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A trip to DMM Kariyushi Aquarium, a new destination in Okinawa!

Travel

ReleaseMay 24, 2021

iias Okinawa Toyosaki
Opened in April 2020, DMM Kariyushi Aquarium is located in “iias Okinawa Toyosaki,” a shopping mall about 20 minutes by car from Naha Airport. The concept of the aquarium is “the new entertainment aquarium combining the latest visual expression and spatial representation.”

DMM Kariyushi Aquarium
DMM Kariyushi Aquarium
After entering the facility, you can watch a movie in the theater. The image projected on the huge screen surrounding the room was very powerful with effects of wind and other sounds.


This is the exhibition area. This aquarium has no panel to describe creatures, so I felt the beauty of the creatures in water tanks, enhanced with the plain walls. By downloading a special app in advance, you can check descriptions by holding your smartphone over touchpoints in the facility.
DMM Kariyushi Aquarium
DMM Kariyushi Aquarium
DMM Kariyushi Aquarium

In the “Forest” area on the 2nd floor, you can see fresh-water fish, reptiles, and amphibians. From the pathway around the trees, you can look down on the floor.
DMM Kariyushi Aquarium
DMM Kariyushi Aquarium
DMM Kariyushi Aquarium

DMM Kariyushi AquariumIf you carefully look into the hole on a big tree…


DMM Kariyushi Aquarium
DMM Kariyushi AquariumA Humboldt penguin, one of the most popular creatures in this aquarium.


DMM Kariyushi Aquarium
DMM Kariyushi AquariumWith effects of waves and sounds, this tank looks like a real cove. The effects change according to the time of day.

DMM Kariyushi AquariumTry ducking, and you will feel as if you are in the ocean.


DMM Kariyushi Aquarium
DMM Kariyushi AquariumIn this area, you can take off your shoes and walk on a large water tank. Schools of fish swim under your feet.


DMM Kariyushi AquariumThis touch pool is very popular among children.


DMM Kariyushi Aquarium
DMM Kariyushi AquariumYou can see not only ocean creatures but also land creatures, such as capybaras, giant tortoises, and sloths.


DMM Kariyushi Aquarium Go down to the 1st floor by an escalator surrounded by a touch pool. It is the “Ocean” area, with a wavy blue illumination.
DMM Kariyushi Aquarium
DMM Kariyushi Aquarium


DMM Kariyushi Aquarium
DMM Kariyushi Aquarium
DMM Kariyushi AquariumI loved the pictograms in the facility. So, every time I saw them, I took photos.


DMM Kariyushi Aquarium
DMM Kariyushi AquariumPretty ocellaris clownfish.


DMM Kariyushi Aquarium
DMM Kariyushi AquariumColorful corals and sea anemones are just stunning.


DMM Kariyushi Aquarium
DMM Kariyushi AquariumUnder the illumination slowly changing the color, jellyfish floating up and down in a cylindrical tank create a mesmerizing sight.


DMM Kariyushi Aquarium
DMM Kariyushi AquariumA virtual water tank, which is created with projected images on the wall with water flowing down. Several kinds of creatures appeared. When a whale shark came into sight, kids got excited and reacted with cheers.


DMM Kariyushi Aquarium
DMM Kariyushi AquariumThe cafe offers many Okinawan dishes, including sausages made with Agu pork.


DMM Kariyushi AquariumThe shop is filled with cute goods and items, such as stuffed-penguins made with a design from “bingata,” a traditional dying technique of Okinawa.

I purchased a key holder and went back to the entrance to take a commemorative photo. I had enough time to look around the aquarium at an unhurried pace, and it took about two hours.
There is an outlet mall, “Ashibinaa,” near the aquarium. You will have a great time visiting the Toyosaki area with its amazing aquarium creatures and great shopping.
DMM Kariyushi Aquarium
Chura-Sun Beach


DMM Kariyushi AquariumThe bus from the airport is convenient.


*The information herein is as of May 2021.


DMM Kariyushi Aquarium
https://kariyushi-aquarium.com/en/