View of the Giant Sky River, straight and slalom sliders from the wave pool at Tokyo's Yomiuri Land, open through Sept. 16. (YOMIURI LAND)
View of the Giant Sky River, straight and slalom sliders from the wave pool at Tokyo's Yomiuri Land, open through Sept. 16. (YOMIURI LAND)

Beat the heat at these water parks and pools in Japan

by Stripes Japan
Stripes Japan

TOSHIMAEN SWIMMING POOL (Tokyo): Through Sept. 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., close July 1-5, Aug. 8-12 and Sep. 2-6; This outdoor water park features “Hydropolis,” a huge complex of water slides and tubes; 4,500 yen for adults, 3,500 yen for children A (110cm or higher), 2,900 yen for children B (under 110cm); Entry restriction for tattooed people; Ooedo Line from Shinjuku to Toshimaen Station; 03-3990-8800; www.toshimaen.co.jp/pool/.

TOKYO SUMMERLAND (Tokyo): Through Sept. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; The outdoor water park has various swimming pools, slides and tubes, waterfalls, and more in tropical atmosphere; 4,500 yen for adults, 3,000 yen for ages 6+, 2,000 yen for over 61 and under 2 (3,600 yen for adults, 2,100 yen for children after 3 p.m.); no tattoos allowed; Route 411 (0.5 km) from Akiruno I.C., Ken-O-Do Express; 042-558-6511;www.summerland.co.jp/english/.

YOMIURI LAND, POOL WAI (Tokyo): Through Sept. 16; The pool WAI has 5 pool area and three types of water slides. One of the most thrilling water slides is the “Giant Sky Rivers” which is a huge complex of water slides; 3,200 yen for ages 18-64, 2,500 yen for junior high and high school students, 2,100 yen for 3 years old to elementary school children; no tattoos allowed; 10 minutes Odakyu bus ride from Yomiuri Land Mae Station, Odakyu Line or 5 km from Chofu I.C., Chuo Expressway; 044-966-1111; Nigh pool event and premium beer garden is also available; http://www.yomiuriland.com/.

NISSAN WATER PARK AT SHIN YOKOHAMA PARK (Kanagawa): Through Aug. 31, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., close on third Tuesdays; Enjoy 22 varieties of swimming pools, including sliders; wave pools, whirlpools and more; 500 yen ages 13 and older per hour, 250 yen up to age 12 per hour; Tattoo-friendly (need to cover by rash guard or bandage); a 15-minute walk from JR Shin Yokohama Station or a 7-minute walk from Kozukue Station JR Yokohama Line; 045-477-5040; www.nissan-stadium.jp/shinyoko-park/waterpark/.

OISO LONG BEACH (Kanagawa): Through Sept. 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Prince Hotel’s swimming pools are located along the coast of Sagami Bay; 4,000 yen for adults, 2,800 yen for ages 13-18, 2,200 yen for ages 7-12, 1,000 yen for ages 3-6; no tattoos allowed; Free shuttle is available from Oiso Station, JR Tokaido Line; 0463-61-1111; www2.princehotels.co.jp/pool/oiso/.

YOKOHAMA POOL CENTER (Kanagawa):Through Sept. 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.;Children’s pool and round whirlpool are available; 800 yen for adults, 200 yen for ages 15-3; Tattoo friendly (need to cover by rash guard or bandage);8 minutes walk from Negishi Station, JR Negishi Line; 045-761-1948; www.yspc.or.jp/yokohama_p_ysa/.

TSUJIDO JUMBO SWIMMING POOL (Kanagawa): Through Sept. 8, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Located along the coastline in Tsujido, the outdoor pool has water slider, water-flow, waterfalls and children’s pool and wave pool; 830 yen for adults, 520 yen for ages 13-15, 210 yen for ages 7-12; Tattoo friendly (need to cover by rash guard or bandage); 10-minute walk from Tsujido Kaihin Koen Iriguchi bus stop after taking a bus at JR Tsujido Station; 0466-34-0011; www.kanagawa-park.or.jp/tujidou/pool.html.

