Cool off this summer at one of these super-fun and super-splashy waterparks across Japan!
Summers in Japan are hot and humid, running fairly parallel to our good old Canadian ones. Japanese summers start sometime in June and simmer through to mid-September, with daytime temperatures often reaching above 30 degrees Celsius. Factor in the high humidity and even just hearing the word “waterpark” might have you letting out a sigh of relief! That’s right, one more reason to love summertime in Japan. Fireworks, festivals, delicious summer-inspired cuisine and waterparks combine to make Japan a super-fun country to visit during summertime. Consider one of these exciting options that’ll seriously cool you off. Many of these parks are great choices whether you are by yourself or bringing the entire family along.
Yomiuriland Water Amusement Island (WAI)
Located in Tokyo, Yomiuriland is one of Tokyo’s largest amusement parks and also houses the incredible Pool Wai waterpark. Pool Wai features five massive swimming pools, three super-fun water slides, a wave pool, a lazy river, and separate swimming and diving pools. You can pay for a full general admission to both the pool area and park, or pay a reduced fee for waterpark/pools entrance only.
4015-1 Yanokuchi, Inagi-shi, Tokyo, Japan www.yomiuriland.com/english
How to get here: 10 minutes by bus from the Yomiuriland-Mae Station • 5 minutes by bus or a gondola ride over from the Keio Yomiuiriland Station
In the Nerima area of Tokyo, one can find the Hydropolis waterpark, located within the Toshimaen amusement park. Here, 25 water slides (the tallest one being a spectacularly splashy 22 metres high, the longest being 195 m long!), a diving pool, surf pool, lazy river, 50-metre swimming pool for serious swimmers, and rides such as the Nautic Jet—which combines the thrill of a water slide with a boat ride—make this waterpark a hit with adults and children of all ages! Again, you can pay for admission to the waterpark alone or for the entire theme park. Also of note are the incredible gardens and onsen (hot spring) area just outside of the Hydropolis waterpark. Just saying: You may want to consider buying an all-access pass at this one.
3 Chome-25-1 Koyama, Nerima, Tokyo, Japan
www.toshimaen.co.jp (Japanese language only)
How to get here: Less than a 500-m walk from the Toshimaen Station and 1 km from the Nerima-Kasugacho Station
Located in Hokkaido, on the northern end of Japan, is the Rusutsu Resort waterpark. It is the perfect place to cool down and get away from it all for a weekend with family or friends. In addition to a large outdoor pool (which is heated to a comfortable 28 degrees), there is also a 300-m-long lazy river, a thrilling aqua coaster, super-fun water slides (two of which are specifically intended and designed for your littlest ones), a fountain pool for the tots, a circular pool outfitted with water pistols and water toys, and a covered competition pool. Guests who would like to stay close can also book rooms at the resort hotel where you can take advantage of the indoor wave pool, open year-round and free for hotel guest.
13 Izumikawa, Rusutsu-mura, Hokkaidō, Japan
How to get here: The fastest way is to fly from Tokyo. Alternatively, you can take the eight-hour-train option—take the JR Tohoku/Hokkaido Shinkansen from Tokyo to Shin-Hakodate Hokuto and transfer to the Hokuto limited express to Sapporo.