We spent a fun-filled long weekend at Nagashima Spa Land Resort (ナガシマスパーランドリゾート), a major vacation destination in Kuwana just outside Nagoya. There is so much to do and see the entire family is sure to enjoy it.
Nagashima Spa Land Resort is comprised of five main facilities: the Nagashima Spa Land Amusement Park, the 2nd largest amusement park in Japan behind Fuji-Q Highlands; Nabana no Sato, a vast flower park and amazing winter illumination attraction; Mitsui Outlet Shopping Park “Jazz Dream Nagashima” with over 200 Japanese and International stores; Joyful Water Park with large water slides and indoor and outdoor pools; and Nagashima Onsen (長島温泉) a popular hot spring complex which offers a wide array of indoor and outdoor baths, six jacuzzis, massage services and restaurants. If you have young Anpanman fans an added bonus is the Anpanman Museum and Park located just outside Nagashima Spa Land entrance gate (Separate entrance charge).
Nagashima Spa Land Amusement Park is filled with over forty rides, ranging from gentle ones suitable for young children to adult rides for thrill seekers. Their popular Steel Dragon 2000 is the second fastest coaster in Japan and the sixth fastest in the world. It still holds the record for the longest coaster at 8133 feet. Thrill seekers are seated for 4-minutes at a mind-numbing speed of 95 mph. Little ones can enjoy a number gentler rides, an enormous covered play area equip with climbing equipment for all ages, and a Pokemon Adventure Camp and Palace (entrance fee 1000 yen).
Located about 15 minutes by bus from Nagashima Spaland is the Nabana no Sato flower park. This park hosts one of the largest flower festivals in Japan and a spectacular winter illumination display with about 8.5 million LED lights from late October to early May. We caught the last days of their winter illumination and saw a huge field transformed into an animated sea of lights, beautifully lit blue and white light tunnels, and the Island Fuji, a moving observation deck which offers views over the entire park.
You have the option to lunch and shop at the Mitsui Outlet Park, a large outlet mall located a few minutes walk next to Nagashima Spaland. Just remember to get a hand stamp for re-entry into Nagashima Spa Land.
Note Joyful Water Park, a summer favorite, opens from July 2 this year. It`s filled with water slides, indoor and outdoor swimming pools (including a Jumbo Saltwater pool) and a wave pool. A great summer get away.
For accommodations we stayed at Hotel Hanamizuki (ホテル花水木) a ryokan located next to the grounds of the theme park. Hotel guests are allowed direct access to the amusement park from the 2nd floor as well as a bus pass to Nabana no Sato flower park. Hotel guests are allowed entry to the amusement park 10 min before it opens – the access point located in the children`s ride area. Our room at Hotel Hanamizuki was spacious with a sweeping view of the theme park. We were also given the option of dining in our room or at one of the restaurants (either Japanese or Western cuisine). Meals were delicious and the onsen on the ground floor of the hotel, clean and spacious. Garden Hotel Olive is another alternative also with access to the park.
A fun-filled weekend vacation in Japan the kids and the family enjoyed. Do you have a family vacation in Japan to recommend? Please let us know in the comments below.
Nagashima Spa Land Resort Details
Address: 333 Urayasu, Nagashima-cho, Kuwana City, Mie (〒511-1192 三重県桑名市長島町浦安333番地 ナガシマリゾート)
Phone: 05- 9445-1111 (Japanese Only)（9:00～17:00）
Hours: Low season from 9:30 – 17:00; Peak season from 9:30 – 19:30; Closed Irregular Days in January and June. Please check the official website for details.
Fees: 4100 yen for a passport (unlimited rides), or 1600 yen for admission then pay per ride (300 yen – 100 yen per ride).
Notes: Joyful Waterpark is closed from late September to early July
Nabana no Sato Flower Park and Illuminations Details
Illumination Dates: October 24, 2015 to May 8, 2016
Hours: 9:00 to 21:00 (until 22:00 on weekends and in winter); Irregular closing days. Please check the official website for details.
Admission: 1600 yen standard; 2100 yen in winter (* you will receive a 1000 yen voucher to use in the park)
Access: 15 minutes by bus from Nagashima Spa Land; 30 minutes by bus and train from central Nagoya
Nagashima Spa Land Resort – An exciting family getaway
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