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Splash through summer in Japan with these waterslides

By Matthew Coslett

Japan’s summers are getting hotter (and dangerous). The baking heat is getting worse year after year. Parents, couples, and expats on holiday often look for trips that combine cooling off with having fun. That being said, who doesn’t enjoy a good old-fashioned water park?

Japan has more than a few. So we have found the best water parks and waterslides across the country for the ultimate combination of cooling off and slip-and-slide excitement for a day out in Japan’s summers.

1. Sunshine Pool (Fukuoka)

Kids love dinosaurs, and kids love waterparks, so naturally, it was only a matter of time before someone thought to combine the two. At Uminonakamichi Seaside Park in Fukuoka, the Dinosaur Pool is a fun way to imagine yourself back in prehistoric times, thanks to its strange statues of dinosaurs and an ancient village theme.

The big attraction for waterslide lovers is the Dragon Sliders. There are three types of waterslides: Fire Dragon, which has a total length of about 100m. Tube Dragon, which can be enjoyed in pairs using a floating ring. Then, there is Little Dragon for little monsters.

You can also easily combine the park with a trip to the nearby aquarium, Sunshine Pool, Marine World, or the go-karts at Wonder World.

Recommended for: Everyone 

18-25 Saitozaki, Higashi Ward, Fukuoka, 811-0321 - Map

Nearest station: Uminonakamichi 

Admission: Adults: ¥4,200~, Children: ¥3,000~ (depending on time or holidays)


2. Tokyo Summerland (Kanto)

Tokyo has so many water parks to choose from that it is hard to choose just one. A popular choice is Yomiuri Land, which has a Fijian theme, and a central pool called WAI, which stands for Water Amusement Island (and also spells the Fijian word for water). There are a few slides, but the big draw is the giant sky river ride which lets the whole family ride a raft down a plume.

But the best water park is probably Tokyo Water Adventure Summerland for its awesome innovations of flumes, some of which genuinely have a diabolical streak that has to be seen to be believed. Take Tower’s Rock, for example. This flume flings you up a ramp that leads to a massive drop before gravity mercifully brings you back from the edge and to safety on the other side.

Then, there is Dekasura, a huge slide that dumps riders out into a tube like a bonus level of Sonic the Hedgehog. The park also has an obstacle course over the water like a toned-down version of American Ninja.

Recommended for: Families, older kids

600 Kamiyotsugi, Akiruno, Tokyo 197-0832 - Map

Nearest station: Buses leave from Keio Hachioji in Tokyo and JR Hachioji in Yokohama

Admission: Adults: ¥4,200~, Children: ¥3,000~ (depending on time or holidays)


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But remember to wear your mask in the water,…and isn’t Summer already over ?

Open the border already if you want money.

I’d say you’re a month Late and ¥100 Short

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