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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Tohoku - Fukushima - Iwaki
Spa Resort Hawaiians 
# 2   of 3 most visited
sights in Iwaki

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Spa Resort Hawaiians is a one-stop water park, onsen and entertainment facility with a Hawaiian theme. It is located in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, and was formerly known as Joban Hawaiian Center. Inaugurated in 1966, it was the first theme park to be built in Japan. Over the years, the resort had been upgraded to meet with times, and it is still today a highly visited destination.

The most famous attraction of the resort are the Hawaiian dance performances by the Hula Girls, the dance team whose name is synonymous with the resort ever since it opened. In the 1960s, Iwaki was a coal mining town facing crisis when oil became the predominant energy source in Japan. The resort was built and the Hula Girls entertained to draw in tourists - the new source of income for the town.

In the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami and nuclear plant accident, the Hula Girls visited numerous evacuation centers along the tsunami hit Pacific Coast to encourage their inhabitants. They also traveled all over Japan to perform and invite people to visit Iwaki. They are thus seen by many as a symbol of hope and recovery for the affected regions. The spa resort itself suffered damage from the earthquake and was fully reopened in February 2012.

Hula Girls

The resort is divided into five sections:

The Water Park is the main area where the indoor pools, water slides and the dance stage are located. Here, a Hawaiian atmosphere is recreated with pineapple trees and other tropical vegetation, and staff and hotel guests in Hawaiian outfits. Step outdoors and you will find Spa Garden Pareo, a water playground with outdoor pools, deckchairs, jacuzzis and a sauna (closed in winter).

The Spring Park is one of two hot spring areas that draw their spring water from Yumoto Onsen. It features lukewarm indoor pools where both genders can enjoy a dip in swimsuits, as well as regular, gender separated hot spring baths where swimsuits are not allowed.

Spring Park
Edo Jowa Yoichi

The other hot spring area is Edo Jowa Yoichi, a gender separated, large outdoor bath with an Edo Period theme, that is said to be the largest single outdoor bath in Japan. The bath and surroundings are wonderfully designed to provide an authentic onsen experience. A 15 minute shadow show (kage shibai) is performed every night that guests can enjoy whilst taking a hot bath.

Vir Port is where guests get to attend a Hawaiian dance lesson, enjoy a massage or facial, or take part in aqua exercise. Restaurants and accommodation (at Hotel Hawaiians or the newer Monolith Tower) are also available at the resort, making it a complete destination to spend a relaxing vacation.

The Hula Girls dancing to a capacity crowd at the Beach Theater

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How to get there
The resort runs free hourly shuttle buses to/from Yumoto Station (10 minutes). In addition, it also runs free buses for staying guests all the way to/from Tokyo (3 hours) and Yokohama (3.5 hours). Advance reservations are required for the latter.

Alternatively, local buses run between Yumoto Station and the Spa Resort Hawaiians (20 minutes, 270 yen, 3-7 buses per day) via the Sunlife Yumoto (サンライフゆもと) bus stop, which is located at the Iwaki Yumoto IC expressway exit, where connections can be made with highway bus to/from Tokyo. It is also possible to walk between the expressway exit and the spa resort in about 20 minutes.

Furthermore, there are two daily buses between the Spa Resort Hawaiians and the Aquamarine Fukushima aquarium (30 minutes, 800 yen one way). Advance reservations are required.

How to get to and around Iwaki

Hours and Fees
Hours:9:30 to 22:15 (from 9:00 on weekends and national holidays)
Closed:One or two days a year for maintenance.
Spring Park is closed on Tuesdays.
Spa Garden Pareo is closed during the winter.
Admission:3150 yen (full day)
2650 yen (entry after 15:00)
2450 yen (entry after 18:00)
Above fee includes entry to the Water Park, Spring Park, Spa Garden Pareo and Edo Jowa Yoichi, and unreserved seats for dance shows. Separate fees apply for rides in the Water Park, lessons and massage services and for reserved seats for the dance shows.

Dance Shows
Hours:13:30 to 14:15 (daytime show)
20:30 to 21:30 (evening show)
Admission:Unreserved seating is included with the admission fee. Reserved seating is available for front-row seats for 600 to 1000 yen.

Water Park
Hours:Pools and slides can be used until 19:00
Admission:Use of the water park is included with the admission fee, except for the water slides (200 yen per ride, 1000 yen for six rides, 2200 yen for unlimited rides, 1100 yen for unlimited rides after 15:00).

Edo Jowa Yoichi
Hours:Extended hours for staying guests: 7:00 to 23:00

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User Rating (by 11 users):
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