February 28, 2017
Seriously. They should stop saying Churaumi Aquarium and start calling it the Okinawa Ocean Expo Park. It isn’t fair! There’s plenty to see outside of the aquarium.
How to Get There:
Only three buses go to the park: bus 65, 66 and 70. (Bus 70 also passes through Pineapple Park and Fruits Land). Check the routes here:
Look for 記念 公園前. That’s the station you want.
How to Leave:
Take the same bus across the street (opposite of where you got off). Check the last schedule of your bus going there, add a couple of minutes and that’s probably the last bus to go back. To be safe, the last bus comes around an hour after the close of the park, so I figure you’ll be safe.
- Allot plenty of time to explore – this is a big park, not just the aquarium. There’s a garden, some shows, etc. It’s an entire compound.
- Go for sunset!
- Target to be in the park around 2pm – some aquarium events are scheduled around that time.
- Prepare to walk a LOT.
Since I woke up late, I only managed to catch a bit of the park:
I shamefully haven’t seen a dolphin show, so when I saw there was one, I immediately went to it. Oh, and it’s free!
There were other “animals” in the compound:
There also was a crab, an octopus, etc.
Yeah yeah, here’s the highlight of the place: