Okinawa Island Guide

Everything on Okinawa Island from A to Z | Zoos & aquariums

Okinawa Island Guide

Southeast Botanical Gardens

2146 Chibana, Okinawa City
Tel: 098-939-2555
Hours: 9:00-18:00, daily; 9:00-22:00 Fri, Sat and days before holidays
Admission: 1,500 yen for adults; 1,000 yen for ages 16-18; 500 yen for ages 6-15; free for children under 6
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Okinawa Zoo & Museum

5-7-1 Goya, Okinawa City / Tel: 098-933-4190
Hours: 9:30-18:00 *Oct-Mar until 17:30
Closed: Tue, Dec. 30-Jan. 1
Admission: Adults ¥500, ages 13-18 ¥200, ages 4-12 ¥100, under 3 free
(Museum); Adults ¥200, ages 4-18 ¥100, under 3 free
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Okinawa Zoo & Museum is home to about 150 species, a total of more than 1,000 animals, including elephants and lions. The facility features a petting zoo, a merry-go-round, kids ride-on cars and a wonder museum with workshop exhibits and a hands-on experience corner for children.


Ocean Expo Park

424 Ishikawa, Motobu Town
Tel: 0980-48-2741
Hours: 8:00-18:00; Mar-Sep 8:00-19:30
Closed: The first Wednesday and the following day of December for maintenance
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Oceanic Culture Museum (Planetarium)

424 Ishikawa, Motobu-cho
Tel: 0980-48-2741
Hours: 8:30-17:30 *Last entry 17:00; Mar-Sep 8:30-19:00 *Last entry 18:30
Admission: High school students and older ¥190; free for children aged 15 and under
*Free audio guide is available for certain programs in English, Korean and Chinese at the reception desk.
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NEO Park

4607-41 Nago, Nago City
Tel: 0980-52-6348
Hours: 9:00-17:30 (Last entry 17:00)
Open daily
Admission: Adults ¥660, ages 13-18 ¥330, ages 4-12 ¥220
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Be at one with nature in this environmental oasis. The park is home to 87 species of birds, 30 species of fish and 20 species of mammals. Feed some birds, and you may get a flock to gather around you.


Okichan Theater

424 Ishikawa, Motobu-cho
Tel: 0980-48-2741
Admission: Free
Dolphin show (approximately 20 min): 11:00 / 13:00 / 14:30 / 16:00 / 17:30 (*Apr-Sep only)
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With the East China Sea and Ie Island in the background, Oki-chan Theater features dolphin performances by park idol Oki-chan and her friends. The show’s playful stars entertain audiences with their high jumps and dance routines. The theater is located just across from the aquarium building, surrounded by Dolphin Lagoon, the Sea Turtle Pool and the Manatee Pool.


Uchina Farm

1080 Mabuni, Itoman City
Tel: 098-997-2793
Hours: 9:30-17:30 (last entry 17:00)
Closed: Wed (The facility is open if a holiday falls on Wednesday.)
Admission: 600 yen for adults, 400 yen for children, free for under 4

Uchina Farm covers a vast area of 280,000 square meters, within which are a winery, where the popular acerola and passion fruit wines are produced; agricultural fields and greenhouses, where you can enjoy a hands-on harvest experience; a petting zoo; a restaurant; and much more. Including a water buffalo-drawn cart ride, mini golf and horseback riding, a wide variety of activities are available.


Seashore Alameda

424 Ishikawa, Motobu-cho
Tel: 0980-48-2741

This walkway offers the opportunity to walk surrounded by the natural beauty of Okinawa. Enjoy a relaxing stroll accompanied by a view of cobalt blue water dotted with small islands.


Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Hours: 8:30-18:30 *Last entry 17:30; Mar-Sep 8:30-20:00 *Last entry 19:00
Admission: Adults ¥1,850, ages 16-18 ¥1,230, ages 6-15 ¥610, under 5 free
Annual passport: Adults ¥3,700, ages 16-18 ¥2,460, ages 6-15 ¥1,220, under 5 free
*Multi-currency exchange machine is available at the aquarium entrance.
The Ocean Planetarium offers an impressive view of marine life glowing in the dark in the Deep Sea section.
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This world-renowned aquarium is a must-see when you visit Okinawa. Churaumi means “beautiful ocean” in the Okinawan dialect. You can see huge whale sharks measuring 8.5 meters in length along with various other species of fish that can be observed through a massive acrylic panel.