A Day at Nagashima Spa Land

Updated June 10, 2019
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Being the coaster geek that I am, there are 2 amusement parks that I’ve always wanted to visit in Japan and one of them is Nagashima Spa Land. It has record-breaking roller coasters that I couldn’t pass up, especially on my third visit in the country. We specifically bought our return tickets coming from Nagoya (we arrived in Tokyo) just to be able to visit this park.

Ticket and entrance to the park
Ticket and entrance to the park

How to Get There

Nagashima Spa Land is just 40km south-west of Nagoya outside the edge of Aichi Prefecture. The easiest way to get there directly is by the Meitetsu bus from Nagoya Station Meitetsu Bus Center. For alternative transportation from Nagoya or other major cities in Japan, click here.

Before riding the bus
Before riding the bus

Getting there early is not as crucial as Disney or Universal, you can still get to a lot of rides even if you arrive after lunch. We went on a Saturday and surprisingly, the crowd was smaller than we expected. We also didn’t really plan our route, we just went where we want. After spending about 6 hours at the park, we’d already ridden most of the attractions we wanted to ride. It was a very chill day and we had so much fun throughout.

Must-Try Attractions

Steel Dragon 2000

Being the longest, 7th tallest, and 8th fastest roller coaster in the world, you can never not enjoy Steel Dragon 2000. Unless you have fear of heights, there is no excuse to skip this one. Yes it looks really scary and intimidating, but it’s all worth it, trust me!

Before arriving at the park, I was so sure that I was gonna ride it. And if Wayne didn’t want to, I was certain I could convince him since I already got him to ride Fujiyama at Fuji-Q Highland. But when we got there and saw the ride, we got scared! It’s exactly how you imagined what roller coasters look like when you were a child; really tall, lots of hills, and never-ending turns. Wayne chickened out, which I understood. But of course, I had to push thru, I couldn’t pass that opportunity up. Also, it would definitely take years before we come back to this park.

Steel Dragon 2000 lift hill
Steel Dragon 2000 lift hill

The line was long but moving quickly, it only took less than 30 minutes before I got to ride it. I was the first to select on our batch so I immediately took the first seat. The new trains, replaced in 2013, were super open. It made the ride scarier, adding another layer of danger, but so much more fun! Which is what I experience throughout the ride, it was so fun all over. The lift hill was the scariest part, and after that, the big drop felt like a rush of good feelings that you would want the coaster to just continue on. It was a freeing experience and the whole ride felt like the closest thing to flying. Again, it was so much fun!

View of Steel Dragon 2000 and other coasters from the Ferris wheel
View of Steel Dragon 2000 and other coasters from the Ferris wheel

Giant Wheel “Aurora”

You can never go wrong with a Ferris wheel. Riding this was the best way to get a 360 top view of the park. It can show you spots that you might have missed or attractions that you need to visit again. Best time to go here is at sunset, but any time is a great time!

Giant Wheel and clock
Giant Wheel and clock

Ultra Twister

This was the most unique coaster in the park. The tracks cover most sides of the car, making the twists and turns unpredictable. It’s kind of like a marble run, wherein you put a marble through a tunnel of slides and turns until it reaches the end of the track. The best part was the first drop because it had a vertical lift and you’re caught off guard, and it was then followed by an airtime hill. I know my explanation for this coaster is confusing, so just click here to watch a POV ride video on it.

The first drop at Ultra Twister
The first drop at Ultra Twister

Acrobat

I’m on the fence whether I like flying coasters or not. It’s always a different feeling that I get whenever I ride one and Acrobat is not an exception. For the first half, I was enjoying the ride. But towards the end, I was just waiting for it to stop. I got so dizzy. Like, super close-to-throwing-up dizzy. Now you’re wondering, why did I put it on this “Must-Try” list? Well, it is a must-try, and my experience could be different than yours. Did I enjoy riding it? A little bit. Was it fun? In the beginning, yes, but my dizziness afterwards was not fun. Would I ride it again in the future? Definitely!

One of the lowest points of Acrobat, when it swings by the pool and water fountain shoots up
One of the lowest points of Acrobat, when it swings by the pool and water fountain shoots up

Space Shot

Drop towers are always exciting. And they never fail to make my crotch hurt. But what’s different with Space Shot is that it shoots you up, instead of slowly going upwards and suddenly dropping. Which makes it less scary because the anticipation of slowly going upwards is always the worst in drop towers. It doesn’t even surprise you, there is a countdown so you know when to expect the launch and be properly prepared to be shot up to the sky.

The three pillars of Space Shot
The three pillars of Space Shot

D. Wild Mouse

Riding this was my first time to try a wild mouse roller coaster and it was amazing. I always thought they were just an inferior type of coaster, but getting to ride one made me think differently. It provided a good time and that was all I could as from it. I probably had too low of an expectation, but it was actually a fun ride.

D. Wild Mouse lift
D. Wild Mouse lift

Hakugei (formerly White Cyclone)

This was closed and in renovation when we visited the park, but I still included it in this list because it’s a hybrid steel and wooden roller coaster! How cool is that? Formerly, it stood for 24 years as a wooden coaster but was closed in 2018 to be converted to a hybrid coaster. Height and speed were increased, and 3 inversions were added to the track. The new version opened in March 2019. I will definitely be back to this park to ride this coaster!

View of Hakugei in construction from the Ferris wheel
View of Hakugei in construction from the Ferris wheel

Admission Fee

JPY 5,000.00 for a whole-day pass.

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Our day at Nagashima Spa Land was one of the highlights of this trip to Japan. We visited on the 2nd to the last day before our flight home, and it was an amazing way to end our trip. And, this park gave me a new favorite roller coaster ever!

If you enjoy thrill rides and are not afraid to try some of the craziest rides in Asia, then Nagashima Spa Land should definitely be on your list.

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