Okinawa Prefecture which is also one of Japan’s best sightseeing provinces. The popular place that always monopolizes the top ranking of sightseeing spots in Okinawa is this “Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium”. It is also the most popular aquarium in Japan with more than 3 million visitors per year.
“Churaumi” means Okinawa’s dialect “Pure and beautiful sea”. It is located in the “Kaiyohaku-koen” (the Ocean Expo park) near the Motobu peninsula Bisezaki in the northwestern part of the main island of Okinawa. The Ocean Expo Park is a huge park with a size of 71.6 hectares. The “Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium” located in the park was the world’s largest aquarium until the opening of the Georgia Aquarium in America in 2005.
There are plenty of places to see such as 800 corals, the world’s largest fish, the whale shark, and the world’s first breeding manta. Let’s enjoy the sights of “Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium” by all means.
“The Sea of Black current” is a main spot of this aquarium, which is 10 meters deep, 35 meters wide, 27 meters deep and the world’s largest water tank. There, you can see the elegant swimming of fish who are hard to see in other aquariums, such as whale sharks and manta rays
And in the Ocean Expo Park with this aquarium there are spots where you can meet free sea creatures such as dolphins and sea turtles. That is the place called “Okichan Theater”.
“Okichan Theater” which shows dolphins’ jumps and songs against the superb view of Okinawa is held four times a day. It is surprising that the show which can be seen in such a wonderful place is free. Please go and see!
“The Okinawa Churaumi Suizoku-kan” (Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium), which is a popular tourist spot of Okinawa, is the aquarium of the super big scale. The Jinbezame (whale shark) and the manta swim leisurely in it. Over 10 years has passed since the opening, and display contents are substantial more and more. It is the one of the world’s largest aquariums which featured the theme of “the encounter with the sea of Okinawa” in the Kaiyohaku-koen (the Ocean Expo park). The colorful tropical fish, large-scale breeding of the live coral, and plural breeding of the jinbezame (whale shark) and the manta, the display only in Okinawa is unmissable.
The main tourist attraction is the Jinbezame (whale shark) being seen through a transparent huge acrylic panel of 8.2m in height, 22.5m in width, thickness 60cm. You are overwhelmed in a magnificent figure.
The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is located in the northern part of Okinawa Island, the Motobu peninsula for approximately two hours by car from Naha. In the aquarium which reproduced the world of the sea of Okinawa, it displays a lot of fish of the wide southern country being introduced from tropical fish to deep-sea fish, and the creatures which you can look at only here.
In addition, there are the free facilities including the dolphin show outside the hall and, various experience-based programs are carried out, there are a lot of attracting attention that the whole family can enjoy them together. More than 3,400,000 people have visited these facilities every year.
“Churaumi” means “the beautiful sea, or the clear sea” by words of Okinawa. As the name suggests, It is the aquarium which you can fully enjoy coral and colorful tropical fish displaying that reproduced the beautiful sea of Okinawa
|Name:||Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium|
|Adresse:||Ishikawa 424 Kunigamigun Motobucho, Okinawa 905-0206 Japan|
|Access:||Naha Airport (2 hours by car)|
|Price / Charge:||1,850 yen (Adult)
1,230 yen (Under 18 years old)
610 yen (Under 15 years old)
Free (Under 6 years old)
Please refer the official web page.