Japan Atlas: Architecture 


Location: Miyazaki City, Miyazaki Prefecture

Total Area: 700 ha (1,730 acres)


A resort offering a wide range of enjoyment

Seagaia is a large, integrated resort complex situated in a vast forest.The resort, which stretches ten kilometers (6.2 miles) from north to south, covers a total area of 700 ha (about 1,730 acres). It is situated on the Hitotsuba Coast of Miyazaki Prefecture on Japan's southern island of Kyushu. The resort takes advantage of the warm climate of Kyushu, and visitors can enjoy themselves all year round.

Seagaia features a variety of hotels, restaurants, playing areas for sporting activities, including golf, amusement facilities, a wildlife park, and other recreational facilities.

Among the amusement facilities is Ocean Dome, one of the largest indoor water parks in the world that can accommodate 10,000 people. A sliding mechanism allows the roof to be opened or closed. The dome is 38 m high (41.8 yd.), and encloses the area 300 m (330 yd.) wide and 100 m (110 yd.) deep. Inside, there is a man-made ocean with waves and beach, and a mid-summer environment is maintained with the air temperature at 30ºC (86ºF) and the water temperature at 28 ºC (82.4ºF) all year round.

Inside the dome there are many tropical plants, cascades and raft rides, Jacuzzi pools, aquatic attractions, theaters and a number of restaurants. At night, a water screen is used to create mysterious lighting effects. Tropical events such as festivals, dancing and music are held every day.

Photo: (top) Panorama of Seagaia, (middle) Ocean Dome, (bottom) The inside of Ocean Dome (Seagaia Group)

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