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5 Best Amusement Parks in Japan

From thrilling roller coasters to Lego and Hello Kitty, and of course, two of the world’s best Disney Resorts Japan has a multitude of amusement parks to choose from. All throughout Japan, visitors can find amusement parks, each with their own unique style and experiences. For families looking to enjoy kid-friendly activities or for thrill-seeking ride junkies looking for a new adrenaline rush, there is something for everyone. Here are the best amusement parks in Japan.

Tokyo Disney Resort

One of the best Disney resorts in the world and easily one of the best amusement parks in Japan, the Tokyo Disney Resort does not disappoint. The first Disneyland that was opened outside of the United States, Tokyo Disney is one of the world’s most popular parks. While the park is designed similar to its American counterparts, what makes the Tokyo Disney Resort stand out is the immaculate cleanliness and efficiency. Many of the best family hotels in Tokyo offer free shuttles directly to the Tokyo Disney Resort making it easy to access for families. As the park is situated in Chiba on the outskirts of Tokyo, it is easy enough to access from the city.
1-1, Maihama, Urayasu 279-8511, Chiba Prefecture
Park operating hours subject to change without notice, best to check in advance

Tokyo DisneySea

For those who want even more Disney fun, the Toyko DisneySea is situated right next to Tokyo Disney and offers a water theme park. There are no other DisneySea parks like this in the world making it a unique and special experience. Rather than focuses on “worlds” the main attractions are water and sea-based. Tokyo Disney is designed for a more adult crowd, attracting families with older children or adult visitors as the park offers fine-dining and even serves alcohol.
1-1, Maihama, Urayasu 279-0031, Chiba Prefecture
Park operating hours subject to change without notice, best to check in advance

Universal Studios Osaka

Like the Universal Studios locations in Hollywood and Orlando, the Osaka location gives visitors the same exciting look into movie magic. What makes Universal Studios Osaka one of the best amusement parks in Japan, and perhaps one of it’s biggest attractions is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This world includes Harry Potter rides like a 3D rollercoaster experience and lets Harry Potter fans live out their dreams. Other major movies showcased in the park include Jurassic Park and Spiderman. Universal Studios is great for the family and suitable for a range of ages.
2-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana-ku, Osaka 554-0031, Osaka Prefecture
Times may range, 8:30 am and 9:30 am closing between 7:00pm and 9:00 pm
Extended opening hours on weekends and public holidays.

Sanrio Puroland

For feline lovers, Sanrio Puroland is a paradise of all things Hello Kitty and a cornucopia of cats! A fun and interactive experience for all ages make Sanrio Puroland one of the best amusement parks in Japan for families. An experience like nothing else, Sanrio Puroland brings the famous Hello Kitty to life in an array of rides, games, shops and of course, a parade. There are also brightly colored shows and performances taking place in the park. One of the most exciting parts of Sanrio Puroland is eating in the Hello Kitty themed restaurants where intricately crafted meals incorporate Hello Kitty down to the smallest details. Sanrio Purolan is an indoor theme park located in Tama New Town, Tokyo making it an ideal destination rain or shine.
1-31 Ochiai, Tama 206-8588, Tokyo Prefecture
Monday, Tuesday, Friday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday, Sunday from 9:00 am – 8:00 pm Closed Wednesday and Thursday
Sanrio Puroland

Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura

An exciting look into the past and the history of Japan and in an interactive way, Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura is a rare and special experience, ideal for all ages. Located in Nikko, Edo Wonderland showcases the Edo-era in a theme park complete with rides, shows, and even ninjas. Visitors to the park are immersed in an authentically traditional experience that brings history to life in an action-packed way. For families who want to learn about history but also enjoy some hands-on experience, Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura is definitely one of the best amusement parks in Japan and will not disappoint. There are also excellent dining options within the park showcasing traditional cuisine.
470-2 Karakura, Nikko 321-2524, Tochigi Prefecture
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
From December to March at 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Last entry is one hour before closing time

Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura
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