You can never go wrong with amusement parks especially when friends and/or family are coming along. Step into a fantasyland where loads of lovable characters, heart-pumping rides, entertaining shows, delicious food, and cute souvenirs abound. It’s the perfect one-day affair!

Planning to go to one during your visit in Tokyo? We’ve got you covered. Here’s a definitive list of the 10 best amusement parks in and around Tokyo. Unlimited fun guaranteed.

1. Tokyo Disney Resort

Tokyo Disney Resort

Tokyo Disney Resort

Does Disneyland even need an introduction?

It’s the happiest place on earth and for decades, Disneyland has been delighting and bringing magic to millions of kids and kids at heart. Meet Mickey, Minnie, and the rest of your favorite Disney characters while being transported into different worlds – from classic castles to futuristic landscapes.

What sets Tokyo apart from other Disneyland locations all over the world is the addition of another theme park – DisneySea, which showcases 6 additional nautically themed ports. Think mermaids, pirates, and everything in between. Indeed, a trip to Tokyo Disney Resort is a happy pill.

Do take note however that admission fees to Disneyland and DisneySea are treated separately. You need to buy separate tickets if you want to go to both parks. Choose between one-day and multiple day passes, and for those who want an extended version of the Disney experience, you might want to consider staying overnight at one of the three Disney Hotels within the park premises.

Access:
http://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/access/

Address:
1-1 Maihama, Urayusu, Chiba Prefecture 279-0031, Japan

Hours:
Tokyo Disneyland – Weekdays (9:00 AM – 10:00 PM), Weekends (8:00 AM – 10:00 PM)
Tokyo Disney Sea – Monday to Sunday (8:00 AM – 10:00 PM)

Price for 1-day Passport for Disneyland or DisneySea:
Adult (Ages 18 and over) ¥7,400
Junior (Ages 12-17) ¥6,400
Child (Ages 4-11) ¥4,800

3 years old & below Free admission

Website:
http://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/

2. Tokyo Dome City Attractions

Tokyo Dome’s Thunder Dolphin extreme roller coaster.

Tokyo Dome’s Thunder Dolphin extreme roller coaster. From Flickr

You don’t need to travel very far to get your dose of amusement park rides in Tokyo. Right at the heart of this Japan capital, Tokyo Dome City Attractions will deliver you just that. The park is part of a large entertainment complex which also includes an impressive stadium, a spa complex, and a variety of other attractions and facilities.

No admission is charged to enter this amusement park. However, day passes are offered to those who want to enjoy the rides.

A shoutout to thrill seekers: Tokyo Dome City’s Thunder Dolphin roller coaster might just be the ride you’re looking for. At 80 meters tall, it is dubbed as the 10th tallest continuous circuit roller coaster in the world making it this park’s most famous attraction.

Access:
https://www.tokyo-dome.co.jp/e/access/

Address:
1 Chome-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo, Tokyo 112-0004, Japan

Hours:
Monday to Sunday (10:00 AM – 9:00 PM) 

Price for 1-day Pass:
Senior (Ages 60 and over) ¥3,400
Adult (Ages 18-59) ¥3,900
Junior (Ages 12-17) ¥3,400
Child (Ages 6-11) ¥2,100
Infant (Ages 3-5) ¥1,300

Website:
https://www.tokyo-dome.co.jp/e/attractions/

3. Toshimaen

Welcome to Toshimaen.

Welcome to Toshimaen. From Instagram

Toshimaen’s park rides may just be so-so but come summer months, this place becomes a rockstar. Within Toshimaen’s grounds is Hydropolis, a huge waterpark with very cool tricks. It has a surf pool, a lazy river, two wave pools, an Olympic-size one with professional diving boards, something for the kiddos, and really elaborate water slides.

About 20 minutes by train from Shinjuku, beat the summer heat and chill with the locals in this popular summer destination.

Access:
Take Seibu Ikebukuro Line to Toshimaen Station (via Ikebukuro Station)
Take Oedo Line for Higarigaoka to Toshimaen Station (via Shinjuku Station)

Address:
3-25-1 Koyama, Nerima, Tokyo 176-0022, Japan

Hours:
Thursday to Monday (10:00 AM – 5:00 PM) 

Price for 1-day Pass:
Adult ¥3,800
Child ¥2,000

Website:
http://www.toshimaen.co.jp
(Japanese Only)

4. Asakusa Hanayashiki

Enjoy retro rides at Asakusa Hanayashiki.

Enjoy retro rides at Asakusa Hanayashiki. From Flickr

Let’s go retro!

Asakusa Hanayashiki is actually the first and oldest amusement park in Japan. Here, you’ll enjoy a variety of old-school rides that have nothing to do with crazy loops and speedy stuff. It’s a picturesque trip down memory lane to a pre-digital world that’s slower and less dependent on technology.

As an additional treat for ninja fans, sign-up to meet a ninja master and learn from him the basics of swordplay, escape techniques, and the martial art of shuriken blade throwing. Hanayashiki’s Ninja Dojo is located just outside the park. Look out for a “Maruhana Ninja Shoten” and proceed to inquire about the lessons inside.

Access:
5 minute walk from Asakusa Station

Address:
2 Chome-28-1 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan

Hours:
Monday to Sunday (10:00 AM – 6:00 PM) 

Price for Admission ONLY:
Ages 13-64 ¥1,000
Ages 7-12 ¥500
Ages 65 & above Free
Ages 6 & below Free

Website:
http://www.hanayashiki.net/e/

5. Arakawa Yuen

Child-friendly activities at Arakawa Yuen.

Child-friendly activities at Arakawa Yuen. From Instagram

Arakawa Yuen is a children’s park by the Sumida River. It has many rides suitable for small children, an animal petting zoo, and grassy areas perfect for picnics. Depending on the day, there’s also live music performance for the enjoyment of the park goers. It’s an amusement park with a neighborhood feel, which makes it a nice venue for a family date with the kids.