KODOMONO KUNI SWIMMING POOL (Yokohama/Tokyo): Through Sept. 1, closed Jul. 16-19 and every Wednesday except Aug. 14; Water slides and tubes, children’s pool are available; 1,100 yen for adults, 450 yen for ages 7-15, 350 yen for ages 3-6;Tattoo friendly (need to cover by rash guard or bandage); Odakyu bus from Tsurukawa Station, Odakyu Line to bus stop Kodomono Kuni; 045-961-2111; www.kodomonokuni.org/english//.

SEIBU-EN SWIMMING POOL (Saitama): Through Sept. 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sept. 4, 5; The outdoor facility has water slides, wave pools, floating pools and a children’s pool; 2,500 yen for adults, 1,500 yen for ages 3-12; no tattoos allowed; Kokubunji Station, Seibu Line to Seibu Yuenchi Station; 04-2922-1371; www.seibu-leisure.co.jp/guide/pool2019/index.html.

SHOWA KINEN PARK RAINBOW POOL (Tokyo): Through Sept. 1, close July 16-19; The park has nine types of pools, a cycling course and a BBQ garden; 2,500 yen for adults, 1,400 yen for ages 7-15. 500 yen for ages 4-6; no tattoos allowed; 2 minutes from Nishi Tachikawa Station, JR Ome Line; 042-528-1751; www.showakinen-koen.jp/access/.

TOBU SUPER POOL (Saitama): Through Sept. 1 and the following weekend, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; The outdoor water park has two types of water slides called sliders “Super Slider” and “Tiger Splash”, children’s pool and 300 meters around whirlpool are also available; 2,400 yen for adults, 1,100 yen for +3; no tattoos allowed; 7.0 km from Kuki I.C., Tohoku Express; 0480-93-1200; www.tobuzoo.com/global/english/.

INAGE KAIHIN KOEN POOL (Chiba): Through Sept. 1; Water slides are unavailable this year due to the equipment aging. 1,100 yen for adults, 800 yen for ages 16-18, 400 yen for ages 7-15, 200 yen for ages 4+; Tattoo friendly (need to cover by rash guard or bandage); 3.75 mile (6.0 km) via Route 357 from Wangan Chiba I.C., Higashi Kanto Express; 043-247-2771; www.chibacity-ta.or.jp/events/event/inagenohama-kaihinkouenpool.

KYODO NO MORI SOGO POOL (Tokyo): Through Aug. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., close Aug. 6 and 24-25; The outdoor swimming pools along with water-flow pool, kids pool and sliders; 300 yen for adults, 200 yen for ages 16-18, 100 yen for under 15; Tattoo friendly (need to cover by rash guard or bandage); 2-minute walk from Kyodo-no Mori Sogo Taikukan Bus Stop after taking a bus from Fuchu on Keio Line; 042-363-8111; www.city.fuchu.tokyo.jp/shisetu/supotu/puru/sogopu-ru.html.

AQUA PARADISE PATIO (Saitama): All year round, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Open 9 a.m., July 20-Aug. 31), close Tuesday, except July and August; This indoor amusement has varieties of swimming pools including slider, whirl, kids area, wave, sauna and Jacuzzi; 1,000 yen for adults, 500 yen for children; Tattoo friendly (need to cover by rash guard or bandage); a 15-minute drive from Hanazono I.C. on Kanetsu Express; 048-574-5000; https://patio.or.jp/patio.html.

KAWAGOE AQUATIC PARK (Saitama): Through Sept. 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; The park facilitated 9 pools including aqua snake rider, sliders and whirl and kids’ pool; 1,720 yen for adults, 210 yen for ages 7-12; Entry restriction for tattooed person; 15-minute walk from JR Nishi-Kawagoe Station or 3 km from the intersection of Wakita Shinmachi on Route 16; 049-241-2241; www.parks.or.jp/kawagoesuijo/pool/index.html.

MIZU NO OUKOKU (WATER KINGDOM) IN HUIS TEN BOSCH (Nagasaki): Through Sept. 8; three types of pools; variety of admission fees; Tattoo friendly (need to cover by rash guard or bandage); 0570-064-110; english.huistenbosch.co.jp/.

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