Although Japan doesn't get nearly as hot as the southern United States during the summer months, there's still nothing quite like hanging out at a water park or public pool to beat the summer heat. Fortunately, there are a number of great water-based attractions to visit on your summer vacation to Japan.
Most of Japan's outdoor swimming pools and water parks open in late June and close in early September, and although they can get quite crowded during school summer holidays from late July through August, you should be able to find at least one place to escape the heat with a relatively small crowd.
As with all tourist attractions, be sure to check the associated websites for more information about hours of operation, special holiday closures, and pricing rates before you make your trip in order to avoid any unexpected surprises. As of early 2018, the following eight pools, waterparks, and other water attractions are the most popular you can choose from for your visit to... Japan.
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Yomiuri Land is a popular amusement park located in the suburban area of Tokyo that offers a number of great swimming pools and water slides.
Located at 4015-1 Yanokuchi Inagi-city, Tokyo, visitors can access this park via the Keio Line at Yomiuri Land Station or the Odakyu Line at Yomiuri Land-mae Station.
Other popular attractions at the Yomiuri Land resorts include gondola rides over cherry blossoms, the Jewellumination lighting display park, and the new Goodjaba amusement area.
02 of 08
The outdoor area called "Adventure Lagoon" is known as the most fun water park in Tokyo and is open only during the summer; however, the indoor pool called Adventure Dome is open throughout the year with varying hours per season.
Located in Akiruno-city, Tokyo, visitors can access Tokyo Summerland via the JR or Keio Line to Hachioji Station or the JR Line to Akikawa Station.
Along with the massive indoor and outdoor pools, Tokyo Summerland also features a number of large water slides, inner tubing flumes, and a variety of other water activities. However, it's important to keep in mind that Tokyo Summerland has some strict policies about what you can and cannot bring into the park, so be sure to check the website for more information before you travel.
03 of 08
Nagashima Spaland is a popular amusement park which features many thrilling rides, and the Jumbo Pool itself consists of many types of water slides and pools.
Located at the Nagashima Resort in Nagashima-cho Urayasu Kuwana-city, Mie, visitors can reach the Nagashima Spaland by bus from JR Kuwana/Nagoya to Nagashima onsen.
Visiting the website will allow you to better plan your trip, download an English guide, and even view a large-scale map of the park so you'll know exactly where you want to go before you even step foot in the park.
04 of 08
The Super Pool features a large kids pool, wave pool, and more all at the Tobu Zoo at 110 Suka Miyashiro-machi Minami-saitama-gun, Saitama with access from Tokyo via the Tobu Line at the Tobu Dobutsu Koen Station.
Although the Super Pool (including its children's pool and wave pool) is only open during the summer, the Zoo is open year-round and features over 120 species and over 1,200 animals. So even if you don't want to get wet, there's still hours of entertainment all in the same place.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
The Toshimaen Amusement Park is a popular amusement park in Tokyo offering many different pools and thrilling water slides in its water park.
New this year, the Toshima-en Water Park pool offers a special "night pool" for adult guests to enjoy after the sun goes down, so if you're in for a light-night swim this is the ideal destination for you.
Located at 3-25-1 Kouyama Nerima-ku, Tokyo, visitors can access this huge complex via that Seibu Ikebukuro Line, the Seibu Shunjuku Line, or the Toei Subway Oedo Line to Toshima-en Station.
06 of 08
Located within the Rusutsu Resort Amusement Park, the Super Jumbo Pool includes many different types of pools including an aqua coaster, a slider pool, a fountain pool, and even an olympic-sized competition pool.
In order to reach this famous resort and amusement park, you'll need to catch a two-hour bus from Sapporo-city to Rusutsu-mura Abuta-gun Hokkaido.
07 of 08
Uminonakamichi Seaside Park is a large leisure park with many flower gardens, sports facilities, accommodations, and a sunshine pool featuring a 100-meter slide.
Uminonakamichi Sunshine Pools has six different types of pools to choose from including an infant and toddler area and a pool called the Water Play Land that features a lot of interesting tricks and secrets.
Located in Fukuoka-city in Fukuoka, visitors can access this unique park via the JR Umino nakamichi Station on various dates from mid-July through late September.
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Spa Resort Hawaiians is a large theme park consisting of many fun facilities, hotels, and other attractions, which closed in late 2009 and reopened in January of 2012 after a series of extensive renovations
Located at 50 Warabidaira Joubanfujiwaramachi Iwaki-city, Fukushima, this famous resort also features on-site hot springs, bridal registries, a number of shops and services, and a full spa.