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Recommended Outdoor Swimming Pools in Yokohama

Recommended Outdoor Swimming Pools in Yokohama

Yokohama Pool Center

Opened in July 1965, Yokohama Pool Center in Isogo Ward has a history of more than 50 years, it is a large leisure pool with a capacity of 7,000 people. It is known as the "Mammoth Pool" by the citizens of Yokohama and still attracts many visitors during the hot summer months. The outside of the large pool is a 360-meter-long flowing pool, and the inside is a 1.5-meter-deep swimming pool, which can be fully enjoyed by adults. For children, there is a children's pool for infants and younger children.


Access is an 8-minute walk from Negishi Station on the JR Negishi Line or a 1-minute walk from "Pool Center-mae" bus stop on the city bus from Sakuragi-cho Station. Open from July 9 to September 4 (2016, open every day during the period). Open from 9:00 to 17:00 (admission and ticket sales until 16:00). Admission is 800 yen for adults and 200 yen for children (3 years old to junior high school students and younger).

Kodomo no Kuni Outdoor Swimming Pool

Kodomo no Kuni, located in Aoba Ward, Yokohama City, is an expansive “playground” of about 300,000 tsubo (991,735 ㎡), which was created by taking advantage of the nature of the Tama Hills. The outdoor swimming pool opens in the summer, there are seven different types of pools here. A large shallow pool for toddlers, a 1-meter-deep pool, a 25-meter pool dedicated to swimming, a slide and tube slide, and a fountain pool are just a few of the varied facilities where you can spend a whole day playing and enjoying the summer.


Access is a 3-minute walk from Kodomonokuni Station on the Kodomonokuni Line (all approximately 50 minutes from Shibuya, Yokohama, Fujisawa, and Hon Atsugi Stations). Open July 16 - August 30 (2016, closed on Wednesdays except August 17). Opening hours are 10:00-16:00 (admission until 15:30). Admission is 1,100 yen for adults, 450 yen for elementary and junior high school students, and 350 yen for infants (3 years and older) (a set ticket for the day's admission to the park plus admission to the pool).

Honmoku City Pool

The Honmoku City Pool is another pool that has been familiar to the people of Yokohama for many years. It was built in 1969 together with Honmoku City  Park, where the pool is located. The large fountain in the center of the pool shoots water up to a height of more than 10 meters when the time comes. There are also a children's pool and a toddler pool, so families with children are welcome. There are also two 20-meter lanes and two 15-meter lanes that look like slides. The overall atmosphere of the public pool is retro, but in 2015 the Aquatube, which is popular in Europe and the United States, made a splash when it was introduced.


To get there, take a bus from JR Negishi Station and get off at the Honmoku Shimin Koen-mae stop. Open from July 9 to September 4 (2016, open all year round during this period). Opening hours are 9:00-17:00 (admission and ticket sales until 16:00). Admission is 800 yen for adults and 200 yen for children (3 years old and up to junior high school students).

Shirahatanakacho Park Swimming Pool (Children only)

If you only have small children, Shirahatanakacho Park Swimming Pool in Kanagawa Ward, Yokohama is also a good choice. The large 1.2-meter-deep pool and the smaller 0.4 to 0.6-meter-deep pool are both open to children up to the first grade of elementary school, and up to two children per parent are allowed in the pool, provided they are accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18 (wearing a bathing suit). The surrounding area is a quiet urban area. The pool has a movable floor and is used as a gate ball field except during the summer months.


Access is a 15-minute walk from Hakuraku Station on the Tokyu Toyoko Line. It is open from the second Saturday in July to the first Sunday in September every year (open every day during the period). Open from 9:00 to 16:00 (until 15:50 for bathing). The fee is 60 yen for one hour and 60 yen for an extra hour.

Mitsuike Park Swimming Pool

Mitsuike Park, located about 1.8 km northwest of JR Tsurumi Station, is a comprehensive Prefectural park with three ponds surrounded by lush greenery and famous for its cherry blossoms, as the name suggests. The park has a 25-meter pool and two toddler pools (Swan and Frog), which are filled with the joyful voices of children during the summer months. A unique feature of the park is that the pools are used as spawning grounds for dragonflies even after the season. Every June, volunteers host a yago (dragonfly) rescue event.


Access is by bus from JR Shin-Yokohama Station or Tsurumi Station, and a 3-minute walk from Mitsuike Park North Gate. Open from the second Saturday in July to August 31. Open from 9:00 to 17:00 (admission until 16:30). Admission is 310 yen for adults (junior high school students and older) and 110 yen for children (age 1 to elementary school students and younger).



If you want to spend some time in the pool with your children, why not visit one of these outdoor pools?



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