Translated by Tomoka Aono
The Best 5 Amusement Parks in Japan - Enjoy Unique Attractions!
Written by Mayu
The fans of theme and amusement parks will find themselves spoiled for choice in Japan. Tokyo Disney Resort, Universal Studios Japan and Fuji Q Highland are only some of the parks that offer unique attractions!
Amusement Parks and Theme Parks in Japan
Japan has many world-famous amusement parks such as Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan, and also its own unique parks such as Fuji-Q Highland and Asakusa Hanayashiki to choose from. Each park has its own unique attractions for their guests to enjoy.
Here is a list of amusement parks and theme parks in Japan that you can’t miss!
1. Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo Disneyland in Urayasu city, Chiba, is one of the largest theme parks in Japan. Since its opening in 1983, this is the most popular theme park, attracting more guests than any other in Japan.
Admission to Tokyo Disneyland includes charge for attractions. The One Day Passport, which is valid for one day, costs as follows:
Adults: 7400 yen
Junior high and high school students: 6400 yen
Children over 4 years old: 4800 yen
Seniors over 65 years old: 6700 yen
The nearest station to Tokyo Disneyland is Maihama station on the JR Keiyo Line or Musashino Line.
From Shinjuku station (JR Chuo line express), take the JR Keiyo line express to Tokyo station and then Maihama station. It takes about 45 minutes and the fare costs 390 yen.
Scary rides such as Big Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain are very popular, while attractions like the Haunted Mansion, Cinderella’s Fairy Tale Hall, and Pirates of the Caribbean have also been well-loved for many years.
2. Tokyo DisneySea
Tokyo DisneySea is a theme park based on the seven seas, which opened in 2001 right next to Tokyo Disneyland. The nearest station is also Maihama station and the admission breakdown is the same as at Disneyland.
The most recommended attractions at Tokyo DisneySea include Toy Story Mania!, Tower of Terror, and Center of the Earth.
Toy Story Mania! is especially popular. It is a shooting attraction with 3D characters from Toy Story where guests turn into toys.
3. Asakusa Hanayashiki
Hanayashiki is an amusement park in Asakusa, Tokyo. It is not large, but it is a very unique amusement park, which was originally a botanical park.
The park has about 25 rides. A roller coaster, merry-go-around, and a haunted house are familiar attractions among the Japanese. It’s only a 3 minute walk from Asakusa station, so you can easily stop by while out sightseeing.
The admission is 1000 yen for adults (junior high school students to 64 years old) and 500 yen for children (elementary school students). Free passes for rides (not including admission fee) are 2300 yen for adults and 2000 yen for children.
Please refer to the following posts for details on Hanayashiki.
4. Universal Studios Japan in Osaka
Universal Studios Japan in Osaka is a theme park where you can experience being in various famous Hollywood movies.
The powerful rides such as Jaws, Jurassic Park the Ride, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter attract many guests and the theme park is one of the top three theme parks ranked alongside Disneyland and DisneySea.
Studio Pass (Valid for one day)
Adults: 7400 yen
Children: 4980 yen
Seniors: 6,650 yen
2 Day Studio Pass (Valid for 2 days):
Adults: 12,450 yen
Children: 8420 yen
From Shin-Osaka station, it takes about 20 minutes and the fare is 220 yen. Take the JR Kyoto Line bound for Nishiakashi to Shin-Osaka station, from there take the JR Kanku Express bound for Kansai Airport to Nishikujo station, and then take JR Yumesaki Line bound for Sakurajima to Universal City station.
From Osaka International Airport (or Itami Airport), you can take the shuttle bus to Universal Studios Japan. The fare is about 1000 yen and it takes 45 minutes.
Please refer to the following posts for more details on University Studios Japan.
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5. Fuji Q Highland in Yamanashi
Fuji Q Highland is an amusement park in the Fujigoko area of Yamanashi prefecture. It is at the base of Mt. Fuji and known for four major scary rides: Takabisha, Eejanaika, FUJIYAMA, and Dodompa. Some of them are registered in the Guinness World Records for their speed and height. If you like scary rides, this is the one park you have to visit.
The ticket price of Fuji Q Highland is:
Adults: 1500 yen
Junior high and high school students: 1500 yen
Children: 900 yen
Free Pass: (admission and free pass for rides)
Adults: 5700 yen
Junior high and high school students: 5200 yen
Children: 4300 yen
From Shinjuku, take the Super Azusa (Limited Express), JR Limited Express Kaiji, or JR Chuo Line (Commuter Express) to Otsuki station, and take Fujikyuko Line to Highland station. The trip takes about two hours and the fare is 2400 yen for local trains and 3300 yen for limited express trains.
Fuji Q Highland has world-top-class rides, which are sure to make for unforgettable memories.
Each park has its own unique attractions, which you can experience only in Japan. Why not give them a try?