Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Motobu-cho

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#1 of 238 in Zoos & Aquariums in Japan
Situated on the site of the 1975 World's Fair, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium continues to attract millions of visitors with its world-class variety of marine life. Touch tanks near the entrance of the three-story aquarium allow you to get up close and personal with starfish and seashells. Daily feedings and shows are open to the public; check ahead for relevant times. Make sure you stop at the massive Kuroshio Tank to see manta rays and giant whale sharks. See Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and all Motobu-cho has to offer by arranging your trip with our Motobu-cho tour planner.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is an aquarium, this property is the largest and best in the country in Japan. 日本 Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan part that many people recognize it as the # 2, but it went all 2 sites. The highlight of this is that the whale shark is the highlight. Is a point at which most interest of everyone here.
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  • August 16, 2017
    It will also be nice to see some species, that poor are holed up in narrow spaces. But then 1800 yen for a few things and so many people to take photos that don't even allow you to watch. To avoid!
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  • August 16, 2017
    The Aquarium consists of several buildings with different themes. The large bassin with the enourmous wale sharks is impressive. You keep staring at this big creatures. There is a lot more to see. Cor...  more »
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  • June 9, 2017
    World class aquarium in a modern layout. The whale sharks are a must see. A large restaurant and a variety of small eateries are available on site along with many clean bathrooms. Very good access for handicap. The place is spread out over several acres so be prepared to do a lot of walking. There is a small shuttle service that we took advantage of. Be prepared to deal with large crowds. Despite the long drive to reach this place (past Nago) you won't be disappointed. I highly recommend a visit.
  • July 11, 2017
    Beautifully arranged aquarium. Really big! With two whale sharks and much more. Children would love it! Educative on the ocean surrounding Okinawa.
  • February 8, 2017
    I believe as of right now it is the 3rd largest aquarium in the world but it is an awesome aquarium! The main tank is absolutely marvelous! The highlight is definitely the beautiful whale sharks, a must see. A perfect place to take your kids. It is always super busy. The best time to go would definitely be right when they open, it takes about 3-4 hours to look at the aquarium. There is also a dolphin show, i believe it is shown every hour. The location of the Aquarium is probably the best part. If you get there early you can walk around the expo park. I would recommend taking snacks and maybe lunch because the cafe and other food areas will get busy!
  • July 1, 2017
    If you like aquariums this is a great one. The fish were plentiful and very active(later in the day, not so much in the early morning) and the whale sharks are wonderful. The other great thing is the grounds that it's in. There is so much to do it makes for a great couple of days.
  • June 15, 2017
    Wow! Best aquarium we've ever been to! Very clean, well appointed, such a wide variety of aquatic life, and so much to do in the entire park! The aquarium gets all of the attention, but make sure to check out the Dolphin Show and also go feed the baby goats in the Native Okinawan Village section of the park.

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Most visitors to Motobu-cho opt to spend their time by the sea, so accommodations have positioned themselves accordingly. Choose from a number of beachfront hotels, resorts, and guesthouses located close to the aquarium and botanical garden, and on Sesoko Island. By the harbor in the main urban area, a few homestays and guesthouses dot the largely residential part of town. As a general rule, urban areas farther inland offer more budget-friendly rooms, whereas lodgings in non-urban areas farther inland tend to be pricier retreats making the most of the scenery and seclusion.
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