Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
4.5
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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  • eagle32016
    New York City, New York126 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit in Okinawa
    The establishment is built on the site of the Okinawa Expo and it overlook beautiful ocean. It has extensive and fun exhibition, and its largest water tank is the second largest in the world giving impressive picture of the ocean of Okinawa with so many different species. Outside of the aquarium, there are regular shows of dolphins and sea turtle tanks, and you can feed them at a fee. Great and refreshing experience and highly recommended. There is a huge parking but still it gets crowded after a few hours, so it is recommended to go early and fully enjoy the establishment.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Robert Lo
    Hong Kong, China120 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aquatic Wonderland: A Must-Visit Family Destination with Captivating Marine Life
    Perfect for family visits. One of the best aquariums for marine animals I have ever been to. Plenty of food stalls and seats if you need to revive. The souvenir shop offers good quality and unique items. Unfortunately the cafe within the aquarium was full which I anticipated long time ago. It was a pleasant experience overall and I’d recommend to friends especially families with children.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 November 2023
  • CanuckJames
    Nishinomiya, Japan1,719 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing huge complex
    This is an amazing complex. Located on the former Expo 75 lands, this is a huge 4-level aquarium. There are three major exhibits inside this complex. Kuroshio, Coral Sea, and the Shark Research Lab. The tank is so big, and the whale shark is so huge, that it is overwhelming and awe-inspiring. The admission fee is ¥2,180 however there are many places you can get a discount. On the same property, there are 4 other FREE pools. No admission is needed. The dolphin show is currently at the Dolphin Theater (Okichan Theater is currently being remodeled), the Manatee Pool, and the Sea Turtle Pool. This is a must-visit if you are in Okinawa.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 November 2023
  • Mr Simple
    124 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go in the afternoon for lesser crowd
    The whole aquarium building is very large but actually there aren’t that many exhibits. If you wish to do something else, my suggestion is to go about 2 hours before closing time - it was so empty at 4pm. You skip all the bus loads of tourists and families, and still see the same thing. But do take note of the last entry timing. It doesn’t take more than 1.5 hours to cover. The dolphin shows were always crowded no matter which timing so if you want to sit you have to go early.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 December 2023
  • Lucas Albergari... M
    64 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go visit it!!!!!!
    This place is BIG and the main aquarium has a GIANT shark and enormous manta rays. Fishes way bigger than Osaka’s aquarium, for example. Shop is varied (I could count at least 10 t shirt designs, the amount of plushies is great). There are lots of options for breakfast and lunch here. It takes a whole morning/begining of an afternoon to visit it. Don’t follow google maps recommendations to use local buses, trust me: they are expensive and you definetly won’t feel confortable with the idea of looking for a badly signed bus stop in the middle of a hilltop road. I’d recomend to get an airport shuffle bus - the price might sound expensive but it is fixed. Going back to my hotel I got a local bus and the ticket fare changes along the distance run by the bus. If it’s your first time in Okinawa, go visit it! But keep in mind that it is VERY far away from downtown. It’s a place where I wouldn’t like risking to miss the bus back to my hotel.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 February 2024
  • Dee N
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates288 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great with kids
    We loved our visit here. It’s not a big aquarium but the coral reefs and the whale shark were a sight to see. The queue was quick enough and the surrounding area is lovely with a playground for little kids.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 March 2024
  • Margo9999
    Victoria, Canada111 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just go…that’s all I have to say!
    When my daughter found out Okinawa was a stop on our Japanese vacation she said we had to visit here. It was amazing. Not just the beautiful tropical fish, but the giant central tank that housed the manta rays, sharks and the 30’ whale shark. We could have stayed all day.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 March 2024
  • Brigette
    Hong Kong, China402 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Plan ahead, great day out with family !
    We had a great day at the aquarium, here is a suggested itin. Book tickets for dolphin feeding online and get QR quote, visit on a weekday if possible but it was still packed on Monday when we visited. Get there early and park at P7 (closest) , we parked at P9 still ok but 10min walk to aquarium ok if you want to see manatees and turtles first. Watched dolphin show at 12noon then lined up at feeding booth to redeem for the fish bait at end of show. Then went indoor and watched coral reef feeding at 2pm, really worth it. The third/ last window has the best view at feeding time. Then go to ocean blue cafe (next to the whale shark tank) and sign up for a window side table. In busy day we waited for an hour for a table. At 3pm feeding time for the whale shark while we had afternoon tea, food average but great view priceless, booking fee 500 yen for window table and max 40minutes limit. Spend the rest of the day at the nice shark exhibits and shops (packed), the beach outside was really nice. If in a rush then can finish everything in an hour - slipping meals and feeding time.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 April 2024
  • OZS_ATW
    Budapest, Hungary3,529 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice program
    We came here from Yaedake Sakuranomori Park at the end of January 2024. We paid Y 3,300 for 2 adults and a kid. The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium was located in a huge area. We did not like the dolphin show. It was very disappointing but the rest of the place was very interesting.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 April 2024
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OZS_ATW
Budapest, Hungary3,529 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We came here from Yaedake Sakuranomori Park at the end of January 2024.
We paid Y 3,300 for 2 adults and a kid.
The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium was located in a huge area. We did not like the dolphin show. It was very disappointing but the rest of the place was very interesting.
Written 4 April 2024
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Brigette
Hong Kong, China402 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We had a great day at the aquarium, here is a suggested itin. Book tickets for dolphin feeding online and get QR quote, visit on a weekday if possible but it was still packed on Monday when we visited. Get there early and park at P7 (closest) , we parked at P9 still ok but 10min walk to aquarium ok if you want to see manatees and turtles first. Watched dolphin show at 12noon then lined up at feeding booth to redeem for the fish bait at end of show. Then went indoor and watched coral reef feeding at 2pm, really worth it. The third/ last window has the best view at feeding time. Then go to ocean blue cafe (next to the whale shark tank) and sign up for a window side table. In busy day we waited for an hour for a table. At 3pm feeding time for the whale shark while we had afternoon tea, food average but great view priceless, booking fee 500 yen for window table and max 40minutes limit. Spend the rest of the day at the nice shark exhibits and shops (packed), the beach outside was really nice. If in a rush then can finish everything in an hour - slipping meals and feeding time.
Written 2 April 2024
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Margo9999
Victoria, Canada111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
When my daughter found out Okinawa was a stop on our Japanese vacation she said we had to visit here. It was amazing. Not just the beautiful tropical fish, but the giant central tank that housed the manta rays, sharks and the 30’ whale shark. We could have stayed all day.
Written 28 March 2024
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Dee N
Dubai, United Arab Emirates288 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We loved our visit here. It’s not a big aquarium but the coral reefs and the whale shark were a sight to see. The queue was quick enough and the surrounding area is lovely with a playground for little kids.
Written 18 March 2024
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Deborah P
Watertown, NY14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Great day expect a lot of people and no shade. You can feed the dolphins and turtle .
Dolphins show was also very nice .The highlight is the Wale shark
Written 7 March 2024
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Lucas Albergari... M
64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
This place is BIG and the main aquarium has a GIANT shark and enormous manta rays. Fishes way bigger than Osaka’s aquarium, for example. Shop is varied (I could count at least 10 t shirt designs, the amount of plushies is great). There are lots of options for breakfast and lunch here.

