Perhaps, everyone here and who had been in Okinawa, has at some point in their stay, visited the Ocean Expo Park. Who hasn’t? It is after all the most popular tourist destination in the island next to Shuri Castle. However, most of those who visit only have the Churaumi Aquarium in mind forgetting that it is a massive amusement park with featured facilities that require an entire day to explore. Spring is here and what better way to spend the days than having an adventure. If you are planning to visit or considering a re-visit, here is hoping this post will help.

The Central Gate and Fountain Square at Ocean Expo Park in Motobu, Okinawa, Japan. 本部 朝基 , 沖縄県
The Central Gate and Fountain Square at Ocean Expo Park in Motobu, Okinawa, Japan. 本部 朝基 , 沖縄県
Flower Whale Shark at Ocean Expo Park in Motobu, Okinawa, Japan. 本部 朝基 , 沖縄県
Flower Whale Shark at Ocean Expo Park in Motobu, Okinawa, Japan. 本部 朝基 , 沖縄県

 

NATIVE OKINAWAN VILLAGE and OMORO ARBORETUM – A glimpse into the traditional design of an Okinawan village and the old way of life of the local.

Native Okinawan Village and Omoro Arboretum at Ocean Expo Park in Motobu, Okinawa, Japan. 本部 朝基 , 沖縄県
Native Okinawan Village and Omoro Arboretum at Ocean Expo Park in Motobu, Okinawa, Japan. 本部 朝基 , 沖縄県
A native Okinawan house featured at Ocean Expo Park in Motobu, Okinawa, Japan. 本部 朝基 , 沖縄県
A native Okinawan house featured at Ocean Expo Park in Motobu, Okinawa, Japan. 本部 朝基 , 沖縄県
The kitchen of a native Okinawan house featured at Ocean Expo Park in Motobu, Okinawa, Japan. 本部 朝基 , 沖縄県
The kitchen of a native Okinawan house featured at Ocean Expo Park in Motobu, Okinawa, Japan. 本部 朝基 , 沖縄県

 

CHURAUMI AQUARIUM – The most popular aquarium boosts an approximate land area of 10,000 m² with a building four-stories high. It proudly houses 77 exhibition tanks being the Kuroshio Sea tank as the main attraction having the volume capacity of 7,500 cubic meters containing three whale sharks and a group of manta rays. Read previous blog post HERE.

The Kuroshio Sea Tank is perhaps the main attraction at Churaumi Aquarium in Motobu District in Okinawa, Japan. It has a volume capacity of 7,500 cubic meters housing three whale sharks and a group of manta rays.
The Kuroshio Sea Tank is perhaps the main attraction at Churaumi Aquarium in Motobu District in Okinawa, Japan. It has a volume capacity of 7,500 cubic meters housing three whale sharks and a group of manta rays.
The three whale sharks inside the Kuroshio Sea Tank at Churaumi Aquarium in Motobu District in Okinawa, Japan.
The three whale sharks inside the Kuroshio Sea Tank at Churaumi Aquarium in Motobu District in Okinawa, Japan.

 

SEA TURTLE POOL –  Proudly housing 5 species of turtles out of the 7 (8?) species known in the world is the park Sea Turtle Pool. Hawksbill turtle, Loggerhead sea turtle, Green sea turtle, Kemp’s Ridley and the Black turtle can be viewed underwater from the underground viewing room. Admission here is free and enjoy guessing how old these turtles here! ;)

The turtle pool viewed from the underground viewing room at Ocean Expo Park in Motobu, Okinawa, Japan. 本部 朝基 , 沖縄県
The turtle pool viewed from the underground viewing room at Ocean Expo Park in Motobu, Okinawa, Japan. 本部 朝基 , 沖縄県
The turtle pool viewed from the underground viewing room at Ocean Expo Park in Motobu, Okinawa, Japan. 本部 朝基 , 沖縄県
The turtle pool viewed from the underground viewing room at Ocean Expo Park in Motobu, Okinawa, Japan. 本部 朝基 , 沖縄県

 

MANATEE POOL – The manatees at the park are “goodwill ambassadors” from Mexico. They are mostly fed with lettuce and they are somehow creepy looking like they are staring at your every moment. Of course, they are smart mammals (or mermaids), what to expect?

The manatee inside its pool viewed from the underground viewing room at Ocean Expo Park in Motobu, Okinawa, Japan. 本部 朝基 , 沖縄県
The manatee inside its pool viewed from the underground viewing room at Ocean Expo Park in Motobu, Okinawa, Japan. 本部 朝基 , 沖縄県

 

TROPICAL DREAM CENTER – A wonderfully manicured 6-hectare garden of more than 2,000 orchids and polished beautifully with tropical and subtropical plants, Tropical Dream Center is a secret paradise overlooked by most visitors in the midst of Okinawa’s Ocean Park in Motobu Town It offers a self-guided tour with a choice of approximately 1 hour Standard Course and an approximately half-hour Short Course tour. Read previous blog HERE.

Tropical Dream Center 海洋博公園・熱帯ドリームセンター –at Ocean Expo Park in Motobu, Okinawa, Japan
Tropical Dream Center 海洋博公園・熱帯ドリームセンター –at Ocean Expo Park in Motobu, Okinawa, Japan
Tropical Dream Center 海洋博公園・熱帯ドリームセンター –at Ocean Expo Park in Motobu, Okinawa, Japan
Tropical Dream Center 海洋博公園・熱帯ドリームセンター –at Ocean Expo Park in Motobu, Okinawa, Japan

 

STEP FOUNTAIN –  A quite small garden with step fountain offering a panorama view of the park from the top. It is not well-maintained but the serenity is perfect.

The step fountain at Ocean Expo Park in Motobu, Okinawa, Japan. 本部 朝基 , 沖縄県
The step fountain at Ocean Expo Park in Motobu, Okinawa, Japan. 本部 朝基 , 沖縄県

 

DOLPHIN LAGOON and DOLPHIN SHOW  – Perhaps most enjoyed by kids is the dolphin lagoon where they can see the smart dolphins up close and personal. A 20-minute live dolphin show, which is absolutely free, is also enjoyed by everyone at the Okichan Theater. Bottlenose dolphins, false killer whales and pacific white-sided dolphins are the stars in their water stage.

Most enjoyed by kids is the dolphin lagoon where they can see the smart dolphins up close and personal at Ocean Expo Park in Motobu, Okinawa, Japan. 本部 朝基 , 沖縄県 .
Most enjoyed by kids is the dolphin lagoon where they can see the smart dolphins up close and personal at Ocean Expo Park in Motobu, Okinawa, Japan. 本部 朝基 , 沖縄県 .
The dolphin lagoon and dolphin show at Okichan Theater at Ocean Expo Park in Motobu, Okinawa, Japan. 本部 朝基 , 沖縄県
The dolphin lagoon and dolphin show at Okichan Theater at Ocean Expo Park in Motobu, Okinawa, Japan. 本部 朝基 , 沖縄県
The dolphin lagoon and dolphin show at Okichan Theater at Ocean Expo Park in Motobu, Okinawa, Japan. 本部 朝基 , 沖縄県
The dolphin lagoon and dolphin show at Okichan Theater at Ocean Expo Park in Motobu, Okinawa, Japan. 本部 朝基 , 沖縄県

 

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