Over 6.8 million people visit Ocean Expo and Shuri Castle

Over 6.8 million people visit Ocean Expo and Shuri Castle

April 9, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A record number of people visited the Okinawa Commemorative National Government Park, which consists of the Ocean Exposition area in Motobu and the Shurijo Castle area in Naha last year. According to figures released on April 8 by the Okinawa General Bureau, a total of 6,867,656 people visited the two areas in 2014, an increase of 440,000 people (6.8%) compared to the previous year. A breakdown of the statistics reveals that 4,345,261 people, an increase of 6.5%, made the trip to the Ocean Expo area, while Shuri castle area had 2,522,395 visitors, an increase of 7.4%.

The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium attracted 323, 468 people, an increase of 6.4%, and the Shuri Castle (toll zone) had 1,813,274 visitors, an increase of 4.6%. The Churaumi Aquarium and Shuri Castle continue to be the most popular tourist facilities and attractions on Okinawa.

On August 4, the Ocean Expo area welcomed its 80 millionth visitor since opening. The area also celebrated a new record of annual visitors.
The overall number of tourists who visited Okinawa last year was 7,058,300, 10% more than in 2013. Foreign tourists accounted for 893, 500 of this figure, with the remaining 6,164,800 domestic tourists.

The Okinawa General Bureau was pleased with the increase in visitor numbers, which was achieved despite a typhoon hitting the island during the peak season.

In 2013, the Okinawa Commemorative National Government Park attracted about 6,430,000 visitors, which set a record for the first time in five years. Visitor numbers continued to grow throughout 2014.

(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana)

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