Day Tripping: Cool off at Tokyo Area Water Parks
If you find yourself in Tokyo during the summer months, chances are you will experience firsthand what it feels like to bake and drown simultaneously, thanks to the high heat and humidity. Fortunately, Tokyo offers a plethora of refreshingly cool getaways right in the heart of the city to help you keep your cool amidst the blistering heat. The weather is hot and water cool; why not take a dive?
Situated in western Tokyo, Summerland is a waterpark cum amusement park sprawling over an expansive 100 acres. A large portion of the park is located indoors, allowing visitors to escape the mugginess even on rainy days. Tokyo’s longest lazy river is located here, where you can float to your heart’s content over 2132 winding feet. The park is ideal for both families and adults, filled with attractions to delight children and chill out spots and thrilling waterslides for older crowds.
From Shinjuku, take the Keio line to Keio Hachioji Station. From there, take a bus out of the number 3 terminal. The trip takes about 60 minutes.
Spa LaQua sits in the heart of Tokyo. It is conveniently located next to one of the largest amusement parks in Tokyo, Tokyo Dome City, making it the perfect place to soothe feet and psyche exhausted from walking through throngs of people all day. Offering a multitude of therapeutic hot baths and saunas, LaQua has a remedy for all types of fatigue, ensuring a truly relaxing experience. Be sure to check out the Doctor Fish, a unique ichthyotherapeutic experience. LaQua caters to young adults and older crowds, as it lacks any conventional waterpark type attractions, and instead, offers a deeply relaxing atmosphere.
Located minutes from anywhere in central Tokyo. Closest stations are Suidobashi (Chuo and Sobu lines) and Korakuen (Marunouchi and Nanboku lines) Stations. Open 11:00am to 9:00am daily (22 hours).
Toshimaen is an amusement park in northern Tokyo that boasts both a full scale theme park and waterpark. With 26 waterslides and 6 different pools, including a full Olympic sized lap pool, the waterpark in itself is a complete day trip. You can even take a dip with life-sized robotic dolphins in one of the pools. What’s more, a theme park sure to satisfy any adrenaline junkie, complete with three exhilarating roller coasters and two haunted houses, is located on the grounds. Families with children and adults alike are sure to have a blast at Toshimaen.
A 15 minute train ride from Ikebukuro. Take the Seibu Ikebukuro line and get off at Toshimaen Station.
Oiso Long Beach
Located in Kanagawa away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, Oiso Long Beach is a waterpark located right on a beachfront. Visitors can indulge in breathtaking views of the horizon while simultaneously enjoying the thrills and conveniences of a waterpark. You can experience the adrenaline rush of leaping off an Olympic sized diving board or hurtling down a waterslide, then unwind with a drink in a spacious Jacuzzi. The park is ideal for families, as it features various children’s attractions, and for adults, there are plenty of lounging spaces available. A hotel sits on park grounds making overnight stays possible.
Take the Tokaido Honsen from Shinagawa to Oiso Station. Take the #13 bus bound for Nishikoen, and get off at Nakamaru. The park is a short walk from there. The entire trip takes 2 hours. Also, between July 6th and September 16th, a special shuttle bus will operate between Oiso Station and and Oiso Long Beach.
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