Located just outside of Nagoya, is the Nagashima Resort. This is a major vacation destination that is comprised of four main recreational or leisure facilities: the Nagashima Hot Spring Complex, the Nabana No Sato Flower Park, an outlet shopping mall, and the Nagashima Spaland Amusement Park. The resort sits along a picturesque stretch surrounded by rivers and the sea, giving it the name “long island” or Nagashima.
The main attraction of the resort is the Nagashima Spaland, which is considered to be the best amusement park for roller coasters in all of Western Japan. In this particular park, there are more than 40 rides, ranging from smaller rides for the kids up to the faster, more exhilarating rides geared towards the teen and adult audience. The Steel Dragon 2000 is a gigantic roller coaster ride that spans the entire length of the park and is one of the park’s main attractions.
The Joyful Waterpark is a wide area open only in the summertime. It is dedicated to waterslides and fun pools for a general audience.
The Nagashima Spaland is a superbly designed park with many structures that go well with their surroundings. At the south-west end of the resort is the Yuami No Shima Hot Spring Bath Complex. This facility offers many indoor and outdoor baths set within a man-made nature environment. Baths are divided into large sections for each gender. The men’s bath section is set in beautifully recreated scenery of the Kurobe Gorge, while the women’s bath is set in the background of the Oirase Stream. Massage services, Jacuzzis, and saunas are also available here.
The Mitsui Outlet Park is a large scale outlet mall located right next to the Nagashima Spaland. This mall is home to more than 240 stores, making it the largest outlet mall in Japan. Shoppers can find stores carrying many world renowned brand names and a variety of domestic and foreign boutiques offering various fashion items and accessories. In addition, there are many popular sporting goods stores.
The Nabana No Sato Flower Park is located some distance from the Nagashima Spaland, taking roughly 15 minutes to get their by bus. This park offers some terrific scenery with many great views of seasonal flowers that prosper throughout the year. Nabana No Sato hosts a flower festival every spring, which is claimed to be one of the largest flower festivals in Japan. During the winter months, winter illuminations can be enjoyed from the middle of November into early March. Island Fuji is a unique moving observation deck that offers many great views of the park.