|Theme Park:||Nagashima Spa Land (since 1964)
|Part of the Resort Nagashima Resort|
|Operated by:||Nagashimakankokaihatsu Co., Ltd.|
Nagashima Spa Land (ナガシマスパーランド) in Kuwana nearby the city of Nagoya is one of Japan’s largest and busiest amusement parks. The park located on Ise Bay is part of the Nagashima Resort, which originated from a newly found hot spring in 1963. A temporary set up bath proved to be very popular, which is why the Nagashimakankokaihatsu Co, Ltd was established in the same year with the aim of developing the spring, now known as Nagashima Onsen, for tourism. In November 1964, the Onsen was opened to visitors, followed by the Nagashima Hotel a month later. In 1966, the resort was further expanded with the opening of the second hotel and the theme park Nagashima Spa Land.
The Nagashima Resort quickly became more popular, which is why the third hotel followed as early as 1970. The resort now consists of three hotels, the Nagashima Spa Land amusement park, the Joyful Waterpark, the Nagano-no-Sato gardens, the Anpanman Children’s Museum, the large Mitsui Outlet Jazz Dream Nagashima outlet centre and the Yuami-no-Shima hot spring. Every year, around 5.8 million visitors come to Nagashima Resort.
Nagashima Spa Land is famous for its large number of roller coasters, including the Steel Dragon 2000 – the longest and one of the fastest steel coaster up to date. With a height of 97m and a length of 2.5km, this roller coaster means serious business for every theme park enthusiast. Apart of this steel monster, Nagashima Spa Land is a very nice park with an superb selection of rides and attractions. It also features a highly immersive children’s area themed to Peter Rabbit.
If you want to experience the park for yourself, the easiest and fastest way to reach the amusement park is by highway bus from the Nagoya station. The nearest JR train station is Kuwana. From here you can take a shuttle bus directly to the park.
Fun Fact #1: Due to its large number of roller coasters and its location on an island right next to the sea, the park is often referred as the Cedar Point of Japan.
Fun Fact #2: The park houses a very large number of swing based rides. In no other park worldwide you can swing up to the sky in so many different variants.