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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
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Marvel at huge whale sharks in one of the world’s largest aquariums at this marine center that recreates the aquatic environment of Okinawa’s waters.

Take the family on an unforgettable trip to Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, a vast undersea world teeming with whale sharks, rays, corals and tropical fish. Watch aquatic shows, learn about Okinawa’s marine life and touch a starfish.

The aquarium has 77 tanks spread out over four floors. Start on the fourth floor by looking down into the large, open Coral Sea Tank. Try to spot some of the sea creatures that live there, including spanner crabs that spend a lot of time buried in the sand. Visit the Touch Pool on the third floor and reach out and touch sea cucumbers and starfish.

The aquarium is famous for its Kuroshio Sea Tank located through the second floor to the first floor. The enormous container is 89 feet (27 meters) wide, 115 feet (35 meters) long and 33 feet (10 meters) deep. Through the large acrylic glass panel, you can see whale sharks, zebra sharks and manta rays.

Learn about life at the bottom of the ocean by visiting the exhibits on the first floor. Observe creatures that glow in the dark and see the giant squid specimen that is more than 20 feet (6.35 meters) in length. Throughout the day, you can listen to free informative talks about ocean life, and watch sharks and rays being fed.

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is open every day except the first Wednesday and the following day of December. Admission charges apply with discounts for a group with more than 20 people and reduced cover after 4 p.m. After your visit, watch a free dolphin show at the nearby Okichan Theater and view more porpoises at the Dolphin Lagoon. Visit the aquarium’s official website for details of fees and events.

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is located in the Ocean Expo Park complex within the Motobu District. It is a 2-hour drive from Naha Airport, and you can park in the on-site free lot. You can also reach the aquarium by bus, which takes about 2.5 hours from the airport.

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Hotel Orion Motobu Resort & Spa
Hotel Orion Motobu Resort & Spa
4.5 out of 5
148-1 Bise, Motobu, Okinawa-ken
The price is SG$328 per night from 19 Jan to 20 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Bise, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ocean Expo Memorial Park and Emerald Beach. Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Okinawa Hanasaki Marche ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (999 reviews)
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"This place is amazing! Japanese service is off the charts compared to the US. Excellent breakfast."…"

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Centurion Hotel and Resort Vintage Okinawa Churaumi
Centurion Hotel and Resort Vintage Okinawa Churaumi
3 out of 5
938, Ishikawa, Motobu-cho, Kunigami-gun, Motobu, Okinawa-ken
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Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps away from Ocean Expo Memorial Park and Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. Tropical Dream Center and Native Okinawan Village ...

4.2/5Very Good! (998 reviews)

"The hotel was nice but not as nice as I was hoping for the price. We opted for dinner and breakfast. I would advise only breakfast. Dinner was of two choices. On the next trip I will do a little more research to ensure my expectations. The staff was friendly and very accommodating."…"

Reviewed on 9 Jul,2020

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Hotel Yugaf Inn Bise
Hotel Yugaf Inn Bise
2.5 out of 5
1147-1, Bise, Motobu, Okinawa-ken
The price is SG$67 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
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Located in Bise, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ocean Expo Memorial Park and Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. Emerald Beach and Okinawa Hanasaki Marche are ...

3.8/5Good! (698 reviews)

"hotel in picture looks totally different in reality, but the room is huge. luckily this hotel is affiliated with Hotel Mahaina that has onsen facility and a shuttle service, to and fro. This hotel is so near to Churaumi Aquarium."…"

Reviewed on 22 Mar,2020

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Hotel Orion Motobu Resort & Spa
Hotel Orion Motobu Resort & Spa
4.5 out of 5
148-1 Bise, Motobu, Okinawa-ken
The price is SG$328 per night from 19 Jan to 20 Jan
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Yukurina Resort Okinawa Umikaji
Yukurina Resort Okinawa Umikaji
3 out of 5
799-2 Ishikawa, Motobu, Okinawa
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2.5 out of 5
801-9 Ishikawa, Motobu, Okinawa-ken
The price is SG$160 per night from 22 Jan to 23 Jan
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The Villas Machidoya
The Villas Machidoya
3 out of 5
894-1 Azaishikawa, Motobu, Okinawa
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Private Cottage Warami
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442 Bise, Motobu, Okinawa
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Sou Inn Motobu
Sou Inn Motobu
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