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
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.
1-1 Maihama, Urayusu, Chiba Prefecture 279-0031, Japan
2. Tokyo Dome City Attractions
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.
1 Chome-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo, Tokyo 112-0004, Japan
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.
3-25-1 Koyama, Nerima, Tokyo 176-0022, Japan
4. Asakusa Hanayashiki
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.
2 Chome-28-1 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan
5. Arakawa Yuen
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.
6-35-11 Nishi-Ogu, Arakawa, Tokyo 116-0011, Japan
6. Namja Town
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.
2-3F Sunshine City World Import Mart Building
3 Chome-1-1 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo 170-0013, Japan
7. Tokyo Joypolis
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!
1-6-1 Daiba, Minato, Tokyo 135-0091, Japan
8. Sanrio Puroland
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.
1-31 Ochiai, Tama, Tokyo 206-8588, Japan
9. Yomiuri Land
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.
4015-1 Yanokuchi, Inagi, Tokyo 206-8725, Japan
10. Seibuen Yuenchi
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.
2964 Yamaguchi, Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan
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