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10 MUST-SEE THEME PARKS IN JAPAN
Article | November 21st, 2023 | May Hamamoto
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Japan is a land of contrasts, where ancient traditions blend seamlessly with cutting-edge technology. Beyond its rich cultural heritage, Japan is also well known for its theme parks that promise a surprising experience for visitors of all ages. From adrenaline-pumping rides to thoughtfully designed immersive environments, these parks transport guests into a realm of magic and wonder. In this blog post, we will take you on a virtual tour of some of the most remarkable theme amusement parks in Japan.

1. TOKYO DISNEYLAND AND TOKYO DISNEYSEA

No list of Japanese theme parks would be complete without mentioning Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. These sister parks, located in Urayasu, are the epitome of enchantment and imagination. Tokyo Disneyland brings the classic Disney characters to life, with iconic attractions like Cinderella's Castle and Pirates of the Caribbean. On the other hand, Tokyo DisneySea offers a unique maritime-themed experience, where visitors can embark on exhilarating journeys through mysterious lands and breathtaking shows. Both parks captivate visitors with their attention to detail, remarkable entertainment, and a sense of pure magic.

Must try:

- Be sure to check out the Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast at Disneyland! This ride opened in 2020 and features a magical trackless ride.

- Journey to the Center of the Earth DisneySea us a thrilling steam powered ride that takes guests through mystical landscapes, such as crystal mines, gas clouds, and volcanoes.

- Purchase Disney Resort Ears and Headbands found exclusively in Japan!

Access:

Tickets can be purchased directly on the Tokyo Disney Resort website. If issues persist, try contacting your bank or using an American Express card. Otherwise, Klook is a reputable place to purchase tickets.

Disneyland and DisneySea are about a 5 minute walk from Maihama Station. Get off at Maihama Station on JR (Japan Railway) Keiyo Line / Musashino Line. Maihama Station is about 15 minutes by train from Tokyo Station. Shuttle bus service from various locations to Tokyo Disneyland is also available.

Read more our other posts on how to prep for the Disney resorts and what to do at Disney.

DisneySea

2. UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN

Osaka is known for food and vibrant nightlife, but is also home to Universal Studios Japan—a mecca for movie enthusiasts and thrill-seekers alike. Step into the world of beloved films and TV shows, from Harry Potter to Jurassic Park, and experience the exhilaration of cutting-edge rides and attractions. Don't miss the iconic Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where you can stroll through the streets of Hogsmeade and even try your hand at casting spells with a wand. What sets Universal Studios Japan apart from other locations, are their whimsical attractions involving beloved characters from Sesame Street, Snoopy, Hello Kitty, Doraemon, Nintendo, anime, video games and more! With its thrilling rides, captivating shows, and a host of dining and shopping options, Universal Studios Japan promises an unforgettable adventure for visitors of all ages.

Must try:

- WaterWorld is a popular show featuring action, live stunts, and thrilling effects.

-Meals and desserts in Mario Cafe and Store, such as Mario’s Cap Strawberry Shortcake Pancake Sandwich, Green Shell Calzone, and Super Star Hot Yuzu Lemonade.

Access:

Tickets can be purchased online on the Universal Studios Japan website or through Klook.

You may take the train to Universal City Station. This station is part of the JR Yumesaki Line (Sakurajima Line). The park is a short walk from the station.

Hogwarts Wizarding World

3. GHIBLI PARK

Following the success of the Ghibli Museum, Ghibli Park opened in November 2022. Located in the Aichi Prefecture, east of Nagoya, this theme park is sure to capture the heart of Studio Ghibli fans! While there are no thrilling rides or attractions here, guests can wander through immersive environments and reminisce on their beloved films such as My Neighbor Totoro and Howl’s Moving Castle. At Ghibli Park, visitors can check out the screening room that features original Studio Ghibli animated shorts, interact with detailed displays found in classic movies, shop original merchandise, and dine at whimsically themed eateries. This park is still expanding, so check for updates! Tickets can be purchased online on the Ghibli Park website about three months in advance.

