Top Theme Parks in Tokyo - An Exciting Escapade Awaits!

No matter how old or young you are, the thought of letting go of your inhibitions and embracing your wild streak is indeed an enticing one. Undeniably, theme parks are those places on Earth which exactly let you do that! Craving for an adventurous time? Pack your bags and head to Tokyo, the city that is known for its unusual, weird but supercool amusement parks!

Confused about which park to head to? Don’t fret, we have got you covered! Here is a list of the top theme parks in Tokyo for an exciting time:

1. Asakusa Hanayashiki - The Quintessential Amusement Park

Asakusa Hanayashiki

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Overflowing with thrilling rides and activities, Asakusa Hanayashiki is considered to be the oldest theme park in Japan. Originally started as a flower park in 1853, this place was later expanded to accommodate different activities and play equipments.

This is one place where you will still get to enjoy the old-school rides like the Ferris wheel and merry-go-rounds, in addition to the interesting ones like roller coasters and Disk ‘O’. Apart from the amusement rides, visitors can also get to meet and learn the basics of swordplay, escape techniques, and the martial art of shuriken blade throwing from ninja masters! With so many added incentives to visit Asakusa Hanayashiki, spending a day at this park should indeed be on your list of things to do in Tokyo!

Accessibility: Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Toei Subway Asakusa Line / Tobu SkyTree Line. 5 minutes on foot from Asakusa Station

Timings: 10 am to 6 pm

Top Attractions: History Walk and Ninja Experience

2. Sanrio Puroland - A Trip to the World of Cartoon Characters

Sanrio Puroland

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An indoor theme park in Tama New Town, Tokyo, Sanrio Puroland is owned and operated by the company that created the world-famous cartoon characters Hello Kitty, My Melody, Chococat, and Pom Pom Purin. Watching Sanrio characters perform musicals and shows is an experience that will surely bring out the kid in you and transport you right back to your childhood!

In addition to the parades and shows, this amusement park also consists of other popular attractions like Sanrio Character Boat Ride, Keroppi's pond and Badtz Maru's cave. You can also get to tour the Kitty's house which includes Renaissance style portraits of her family and displays of her purses, jewelry and fancy furniture. Plus, you can shop for Sanrio character souvenirs from the shopping center housed in this place! This park is one of the most popular and kid-friendly theme parks in Tokyo.

Accessibility: 30 minutes by train from Shinjuku and roughly 60 minutes from Tokyo Station

Timings: 9:30am -5:00pm

Top Attractions: Lady Kitty House, Sanrio Character Boat Ride and My Melody & Kuromi Mymeroad Drive

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3. Yomiuri Land - The All-Season Trending Theme Park

Yomiuriland

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An all-inclusive theme park in Tokyo that consists of entertaining rides for people across all age groups, Yomuri Land is one fascinating place! Inaugurated in 1964, this amusement park featuring 40+ rides claims to be the largest theme park in Tokyo.

This is probably the only amusement center in Japan which has something special to offer to the tourists during every season of the year. In summers, this place is filled with aquaphiles, thanks to the numerous swimming pools, slides and water activities. In springs, get ready to be charmed by the sight of 1,000 cherry blossom trees blooming as you watch them from a gondola ride. This place is a real treat in winters- During this season, the park extends its operation hours to make way for the Jewellumination – a 3 million LED light set-up throughout its grounds that has been systematized by the famous Japanese lighting designer, Matoko Ishii.

Accessibility: 20 minutes from Hashimoto Station

Timings: Opens at 10 am. Closing timings change every day.

Top Attractions: Jewellumination, Check more on their website.

4. Tokyo DisneySea - A Place Where Disney Meets the Nautical World

Tokyo Disneysea

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Daily shows featuring water floats, pyrotechnics, and amazing light shows, Tokyo DisneySea is a park full of myths, fantasies and legends! Housed in the Tokyo Disney Resort, this fantasy park is located on the water’s edge, thus giving it a wonderful aquatic feel.

Another interesting aspect of this theme park is that it consists of seven different “ports of call” themed after locations around the world. So, from the Arabian Coast which captures the adventures of characters like Sindabad and Aladdin to the Mermaid Lagoon which transports you back into the world of Ariel, this park is full of mysterious attractions that captivate your imagination and promise you a fun-filled time!

Accessibility: Take a train or a bus to Maihama Station

Timings: 8.30 am to 10 pm

Top Attractions: Themed ports

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5. Joypolis - A Haven of Simulation Rides

Joypolis

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If you are someone who is thrilled by the concept of indoor gaming, then Joypolis is a must-visit place for you when in Tokyo. Operating games and rides which are based on the famous video game developer Sega, this park has a total of 9 outlets spread across Japan and China. Considered to be the largest gaming center in Japan, this park offers you with a host of 3D and visual reality simulation rides which are sure to blow your mind away.

Perhaps the most unique experience offered by this theme park in Tokyo is that of Zero Latency Virtual Reality, a VR attraction in which visitors are treated with an experience of traveling through space! Well-known for the thrilling rides and attractions which are indeed digital marvels, this theme park is something that every gen-next kid would love visiting!