It takes a whole morning/begining of an afternoon to visit it. Don’t follow google maps recommendations to use local buses, trust me: they are expensive and you definetly won’t feel confortable with the idea of looking for a badly signed bus stop in the middle of a hilltop road. I’d recomend to get an airport shuffle bus - the price might sound expensive but it is fixed. Going back to my hotel I got a local bus and the ticket fare changes along the distance run by the bus.

If it’s your first time in Okinawa, go visit it! But keep in mind that it is VERY far away from downtown. It’s a place where I wouldn’t like risking to miss the bus back to my hotel.
Written 7 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Mr Simple
124 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The whole aquarium building is very large but actually there aren’t that many exhibits. If you wish to do something else, my suggestion is to go about 2 hours before closing time - it was so empty at 4pm. You skip all the bus loads of tourists and families, and still see the same thing. But do take note of the last entry timing. It doesn’t take more than 1.5 hours to cover. The dolphin shows were always crowded no matter which timing so if you want to sit you have to go early.
Written 26 December 2023
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Tara B
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
I'm not really an aquarium person.; they're okay. But so many people recommended this one to me, I figured I had to check it out, even though it took hours to get there on public transportation. It did not disappoint. The aquarium is in a giant outdoor park attached to other attractions, so it can be a little hard to find the aquarium itself. Also some of the exhibits are outside, so I actually saw some of the animals before I even went in and bought a ticket, which was odd. The aquarium itself is lovely and has an amazing view of the coast. There's even a little beach to walk along and take pictures. The real highlight of the aquarium is the whale shark. I had never seen a creature quite so big and beautiful! There was only one when I was there, but I've seen pictures with more so maybe the others weren't out that day? There's a large tank in the center of the aquarium with the whale shark, giant manta rays, and other fish. Plan to stay awhile and watch, as this is the best part of the aquarium. I recommend reserving a table at the cafe, where you can sit right by the aquarium wall and eat while the fish and rays drift past you. Best aquarium I have been to.

The outdoor exhibits are a little bit more of a letdown, as they're not as well taken care of (Japan's animal welfare on the whole is fairly concerning. This place wasn't too bad, but a couple exhibits should have been cleaner). The dolphin show is very bare-boned. Nonetheless, I think this is definitely a place to check out and see some incredible underwater mammals. They also have some glow-in-the-dark fish from the deep which was really cool.

If you're coming all the way up from Naha, I'd recommend renting a car for the day as it is very far away and a hell of a busride. There's also a pineapple winery nearby, which makes for a great end to this activity. I spent the afternoon, probably 4-5 hours at the aquarium and then headed over to the winery for some local pineapple wine -- definitely recommend.
Written 14 December 2023
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CanuckJames
Nishinomiya, Japan1,719 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
This is an amazing complex.

Located on the former Expo 75 lands, this is a huge 4-level aquarium. There are three major exhibits inside this complex. Kuroshio, Coral Sea, and the Shark Research Lab. The tank is so big, and the whale shark is so huge, that it is overwhelming and awe-inspiring.

The admission fee is ¥2,180 however there are many places you can get a discount.

On the same property, there are 4 other FREE pools. No admission is needed. The dolphin show is currently at the Dolphin Theater (Okichan Theater is currently being remodeled), the Manatee Pool, and the Sea Turtle Pool.

This is a must-visit if you are in Okinawa.
Written 19 November 2023
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Robert Lo
Hong Kong, China120 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Perfect for family visits. One of the best aquariums for marine animals I have ever been to. Plenty of food stalls and seats if you need to revive.
The souvenir shop offers good quality and unique items.
Unfortunately the cafe within the aquarium was full which I anticipated long time ago.
It was a pleasant experience overall and I’d recommend to friends especially families with children.
Written 19 November 2023
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