Go twice in a year and your annual pass is paid for. It’s totally worth the trip. Cost is 1,800 yen for adults, children under 5 are free. No credit cards so bring Yen or dollar equiv. The outdoor dolphin show is great and quite funny since all of the commentary is in Japanese and so you basically just watch the show and the dolphins :-). Strollers are available for use at no charge. They just opened a huge children’s play area which entertained the kids for quite a while! Click the Churaumi Aquarium website for directions and other information. While you are at the aquarium, you might want to visit the Butterfly Park (which is just down the road from the aquarium, but not worth the trip just to go see the butterflies. You can be in and out of the butterfly park in about 30 mins if you want. Cost is 400 yen (adults) or 200 yen (3-15 yrs). Visit the Butterfly House, which is a net-enclosed area where the butterflies will come up close and land on you – especially if you are wearing red. Apparently this is their favorite color! You can also walk around the rest of the gardens – great for a quick stop before or after visiting the aquarium. The butterfly park is located on the left side of the road, just after the very first parking lot for the aquarium.
View from the butterfly park