Accessibility:

  • Via Yurikamome Line: approx. 2 mins walk from Odaiba Kaihin Kouen Station.
  • Via Rinkai Line: approx. 5 mins walk from Tokyo Teleport Station.

Timings: 10 am to 10 pm

Top Attractions: Zero Latency Virtual Reality

6. Tokyo Dome City - The Best of All Worlds

Tokyo Dome City

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Looking forward to visiting a family-friendly amusement park in Tokyo that is well-equipped with modern day roller coasters, haunted houses and electrifying adventures? You don’t need to travel very far to quench your thirst for an exhilarating time in Tokyo!  Located right in the heart of Tokyo, the entertainment center that goes by the name of Tokyo Dome City, is the place you should be heading to!

This amusement park is not just home to interesting rides, but also houses an impressive stadium, a spa complex, and a variety of other attractions and facilities. So, from bowling centers and roller skating arenas to a space museum and adventurous rides, Tokyo Dome City has it all!

Accessibility: Take the Narita Line or the Haneda Line

Timings: 11 am to 9 pm

Top Attractions: Tokyo Dome City’s Thunder Dolphin roller coaster and Wonder Drop ride

7. Legoland - Into the Land of Legos!

Legoland, Tokyo

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The ultimate indoor playground filled with Lego build and play zones, family rides and interactive exhibits, Legoland in Tokyo is one enjoyable place! With over 3 million Lego blocks and miniature versions of iconic landmarks, this amusement park is the perfect place for a family getaway.

Legoland, Tokyo is famous for the Kingdom Quest, which is an intense laser Lego ride that leaves you breathless and wanting for more. Apart from this, the Miniland which houses fascinating figurines of swooping airplanes and glowing towers and hidden minifigures, is another facet of the Legoland which lures the visitors. 

Accessibility: Train to Odaiba-kaihinkoen Station

Timings: 10 am to 8 pm

Top Attractions: Kingdom Quest, For more visit their website.

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8. Namja Town - An Amalgamation of Entertainment and Food

Namja Town

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Promising to entertain people from all walks of life and people belonging to diverse age groups, the Namja town in Tokyo is an adventurous park with themed restaurants, character mascots and other carnival-like activities. The 13 uniquely themed activities make this place a lively and an entertaining place.

At this amusement park, even the food is in line with the animated theme of this place! So, don’t be surprised to find Sailor Moon and the cats of Neko Atsume deco-dessert ice cream creations. At the Gyoza stadium, the visitors can get to sample countless different and off-beat types of Gyoza, which are pan-fried dumplings filled with meat and vegetables. So, this all-inclusive amusement park in Tokyo is not just for thrill-seekers but also for foodies!

Accessibility: Take a train to Higashi-ikebukuro Station or the Ikebukuro Station.

Timings: 10 am to 10 pm.

Top Attractions: The haunted house and the Gyoza Stadium

9. Tokyo Disneyland - The Magical Land of Cartoons

Tokyo Disneyland

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Tokyo Disneyland is one place that needs no introduction! Considered to be the most entertaining and the happiest place on Earth for decades, Disneyland is a magical theme park which brings your favorite cartoon characters to life. From classic castles and creative landscapes to larger-than-life structures and realistic shows, this Disney-themed amusement park is definitely one of the top theme parks in Tokyo.

Essentially divided into four "lands"- Adventureland, Westernland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland- this theme park presents the visitors with countless number of shows, parades, activities, adventures and shopping as well as food opportunities!

Accessibility: Take a train or a bus to Maihama Station

Timings: 8 am to 10 pm

Top Attractions: Adventureland, Westernland, Fantasyland, Toon Town and Tomorrowland

10. Seibuen Yuenchi - An All-Inclusive Family-oriented Spot

Seibuen Yuenchi

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A spacious tree-filled park full of exceptional rides, the Seibuen Yuenchi is a great place for family outings. Just like the Yomiuri Land, this theme park too has something unique to offer to the visitors during every season of the year.
So, from waterpark activities, fireworks and amusing rides to ice skating, trout fishing and winter-lighting, Seibuen Yuenchi offers you with endless entertaining choices! Full of great food and amusement, this theme park in Tokyo is one of the best places in the city to have a gala time.

Accessibility: Nearest station is Yuenchi-Nishi Station

Timings: 10 am to 5 pm

Top Attractions: Hello Kitty Meruhen Town, Precure and Kamen Rider

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So, hurry up! Book your tickets and step into a fantasyland where loads of lovable characters, heart-pumping rides, delicious food and entertaining shows await to take you on an exciting journey!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
MEGHANA AGASHE MEGHANA AGASHE

Oscillating between reality and day-dreaming, Meghana is a journalist by education and a travel-blogger by profession. The eternal love for exploring different places and cuisines, the urge to interact with people across cultures and the thirst for adventures is what drew her to the world of travel. An effervescent and a happy-go-lucky person who draws inspiration from the world of books and movies, she believes in mostly following her heart and very rarely, her brain! One moment you might find her curled up with a book and a cup of coffee while in the next, she might be reaching out for her keys and heading for a road-trip. Unpredictability is something that defines her the best and her sensitive nature juxtaposing with her ambitious attitude, makes her a contradiction of all sorts.

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