There are many free tourist attractions in addition to the popular tourist spot “Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium” in the large site of Okinawa Expo Park in Okinawa. One of them “Okichan Theater”, you can enjoy dolphin shows and others with the blue sea back.
Okichan of “Okichan Theater” is false killer whale, bottlenose dolphin which is the mascot of the Okinawa International Maritime Exposition held in 1975. “Okichan Theater” is a facility where dolphin shows can be seen, and is a popular tourist spot even after the Okinawa International Ocean Expo ends.
Ocean Expo Park with “Okichan Theater” is a state-owned park built in commemoration of the Okinawa International Marine Expo held in Okinawa in 1980. There are popular tourist attractions such as the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in the park. At the “Okichan Theater” located by the sea, dolphin shows can be enjoyed for free, and at the dolphin lagoon next door you can observe dolphins freely.
At “Okichan Theater”, you can see the idol of Ocean Expo Park, Okichan of dolphins and a fun show of their colleagues, backed by the blue sea and the far away islands. You can enjoy Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin, false killer whale, Pacific white-sided dolphins’ high jump and dance, chorus etc, and it is very popular among children.
Rain drains and sunblinds are installed in “Okichan Theater” so you can comfortably watch the show even on rainy days. In addition, there is a part of roof in “Dolphin Lagoon” next door, but depending on the bad weather or the health condition of the animal, the show may change or be canceled. So please make inquiries to the facility before you go.
The Okichan Theater is the theater in the Ocean Expo Park where you can enjoy a dynamic show of dolphins.
The Ocean Expo Park is located in Motobu-cho of Kunigami-gun, Okinawa Prefecture. The “Show Pool” where the dolphins play a dynamic show against the East China Sea and Iejima Island, and the “Diver Show Pool” which can observe an underwater dolphin over glass are installed.
The big roof is set up in the theater and you can enjoy the show comfortably without worrying about sunshine and rain.
In “show pool”, dynamic high jump of bottlenose dolphin, false killer whale, white-sided dolphin, and the show such as humorous dance and chorus will be held.
The performance time for that dolphin show is about twenty minutes. First of all, it starts by introduction of bottlenose dolphin, false killer whale, white-sided dolphin and others. A cheer is rising from the auditorium to the dolphin that appealing to a spectator to make a pectoral fin from the water surface, and shake a hand, spinning up its upper body and greet you, the cute and humorous gestures.
After that, the show time full of speed continues. Dolphins gave a performance of agile and dynamic exercise ability with uptempo BGM. Swim quickly underwater at full speed, jump high on the water surface and turn back. The powerful motion of the dolphin made us catch our breath.
The most popular attraction is thr high jump. The depth of the water that was 4 meters at the time of opening became 6 meters after the renewal, so an approach swim for jumping also increased.
The 20 minutes show is fun, and it will end quickly. It will be time to part with the dolphins soon. To the expressions of the audience who satisfiedly moved the venue, one is able to see the excitement and impression on their face.
|Address:||Ishikawa Kunigamigun Motobucho, Okinawa 905-0206 Japan|
|Access:||Approximately 2 hours from Naha Airport|
|Tel:||(+81) 980-48-2748 (Okinawa Ocean Expo Management Office)|