The world’s largest indoor water park: Seagaia Ocean Dome, Miyazaki
The “Ocean Dome” is situated in Miyazaki, Southern Japan – and is living proof that the Japanese are weird, yet super cool.
If going to the world’s largest indoor water park is somehow isn’t enough to whet your appetite, how about if we add a flame-spitting volcano, hi-tech wave pool and crushed white marble sand (almost identical to the real thing except it doesn’t stick to your body quite as much) – Wow. Can they even do that? Well they just did. Game, Set, Match Japan.
Only a complete sucker would have built the world’s most technologically advanced indoor beach and then spoil it all by going for REAL sand.
The Ocean Dome is 300 metres in length and 100 metres in width, and was listed on the Guinness World Records.
Perhaps the most peculiar thing about the park is that it’s located super close to the REAL coastline.
The dome features the world’s largest retractable roof, which provides a permanently blue sky even on a rainy day. Air temperature is always held at around 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) and the water at around 28 (82 degrees Fahrenheit).
There’s even a pool that’s specifically designed for surfers!
Miyazaki is only a breath away by plane, 1 hour 30 minutes from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and 1 hour 5 minutes from Kansai International Airport. Buses to Seagaia leave from Miyazaki Airport as well as from the JR Miyazaki station, and take less than 30 minutes.
Ocean Dome prices
Summer admission: adults ¥2600, children ¥1600, children under 4 ¥800.
3 months pass (unlimited admission): adults ¥8000, children/children under 4 ¥4000. Guests at the Sheraton Grande Ocean Resort get a ¥300 discount.
Board Rental Fee: ¥1,000
Hours: Between 21/7-31/8, 10:00-20:00. Other dates, 10:00-17:00
Official site: Sheraton Seagaia Resort