Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Motobu-cho
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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. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Motobu-cho holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium Reviews
Dolphin show was entertaining and impressive. Rest of aquarium was too crowded with visitors on a Monday morning. Spent 2-3 hours at this place. Parking was relatively easy. more »
Throughout the experience, I got to touch starfishes, learn oceanic facts about aquatic creatures, as well as ocean preservation work that has been done by local organisations. The best part of the jo... more »
This is an excellent aquarium. There are many activities and many kinds of aquatic animals. Suitable to bring families and children to visit. There is an inside restaurant that can watch whale sharks closely which is free but must be booked and able to sit for 30 minutes. The external tribute has exhibited sea turtles and dolphins. There will be a dolphin show around. Which is free of charge.
Some aquariums are built for tourists, some for education, some for kids. This aquarium struck the perfect balance between all three demographics. The walking route is linear, so it's nearly impossible to get lost or separated from your kids. The tanks are numerous and nicely built. The fish are colorful and lively. Lots of interesting and interactive kiosks to attract the kids' attention. Free parking garages. Elevators take way too long. You're better off folding up your strollers and tell your kids to use the staircases.
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