Japan water parks and pools to dive into
Editor's note: Folks, summer is almost over, so grab the kids and make a splash at one of these places before it's too late!
TOSHIMAEN SWIMMING POOL (Tokyo): Through Sept. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., July 12 & 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., July 19-Aug. 31, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; outdoor park has seven different pools, diving pool with one and three-meter diving boards, 50-meter pool for competitive swimmers and Hydro Polis, is a huge complex of slides and tubes – some gentle, some fast; 3-25-1 Kouyama, Nerima-ku; Toshima-en Station, Seibu Ikebukuro Line; one-day pass for pool/unlimited rides in amusement park 4,500 yen adults, 3,500 yen kids A 110 cm (43.3 inches) or taller, 2,700 yen kids B shorter than 110 cm, swimming pool pass 4,000 yen adults, 3,000 yen kids A, 2,000 yen kids B; 03-3990-8800.
SHINAGAWA CITY POOL (Tokyo): Through Sept. 14, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1:15-4:15 p.m., 5-8 p.m. Wed., Sat. & Sun.; 25-by-9 meter outdoor pool and gourd-shaped pool for infants; seven-minute walk from Tachigai Station on Keihin Kyuko Line; 400 yen adults, 100 yen elementary school students, ages 5 & younger free; 03-3762-0655.
OISO LONG BEACH (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Sept. 15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Oiso Prince Hotel’s pools are along the coast of Sagami Bay, 546 Kokufu Hongo, Oiso Town, Naka-gun, free shuttle bus available from Oiso Station, JR Tokaido Line; one-day pass 3,700 yen adults, 2,500 yen junior high/high school students, 2,000 yen elementary school students, 1,000 yen 3-6 years old and afternoon pass after 2 p.m. is 2,000, 1,500, 1,000 and 500 yen respectively; 0463-61-1111.
YOMIURI LAND WATER AMUSEMENT ISLAND WAI (Tokyo): Through Sept. 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., closed July 8 & Sept. 9; Yomiuri Water Amusement Island WAI has three different types of water slides, whirlpool, diving boards, children’s pool and Giant Sky River, a huge complex of slides; 4015-1, Yanokuchi, Inagi City; 5 km from Chofu I.C., Chuo Expressway; one-day pass for pool, unlimited rides in amusement park, eared seal show is 4,700 yen adults, 3,700 yen kids, swimming pool pass is 2,900 yen adults, 1,900 yen kids; 044-966-1111.
TOKYO SUMMERLAND ADVENTURE LAGOON: Through Sept. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., July 19-31, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 1-31, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. weekends Sept. 1-15; Adventure Lagoon, the outdoor water park of Summerland amusement park, has pools, water slides, waterfalls, and more in a tropical atmosphere, 600 Kamiyotsugi, Akiruno-city; 1/2 km from Akiruno I.C., Ken-o-do Expressway; admission for Summerland including Adventure Lagoon is 4,500 yen adults, 3,000 yen kids, after 3 p.m., 3,600 yen adults, 2,100 yen kids; 042-558-6511.
AQUATIC AREA KAWAGOE — THE POOL PARADISE (Saitama prefecture): July 12-Aug. 31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., until 6 p.m. July 19-Aug. 17, closed July 14-18; 15-minute walk from JR Nishi Kawagoe Station on Kawagoe Line; 720 yen adults, 210 yen children; 049-241-2241.
YOKOHAMA POOL CENTER: July 12-Sept. 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; children’s pool and 2,953-foot round-shaped whirlpool; 14-1, Haramachi, Isogo-ku, Yokohama city, eight-minute walk from Negishi station, JR Negishi Line; 800 yen adults, 200 yen kids; 045-761-1948.
HONMOKU SHIMIN POOL (Yokohama): July 12-Sept. 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; slide, children’s pool and 485-foot round-shaped whirlpool; 46-1, Honmoku Motomachi, Naka-ku, municipal bus No. 54 or 97 from Negishi Station, JR Negishi Line to Honmoku Shimin Koen Mae bus stop; 800 yen adults, 200 yen kids; 045-621-5012.
