When I was living in Tokyo last summer, I became mildly obsessed with seaside excursions. Living in two of Asia’s largest mega-metropolis urban jungles will do that to a person. Japan, being an archipelago, is framed by stunning coastline on both sides, and I’ve found this often surprises people. “I had no idea Japan had places that looked like that!” It does indeed, which makes for many options, and I was able to take advantage of them more than a few times. (Here, here and here.)
During the work week, I would scour the internet looking for the best white sand beaches in Japan and plot my weekend escapes. It was during this detective work that I discovered Okinawa’s Churaumi Aquarium and its 7500 cubic meter Kuroshio Sea Tank filled with whale sharks and manta rays. It was with this discovery that I was determined to come to Okinawa.
It took a year to get here and then another six months to come back and get to that aquarium. But I got there. And it is spectacular. If the list of visitors who are promising to visit have anything to say about it, I will be back often.
And so I present to you (some of) the photos…