Access:
7 minute walk from Arakawa Yuenchi Mae Station (via Toden-Arakawa Line)

Address:
6-35-11 Nishi-Ogu, Arakawa, Tokyo 116-0011, Japan

Hours:
Wednesday to Monday (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM)
Closed on Tuesdays 

Price for Admission ONLY:
Adult ¥200
Child ¥100

Website:
http://www.city.arakawa.tokyo.jp/yuuen/
(Japanese only)

6. Namja Town

Deco-dessert creations at Namja Town’s Fukubukuro Dessert Yokocho

Deco-dessert creations at Namja Town’s Fukubukuro Dessert Yokocho . From Instagram

Located inside Ikebukuro’s Sunshine City Mall, Namco Namja Town is one of the two indoor amusement parks on this list. It’s an anime-themed amusement park that combines your usual carnival attractions with food – in particular, gyoza and ice cream.

Namja Town is particularly famous for its Gyoza Stadium, which samples 100 different styles of gyozas from all over Japan, and its Ice Cream City. Somehow, popular characters like Sailor Moon and the cats of Neko Atsume strangely but cutely found their way into deco-dessert ice cream creations. Besides this, Ice Cream City also boasts of some of the most bizarre flavors. Beef tongue, Indian curry, tulip, miso noodle, sake, whale, and so on.

Take your pick.

Access:
13 minute walk from Ikebukuro Station

Address:
2-3F Sunshine City World Import Mart Building
3 Chome-1-1 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo 170-0013, Japan

Hours:
Monday to Sunday (10:00 AM – 10:00 PM)

Price for Admission ONLY:
Adult ¥500
Child ¥300

Website:
http://www.namco.co.jp/tp/namja/index.html

7. Tokyo Joypolis

Gamer’s heaven.

Gamer’s heaven. From Twitter

This other indoor amusement park on the list also happens to be the largest game center in Japan. SEGA Joypolis in Tokyo is your go-to place for the latest in video games and other high-tech attractions. It also has a “LIVE STAGE” for performances by real and digital artists, roller coasters, and “next generation” extreme rides.

Feel free to unleash your inner geek!

Access:
2 minute walk from Odaiba Kaihin Kouen Station (via Yurikamome Line)
5 minute walk from Tokyo Teleport Station (via Rinkai Line)

Address:
1-6-1 Daiba, Minato, Tokyo 135-0091, Japan

Hours:
Monday to Sunday (10:00 AM – 10:00 PM)

Price for Admission ONLY:
Adult (Ages 18-59) ¥800
Child (Ages 7-17) ¥500
Ages 60 & above Free

Website:
http://tokyo-joypolis.com/language/english/

8. Sanrio Puroland

Meet and greet Hello Kitty!.

Meet and greet Hello Kitty!. From Flickr

Meet Kitty-chan and friends in Sanrio Puroland!

This park is a mecca for kawaii adventurers, a shrine for all things Hello Kitty! and other Sanrio characters. Attractions include musicals, interaction with the characters, plus a tour of their “lives”. The gift shop is pretty extensive with lots of unique merchandise so better prepare your wallets. Also, prepare your phones and cameras, there are way too many photo opportunities in this holy land of cuteness.

Access:
5 minute walk from Tama Center Station (via Keio Line)
http://en.puroland.jp/train_en/

Address:
1-31 Ochiai, Tama, Tokyo 206-8588, Japan

Hours:
http://en.puroland.jp/schedule_en/

Price for 1-day Passport:
Adult (Ages 18-up) ¥3,300 (Weekday) ¥3,800 (Weekend)
Child (Ages 3-17) ¥2,500 (Weekday) ¥2,700 (Weekday)
Ages 2 & below Free

Website:
http://en.puroland.jp

9. Yomiuri Land

Yomiuri Land’s Winter Illumination.

Yomiuri Land’s Winter Illumination. From Twitter

There are amusement parks with better rides than Yomiuri Land but come winter months, Yomiuri Land shines brightly. During this time, the park extends its operation hours to make way for the Jewellumination – a 3 million LED light set-up throughout its grounds orchestrated by the famous Japanese lighting designer, Matoko Ishii.

Access:
From Shinjuku Station, take Keio Line for Hashimoto and get off at Keio Yomiuriland Station. Park entrance is 5 minutes by “Gondola Sky Shuttle” ropeway from the train station.

Address:
4015-1 Yanokuchi, Inagi, Tokyo 206-8725, Japan

Hours:
Monday to Sunday (10:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

Price for 1-day Passport:
Senior (Ages 65 & above) ¥4,500
Adult (Ages 18-64) ¥5,400
Junior (Ages 12-17) ¥4,300
Child (Ages 3-11) ¥3,800

Website:
http://yomiuriland.com/english/

10. Seibuen Yuenchi

Kiddie rides at Seibuen Yuenchi.

Kiddie rides at Seibuen Yuenchi. From Instagram

Seibuen Yuenchi is the amusement park for all seasons.

Head here for seasonal activities with your friends and family: waterpark activities and fireworks during the summer; winter illumination, outdoor ice-skating, and trout fishing in winter; and sakura festival in spring. For all the periods in between, a staple roster of rides and attractions entertains its park goers. Taking care of fun all year round.

Access:
3 minute walk from Seibu-Yuenchi Station

Address:
2964 Yamaguchi, Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan

Hours:
http://www.seibuen-yuuenchi.jp/information/

Price for 1-day Passport:
Adult ¥3,200
Child ¥2,700

Website:
http://www.seibuen-yuuenchi.jp
(Japanese only)

*Check the official website for the latest information.