After touring Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, you can relive Okinawa's ancient past at Native Okinawan Village, and experience the life of people who lived close to the sea at the Oceanic Culture Museum. Further, you can enjoy a wide variety of flora.
|Inside the Aquarium||8:30-9:30||Journey to a Coral Reef||Life in Inoh→The Coral Sea→The Sea of Tropical Fish→Coral Reef World→Coral Reef Gallery|
|10:00-11:15||Journey to the “Kuroshio”||Churaumi Theater→Shark Research Lab→The Kuroshio Sea→Aqua Room|
|11:30-12:00||Journey into the Deep Sea||Deep Sea World|
|12:00-13:00||Invitation to the Great Sea||Restaurant “Inoh”|
|Ocean Expo Park||13:00-16:00||Park Area||Native Okinawan Village/Omoro Arboretum→Oceanic Culture Museum→Tropical Dream Center→Shop “Yanbaru no mori”|
* The above time schedule is only a rough guide. As there may be changes in the program due to crowded conditions or other events in the park, please use this only as a reference.
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium Entrance
As you descend a gentle slope from the parking lot to the Aquarium, you're greeted by a statue of a giant whale shark. As you go along the path and to the entrance, you'll see the vast world of the Okinawan Seas!
Journey to a Coral Reef
This exhibit recreates the marine world closest to Okinawa. Be sure to touch gently when touching the marine animals living in the shallow waters of the coral reef (“Inoh”).
- Explanation of the pool
- Explanation with underwater camera (approx. 15 min)
- 10:00 / 14:00
The Coral Sea tank recreates the sun-filled Okinawa coral reef. Take a look at the large-scale exhibit brimming with live coral.
- Explanation of the tank (approx. 10 min)
- 10:30 / 12:30 / 14:30
The tropical sea from the beautiful sandy beaches, past the coral reefs to the open sea, from brightly it shallow crags to the dim caves.
- Explanation of the tank (approx. 15 min)
- 11:00 / 15:30
- Explanation with Feeding (approx. 15 min)
Coral Reef World presents dangerous creatures that make their home among the coral reefs. Feel free to interact with a model of this world located next to the Aquarium tanks, and learn more about the dangerous aspects of these diverse creatures.
Get a close-up view of the tropical fish! Take some time to check our fresh water, too!
Journey to the “Kuroshio”
Far away from Okinawa's Churaumi coast, you can find the marine life of the open sea. This and the connection between Okinawan people and the sea are revealed in a exciting Hi-Vision video.
- Screen Times (approx. 20 min)
- 10:00 / 10:30 / 11:00 / 11:30 / 12:00 / 13:00 / 14:00 / 15:00 / 15:30 / 16:00 / 16:30 / 17:30 / 18:30*
- * Shown only during the summer (Mar-Sep)
- Underline in red indicates weekend and Japaneses holidays only.
Through our many exhibits and hands-on experience, discover the true nature of sharks!
You can enjoy an explanation by staff about the tank with underwater camera images from divers in the Kuroshio Sea tank.
- Explanation of the tank with video or divers (approx. 15 min)
- 11:30 / 13:30
- Feeding show with explanation (approx. 15 min)
- 15:00 / 17:00
Enjoy the feeling of walking underwater in the Aqua Room, where you can experience the pleasure of being at one with the ocean.
Journey into the Deep Sea
In its mighty depths, there is always one more mystery waiting to be discovered in the Okinawan Sea.
Invitation to the Great Sea
The lunch buffet is highly recommended. Each menu is Okinawan style and comes with a drink along with desserts.
Ocean Expo Park
The Native Okinawan Village recreates the villages of Okinawa during the Ryukyu Kingdom Period (17-19th centuries). There is also Omoro Arboretum with its collection of flora mentioned in the “Omorosoushi,” a collection of ancient Okinawan poems and songs.
*Exhibit hall is currently closed.
There are over 1,000 items on exhibit that exhibit the relationships between mankind and the sea, including rare canoes. There's also a seasonal Tingara planetarium show.
The Tropical Dream Center features more than 2,000 orchids, with a large-scale Amazon display tank and an observation room. Visitors to Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium can take in this attraction for half the regular price.
Enjoy shopping at Shop "Yanbaru no mori”, where you can purchase original T-shirts, glass craftwork, farm-fresh food products and plants.
*Please note that there are reading mistake.