This aquarium is where you can see a huge variety of marine life not found anywhere else. Churaumi means 'beautiful sea' in the local language and striking nature of Okinawa is spreading just before your eyes. The highlight is the massive Kuroshio Tank that shows giant whale sharks and some species of manta rays, which have been successfully nurtured in this aquarium.
There are a tank exhibiting corals, which uses sea waters directly pumped from the nearby area, and another showing deep-sea creatures from 100-700m below the sea level. Various hands-on programs to experience feeding and understand the Kuroshio current are available, which are enjoyable for adults and children alike. This spot belongs at the top of any Okinawa itinerary and absolutely one of the best aquariums in Japan.
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5.0a month ago
My family and I are nearing the close of our one year pass and I'm a little sad. I take my boys almost every holiday they have off of school and they love it! My 11 year old groans a bit, but now that we've discovered the many other things around the aquarium, he groans less. They LOVE the ropes outside of the aquarium and we've gone to the planetarium a couple of times. I still need to take them to the village! There's so much to do in that whole area, it's really amazing.
The aquarium itself is pretty amazing. Large tanks with a huge variety of sea life and a huge tank with giant, slow-moving whale sharks I could sit and watch all day. The boys love the shark area, as well. Such a fun experience, though I won't renew our year pass. A year was enough for my kids, but I'm sure we'll be back to enjoy the other things around it, like the free dolphin show!
3.0a month ago
Very crowded after noon, so make sure to come early, otherwise you won't see much because there are lots of parents with small children and their strollers...
I loved everything there (beautiful species !) and the main aquarium / tank was very impressive, but I do find it sad to put whale sharks in such small spaces. I do hope they release them after a few years :(.
About the restaurant near the whale sharks : I do not recommend this place unless you want to have something to drink. The food isn't good :/.
The shop is very cool. You'll definitely find nice gifts for everyone.
5.03 weeks ago
Amazing, fun tourist location. Great for whole family and any time you have guests visiting the island. You can spend a whole day here if you're so inclined, exploring the gardens and walks. Or you can keep it short if you just want to hit the aquarium and cultural center. There's plenty of parking, as well.
5.0a month ago
This place is a truly wonderful experience. Definitely a solo reason for visiting Okinawa. Not really expensive and you can see a lot of stuff (including dolphins) outside for free. Place is accessible by bus and parking is for free. Definitely check out the Cafe near whale shark tank, prices are relatively cheap and the view was amazing. Also if you come after 4 P.M you get a discount. Only downside is that local WiFi connection doesn't really work.
5.0a month ago
Big and well organized aquarium with a big free car parking just next to it. There is a ticket to the aquarium itself, but there also many places that you can visit for free, and this is what we did.
You can walk around, see the dolphin show, the turtle pools etc etc for free.
It's absolutely recommended and look forward to going there again.