Water parks and pools in Japan and Okinawa
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: July 9, 2018
WATER ADVENTURE KINGDOM IN HUIS TEN BOSCH (Nagasaki prefecture): Through Sept. 9, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., 7-10 p.m.; six large pools including Japan’s longest 180-meter water slide and more; at Huis Ten Bosch; 0570-064-110.
YOMIURI LAND WATER AMUSEMENT ISLAND WAI (Tokyo): Through Sept. 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., schedules at to www.yomiuriland.com/wai/calendar/index.html); Outdoor water park of Yomiuriland Water Amusement Island WAI has three different types of water sliders. One of the most thrilling water sliders called Giant Sky River, a huge complex of water sliders — visitors can enjoy swooping down 386-meters-long slide on an inflatable boat. Diving pool diving boards, swimming pool, wave pool, children’s pool and whirlpool also available; summer one-day pass (swimming pool/amusement park/unlimited ride in amusement park/eared seal show): 6,000 yen adults, 4,800 yen senior high school and middle school students/swimming pool pass, 4,400 yen ages 3-11/swimming pass: 3,200 yen adults, 2,500 yen senior high school and middle school students, 2,100 yen ages 3-11/ swimming; 4015-1, Yanokuchi, Inagi City; 5 km from Chofu I.C., Chuo Expressway; 044-966-1111.
NISSAN WATER PARK AT SHIN-YOKOHAMA PARK (Yokohama): Through Sept. 30, enjoy 22 varieties of swimming pools, including water-slider, wave pool, whirlpool at Nissan Stadium, 15-minute walk from JR Shin Yokohama Station or seven-minute walk from JR Kozukue Station on Yokohama Line; 500 yen ages 13+/hour, 250 yen ages 12 & younger/hour; 045-477-5040.
TOKYO SUMMERLAND ADVENTURE LAGOON: Through Sept. 30; Adventure Lagoon, outdoor water park of Summerland amusement park, has swimming pools, water slides and tubes, waterfalls, and more in a tropical atmosphere; admission for Summerland including Adventure Lagoon is 4,500 yen adults, 3,000 yen kids, 3,600 yen adults, 2,100 yen kids after 3 p.m.; 600 Kamiyotsugi, Akiruno-city, Tokyo; off Akiruno I.C., Ken-o-do Expressway; 042-558-6511.
TOSHIMAEN SWIMMING POOL: July 17-19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; July 14-16, 20-26, July 30-Aug. 2, Aug. 6-8, 20-23, 27-30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sept. 1-2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and July 29, Aug. 3-5, 10-19, 24-26, 31, 9 a.m.-9 p.m..; outdoor water park at Toshimaen amusement park has seven different types of swimming pools and Hydro Polis, a complex of water sliders and tubes – some are gentle, some slide you into the water in speed, and diving pool with 1-meter and 3-meter diving boards, 50-meter pool for competitive swimmers also available; summer one-day pass for swimming pool and unlimited rides in amusement park is 4,000 yen adults, 3,000 yen kids 110cm or taller, 2,000 yen for kids shorter than 110 cm; 3-25-1 Kouyama, Nerima-ku, Tokyo; Toshima-en Station, Seibu Ikebukuro Line; 03-3990-8800.
SHOWA KINEN PARK RAINBOW POOL (Tokyo): July 14-Sept. 2, 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; until Aug. 19, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 2-Sept. 2; Rainbow pool — nine different types of swimming pools; 3173 Midori-cho, Tachikawa City, Tokyo; Nishi-Tachikawa Station, JR Ome Line; 2,500 yen adults, 1,400 yen elementary and junior high school students, 500 yen ages 4 & 5; after 2 p.m., 1,250 yen, 700 yen and 250 yen for each, 6,700 yen for adult season passport, 3,400 yen kids, 900 yen ages 4 & 5; 042-528-1751.
SEIBU-EN SWIMMING POOL (Saitama prefecture): Through Sept. 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., until 9 p.m. July 14-Sept. 9, closed July 17-19, July 23-26 & Sept. 5-6; Seibu-en amusement park’s swimming pool has water slides, wave pool, floating pool, and children’s pool plus all you-can-ride; 2964 Yamaguchi, Tokorozawa city; Seibu Yuenchi Station, Seibu Line; 2,800 yen adults, 2,300 yen kids; 2,400 yen adults, 1,300 yen kids — swimming pool and park entry, 2,200 yen adults, 1,200 yen children – swim only after 4 p.m.; 04-2922-1371.
OISO LONG BEACH: Through Sept. 17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Oiso Prince Hotel’s swimming pools along the coast of Sagami Bay; 546 Kokufu Hongo, Oiso Town, Naka-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture; free bus from Oiso Station, JR Tokaido Line; one-day pass 4,000 yen adults, 2,800 yen junior high/high school students, 2,200 yen elementary school students, 1,000 yen ages 3-6/afternoon pass after 2 p.m. 2,400 yen, 1,800 yen, 1,200 yen and 600 yen for each, free for ages 3 & younger in July; 0463-61-1111.
