Translated by Takuya Erik Watanabe
Hanayashiki - Enjoy Asakusa's Retro Amusement Park!
Written by Mayu
Hanayashiki is an amusement park located near Sensoji Temple in Asakusa. It has been popular for several generations and boasts some unique rides and attractions. Find out what are the best ways to enjoy this nostalgic amusement park.
Asakusa Hanayashiki is an amusement park located near the famous Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, Tokyo. It was originally a botanical garden and was reformed into an amusement park.
There are about 25 attractions in the park, and most of them are nostalgic attractions such as the roller coaster, the merry-go-round, and the haunted house. Hanayashiki is especially popular among families with children.
There are two types of tickets at Asakusa Hanayashiki: the admission ticket and ride tickets. In order to enjoy the attractions within the park, you'll have to pay for each ride you go on, or purchase a free pass for unlimited fun.
Adult (Middle school to 64): 1,000 yen
Child (Elementary school): 500 yen
Senior (Age 65 and older): 500 yen
Pre-School: Free (Ticket necessary for rides for age 2 and older)
People With Disabilities: Free (him/herself) (Ticket necessary for rides for age 2 and older)
Free Ride Pass(Admission not included)
Adult (Middle school to age 64): 2,300 yen
Child (Elementary school): 2,000 yen
Senior (Age 65 and older): 1,800 yen
Pre-School (Age 2 and older): 1,800 yen
Free Ride Passes can be purchased at the ticket house within the park on the day of your visit.
Popular Asakusa Hanayashiki Attractions
Despite being a small amusement park, Asakusa Hanayashiki boasts attractions that are well-known throughout Japan.
When talking about Asakusa Hanayashiki, you can't leave out the roller coaster.
This roller coaster is said to be the oldest existing roller coaster in Japan. It has been running since 1953 for over 60 years. On the back side of the coaster car is written "kanreki", which means "60 years old".
The max speed of the ride is 42 km/h, so it's not too fast. However the roller coaster makes rattling sounds as it moves around its course. It also passes by sets of old Japanese houses and public baths. These are things you can only experience here, and it's said that many visitors go on this attraction to feel the nostalgic atmosphere of the ride.
How about trying out the elderly roller coaster here in Asakusa? It has some unique appeals that none of the latest roller coasters have.
Space Shot is a thrill ride that will carry you up to 60 meters above the ground, and then drop down suddenly. You will have your shoulders secured to your seat, but there's nowhere to put your feet, which makes the ride pretty frightening. When the machine rises up high into the sky, you'll be able to overlook the whole park. Depending on where you sit, you might also be able to see the Skytree and Sensoji Temple.
Asakusa's Hanayashiki turns the Japanese-favorite sakura cherry blossom into a horror item. The theme of the attraction is not the beauty of the sakura, but the "Ghost of Cherry Blossoms", which was born in the Edo period.
One step inside and you'll find yourself in Japan of 400 years ago. The gloomy Japanese house has a kind of scariness that eats away at your heart. If you're a fan of Japanese horror movies, we recommend you give it a go.
Asakusa Labyrinth Shinobi-no-Toride
The Asakusa Labyrinth Shinobi-no-Toride is an attraction where you explore inside the facility as a ninja. You will be heading toward the goal of the course, which is full of traps set by your enemies. Visitors will find their way around gimmicks and obstacles like "slanted walls" and "fence-covered spaces". You might encounter a ninja-dressed staff member along the way as well.
Carnival Game Corner
Visitors can enjoy traditional Japanese games, the type that you can find at festivals, at the Carnival Game Corner. It's an area that can be enjoyed by guests of all ages.
Other than the above, there are many attractions unique to old Japanese amusement parks, like a panda-shaped vehicle that you can ride around the park on.
Within the park, you will find a small pond and a Japanese bridge. The park has a Japanese garden-like atmosphere, and you'll forget you're actually in an amusement park. There are also traces of the area being a botanical garden, with many flower beds and flower pots around the park.
The "Panda Car" goods are popular and known for being very cute. There are various types of goods, many of which are useful and practical, such as pens, tissues, and hats. There is also the Hanayashiki version Hello Kitty local medal, as well as the Hanayashiki-exclusive purikura stickers to make your visit even more memorable.
Also, there is a ninja goods shop along Hanayashiki-dori street, which connects the park and Sensoji Temple. Here you can find ninja costumes and katana swords and become a ninja yourself.
Access To Asakusa Hanayashiki
Asakusa Hanayashiki is easy to get to. It's a 3-minute walk from the Tsukuba Express "Asakusa" station. It's also a 5-minute walk from the subway Ginza Line, subway Asakusa Line, and Tobu Skytree Line Asakusa Station. You can also walk to the park from the popular tourist attraction Skytree in about 20 minutes. It's a spot you want to stop by when in the Asakusa and Skytree area. The park has much to offer that can only be found here in Japan.