Churaumi Aquarium in Motubu! Orion Beer Factory Tour in Nago! American Village!

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My third day in Okinawa and we went to Churaumi Aquarium in Motubu and Orion Beer Factory in Nago! We also had the chance to visit American Village in Chatan, it is literally right down the street from where I’m staying.

I have been looking forward to visiting the aquarium for a long time because I have never seen a whale shark in person before! I am staying in Ginowan, which is in the southern half of Okinawa Island ( I WILL MAKE A MAP SOON! ) and we had to drive to the northern half to Motubu and Nago to see the aquarium and beer factory! It was really nice to drive along the coast. This island is like the Japanese version of Hawaii!

The aquarium was so beautiful! It was the biggest aquarium I’ve ever visited and it was magical! There was a lot of tourists (many from China) and it was crowded! I got to see the many different fishes that are found in this part of the world. We have a lot of the same species but they come in different colors here! Please enjoy my photos below!

My favorite beer is Orion and we had the chance to visit the Orion Beer Factory. They offer a free tour and beer tasting (you get two free beers!) 🙂 The tour is entirely in Japanese but it was really neat to see how they operate there. We drove back to Ginowan using the Express Way. It’s the equivalent to our freeway but you have to pay a toll fee. It was very fast and efficient. I didn’t take any pictures but we were driving through the wild part of Okinawa and there were many hills and mountains. It reminded me of driving on the Pali Highway because of the nature but it was not curvy. We went to American Village and it was really neat. It was the first time we walked along the ocean where we saw people of all ages enjoying this area. I didn’t take any photos (sorry!) but I witnessed local kids jumping into the ocean! I wanted to but maybe next time!

Please enjoy the quick video I made of Churaumi Aquarium (43 seconds). I didn’t shoot it in movie mode, it is entirely in individual picture frames (11 fps!). I am so in love with Okinawa!

Churaumi Aquarium May 2015 from Cencia B. on Vimeo.

WE ARRIVED TO CHURAMI AQUARIUM!
WE ARRIVED TO CHURAUMI AQUARIUM!
Father and daughters :)
Father and daughters 🙂
Touching some starfishes! They even provided an area to wash your hands after that was equipped with many sinks and hand dryers!
Touching some starfishes! They even provided an area to wash your hands after that was equipped with many sinks and hand dryers!
The skin of a very large Great White Shark that they caught in Okinawa. Shark skin feels like sand paper!
The skin of a very large Great White Shark that they caught in Okinawa. Shark skin feels like sand paper!
THESE WERE THE CUTEST!!
THESE WERE THE CUTEST!!
LOOK HOW DIFFERENT THE UHU IS! I was very surprised! The uhu is very beautiful here. They had a lot of different colors but this one was the most beautiful to me!
LOOK HOW DIFFERENT THE UHU IS! I was very surprised! The uhu is very beautiful here. They had a lot of different colors but this one was the most beautiful to me!
They had a dolphin in the biggest tank. I enjoyed watching the animals in here. Very huge tank full of sharks, rays, and fishes!
They had a dolphin in the biggest tank (only picture I had, kind of blurry sorry!). I enjoyed watching the animals in here. Very huge tank full of sharks, rays, and fishes!
Family Picture! This was the shark/ray information section. I got to rest a little bit and watch a video about one of the Manta Rays giving birth to a baby. It was very cool to watch even though I couldn't understand the narration.
Family Picture! This was the shark/ray information section. I got to rest a little bit and watch a video about one of the Manta Rays giving birth to a baby. It was very cool to watch even though I couldn’t understand the narration.
Orion Beer Factory in Nago. For Your Happy Time :)
Orion Beer Factory in Nago. For Your Happy Time 🙂
Orion Beer Factory!
Orion Beer Factory!
We had to :D
We had to 😀
The packaging/quality control part of the factory.
The packaging/quality control part of the factory. Can I take a keg home with me? haha
Orion beer throughout the years
Orion beer throughout the years
American Village in Chatan. The Blue Seal in the background is Okinawa's version of Baskin Robbin's. It's really good, they have a sweet potato flavor.
American Village in Chatan. The Blue Seal in the background is Okinawa’s version of Baskin Robbin’s. It’s really good, they have a sweet potato flavor.
American Village at night. I want to ride that huge ferris wheel one day. My dad says its a very long ride so maybe next time!
American Village at night. I want to ride that huge ferris wheel one day. My dad says its a very long ride so maybe next time!

I’ll try to make more videos for everyone to see! I have a few good frames of Orion Beer Factory! Right now, I have to get ready because my dad is going to bring us to his fire station to meet everyone. He always tells all the secretaries and his firefighters about us so he wants to introduce us before Cathy’s husband leaves Okinawa.

Bye guys!! I miss and love you all!!

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