July is just so damn hot! Here are my hot tips on spots to cool off:
There is a well-shaded artificial stream / pond thing next to the big playground. My toddlers love it and my 9 year old doesn’t mind it. It’s pretty simple but a welcome respite from the heat.
Tsurumai Station on the JR Chuo Line and subway. Parking available.
Rinku Beach, with a great view of planes coming and going from the airport, is a fun spot to take a dip. Once the sun gets to be too much for you, head over to the epically gigantic Aeon mall or Costco and stuff your face at the food court!
Rinku Beach is a 10-15 minute walk from Tokoname or Rinku Tokoname stations on the Meitetsu Airport Line. Parking Available.
Renowned for having assorted treasure floating in the water, NAGMAG recommends you take the safe route and keep well lubricated with copious amounts of alcohol thanks to its anti-bacterial properties. There are plenty of beach houses and convenience stores where you can load up. Parking is plentiful; even if you take the train, you can usually borrow a car park’s coin-operated showers, which you will want to use.
10 min walk from Utsumi Station on the Meitetsu Chita New Line, but feels longer in the July heat. Direct trains bound for Utsumi depart from Kanayama twice an hour. Parking available.
Sun Beach Nikkogawa
This complex of pools and a manmade beach in Minato-ku bills itself as “Nagoya’s Waikiki” with “1000 parking spaces” and is a good day out if you want to go for a dip within the city limits. If you don’t plan on using one of the 1000 parking spaces, catch a bus from the Meitetsu Bus Center at Nagoya Station or Tokai-dori or Rokuban-cho subway stations.
Jr High School Student and up: ¥1,500
Elementary Student: ¥700
Kids (under 6): Free
This big ass collection of pools, slides, and attractions (the technical term) is technically in Mie Prefecture but it’s really not that far from Nagoya. There will be a fireworks display August 4,11~18,24, and 25
Jr High School Student and up: ¥3,700
Elementary Student: ¥2,700
Kids (2 and up): ¥1,500
Access: Buses bound for Nagashima Spaland depart from the Meitetsu Bus Center above Meitetsu Nagoya Station. There is a schedule at www.nagashima-onsen.co.jp/resort/map_train.html/
Laguna Ten Bosch
Laguna Ten Bosch is a resort in Gamagori, with a large and awesome water park. Most nights the pool is open after dark, and there will be a big fireworks display on July 6,13,14,20, & 27, and most nights in August.
Jr High School Student: ¥3,000
Elementary Student: ¥1,650
Kids (3 and up): ¥1,150
Access: There is a free shuttle bus from Gamagori Station on the JR Tokaido Line. There is a schedule available on the website.