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Welcome to Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

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Home to one of the world’s largest sea tanks and the world’s longest whale shark breeding record

Okinawa Churashima Foundation



The Kuroshio Sea Tank at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is one of the largest in the world, and the whale sharks that swim leisurely around the tank have been kept since March 1995, setting a new world record for the longest aquarium breeding period.

The gigantic 7,500-cubic-meter tank can be viewed both through a large acrylic panel and from the Aqua Room. Every day at 3 and 5 p.m., you can see the spectacular sight of whale sharks feeding in the tank.

You can use the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium’s official “Churaumi App” to check facility information and view the creatures kept in the aquarium while on the go.

The app is provided in multiple languages (Japanese, English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Korean) for easy use by visitors from around the globe. When in “Guide Mode,” the app will automatically display timely information on your device, such as introductions to each tank. You can even search for information on creatures in the area you are currently visiting. You can also receive congestion updates, as well as news about events and exhibitions hosted at the aquarium.


How to get there


By car: From Haneda Airport, fly to Naha Airport (about 3 hours). The aquarium is about a 2-hour drive from Naha Airport via the Okinawa Expressway.

By express bus: From Haneda Airport, fly to Naha Airport (about 3 hours). From the airport, take the express bus to the Ocean Expo Park bus stop (about 3 hours). The aquarium is a 10-minute walk from the bus stop.


424 Ishikawa, Motobu-cho, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa-ken


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