Public swimming pools on Okinawa are hidden fun spots for locals!
Okinawa is a resort island that brings into most people’s mind images like the blue ocean, blue sky, tropical scenery with colorful flowers and palm trees and such. But water activities on the island are not limited to beaches, and resort hotels. There are many public swimming pools here that offer fun activities at reasonable prices. Public swimming pools are not meant only for competitive swimming, but are fun for all kids from infants up. Here we introduce some of the public pools on Okinawa, and hope you would enjoy them with locals.
Recreation Pool in the Okinawa Prefectural Comprehensive Park
The Recreation Pool in the Okinawa Prefectural Comprehensive Park is famous among locals, because of its size, and many fun play equipment. The total size of the pool is 20,850 square meters. It has two 100-meter-long water slides (must be over 120cm tall to enter), 2,510-meter-long flowing pool, 75-meter mountain stream (must be over 120cm tall to enter), kids’ pool and an area for infants. The pool is open every day in August from 9:30 to 18:30 except Tuesdays. In September its open from 9:30 to 18:00 Saturdays, Sundays and Japanese holidays.
The cost is ¥860 for persons over 18 years of age. Tickets for children from 6 to 18 years old are ¥310, and ¥100 for children from 3 to 5. Admission is free for infants under two. For regulations regarding play, please check the details on the official website of the park at http://okinawa-kenso.com/?page_id=160
Nishizaki Recreation Pool
Nishizaki Recreation Pool is located in the Nishizaki district of Itoman City. The large outdoor pool has a total area of 6,234 square meters, including a 795-meter flowing pool, 120-square meter regular pool, flowing pools for kids, two 70-meter-long water slides (must over 120cm tall to enter) and 70-meter river rafter (must over 120cm tall to enter).
Nishizaki Recreation Pool also has indoor pools for extra charge that also has a kids’ area. Open 9:00~19:00 every day through August 31st. Closed on Mondays in September. Admission is ¥750 for persons over 18, ¥500 for children 6 to 18 years old and ¥250 for children under 6.
Chatan Public Swimming Pool
Chatan Town Public Swimming Pool was renovated this May with fun water play gear installed. Kids can play with water guns, enjoy a water slider, giant bucket turn over and much more pop-up fun stuff. The pool is located next to Sunset Beach, and the view from the pool is nothing short of amazing.
The pool is open from May through the end of October every day 9:30~17:30, but stays open until 21:00 in July and August. Tickets are ¥400 for persons over 18, ¥300 for children 12~18 years old, and ¥200 for children under 12. The pool has a rule limiting the play to two hours, and those who want to continue playing longer, need to pay the entry fee again.
The Water Garden at Kaneku Seaside Park in Kadena Town
The Water Garden in Kadena Town is located near Kadena Marina, just behind the Navel Kadena Shopping Center.
It’s not as big in size as the two giant water parks above, but all its water facilities are made for children, and very safe. In a matter of fact, adults are not allowed to swim in the pool at all, and are restricted to assisting the kids. The children must be under 12 years of age. The deepest point of the pool is just 60 cm, and that’s why the pool is safe and good place to play.
The Water Garden is open through Sep. 26th. It’s closed on Mondays, except when Monday is a Japanese holiday. The pool hours are from 10:00 to18:00, with 12:00 to 13:00 lunch break. Admission is ¥200 for adults, and ¥300 for kids. The entrance is free to Kadena Town residents who must show a picture ID when entering.
There are several other public pools on Okinawa, which are not so well known even for locals. The summer vacation is a dream time for kids, and visiting the pools would add to the great memories of their time on Okinawa.