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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Marvel at huge whale sharks in one of the world’s largest aquariums at this marine center that recreates the aquatic environment of Okinawa’s waters.

Take the family on an unforgettable trip to Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, a vast undersea world teeming with whale sharks, rays, corals and tropical fish. Watch aquatic shows, learn about Okinawa’s marine life and touch a starfish.

The aquarium has 77 tanks spread out over four floors. Start on the fourth floor by looking down into the large, open Coral Sea Tank. Try to spot some of the sea creatures that live there, including spanner crabs that spend a lot of time buried in the sand. Visit the Touch Pool on the third floor and reach out and touch sea cucumbers and starfish.

The aquarium is famous for its Kuroshio Sea Tank located through the second floor to the first floor. The enormous container is 89 feet (27 meters) wide, 115 feet (35 meters) long and 33 feet (10 meters) deep. Through the large acrylic glass panel, you can see whale sharks, zebra sharks and manta rays.

Learn about life at the bottom of the ocean by visiting the exhibits on the first floor. Observe creatures that glow in the dark and see the giant squid specimen that is more than 20 feet (6.35 meters) in length. Throughout the day, you can listen to free informative talks about ocean life, and watch sharks and rays being fed.

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is open every day except the first Wednesday and the following day of December. Admission charges apply with discounts for a group with more than 20 people and reduced cover after 4 p.m. After your visit, watch a free dolphin show at the nearby Okichan Theater and view more porpoises at the Dolphin Lagoon. Visit the aquarium’s official website for details of fees and events.

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is located in the Ocean Expo Park complex within the Motobu District. It is a 2-hour drive from Naha Airport, and you can park in the on-site free lot. You can also reach the aquarium by bus, which takes about 2.5 hours from the airport.

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How about making your visit a bit more unique? A Sightseeing Bus Tour with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Nago Pineapple Park and an Okinawa: Churaumi Aquarium, Butterflies & Pineapple Park are both worth thinking about.

For more activities, have a look at our Motobu things to do page.


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Hotel Mahaina Wellness Resort Okinawa $151
Reviewed on May 18, 2019
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Hotel Mahaina Wellness Resort Okinawa

Hotel Mahaina Wellness Resort Okinawa

1456, Yamakawa, Motobu, Okinawa-ken
     
    4.1 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Hot spa is good. But bath tub can be replaced by standing shower area.

    Centurion Hotel and Resort Vintage Okinawa Churaumi $138
    Reviewed on Mar 14, 2019
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    Centurion Hotel and Resort Vintage Okinawa Churaumi

    Centurion Hotel and Resort Vintage Okinawa Churaumi

    938, Ishikawa, Motobu-cho, Kunigami-gun, Motobu, Okinawa-ken
       
      4.0 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Perfect

      Hotel Orion Motobu Resort & Spa $300
      Reviewed on May 22, 2019
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      Hotel Orion Motobu Resort & Spa

      Hotel Orion Motobu Resort & Spa

      148-1 Bise, Motobu, Okinawa-ken
         
        4.7 of 5
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Wifi was very slow in the guest room we stayed. We had talked to the front desk but nothing they could do to improve the speed.

        Hotel Yugaf Inn Bise $70
        Reviewed on Mar 18, 2019
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        Hotel Yugaf Inn Bise

        Hotel Yugaf Inn Bise

        1147-1, Bise, Motobu, Okinawa-ken
           
          3.8 of 5
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Reasonable price and amazing view. Even though the facilities need renovation (partly) but I would like to use those with this price. And the room was wide enough. I am sure that the most reasonable price in this area.

          Ala MAHAINA CONDO HOTEL $364
          Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019
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          Ala MAHAINA CONDO HOTEL

          Ala MAHAINA CONDO HOTEL

          1421-1 Yamakawa, Motobu, Okinawa
             
            4.7 of 5
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Our stay was very pleasing. When we arrived our room wasn’t available and we had to pay extra for another room, however they discounted our price a bit. The property and rooms were beautiful. Close to the aquarium and gorgeous views.

            Yukurina Resort Okinawa Umikaji $180
            Yukurina Resort Okinawa Umikaji

            Yukurina Resort Okinawa Umikaji

            799-2 Ishikawa, Motobu, Okinawa
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Motobu, this condo building is within a 5-minute walk of Ocean Expo Memorial Park and Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. Oceanic Culture Museum Planetarium and Native Okinawan Village and Omoro Arboretum are also within 10 minutes.

              Hills Churaumi $91
              Reviewed on Dec 17, 2017
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              Hills Churaumi

              Hills Churaumi

              801-9 Ishikawa, Motobu, Okinawa-ken
                 
                4.6 of 5
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Lovely stay, value was excellent and location being in proximity to Churaumi aquarium and Ocean Expo Park was great. Nakamura-san was a lovely and helpful host.

                Wisteria Condominium Resort $114
                Reviewed on May 10, 2019
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                Wisteria Condominium Resort

                Wisteria Condominium Resort

                Yamakawa 973, Motobu, Okinawa-ken
                   
                  4.7 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Cannot find the resort using the telephone number. Map code should be given instead. It will be good if choices of dinning places are given.