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Artificial wave pool for surfing opens ahead of sport's debut at 2020 Tokyo Games

Two men surf in an artificial wave pool at the sports entertainment facility "Sporu Shinagawa Oimachi" in Tokyo's Shinagawa Ward, on Aug. 10, 2018. (Mainichi)

TOKYO -- Ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, where surfing will debut as an official sport, an artificial wave pool recently opened at a sports facility in Shinagawa Ward here, and has gathered popularity among beginners and families.

The 26-meter-by-9-meter outdoor pool is one feature at the new sports entertainment facility "Sporu Shinagawa Oimachi," which opened on Aug. 11 in front of Oimachi station. As the pool is the first of its kind to be built in an urban area, use of the facility is completely booked solid for several weekends to come.

The size of waves and water pressure can be adjusted to meet a visitor's surfing ability -- from beginners all the way to professionals. The water temperature will be kept at 25 degrees Celsius at all times, which allows for customers to enjoy surfing all year round.

Surfboards and wetsuits are available for rent at the facility. Visitors can make reservations on Sporu Shinagawa Oimachi's official website (https://citywave-tokyo.jp). The fee is 6,200 yen per person for 50 minutes. The pool is open from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and until 9 p.m. on Sundays.

(Japanese original by Kimi Takeuchi, Photo Group)

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