The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is the second largest aquarium in the world and the largest in the country. It is located in the Ocean Expo Park on the Motobu Peninsula in Okinawa, Japan, 90 kilometres from Naha. The complex is situated on 19,000 square metres of land and boasts four levels of exhibitions including 77 massive tanks containing deep sea creatures, sharks and tropical fish.
The Kuroshio Tank is the most impressive exhibition of the location, offering unique underwater views of giant whale sharks and manta rays. Separate areas boast live tiger sharks and bull sharks and displays of various tropical fish. Additional tourist attractions and hands-on activities include the pool where living starfish and sea shells can be explored. Feedings and dolphin shows take place in the outdoor pool.
The Yanbaru Express Bus routes from the airport in Naha to the Churaumi Aquarium. Highways buses also service the location from Naha to the Kinen Koen Mae bus stop which is situated in front of the Ocean Expo Park. The Okinawa Expressway provides access by car.
The encompassing Ocean Expo Park hosted the 1975 World’s Fair and resulted in substantial economic growth that slowly diminished after the event ended. The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium was built to revitalise the tourism industry in the area.