Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

A Must-See Spot in Okinawa! See Whale Sharks Over 8.8 Meters Long and Reef Manta Rays at This Aquarium!

Aquarium

“Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium” is a popular tourist spot, located in Okinawa’s Kaiyohaku Park. If you take the building’s escalator down from the 4th floor to the 3rd, you’ll find yourself at the entrance to the aquarium. The aquarium is designed as a “deep dive” into the ocean as you go down to the 2nd and 1st floors, so as you descend, a magnificent world filled with mysterious Okinawan ocean creatures unfolds before you!

Within the aquarium’s main spot, “Kuroshio Sea,” visitors can see whale sharks, which are the world’s largest species of fish, as well as the world’s first successfully bred reef manta rays. Seeing these types of fish, which can reach up to 8.8 meters in length, up close is a real thrill! The sights combined with the surrounding gentle blue light makes it feel like you’re floating through the ocean.

The “Sea of Coral” aquarium is filled with sunlight, and it hosts a large-scale coral breeding exhibition.
On the 1st floor you’ll find an exhibition of rare deep-sea creatures that have been collected from depths of 200m or deeper, giving the area a mysterious atmosphere.

The “Okichan Theater,” located right next to the aquarium, hosts dolphin shows several times a day.
Be sure not to miss these exciting and smile-inducing shows, featuring dynamic high jumps from dolphins with a blue ocean backdrop, funny dances, and choruses!

Highlights

  • See whale sharks reaching up to 8.8 meters in length and reef manta rays up close!
  • One of Okinawa’s most popular tourist spots.
  • Large-scale coral breeding helps reproduce the Okinawan ocean.
  • Relax and look out at the large aquariums at the on-site café.
  • A venue for dolphin shows and a plaza where children can play are located near the aquarium.

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Photos

  • Aquarium’s main spot, “Kuroshio Sea”
  • Manta ray
  • A Sea Turtle
  • Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
  • Exterior
  • Okichan Theater, dolphin shows

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Details

Name in Japanese
沖縄美ら海水族館
Postal Code
905-0206
Address
424 Ishikawa, Motobu-cho, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa
Tel
0980-48-3748
Closed
First Wednesday of December and the following day (Thursday)
Business Hours
Regular(October-February)8:30am-6:30pm *Last admission 5:30pm
Summer(March-September)8:30am-8:00pm *Last admission 7:00pm
Admission
[8:30am-4:00pm] Adults 1,880yen; High school students 1,250yen; Elementary and junior high school students 620yen; Free for Children under 6
[After 4pm] Adults 1,310yen; High school students 870yen; Elementary and junior high school students 430yen; Free for Children under 6
Parking Lot
Available (free)
Access
(1) About a 2-hour drive (by highway) from Naha Airport
(2) About 3 hours by highway bus from Naha Airport. Get off at the “Churaumi Aquarium” stop; from there, it is about a 10-minute walk to the aquarium’s entrance.
Official Website
Official Website (English)