Get off base and enjoy these events in Japan!
Editor's note: There's a lot of stuff happening off base, so read below and then head off for some fun! (This was updated July 15)
2019 Swimming pool openings
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.
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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