Churaumi Aquarium is located in Motobu Peninsula in northern Okinawa Honto, about 90 kilometers from Naha. Churaumi Aquarium is considered Japan's best aquarium. Also it is considered to be the most famous tourist spots in Okinawa, visited by more than 3 million people each year.
Churaumi Aquarium is part of Ocean Expo Park. The aquarium is home to around 740 species and 21,000 marine life. Here you can see various marine life and also enjoy Dolphin Show. The facility starts on 3rd floor where you can see marine life living in shallow waters such as starfish, seashells and so on. You can touch starfish, seashells directly here. Then the more you walk, you will see marine life living in deeper seas.
The best part of Churaumi Aquarium is the massive Kuroshio Tank which is said to be one of the largest in the world. People usually spend more time here. There is also a small cafe where you can enjoy your meal and see marine life altogether. You can see manta, sharks, whales, dolphins and other marine life.
The best way to visit Churaumi is to use private transport / sightseeing taxi in Okinawa. Easy Travel has lots of sightseeing taxi in Okinawa with afforable price.
1 Take Yanbaru Express Bus that connects the airport and Naha city center with Churaumi Aquarium. One way trip costs around 2,000 yen and there are six round trips per day. In central Naha, the bus stops at Prefectural Office, Tomari Port and Furujima Station along the Yurail monorail among other locations.
2 Take highway bus number 111 from Naha to Nago Bus Terminal which takes approximately 90 minutes and costs around ¥2,100 from Naha Bus Center. Then transfer to bus number 70 to Kinen Koen Mae (記念公園前) and stop in front Ocean Expo Park (50 minutes, 880 yen). A few buses on lines 65 and 66 also serve Ocean Expo Park.
Hours & Fees
Operation time: 8:30 ~ 20:00
※ Admission ends one hour before closing time
※ October to February until 18:30
※ Closes on First Wednesday of December and the following day.
After 4PM Ticket: ¥1,290
Annual Passport: ¥3,700
After 4PM Ticket: ¥860
Annual Passport: ¥2,460
Elementary / Junior High School
After 4PM Ticket: ¥430
Annual Passport: ¥1,220
※ Group discount is available for groups of 20 or more
※ Under 6 years old is free
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