Every winter, between November and April the Big Wave Olympic-sized swimming pool in Ushita is drained and transformed into an ice rink.
There are entrance and rental fees, but the entrance fee is waived for kids under elementary school age and there is no charge to sit and watch from the stands.
There is a basic snack bar which offers udon noodles (¥300) and rice balls (¥100) and drink vending machines. It’s OK to take your own food and drink, but customers are asked to consume it in the snack area, and not on the rink or rinkside.
Gloves must be worn (available from a vending machine in the foyer).
- Adults ¥1560 (Book of 11 tickets ¥15,600)
- Kids/Over 65s ¥930 (Book of 11 tickets ¥9,300)
Skate rental: ¥300 (up to 30cm)
Open late October to April (October 28 in 2015 and April 21 in 2014)
Open most days other than Tuesdays 09:00-21:00
Sometimes closed for hockey or figure skating practice and tournaments.
Here is the opening schedule in Japanese for November 2015 http://www.sports-or.city.hiroshima.jp/data/wave/201511.pdf Try changing the date at the end of the link to get the schedules for other months.
Closed: Tuesdays and December 30-January 2
Available by the hour between the park and the Higashi-ku sports center (the ice rink is inside this building) or behind the building in an open field on busy weekends (1,000 yen a day). Public transport is easy- 2 minutes walk from the Ushita Big Wave Mae Astram (Monorail) Station), and there is a bus stop in front of park as well as across the road in front of the Astram Line riverside exit.
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Address: 8-3 Ushita-shin-machi, Higashi-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken, 732-0068
- GH Junior Big Wave Ice-Skating review
- Hiroshima Curling Association
- Hiroshima Collectors Ice Hockey Club
- Hiroshima Collectors Ice Hockey Club Facebook Page