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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

424 Ishikawa | Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, Motobu-cho, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa Prefecture 905-0206, Japan
+81 980-48-2741
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Ranked #1 of 19 attractions in Motobu-cho
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Marinas, Aquariums
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Honolulu, Hawaii
19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The long ride out from Naha to Churaumi Aquarium gave us an nice slice of Okinawa with cities, farms, gravestones on the mountainside and then, the beautiful ocean! The aquarium entrance from the top of the stairway overlooking the blue ocean scenery was a nice preview. The grounds were immaculate and as I observed all the play areas and fun,... More

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Perth, Australia
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

All though this aquarium has some lovely exhibits, displaying beautiful fish, i was saddened by the turtle, dugong and dolphin areas. These animals have barely any space to move, and in addition, their life is just sitting at the bottom of a tank with no plants, other fish for company or any stimulation whatsoever as you can see from my... More

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Malibu, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This is one of the best aquariums I've ever been to. It is huge and there are a lot of different exhibitions going on at the same time. They have a huge tank consisting of three whale sharks, and a few monstrous stingrays. Simply amazing.

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Portland, OR
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89 reviews 89 reviews
20 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Think of the aquariums in Monterrey and Atlanta; this one is on a par with them. I'd never seen three whale sharks in the same pool before. There are several educational programs, a theater, a touch pool, manatees, coral reefs and the usual colorful assortment of tropical fishes.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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264 attraction reviews
187 helpful votes 187 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I have been to more than 10 aquariums in the world but this place is the best onf so far for me. There are many places that boast longest/biggest something etc but Japanese people seem to know how to amuse tourists. Having saud that, I did not go to manatee/turtle exhibitions based on other people's reviews. Overall I had such... More

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Yamaguchi, Japan
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43 reviews 43 reviews
31 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We came here via bus tour from the airport which cost about ¥3,600. A reasonable price if you figure we rode the bus from Naha all the way to Motobu-cho (around 1h30 one-way). Being one of the biggest aquariums in the world, needless to say it was crowded. The aquarium is immense! It has many distinctive environments, sea creatures and... More

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Seremban, Malaysia
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26 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

1st of all, be sure you're driving to there as public transport of direct bus are not efficient as other part of Japan. Spend half a day in Churaumi Aquarium is just nice. The ticket is cheap but you may buy yours beforehand from OTS Rent-a-car. cheaper than listed price. The aquarium is crowded with people, however this is the... More

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Hartland, Michigan
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I visited the aquarium with a friend and our five 5 and under boys. We had a fantastic time. It is a bit of a drive out to the aquarium but it's worth it. There is an exhibit that shows dangerous creatures that live in the waters around Okinawa. This is a good place to see them so you can... More

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Hong Kong, China
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Gorgeous aquarium with clear acrylic glass Nice dolphin show but I think the one in ocean park of hong kong may be even better Nice settings of different kinds of fish tanks. Nice scene of coastline Convenient location with free parking

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Hong Kong, China
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We stayed at Rizzan Sea Park Hotel, at the middle of Okinawa, and don't rent a car to drive. We took the bus 120 to Nago Bus Terminal and then bus 70/66 to Aquarium, almost using two hours. There are two bus stops outside the aquarium, so make sure not miss the droff-off station. Please remember to refer the time... More

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