The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is the largest aquarium in Japan. It sits on the site of the Okinawa Ocean Expo that was held on the island in 1975 as part of a global celebration of the U.S. government returning Okinawa to Japanese control three years earlier. It was a world's fair of sorts.
|The welcoming sea turtle!|
One of the highlights of this beautiful aquarium is the presence of two very large whale sharks with their attendant remoras. There were also several varieties of manta rays, shiny tuna, smaller sharks, and a wide variety of beautiful and colorful smaller fish - all apparently living happily in the largest of the aquariums.
A small cafe is situated at one end of the largest aquarium, providing guests with the opportunity to sip their tea and coffee\ as they sit almost beneath the creatures of the sea. The view from our restaurant table was mesmerizing almost to the point of being completely hypnotic. It took unusual effort and concentration to get up and leave!
|A whale shark entertains his guests!|
The long drive to the Churaumi Aquarium culminates in a wonderful experience! Okinawa, you've done well with this one!