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Japan confirms construction of a 'spa-musement' park
Date:12/16/2016 12:25:33 AM

Now you've actually got to build it! Mayor of Beppu confirms construction of a 'spa-musement' park after viral video hits 1m views.

 
Soon you'll be able to, after the mayor of a Japanese city announced the construction of a bizarre 'spa-musement' park when a viral video campaign for the project racked up over a million views.
Yasuhiro Nagano, the mayor of Beppu city in the south of Japan, which is famed for its hot springs, proposed the spa and amusement park hybrid in a video posted to YouTube last week.
In the promotional clip, he said: 'When this video reaches one million views, we hereby pledge to construct an onsen (hot springs) amusement park in Beppu city.'
The video, filmed at Beppu Rakutenchi amusement park, imagines what the 'spa-musement' park might look like.
In the clip, thrill-seekers can be seen wandering through the park in nothing but towels tied around their waists, and taking a family bath in the car of a Ferris wheel.
One scene even shows roller coaster carriages filled with soothing spa water.
The video quickly attracted more than one million viewers and the mayor has confirmed the park will be built.
In a statement the mayor said: 'We were surprised by the rapid, speedy response, which allowed us to reach our target of one million views in just four days after the clip was uploaded to YouTube,' according to RocketNews24.
He added: 'I believe that, as one of the world’s best hot spring tourist spots, the appeal of having an onsen theme park in the town creates an opportunity for the citizens of Beppu, particularly young residents, to feel that “Beppu is fun” and have a sense of pride for their hometown.'
 
‘We weren't expecting this many views, but we sure are happy,' said Michitaka Kubota, a spokesman from Beppu's tourist department told Japan Times.
Beppu has more hot springs than anywhere else in the world, with 83,058 liters of water flowing per minute.
And the town is trying to boost the number of non-Japanese tourists visiting Beppu.
In 2015, the city attracted 437,764 foreign visitors, up from 278,776 in 2010.
Commenters on social media were very excited about the proposed 'spa-musement' park.
Twitter user Dan said: 'Spamusement will go down in history as our generation's greatest achievement'.
Landon Sperry added: 'GUYS! They're going to build this "Spamusement" park in Japan if they get to one million views! Let's do this!'
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