawa multiple times per year purchase the aquarium’s annual passport for 3700 yen, the cost of only two visits.

Basic information on Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

424 Ishikawa, Motobu-cho, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa
2 hours by car from the Naha Airport
October through February 8:30-18:30.
March through Septembewr 8:30-20:00.
※Admission ends one hour before closing time.
First Wednesday of December and the following day. (Barring special circumstances such as typhoons, the facility remains open all other dates, including New Year’s.)
Adults 1850 yen. High school students 1230 yen. Elementary and junior high school students 610 yen. Children 6 years of age and younger enter free.