November 24-26, 2017, Okinawa, Japan
Area: Approximaltely 10,000 square meter
Building Structure: Reinforced-concrete, 4-stories high
Nurtured by the Black Curent (Kuroshio), the Okinawa seas are home to a countless number of marine creature whose ecology is beyond your wildest imagination. The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is a world class facility where you can experience splendor and mystery of the sea as you yourself were diving down into its cobalt-blue depths.
|￥1000 (=$10)||￥800 (=$ 8)||￥500 (=$5)|
|Glass bottom boat||￥1500 (=$15)||￥1200 (=$12)||￥7500 (=$7.5)|
|Combination||￥2000 (=$20)||￥1600 (=$16)||￥1000 (=$10)|
Okinawa Urban Monorail runs from Naha Airport to Shurijo Castle in about 27 minutes one way. From 8m - 20m above ground you can have a nice view of Naha city. Adult fares are between 220 – 320 Yen ($2.2-3.2) and for children from 110 – 160 Yen ( $1-1.5) depending on your destination. We highly recommend a free pass ticket if you plan on using the monorail throughout your stay. The fares are as follows:
From Busena's glass bottom boat, you can see various tropical fish leisurely swimming right in front of your eyes. The whale-shaped glass-bottom boat is a very popular attraction.
Shuri Castle was constructed around 14th century, however the specific details are not known. Since becoming the royal seat in 1406 for king Sho Hashi who united the kingdom, the castle proudly served as the heart of politics, foreign diplomacy and culture of the Ryukyu Kingdom for about 500 years until King Sho Tai, the last ruler of the kingdom abdicated the throne to the Meji Government of Japan. Through trade with China, Japan and Southeast Asia, various items were brought to Shuri Castle, where the distinct culture of Ryukyu blossomed through the arts such as lacquer ware, dyes and textiles, ceramics and music.
Shuri Castle served as the proud and dignified center of the Ryukyu Kingdom for over 400 years. With architectural influences from both China and Japan, the castle shows its exceptional cultural and historical value in its unique stone work and architectural design. Thus, Shuri Castle was designated as a world heritage site in December 2000, becoming the 11th World heritage site within Japan.
Located off Cape Busena in Nago City, the tower commands a panoramic 360-degree view of the ocean. The underwater observation offers a close look at marine life making its possible for non-swimmers to explore the fantastic underwater world as well. Come experience the excitement of life rich ocean life.
Taxis in Okinawa are available 24 hours a day. There are also tourist taxicabs with certified crew that can guide you around the island for sightseeing. The basic metered fare starts from 500 Yen until 1.8km, which increases 60 Yen every 360m.
The Airport Limousine Bus is also available between Naha Airport and major resort hotels on Okinawa Mainland. You can purchase tickets for the limousine bus at Naha Airport (1F, Domestic terminal or International Terminal), Naha Bus Terminal, and each hotel where the limousine bus stops. For more details about fares, bus timetable and schedule, please proceed to the Information Desk at the arrival lobby (1F) of both the domestic and international terminals. You can also call the “Airport Limousine Bus Information Center:” Bus Schedule and fares can be found at: http://www.tokyotravelpal.com/naha-limousine-bus.htm
The City buses have uniform fares of 220 Yen ($ 2.2) and are also convenient for sightseeing around the city. Get on a bus from the front, and exit from the rear. Please pay the fare when you get on.
The base fare for the suburban bus is 220 Yen ($2.2) within Naha city. For outside of Naha city to other cities the base fare starts from 160 yen and increases according to distance, somewhere between 220 Yen – 300 Yen for each 10km.
Expressway buses cover most of Okinawa Mainland and outlying islands, and are a convenient way to sightsee around the island. Please check with the bus company for bus schedules and fares.
Monorail, buses, taxis, and rental cars are the main means of transportation on the islands.
Dolphin Observation Times
Feeding Program Times (￥500 = $5, if you want)
Diver Show Times
Dolphin Show Times
Manatees are gentle herbivorous mammals that have inspired mermaid legends of the past. Small numbers of this endangered speicies inhabit the waters around Okinawa, and you may experience these gentle giants up close at Churaumi Aquarium.
Sea Turtle Pool
The seas around Okinawa are home to various turtles, including hawksbill, loggerhead, green, olive, and black turtles not commonly found in Japan. Enjoy these turtles at the sea turtle pool.
During the dolphin viewing program, you can see the dolphins up close and learn about their physical features as well as the methods of health maintenance practiced at ocean Expo park.
You may visit some attractions without paying the aquarium entrance fee. The following events are free of charge:
At Okichan theater you can enjoy an exciting dolphin show or an acrobatic diver show, with the beautiful blue ocean as the backdrop.
A number of tourists choose to rent a car for the ease of traveling around Okinawa and some tour packages include car rentals in their plan. There are many car rental companies providing anything from EV-car, small vans, wagons, and jeeps to camping cars and convertibles. Car rentals are equipped with car navigation systems, and some also have special equipment installed for barrier-free access. Rentals are also available on the outer islands, but please keep in mind to ask for gas station locations on the more rural outer islands. Most companies accept reservations by phone or Internet. With reservations, many car rental companies have a shuttle from the airport to their local office, where you can sign in and receive your keys. If you plan to drive while visiting Okinawa, you will need an international driver’s license obtained in your home country. Also, please be aware that seat belts are mandatory.