TSUJIDO JUMBO SWIMMING POOL (Kanagawa prefecture): July 12-Sept. 15, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; located along the coastline in Tsujido, site features slides, children’s pool, wave pool for swimmers and more; 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, 200 yen elementary school students; 0466-34-0011.
HAMURA AQUATIC PARK (western Tokyo): July 13-Sept. 1, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; three pools; 15-minute walk from JR Hamura Station; 300 yen adults & 100 yen kids for two hours, 600 yen adults & 200 yen children for one day; 042-555-0013.
SEIBU-EN SWIMMING POOL (Saitama prefecture): July 13-Sept. 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; park has slides, wave pool, floating pool, and children’s pool, plus all you-can-ride; 2964 Yamaguchi, Tokorozawa-city, get there from Seibu Yuenchi Station, Seibu Line; 2,500 yen adults, 1,500 yen kids or 2,000 yen adults, 1,000 yen kids to swim only; 04-2922-1371.
SHOWA KINEN PARK RAINBOW POOL (Tokyo): July 19-Aug. 17, 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. weekdays, Aug. 18-Sept. 7, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends and until 4:30 p.m. weekdays in Sept.; rainbow pool — nine different types of swimming pools – is the largest in the metropolitan area; July 12 & 13, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., pre-opening, free for first 15,000 visitors each day; 3173 Midori-cho, Tachikawa City; Nishi-Tachikawa Station, JR Ome Line; 2,300 yen adults, 1,200 yen elementary and junior high school students, 300 yen for ages 4 & 5 and after 2 p.m., 1,150, 600 and 150 yen respectively; 042-528-1751.
KODOMONO KUNI SWIMMING POOL (Yokohama): July 19-Aug. 31, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Wed., open Aug. 13; slides, children’s pool and 25-meter pool for swimmers in this natural hiking field and playground; 1,100 yen adults, 450 yen elementary and junior high school students; 700 Nara-cho, Aoba-ku, Kanagawa prefecture; 045-961-2111.
INAGE KAIHIN KOEN POOL (Chiba): July 19-Aug. 31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 14 pools with slides, wave pool, children’s pool and 967-foot whirlpool; 7-1-1, Takahama, Mihama-ku, 6 km via Route 357 from Wangan Chiba I.C., Higashi Kanto Expressway; 1,100 yen adults, 800 yen high school students, 400 yen elementary and junior high school students, 200 yen ages 4 & younger; 043-247-2771.
INAGE OCEAN PARK POOL (Chiba prefecture): July 19-Aug. 31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 14 varieties of outdoor pools, and swim in the ocean nearby; five-minute walk from Kaihin Koen Iriguchi Bus Stop after taking a bus at Inage-Kaigan Station, South Exit, Bus Terminal No. 2, 7-1-1, Takahama, Mihama-ku; 1,100 yen adults, 800 yen senior high school students, 400 yen children, 200 yen infants; 043-247-2771.
FUCHU OUTDOOR POOL (Tokyo): July 19-Aug. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; outdoor swimming pools along with water-flow pool 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, 300 yen adults, 200 yen senior high school students, 100 yen children; 042-363-8111.
TOBU DOBUTSU KOEN (ZOOLOGICAL PARK) SUPER POOL (Saitama prefecture): July 19-Sept. 7, Sept. 13-15, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; outdoor water park with wave pool, whirlpool and two different types of slides including Super Slider, a huge and snaky complex of slides; 110, Suka, Miyashiro-machi Minami Saitama-gun, 7.0 km from Kuki I.C., Tohoku Expressway; one-day pass for pools and unlimited rides in amusement park is 4,800 yen adults, 3,700 yen kids and swimming pool pass is 2,400 yen adults, 1,100 yen kids; 0480-93-1200.
AQUA PARADISE PATIO (Saitama prefecture): all year, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. through Aug. 31, 10 a.m. 9 p.m., closed Tue. except July and Aug.; indoor park includes children’s pool, wave pool, and sauna baths; 15-minute drive from Hanazono I.C. on Kanetsu Express; 1,000 yen adults, 500 yen kids; 048-574-5000.