It’s finally time to write about Hawaiians! If you follow my twitter, you know that in June, I went to Hawaiians Spa Resort on a Business trip (Asahi Weekly). Business trips, oh how I love them!! I got to stay overnight in their hotel and sample all sorts of yummy-delicious delicacies! Traveling for work is the best!
I had to wait until the article had gone out of circulation, and so now I’m free to talk on my blog, too! Whee! 😀
So, probably the best deal with Hawaiians is that if you stay in the hotel attached to the resort, you can take a shuttle bus up from Tokyo or Yokohama for FREE. Considering that can cost around $100 each way to take the trains and takes several hours to get there, this is a really great deal! I was really impressed!!
Hawaiians is up in Fukushima prefecture. Aka, the prefecture damaged by the nuclear reactors. But it’s over an hour away from anything dangerous, so there are no worries. I certainly didn’t come back glowing in the dark– in fact, I had a really relaxing time! My only regret is that I didn’t get to spend enough time there. One night is really not enough!
It was a nice, long bus ride up there, in relative comfort. :)I really enjoyed being able to leave my bags alone and just watch silently out the window.
We passed all sorts of city things while passing out of the city. 🙂
Including Tokyo Sky Tree.
Welcome to Hawaiians!!
This was our room (our meaning me and my editor, Yoko):
The buffet was amazing!! Yum yum yum!
I suppose that pictures can show it better than I can, but basically, there were hula dances, pools, and waterslides, and the whole Hawaiians area was set up to feel like Hawaii (read: warm and humid, but not too warm). It was lovely!
It was quite cold outside, though! Which made the indoor tropical heat a real relief! I think that Hawaiians is probably best in the winter, to escape from the extreme cold of Japanese winters! (It snowed in May this year!)
We were given a tour by the press director of the resort, and in one of the dining halls, they had a series of giant flags, which had been signed by people all over the country, wishing support on Fukushima and the damages prefectures. After the big earthquake on 3/11, the spa had closed it’s doors for a year, and during that time, the hula dances went around the country, performing in dance shows all over.
The story was really touching when I heard it, and made me kind of want to cry.
The onsen attached to the resort hotel is recognized by the Guiness Book of World Records as being the largest outdoor natural onsen in the world. I did go in to look (pictures weren’t allowed), but never entered the onsen. My clothing is not optional, lol.
Can you imagine being squished in with 1,499 other naked people into a hot spring? LOL, I wonder if it ever gets that full! Kind of scary, to think about it, lol. The last time that I went into a hot spring, I got stared at for wearing my bathing suit, but I didn’t have a choice. I was at a water park, and there were no private showers to wash off in afterwards, just segregated onsen areas. I’d rather die than show strangers my most private areas! ^^;
My editor, though, is Japanese and she doesn’t share those qualms. Private public nudity is totally a-ok to the Japanese.
So, the onsen wasn’t my thing, but the park sure was! I love water slides!! Especially ones with rainbows on the top! Yeah!! 🙂
You must be 120 cm tall to enter the pool. Another yay– little babies aren’t allowed! SCORE!!! 😀 (There was a separate pool where little babies were allowed).
Yoko and I had a blast!
There are four waterslides, and they each required an entry fee (something common in Japan, but I don’t really like it). But, you can buy a bracelet that gets you a slight discount and is good for multiple rides.
At first, I thought that four rides wouldn’t be enough, but it’s pretty hot and humid in there, so running up the steps for each slide takes a lot out of you, lol. I was pretty exhausted, even before we’d finished the third ride.
Exhausted, and ready to sit down for the hula show! I’ve seen hula dancing any number of times, and it’s pretty, but I’ve never really thought of it as anything special. At least, not anything that I’d travel specifically to see.
Apparently, though, the hula show is the main attraction at Hawaiians, and people travel from all over the country to be able to come and see it. Another cultural difference. That said, it was a very beautiful show, and really flashy and well done! I’d definitely see it again (although I’d travel there to go on the waterslides and get warm, more than see hula.. but that’s just me! XD) It was a very beautiful show, though. 🙂
There was one sad, sad thing that happened at the park, though..
I dropped my waterproof camera (the one that I had bought for my trip to Okinawa). I didn’t notice the giant crack in the side, and when I took it in the water, it became no more.
Here is the last picture that it ever took. 🙁
Even saddened by the loss of my camera, nothing could stop me from perusing the gift shops on the way out. 🙂
And so ended my adventure at Hawaiians! There are things that I don’t have any pictures of, like me learning Hula dance and interviewing one of the star dancers, but I will save that for when I get copies of the pictures that were taken during that time! 🙂
See you all tomorrow, and please leave me lots of comments!! 😀 😀