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Japan Wants to Have the Very First Spa-Themed Amusement Park

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Can you imagine soaking in hot springs water at the same time as riding in a roller coaster? Well, leave it to the innovative Japanese to figure out how to do just that.

Yes, Japan has plans for a spa-themed amusement park. It’s an extravagant idea. But in Japan, if someone has the creativity to propose such a thing, then there will be someone who can make it a reality.

Hot spring in Beppu City Japan

Hot spring in Beppu City, Japan

Beppu City is known worldwide for having the greatest yield of hot springs water. The planned amusement park will combine Beppu City’s most important trait with some innovative ideas.

“I believe that, as one of the world’s best hot spring tourist spots, the appeal of having an onsen [a Japanese hot spring] theme park in the town creates an opportunity for the citizens of Beppu, particularly young residents, to feel that ‘Beppu is fun’ and have a sense of pride for their hometown.”

Hot spring in Beppu City, Japan

Hot spring in Beppu City, Japan

The mayor launched a promotional video, promising to build the park if it reached at least 1 million views. On its fourth day, it had already reached nearly 2 million.

There is no set date or confirmation for the construction of the theme park, but the well-received idea was enough to start conversations about its safety issues and other matters to make it possible.

“It’s only an image. We are still discussing safety issues, for example, whether we could actually run hot water inside a roller coaster,” Michitaka Kubota, a spokesman for the city’s tourist department told The Japan Times.

Beppu City Japan hot springs

Steam rising from hot spring bath houses in Beppu City, Japan

 

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