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    Okinawa Aquarium

    by DEBBBEDB Updated Mar 7, 2015

    My husband has always loved aquariums, so of course when we lived here, we went to the aquarium. There is a gigantic tank called The Kuroshio Sea Tank the largest fish in the world, the whale shark, and you can also see the world's first successfully bred-in-captivity manta. Of course we also had to see the Dolphin Show at Okichan Theater - Dolphin Show (approx 20 min)



    Period Opening time Closing time(last admission)
    Normal Oct-Feb 8:30 18:30(17:30)
    Summer Mar-Sep 8:30 20:00(19:00)
    Closed First Wednesday and the following day (Thursday) of December Please be reminded that all entrance gates at Ocean Expo Park will be closed.
    Admission Adult 1,850 yen

    Dolphin show Snake signs Our friend's child at an off limits sign Map of the grounds
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    Okinawa Peace Hall and Peace Bell

    by DEBBBEDB Updated Mar 7, 2015

    The Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum is located on a very large site on Mabuni Hill where the Battle of Okinawa came to a bitter end and where the most bloodshed ensued. My mother labeled her photos of this as Peace Memorial, but the Japanese call it Okinawa Peace Hall. This is a large tower erected in 1978 which holds a 12m-high statue dedicated to world peace. In the front garden is the Okinawa Peace Bell, a 9 meter high bell tower which was donated by the Lions International Club 337. The bell is rung five times a day to console the spirits of those who died in the war. It is also intended that the sound of the bell will carry the Okinawan people's wish for peace across the Seven Seas and to every corner of the world
    Admission: 300 yen
    Hours: 9am to 5pm

    Bell Tower Bell Tower Bell Tower Peace memorial from a distance Entrance to Peace Memorial
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    Kin Town Red Beach

    by kenmerk Written Apr 13, 2013

    When the weather is rough and winds are blowing, here is one dive site that you can still probably get a good dive out of. I only had one day to dive in Okinawa, which unfortunately fell into the above two categories... Still it was a fun day out, and you can get a great big meal of Taco Rice in Kin Town after the diving is done...

    Red Beach, Kin Town... Sea Snake...
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    Sunabe Sea Wall Night Diving...

    by kenmerk Written Apr 13, 2013

    Easy to get to and very easy entry/exit for night diving at Sunabe. You can find an array of night critters here. The only thing I would do differently is to come back in the summer time, as the water is still pretty chilly in April. (a balmy 67 F, or so says the dive computer...)

    Well decorated Crab... Orangutan Crab Banded Shrimp Moray...
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    Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

    by didier06 Written Feb 13, 2012

    This marine aquarium opened in 2002 is currently the second largest aquarium in the world.
    You can see corals, créatures of the deep sea , rays and sharks. In the main aquarium whale sharks and manta rays move with other species.

    Prices: Adults 1800yens
    high school 1200 yens
    elementary/ junior 600 yens
    under 6 years old free

    main entrance manta ray sea turtle dolphin

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    Pineapple park

    by didier06 Updated Feb 13, 2012

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    Small park at NAGO, kids will probably have fun, adults hum......except if you are passionate about pineaple.

    The store offers a great choice of products derived from pineapple.

    Price : Adults 500 yens
    Children 250 yens

    Entrance the park the shop

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    Seifa Utaki

    by KevinMichael Updated Oct 6, 2011

    Seifa Utaki was registered as a part of a World Heritage site in December of 2000 specifically the Gusuku Sites and parts of the Ryukyu Kingdom. It had once been used Okinawan chieftains and as a holy site. It's a beautiful place for prayer and relaxing the mind.

    200 yen admission

    Seifa Utaki Stalagmites once dripped water for the chieftains What a view.  Kudaka Island in the background. The
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    Shurijo Castle

    by KevinMichael Written Oct 6, 2011

    Shurijo Castle was my first none Japanese castle to see in Japan. Built sometime in the 13th to 14th century, it's marvelous in how it differs from all the other Japanese castles I've seen.

    Being that I'm into castles and history, it was worth seeing it.

