Ways to Beat the summer heat in Japan – Tokyo Public Waterpark and Tips

Summer is officially here in Japan and we have officially entered the hottest period in the year – which happens just after the rainy “梅雨” season.  While enjoying the summer life in Japan, make sure to stay cool and hydrated.  One of the great ways to do this is to visit a waterpark.  In this article we will share our pick for the best public pool in Tokyo.
Here are our suggestions for ways that you can do to beat the heat in Japan.

Avoid the Sun

If you can help it – we recommend that you stay indoors from 10 am to 15 am. This is the hottest period of the day when the sun is the strongest. During this years heatwave – there have been a reported all-time high number of hospitalizations and deaths from heatstroke.
If you have no choice but to stay outside, holding up an umbrella is probably the most straightforward way to defend yourself the sun. Parasols (sun umbrellas) are very popular with Japanese women.  But foreign men may have a stigma with carrying a sun umbrella. We recommend that you sacrifice your pride and carry one – or get a hat designed to block out the sun.  And as a note of reassurance – it is officially encouraged by the Ministry of Environment that guys should also protect themselves against the sun with umbrellas.

Drink Up

Mid-summer heat means sweat – and that means you will for perspire a lot. No matter whether you are indoors or outdoors, it is important to keep yourself hydrated to prevent from getting heatstroke or dehydration.  Drinking plenty of water is always the right option.  Our trick is to buy the 100 yen 1 liter bottle of water from Family mart as it is the same price as the small convenience bottles.
And now what you have been waiting for – our suggestion for the best public pool / water park in Tokyo.

Visit the Best Public Waterpark in Tokyo


*source: http://www.showakinen-koen.jp/facility/facility_pool/

Rainbow Pool at Showa Kinen Park
Located at Showa Kinen Park, this is the largest waterpark in the metropolitan area with as many as 9 pools in total. There are plenty of fun facilities there to play with such as spiral slides, a flowing simulated river, and a wave machine. Rainbow Pool is definitely the must go to waterpark in Tokyo!  Located in west Tokyo – you can arrive there by taking the JR Chuo Rapid line
Price information
2500 yen for 15 years old and above
1400 yen for elementary & middle school students bellow 15 years old
500 yen for Children below 4 years old
Opening Hours:

Period Time
March 1 to Oct. 31 9:30 to 17:00
Nov. 1 to the end of Feb. 9:30 to 16:30
Apr. 1 to Sept. 30 on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays 9:30 to 18:00

* Opening Hours During Summer
July 16th to the 3rd Sunday of Aug. 9:30 to 19:00 When pool is open
The 3rd Monday of Aug. to Sept. 4th 9:30 to 18:30 Same as above


For more information, please visit their official website
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