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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Airport/Sta.Naha Airport (about 58.8km) Google Transit
5.03 weeks ago
So called one of the most famous sight seeing spot in Okinawa. Many foreigners and tourist visited there.
When we visited there, they held photo taking for free.
Whale shark is the most famous sea creature, but also you can find many other interesting exhibited animals.
You may find it interesting that they offer evening ticket, if you enter later then 4pm you can receive discount.
5.02 weeks ago
I love this aquarium! One of the best aquariums in the world, in my opinion. Best time to go is around 4:30-5:00 when the feed the big tank. I will say it gets extremely crowded, like people stepping on your feet crowded... the dolphin show is cool too. We bought the annual pass! 😁
4.0a month ago
It is a nice aquarium. Not that big but nicely exhibited. Especially whale sharks were really beautiful. But too many tourists coming here and it was difficult to enjoy aquarium itself at some points. Also there are not enough restaurants to cover big crowds.
5.0a month ago
This is a great aquarium and it has some things outside that you can do/see without paying admission fees. The aquarium has a lot of interesting animals and science material that you don't normally see including deep sea creatures and a whole section of preserved fish/skeletons etc. They have 2 whale sharks and 2 manta rays in a giant tank that are unbelievable to see in real life. The dolphin show is great and definitely worth going to. They let the kids come up at the end of the show for "splash time" where they had the dolphins do a bunch of giant jumps right near the front of the tank drenching the kids 😊. We will definitely be going back!
5.04 weeks ago
Probably the best (and certainly biggest) aquarium we've ever been to. And not many aquariums have whale sharks! A great way to spend the days for both young and old.