HAMURA CITY SWIMMING CENTER (western Tokyo): July 14-Sept. 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; three pools; 15-minute walk from JR Hamura Station; 300 yen adults & 100 yen kids/two hours, 600 yen adults & 200 yen kids/one day; 042-555-0013.
TOBU DOBUTSU KOEN (ZOOLOGICAL PARK) SUPER POOL (Saitama prefecture): July 14-16, July 21-Sept. 2, Sept. 8-9, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; outdoor water park has two different types of pools and water slides, including Super Slider, a huge and snaky complex of water sliders and guesets can swoop down a 100-meter-long water slide on a inner tube; 110, Suka, Miyashiro-machi Minami Saitama-gun, Saitama; 7 km from Kuki I.C., Tohoku Expressway; one-day pass for swimming pool, amusement park and unlimited rides in amusement park, 4,800 yen adults, 3,700 yen kids, swimming pool pass 2,400 yen adults, 1,100 yen kids; 0480-93-1200.
FUCHU OUTDOOR POOL (Tokyo): July 14-Aug. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; outdoor swimming pools and water slides; Kyodo-no Mori Sogo Swimming Pool, two-minute walk from Kyodo-no Mori Sogo Taikukan Bus Stop after taking a bus from Fuchu on Keio Line; 150 yen adults, 100 yen senior high school students, 50 yen children (local residents), 300 yen adults, 200 yen senior high school students, 100 yen children (for those not residents of Fuchu); 042-363-8111.
YOKOHAMA POOL CENTER: July 14-Sept. 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Children’s pool and whirlpool; 14-1, Haramachi, Isogo-ku, Yokohama city, Kanagawa; 8-minute walk from Negishi station, JR Negishi Line; 800 yen adults, 200 yen kids, 700 yen parking; 045-761-1948.
KODOMONO KUNI SWIMMING POOL (Yokohama): July 14-Sept. 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Wed., open Aug. 15 and July 17-20; water slides and tubes, children’s pool and 25m pool for swimmers in Kodomono Kuni — a natural hiking field and playground in Tama hilly terrain; 1,100 yen adults, 450 yen elementary and junior high school students, 350 yen infants; 700 Nara-cho, Aoba-ku; 045-961-2111.
INAGE KAIHIN KOEN POOL (Chiba): July 14-Sept. 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 14 varieties of pools featuring thrilling water sliders, wave pool, children’s pool and whirlpool available; 7-1-1, Takahama, Mihama-ku, Chiba city; 6 km via Route 357 from Wangan Chiba I.C., Higashi Kanto Expressway; 1,100 yen adults, 800 yen high school students, 400 yen for elementary and junior high school student, 200 yen for ages 4+; 043-247-2771.
KAWAGOE AQUATIC POOL (Saitama prefecture): July 14-Sept. 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., until 6 p.m. July 21-Sept. 2; nine varieties of swimming pools, including Aqua Snake Rider; 15-minute walk from JR Nishi-Kawagoe Station or 3 km from the intersection of Wakita Shinmachi on Route 16; 720 yen adults, 210 yen kids, 1,650 yen/family ticketfor 2 adults and 2 children; 049-241-2241.
TSUJIDO JUMBO SWIMMING POOL (Kanagawa prefecture): July 14-Sept. 9, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; located along the coastline in Tsujido, Tsujido Jumbo Swimming Pool has water slides, waterfalls and children’s pool and wave pool for swimmers, 10-minute walk from Tsujido Kaihin Koen Iriguchi bus stop after taking a bus at JR Tsujido Station (south exit); 830 yen adults, 520 yen junior high school students, 210 yen elementary school students; 0466-34-0011.
AQUA PARADISE PATIO (Saitama prefecture): year-round, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., July 20-Aug. 31, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., closed Tuesdays except in July & August; all-weathered indoor amusement pool, with a variety of swimming pools and sauna baths; 15-minute drive from Hanazono I.C. on Kanetsu Express; 1,000 yen adults, 500 yen kids; 048-574-5000.
OKINAWA SOGO UNDO KOEN: Through Sept. 30, closed Tuesdays; 25 m indoor pool 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends in June & September, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., weekends in June and Sept., 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. daily in July and August; 50 meter outdoor pool at 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. and recreation pool at 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; 25 meter & 50 meter pools: 240 yen adults, 120 yen kids; 15-minute ride from Kitanakagusuku I.C. on Okinawa Express; 098-932-5114.
MAJUNLAND SWIMMING POOL: year-round, 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; swimming pools, including walking, flowing water, power bubble, Jacuzzi and more at Urasoe Undo Koen; 800 yen adults, 400 yen children residents of Urasoe city, 1,040 yen adults, 520 yen children non-residents; 40-minute ride from Naha Airport or 10-minute ride from Nishihara I.C. on Okinawa Express; 098-942-4132.
NAGO CITY B & G OCEAN CENTER POOL: year-round, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., closed Tuesdays; 25m, jacuzzi and children’s pools; 320 yen adults, 160 yen youths & children; 10-minute ride from Kyoda I.C. on Okinawa Express; 0980-54-1082.