    Shurijo Castle inside Shurijo Throne Room The Walls of Shurijo Castle More Walls of Shurijo Castle A garden at Shurijo Castle
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    Watch the Sunrise

    by KevinMichael Written Oct 6, 2011

    I got up early so I could see the Sunrise a few times. In Japan, when I ask kids to draw a picture of the sun, the funny thing is that they color it red. The sun is RED? I think Japanese kids are taught that the sun is red much as they are taught a green traffic light is blue and tigers are yellow. Well, if they're basing it on sunrise (or sunset) then I can see why they might think of it as being red. The flag of Japan is all connected with this idea. That's right that big red dot on the white flag is the SUN.

    The Tale of How Green Lights Became Blue

    The traffic light problem started a long time ago when some samurai were marching along aside their shogun (who was on a horse) and one samurai said, "Hey, look at that green star up there." "Where?" said the shogun who could only see one star between the cloud cover.
    "There!" pointed the samurai. "Where?!" said the shogun. "Ther..." But, before he could finish the shogun chopped off his head with his katana. "You lie...", said the shogun,"it's blue!!!"
    There after, all the rest of the samurai agreed with the shogun despite what there eyes were really telling them. Later it was found the shogun was suffering from color blindness. But, the damage and the overall impact on Japanese history had already taken it's toll. It was too late to change. And back then, in Japan change was slow and never easy. So, green lights are blue even to this day in Japan.

    Don't get me started on yellow tigers.

    Yellow sun with orange rays Rise and shine
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    Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

    by DEVINE308 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    If you are like me and too chicken to go snorkeling this place is really great to see the ocean life. Also for the kids there is a great dolphin show! You also get to see other marine life such as turtles, manatees, and more. My daughter didn't stop talking about it for 3 months and we plan to go back again soon. It's also attached to the Ocean Expo Park which I hope to take better advantage of next we go since we arrived late. So get there early and don't miss out on anything!

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  • Okinawa Aquarium

    by Lildeer Updated Apr 4, 2011

    One of the best in the world, this is THE number one tourist destination in Okinawa. Here you can observe whale sharks, manta rays, turtles, and a see a dolphin show that rivals Sea World presentations.

    Admission is 1800 yen (currently about $18 USD) for an entire day of family fun.

    For fun, look for the sign at the refreshment cafe that advertises "coke froats".

    Okinawa Aquarium
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    Okinawa Aquarium

    by salisbury3933 Written Mar 10, 2010

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    This aquarium is definitely the best one I have seen in Japan by some distance.
    I definitely recommend a visit. There's a huge variety of sea creatures.

    General entrance is 1800 yen, 1200 yen for high school students and 600 yen for elementary and junior high school students.

    Main tank

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  • Under water aquarium!!!!

    by whenktattacks Updated Jan 1, 2010

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    want to see the sea life on Okinawa but dont want to get wet? Go to the under water aquarium!!! Its located in the resort Busera. Its straight up the 58 north past cape manzamo.
    You need to go into the resort to park then you but your ticket at the window. Its 2,000 yen for the underwater aquarium and a glas bottem bost ride. However if you just do the aquarium its 1,000 yen. Its so worth it!!!!! When we went we saw a blue ringed octopus!!! Its great to be under the water with out getting wet!!!! Also they have a vending machine with fish food that you can feed the fish. Its like 100 yen for the food! Trust me your kids will love this place!!!!!

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  • Place to see.....

    by whenktattacks Written Jan 1, 2010

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    I highly recomend going to Cape Manzamo in Onna village. If you are coming from camp Foster take 58 north all the way (almost to Okuma) you will see the sign for the cape manzamo. Its a free activity there is also a small street market there also. You can buy okinawa jewlery and clothes and gifts. Its beautiful!!! Cold in the winter so bring a jacket!
    This cape is before the marriot hotel resort so if you hit the resort you went to far!!!!
    Also there is a beer vending machine there! Too funny!

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    Shuri Castle

    by lohara Written Dec 20, 2009

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    Shuri Castle is the largest of Okinawas castles. It is located in the southern part of the island in Naha. It makes for a great tour for the day. It has so much history and intersting sights. Once inside the actual castle, pictures are not allowed, but there are several other areas to take some great pictures.

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