They’re Not Just for Swimming! 4 Amusement Pools for All-Day Fun

Japan is about to enter the height of summer soon. On a hot summer's day, isn't the pool the first thing that pops in your head when you think of a leisure spot? In Japan, pools that resemble amusement parks where people can play all day, from morning until night, are extremely popular these days, including flowing pools, wave pools and pools with different kinds of slides. So now, here are the Top 4 amusement pools that are recommended by the Editorial Team!

The place that gave birth to the biggest body slides in Japan: Spa Resort Hawaiians (Yumoto, Fukushima)

Spa Resort Hawaiians is made up of five theme parks covering a site as big as six Tokyo Domes. On July 21st (Friday), a new body slide called BIG☆ALOHA will open. This slide, where you will glide on your back inside a tube where the water flows, is the largest slide in Japan in terms of elevation/slope and runway distance at 40.5m and 283m, respectively.

This park also features a hot spring facility that houses a hot spring that requires guests to wear a swimsuit, as well as a hot spring where guests soak naked. The Onsen Daiyokujo Palace (large public hot spring palace) has 12 kinds of baths, while the Edo-Jowa Yoichi is a massive open-air bath inspired by the charms of public bathhouses during the Edo Period, and an aromatic herbal bath at the same time.

Spa Resort Hawaiians

50 Warabidaira, Fujiwaramachi, Joban, Iwaki-shi, Fukushima

Enjoy the pool with the amusement park: Yomiuri Land Pool WAI (Keio Yomiuri Land, Tokyo)

Yomiuri Land Pool WAI is famous for its five pools and three kinds of slides that will make guests taste the atmosphere in the southern parts of the country. If you want to have unlimited fun for a day, then you should opt for the One Day Pass with Pool (6,000 JPY for adults) that will let you enjoy the amusement park and the pools as much as you want. With the Slalom Slide, you can go with or without swimming ring! The Wave Pool that kids love generates waves up to 60cm high.

Yomiuri Land Pool WAI

4015-1 Yanokuchi, Inagi-shi, Tokyo

Witness the thrilling water illusion: Tobu Super Pool (Tobu Zoo, Saitama)

Located inside Tobu Zoo, Tobu Super Pool is a pool that is open only during summer. The flowing pool, where you let your body glide with the flow, measures 300m in overall length. You will be awed by the rapid slide where guests glide with specialized swimming rings and the tiger splash on the slides. There is no doubt that the impactful water illusion will lift your spirits!

Tobu Super Pool

425 Tsumetagaya, Shiraoka-shi, Saitama

Be surprised by the sudden shooting of water: Tokyo Summerland (Akigawa, Tokyo)

Tokyo Summerland has an indoor pool where you can swim all year round and an outdoor pool that is only accessible in the summer. The DEKASLA at the outdoor area, the first power-packed attraction in Japan, is a popular attraction that lets guests slide with a rubber boat. Further, the water exercises and super monkey float for crossing the floating islands up to the last while holding on a rope is famous here.

Tokyo Summerland

600 Kamiyotsugi, Akiruno-shi, Tokyo

Amusement pools are highly recommended for cooling down over the summer. And since they also have attractions/rides and events apart from the pools, there is no doubt that couples or friends will have a lot of fun at these spots. [This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 06.09.2017]

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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