Iwaki is a city within Fukushima Prefecture and coal mining was their main production until the 1960s. If you are interested to learn about how coal mining works, you can go to the Iwaki Coal and Fossil Museum.
In 1966, Iwaki opened a water theme park called Joban Hawaiian Centre. Incorporating all Hawaiians elements inside the attraction, it became Iwaki’s most visited place up until this day. Then, in 1990, they decided to change the name into Spa Resort Hawaiians. This place has three main hotels and a golf course.
Exterior view of Spa Resort Hawaiians. Image Source: Wikimedia.
You can reach Spa Resort Hawaiians by taking a shuttle bus from Yumoto Station which will take around 13 minutes.
In total, there are five main areas inside Spa Resort Hawaiians; Spring Park, Water Park, Spa Gardens Pareo, Edo Jowa Yoichi and VIR Port. Every evening and night, there will be a massive cultural Polynesian shows presented by the Hula girls and a Samoan traditional fire dance held at a beach theatre inside the Water Park.
Map of Spa Resort Hawaiians. Image Source: Spa Resort Hawaiians Official Website.
This is the biggest area here that includes three kinds of waterslides, a huge swimming pool and a child-friendly pool area in Wai Wai Ohana. The water park is located inside and the water temperature is set to 28 degrees Celsius all year long.
The three types of waterslides inside Spa Resort Hawaiians are Wonder Black, Stream of Wonders and Friendship Canyon.
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Wonder Black is a 130 meters long dark tube waterslide, Stream of Wonders is a 100 meters flowing river-type of the slide and lastly, if you love bumpy rides, try the 120 meters Friendship Canyon where it will take you on a twist and turn water journey.
Special Polynesian shows are held daily in the Water Park zone. To watch the performances, there are reserved and non-reserved seats. To get the best view of the show, opt for the reserved seats.
Samoan traditional fire dance. Image Source: Girl Tweets World.
Influenced by Southern European structures, Spring Park has two kinds of hot spring baths. The first one is a mixed-gender bath where you are permitted to wear a swimsuit. The other one is an open-air bath grouped according to genders.
The mixed-gender bath is suitable for both adults and children and they placed massaging jets inside the bath which are great to relieve muscle pain.
Mixed-gender bath. Image Source: Girl Tweets World.
Spa Garden Pareo
If you like to bathe under the sun, make your way to Spa Garden Pareo, an outdoor water park including outdoor pools, Jacuzzi and a sauna. This area is disaggregated into four coloured zones; Blue, Red, Yellow and Green.
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Graced the pool floors with bright blue tiles, this is where guests will feel calm and relax utmost. Some pools include a massaging jet and a hot or cold bath to fit everyone’s desired water temperature.
In this zone, this is where you can fully utilize your energy to play water sports using the water playground. Grotto pool is also available here in case you want to chill under a covered area.
Designed like the Ancient Romans baths, here you can sit for hours to chat with other guests as most of the pools are equipped with a built-in bench.
Known as the relaxing area as you get to soak in the bath while basking in nature and greenery surrounding the resort. The green zone is a little bit further away from the first three zones, so you will be doing a little bit of walking in order to get there.
Edo Jawa Yoichi
Edo Jawa Yoichi is one of the largest outdoor hot spring baths in the world. The size of the bath stretches out to 1,000 m2 and the layout is purposely made to resemble Edo Period’s bathhouse. While relaxing in the bath, your eyes will be treated with a nice landscape of the greeneries. Men and women soak in a different bath here as you will be fully unclothed.
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Besides that, guests will be entertained by shadow play performance portrayed on a paper screen door and a herbal sauna to alleviate your stress after a long day.
This zone focuses on rejuvenating your health and stamina as it offers several exercises here. For instance, you can participate in an aqua exercise guided by a tutor. While the water is beneficial for skin enhancement, they also installed a bubble jet machine to suit the environment.
Aqua exercise. Image Source: Spa Resort Hawaiians Official Website.
For those who would like to learn Hawaiian dance, you can join in the class at a studio in this zone. Of course, to take this lesson, you need to pay for the fee.
Hawaiian dance lesson. Image Source: Spa Resort Hawaiians Official Website.
Recently, Spa Resort Hawaiians opened a new attraction called Big Aloha. Featuring a 283 meters long waterslide with a height of 40 meters, this is definitely the most thrilling ride in the whole park. In order to go on the Big Aloha, you need to buy a separate pass. There are a few types of passes available for the attraction, such as Quick Pass and Big Aloha 1 (applicable for one ride), Big Aloha 4 (for four rides) and Big Aloha 6 (for six rides).
Big Aloha. Image Source: Fun Japan.
To revive your energy, there are several food courts and snack bars available on each floor, from Hawaiian to Japanese food. In addition, you can shop for Hawaiian-themed merchandises at Aloha Town on the second floor.
In a nutshell, Spa Resort Hawaiians are perfect for both families and friends. With a huge number of water park areas and amusing performances, you will have a joyful moment here.
Spa Resort Hawaiians
Address: 50, Warabidaira, Fujiwaramachi, Joban, Iwaki-shi, Fukushima, 972-8326, Japan
Operating Hours: 9:00AM-10: 15 PM
Admission Fee: ¥3,500 (Adult aged 16 and above), ¥2,200 (Children aged 7 to 15), ¥1,600 (Children aged 3 to 6), ¥1,750 (Seniors aged 50 years and older)
Contact Number: 0570-550-550
Closest Train Station: Yumoto Station