Offering hot-tub style rollercoasters, Ferris wheels and carousels, the world’s first spa-themed amusement park could become a reality in Japan. The city of Beppu – a spa resort on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, which is famed for its hotsprings, created a promotional video for the ‘spamusement’ park, which went viral. Filmed at the Beppu Rakutenchi amusement park, riders are shown enjoying roller coasters, cable cars and Ferris wheels filled with hot water.
“We weren’t expecting this many views, but we sure are happy,” Michitaka Kubota, a spokesman from Beppu’s tourist department told the Japan Times. However, the spokesperson said it was unclear whether the planned hot spring amusement park will be exactly as shown in the video. “It’s only an image. We are still discussing safety issues, for example, whether we could actually run hot water inside a roller coaster,” said Kubota. “But the rides will be something fun.”
He said a task force will be charged with shaping the ‘spamusement’ concept into a park. Details of the rides and schedules are yet to be confirmed.