cooling fountains and wave pool (Photo: GetHiroshima)

Chupea Pool

Fun water park near Miyajima

cooling fountains and wave pool (Photo: GetHiroshima)
JJ Walsh   - 3 min read

Chupea pool is a fun water park consisting of 7 main attraction areas including a large water slide, current pool, wave pool and smaller water play attraction areas as well as a basic pool.

Chupea is a great summer break from the heat. Although it may seem overly crowded on busy days, the atmosphere is fun and friendly and there is plenty of water for everyone to enjoy. Next to the pool is the Chupea park where kids can do activities in the “media plaza” (in Japanese) related to making a newspaper as these facilities are connected to the Chugoku shimbun newspaper.

Open from July to September (7/14 to 9/9 this year), the Chupea pool is a great little water park located just past the Miyajima ferry port along route 2. The park is much bigger than the central Family Pool and is open a week later in September. There is a free shuttle bus from Miyajima-guchi train station which is a short walk from the Miyajima tram station too. Parking is 1,000 yen for the day (500 car capacity).

Although the staff are very friendly, there is no information or menu boards in English, nor do they have any staff that speak English so bring your phrasebook or a Japanese speaking friend.

There are also some strict regulations such as no tattoos or body piercing allowed in the water park (which is actually the only English sign we saw). We had a friend who had tattoos and they had to be covered up so he could enter the park, body piercing would also have to be covered up or removed to gain entry. There seem to be a fair number of lifeguards, staff and people cleaning the premises and sorting trash for park users, overall, it seems to be quite efficiently run.

Other regulations include disallowing masks and snorkels (although goggles are ok), boats and such (although rings and balls are allowed). There is also only smoking allowed in designated areas of the facility. Everyone must also obey the ku-kei resting rule and get out of the water for 10 minutes on the hour, every hour.

Private shaded areas are available for rent, usually costing 3,000 yen for the day. There are also swim floaters, suits, towels, goggles and sunscreen available in the small shop near the entrance. There is a fair bit of food available from stalls which serve festival favorites like okonomiyaki vegetable & meat layered pancake,takoyaki octopus dumplings, yakisoba fried noodles, karage fried chicken, french fries, ice-cream, beer, drinks, kaki-gori shaved ice, curry & rice and udon noodles as the main offerings.

Most food and drinks are reasonably priced. The normal prices are available at the drink machines and food and drink at the stalls cost between 300~500 yen. There is also a small game center, shaded general seating area, shaded areas to stand and eat food from the stalls, massage area, a fair number of port-a-potty toilets and coin lockers, but no changing areas that we could find.

JJ Walsh

JJ Walsh @joy.walsh

I've been living in Hiroshima since the mid 90's & still discovering new things to enjoy. I'm a big fan of both the old "wabi sabi" as well as modern and new designs, Japan offers both of these type of places to explore and enjoy. Even after many years here, I am still discovering surprising, fan...