4. FUJI-Q HIGHLAND

For those seeking an adrenaline rush, Fuji-Q Highland in Yamanashi Prefecture is the place to be. This exhilarating theme park is home to some of the world's most extreme roller coasters, including the legendary Fujiyama and the heart-pounding Dodonpa. Brace yourself for mind-bending drops, high-speed twists, and gravity-defying loops that will leave you breathless. Naruto (from the beloved anime and manga series) fans should check out the Fuji Hidden Leaf Village, where guests can find exclusive merchandise, events, and the beloved Ichiraku Ramen. Apart from the thrilling rides, the park also offers stunning views of Mount Fuji, providing a picturesque backdrop for your adventures.

5. NAGASHIMA SPA LAND

Nestled in Mie Prefecture, Nagashima Spa Land combines the excitement of an amusement park with the relaxation of hot springs. This sprawling park boasts a wide variety of attractions, including the iconic Steel Dragon 2000, once the world's longest roller coaster. Visitors can also enjoy the soothing hot springs, shopping at the outlet mall, and exploring the beautiful gardens. With its diverse offerings, Nagashima Spa Land offers a perfect blend of thrills and tranquility.

6. SANRIO PUROLAND

Enter the world of Hello Kitty and her adorable friends at Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo. This indoor theme park is a dream come true for Hello Kitty enthusiasts, featuring character shows, parades, and interactive attractions. Explore enchanting rides, visit Hello Kitty's house, and indulge in kawaii-themed treats at the park's charming cafes. With a cheerful atmosphere and endless cuteness, Sanrio Puroland promises a delightful experience for fans of all ages.

Sanrio Puroland

7. HUIS TEN BOSCH

Transporting visitors to a picturesque European town, Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki Prefecture is a unique theme park that celebrates Dutch culture. Immerse yourself in a meticulously recreated Dutch village, complete with canals, windmills, and charming architecture. The park offers a range of attractions, from thrilling rides to cultural experiences, such as a visit to the tulip fields and a traditional Dutch street organ performance. Don't miss the stunning nightly illumination, where millions of lights transform the park into a fairytale wonderland.

8. EDO WONDERLAND

Found in Nikko, Edo Wonderland takes visitors back in time to the Edo period with traditional architecture, live performances, and samurai experiences. Dress up in traditional Edo style clothing, experience daily living through interactive museums and programs, and enjoy picturesque scenery that changes with the seasons. This is a must-visit for those who want to immerse themselves in traditional Japanese culture!

Edo Wonderland

9. TOKYO JOYPOLIS

Located in Odaiba , this SEGA owned park is a must for video game and anime fans! Tokyo Joypolis features dazzling shows, interactive games, exciting rides, and fun restaurants. Visit the Sonic Carnival and win prizes or take photos at cute Japanese sticker photo booths with your loved ones. Play a variety of games at the arcade, experience free-roaming VR attractions, take down zombies with House of the Undead, or go on a 360 degree movie-like journey with Transformers. Look for event collaborations, such as Tokyo Revengers x Tokyo Joypolis!

10. YOKOHAMA COSMOWORLD

In the beautiful city of Yokohama , Cosmoworld is a popular small theme park for families, couples, locals, and visitors! Well known for its giant Ferris wheel that illuminates at night, this theme park also features a thrilling roller coaster and water ride, as well as smaller rides commonly found at fairs. Guests can also participate in popular carnival themed games. Be sure to check our Brano Street Zone for a photo op with cute little Italian themed “houses.” This zone features arcade games and seasonal attractions, such as a haunted house.

Yokohama Cosmoworld

ABOUT US

All Japan Tours specializes in crafting unforgettable experiences, and excels in curating group and tailored tours—and can gladly include the magic of Japan's iconic theme parks. With our careful planning, local expertise, and personalized itineraries, we ensure a seamless journey, allowing travelers to immerse themselves in the thrills and wonders of Japan's diverse offerings.

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