Summer has come and brought with it many special features that are only available for a limited time. One of these features is the water park — a place to escape from the heat of summer. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the temperature has already spiked to over 40 degree in Tokyo and the surrounding area, reaching temperatures higher than ever recorded (CNN, 2018). Therefore, it’s time to make a plan with friends and family to go to a water park, cool down, and enjoy the season.
1. Tokyo Summerland
Tokyo Summerland, located in Akiruno, Tokyo, is one of the most famous water parks in Japan. It has been in operation since 1967, boasting a variety of attractions such as pools, water-slides, sightseeing and restaurants.
Hours of operation:
Open every day except Thursday
Weekday hours: 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Weekend hours: 9:00 AM–6:00 PM
Mid July–early September (Summer vacation in Japan)
Open every day 9:00 AM–8:00 PM
Open every day except Thursday and Friday from 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Closed in winter
There are two types of tickets in Tokyo Summerland: the entry ticket (including free entry to the indoor pool, outdoor pool, and waterslides) and the free pass ticket (including all services in entry ticket plus unlimited rides on some attractions and the game machines). Depending on the age of the customers and the season, the price for an entry ticket ranges from 1,000 to 3,000 yen, and the price of the free pass ticket can be from 1,500 to 4,500 yen.
In Tokyo Summerland, the outdoor pool is only available during the summer (July–September). In this period of time, there are also many special events taking place. For example, the night pool event will be held from July 14th to September 9th this year. In this event, customers can enjoy many illuminations with the combination of light and water illustrating The Blue Grotto (Capri, Italy), Niagara Falls (Canada), and The Moonlight Rainbow Fountain (Korea).
Toshimaen is an amusement park located in Nerima, Tokyo. When visiting this amusement park, customers can enjoy roller coasters, a water park with up to 25 water-slides, and 6 pools to suit the preferences of various customers. Toshimaen was also the first water park in the world to have a river pool when the attraction opened in 1965.
However, this water park is only available in the summer.
Hours of operation:
All season: 10:00 AM–7:00 PM.
July 7th–July 20th: 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
July 20th–August 31st: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
September 1st–2nd 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Night pool (periods during which the pools are open until 9:00PM)
July 29th–September 2nd: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only
August 13th–August 19th: Every day
Entry tickets, tickets to the amusement park, pools, and night pools cost up to 1,000 yen, 4,200 yen, 4,000 yen and 1,500 yen, respectively. Children’s tickets and tickets purchased after 3:00 PM receive a discount.
The highlight of Toshimaen is the diversity in the types of pools available. There pools suitable for children of various heights, for example a 25–50 centimeter-deep pool and a 1.2 meter-deep pool. Furthermore, Toshimaen has various summer events this year: Fireworks, Hydroster Water Show, DJ and Splash Foam Party, Waterslides Hydropolis 30th anniversary, and a beer garden.
Yomiuriland, the largest amusement park in Tokyo, is located in Inagi, Tokyo. This amusement park is famous for pools in the summer, illuminations in the winter, and cherry blossoms in the spring.
Yomiuriland’s hours of operation vary day-by-day, so check the schedule here before you visit. Pools are open late on weekends starting July 14th.
Like many other amusement parks in Tokyo, the ticket price depends on age as well as type. In Yomiuriland, there is a variety of choices: one-day pass without the pool, one-day pass including the pools, and pool-only. The price for these tickets ranges from 2,100 yen and 6,000 yen.
Go Get in the Water
Tokyo Summerland is known for its unique illuminations combining light and water. Toshimaen amusement park has various types of pools, and the highlight of Yomiuriland this summer is an event with Pisque and Rabbit, the mascot of Yomiuriland, plus a summer haunted house.
All three of these Tyokyo water parks are outstanding. However, there are some rules that customers should pay attention to when visiting these water parks. People with tattoos (including both temporary and non-temporary tattoos) are not allowed to enter the pools. Also, people cannot bring bottles, cans, or dangerous objects into these places. People who do so will be asked to leave the park immediately.
Make your plans and enjoy the summer at a water park!