The Ocean Expo Park was built to host the 1975 World Exhibition, and luckily for all its fans, someone with foresight decided to convert it into an aquarium sometime after the event. The idea paid off with the Ocean Expo Park becoming one of Okinawa's main and most valued attractions. The park was opened up in 2002 and had by 2010 managed to attract over 20 million visitors.
The aquarium complex sits on 19,000 square meters of land. It has a total of 77 tanks which holds a massive 10,000 cubic meters of water . The huge Kuroshio Sea tank, with its giant whale sharks, manta rays and any other aquatic animals, holds 7,500 cubic metres of water alone. A monster tank for some monster sized fish!
As a visitor, you will learn about the various species of fish and marine animals that call the Aquarium home. For the brave, one exhibit allows you to touch starfish and various crustaceans. If that is not for you, you can watch the staff feed all the park's inhabitants, and enjoy dolphins and sea turtles playing in an open area.
The surrounding area around the aquarium also features the Okinawan Museum, a cultural museum, a beach and much more, so it’s almost impossible not to have fun!
- Oct-Feb: 8:30am - 6:30pm (5:30pm last admission); Mar-Sep: 8:30am - 8:00pm (7:00pm last admission); First Wednesday and Thursday of December
- +81 980-48-3748
- 424 Ishikawa, Motobu, Kunigami District, Okinawa Prefecture 905-0206, Japan
- The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is situated about 90 km from Naha. You can get there by taking the Yanbaru Express Bus (2 hours, around 2000 yen/20 USD)