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Stay at Spa Hawaiians

  • Perhaps visiting a water park is not the first thing that springs to mind when considering a trip to Japan, but the Spa Resort Hawaiians is something a little different and a great day out for all the family. Located near Iwaki in Fukushima Prefecture, this was the first theme park in Japan, with a history dating back over 50 years, although the current facility has been completely updated and modernized beyond recognition when compared to those early days.

    Stay at Spa Hawaiians

    Stay at Spa Hawaiians

    The park is home to a range of fun attractions including a water park, hot spring baths, and an entertainment center. As can be guessed from the name, most of these attractions all have a unique Hawaiian theme.

    Stay at Spa Hawaiians

    Stay at Spa Hawaiians

    The main area is the water park, where there are large indoor pools, thrilling water slides and numerous tropical plants and palm trees. The sunny Hawaiian theme is further maintained by smiley staff members (and occasionally guests) in their colourful Hawaiian outfits. There is also an outdoor section containing a spa garden, and four themed ‘zones’ with outdoor pools and lots of greenery, as well as deckchair lounging areas, Jacuzzis, and a sauna.

    Stay at Spa Hawaiians

    Stay at Spa Hawaiians

    Back indoors, the large theatre stage and seating area is where the park’s resident Hula Girls hold their daily dance performances. Apart from the giant Big Aloha slides, the Hula Girls are arguably the park’s most famous attraction and have been performing at the park in various guises since the 1960s. After the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami which ravaged this part of Japan in 2011, the Hula Girls visited evacuation centers all along the coast to try to raise spirits, and later toured Japan to encourage tourists back to the region.

    Stay at Spa Hawaiians

    Stay at Spa Hawaiians

    Another section of the resort is Spring Park, a hot spring area which draws its healing waters from the nearby Yumoto Onsen. There are warm indoor pools where guests can relax in swimwear, as well as gender-segregated pools where like most onsen, swimsuits are prohibited. Edo Jowa Yoichi is another hot spring area, but this one has a traditional Edo Period theme, and its huge outdoor bath is said to be the biggest of its kind in the world.

    In addition, there are beauty spas for rejuvenating treatments and massages, a choice of high-quality restaurants, a 27-hole golf course and three hotels on site to make it the complete family vacation.

    Stay at Spa Hawaiians

    Stay at Spa Hawaiians

    Spa Resort Hawaiians is open every day from 10am to 10.15pm, and opens an hour earlier on weekends and national holidays. Admission is 3,500 yen for the full day, with cheaper rates for afternoons and evenings only. Some rides and attractions also have additional fees.

    The resort is easily reached from Yumoto Station on the JR Joban Line, with the free hourly shuttle bus taking just 15 minutes. For staying guests, there are also free shuttle buses to and from Tokyo and Yokohama.
    There are also a few daily local buses between the resort and Yumoto Station, going via the Iwaki Yumoto IC expressway exit, which is useful for people taking the highway bus to or from Tokyo.

    Spa Resort Hawaiians
    Address
    Fukushima Pref. Iwakishi Joubanfujiwaramachi Warabidaira 50
    Phone
    0570550550
    Yumoto
    Address
    Fukushima Pref. Iwakishi Joubanyumotomachi
    Phone
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