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Japan city has to build ‘Spamusement’ park thanks to viral video

In a now-viral promotional video released Monday on YouTube, performers ride a roller coaster and other attractions sitting waist-deep in a hot spring

The city of Beppu in Japan has famous hot springs. Japan has also many spa resorts that provide hot bathtubs filled wine, tea, chocolate or even ramen noodles. But in Beppu they decided to put spa procedures on the next level and install bathtubs on roller coasters, The Japan Times outlet reports.

The city calls it a spa amusement park project, dubbed “spamusement,” which would become a reality if the video gains more than 1 million views, a mark reached on Thursday.

“We weren’t expecting this many views, but we sure are happy,” said Michitaka Kubota, a spokesman from Beppu’s tourist department.

However, the city said it was unclear whether the planned hot spring amusement park will be exactly as shown in the video.

“It’s only an image. We are still discussing safety issues, for example, whether we could actually run hot water inside a roller coaster,” said Kubota. “But the rides will be something fun.”

He said a task force will be charged with shaping the “spamusement” concept into a park. Details of the rides and schedules are yet to be confirmed.

Beppu has the world’s largest source of hot springs that are an appropriate temperature for baths, with 83,058 liters of water flowing per minute.