Last November, the mayor of Beppu City in Oita Prefecture promised that if their promotional video for an imaginary hot spring amusement park got over 1 million views, they would actually create one in real life. By now many people know that the video subsequently garnered over 3 million views on YouTube, leaving Mayor Nagano no choice but to be a man of his word and start planning the first ever “Spamusement Park” in Japan.

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From the looks of the Spamusement Park project’s crowdfunding page, plans for the park have been coming along smoothly. The project recently exceeded its goal of 10 million yen (US$86,820), and to celebrate, they’ve revealed sketches of 4 attractions future guests might find there:

Kakeyu (“Rinsing Off”) Bridge

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Onsen Mist Astro Fighter

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Onsen Slide

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”Special Blend” Onsen Pool

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But it doesn’t stop there. If they succeed in collecting over 20 million yen (US$173,620), they plan to have Japanese DJ Towa Tei create original background music for the park, and add a carousel!

Though the Spamusement Park is still in its planning stages, the mayor promises to open its gates in July 2017. However, it will only be open for three days on the 29th, 30th, and the 31st, so those hoping to make a visit should be prepared for huge crowds to share the hot springs with.

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Of course, swimsuits and other types of clothing will be necessary to enjoy a day at the Spamusement Park. People with tattoos are also welcome, which unfortunately isn’t the case with the majority of onsen facilities in Japan.

By contributing to the crowdfunding campaign, patrons can receive tickets to the park or other onsen-themed goods as a return. Head over to the page for more information and updates.


By - grape Japan editorial staff.