Theme Park Guide for Japan
Theme parks and amusement parks are some of the top visited sites in Japan! There are a number of world class theme parks in the country such as Tokyo Disney Resort and Universal Studios Japan, offering exclusive attractions as well as specialty merchandise. Whether you are into thrilling rides or into historical experiences, you will surely find the theme park to suit your interest among the wide variety.
There is something for every taste, sprinkled all over the Japanese islands, and we are here to steer you through it all. Get ready for that adrenaline rush, as we list the best theme parks in Japan.
- The two most famous theme parks in Japan are: Disneyland and Universal Studios.
- Ride the world’s longest roller coaster in Nagashima Spaland.
- Visit Hello Kitty and friends at Sanrio Puroland and create unforgettable moments.
- Explore Fuji-Q Highland amusement park, located near the base of Mount Fuji.
Theme parks in Japan
Japan is one of the top holiday destinations in the world, and one of the many reasons for going there has to be their awesome theme parks – especially the big three of Disneyland and DisneySea in Tokyo, as well as Universal Studios Japan in Osaka.
There are also a few parks unique to Japan, for example, Sanrio Puroland, which is themed in a fun way after a town of the Hello Kitty and friends. With so much going on at these theme parks though, it’s easy to be overwhelmed – especially if you have never set foot in a theme park before.
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 cannot miss!
|Theme Park||Famous For||Location||Opening Hours|
|Disneyland and DisneySea||The magical kingdom; the only Disney theme park in the world to have water as the main attraction||Tokyo||Daily: 8:00 – 22:00, depending on the season; please check the website for details|
|Universal Studios Japan||Hollywood look-alike attractions and rides, themed by famous movies such as Harry Potter and Minions||Osaka||Daily: 9:00 – 22:00|
|Fuji Q Highland||Some of the rides in this theme park are registered in the Guinness Book of World Records||Yamanashi||Daily (time depends on the day; please consult the website for details)|
|Legoland Japan||Japan’s first Lego themed park; more than 10-million Lego bricks arranged together into a beautiful Lego scenery||Nagoya||Daily: 10:00 – 17:00|
|Sanrio Puroland||This theme park is dedicated to Hello Kitty and friends; the restaurants and cafes are themed with Sanrio characters.||Tokyo||Monday: 9:30 – 18:00. Tuesday – Friday: 10:00 – 18:00. Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 – 20:00. On special days and holidays: 9:45 – 20:00. No scheduled holidays. Please check the official homepage.|
|Nagashima Spaland||One of the roller coasters is registered in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s longest roller coaster; winter illumination event from autumn to spring.||Kuwana City, Mie Prefecture||Weekdays 9:30 – 17:00;
Weekends 9:30 – 18:00
Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea
Tokyo Disneyland was established in 1983 by Walt Disney Imagineering, and has hosted over 170 million visitors so far, which is the third most visited theme park in the whole world. The park consists of seven areas in different themes with attractions, shows, restaurants, cafes and shops. The park is often described as “the Magical Kingdom”, where visitors would feel as if they are in a fairy tale world.
Tokyo DisneySea is a theme park, based on the Seven Seas, which opened in 2001 right next to Tokyo Disneyland. Tokyo DisneySea is the only Disney theme park in the world to have water as its main attraction. Aside from fun water rides, there are a lot of attractions and shows that can immerse you into the wonderful world of Disney.
Address: Tokyo Disney Resort, MaihamaUrayasu-City, Chiba Prefecture.
Access: JR Keiyo line,Maihama Station
Universal Studios Japan
Walking into Universal Studios Japan is just like entering the world of Hollywood! The theme park itself is divided into places reminiscent of places often used in Hollywood movies, and the attractions and shows are also as awe inspiring.
Recently, Universal Studios Japan has incorporated Japan's globally popular culture through its rides, in the Cool Japan section of the park. In it are attractions and rides based on popular anime, video games and even artists!
Opened in 2001, the park is situated at the waterfront of Osaka City, the second largest city in Japan. The park has numerous attractions themed by famous movies such as Harry Potter, Minions, Jaws, Spider-Man, Jurassic Park and more, as well as dynamic live performance shows.
Address: 2-1-33 Sakurajima Konohana-ku, Osaka-City
Access: JR Yumesakiline, Universal City Station
Fuji Q Highland
Fuji Q Highland is famous for having three world record breaking roller coasters. Currently, its Takabisha coaster holds the world record for the steepest roller coaster in the world, with a drop angle of 121°. Aside from its roller coasters, the park is also famous for its Horror Hospital attraction, which has been often featured in various TV programs.
Some of their rides are registered in the Guinness Book of World Records for their speed and height. If you like scary rides, this is the one park you have to visit.
Address: 5-6-1 Shinnishihara, Fujiyoshida-shi, Yamanashi
Access: Fuji Kyuko line,Fujikyu Highland Station
Legoland is Japan’s first Lego theme park, opened in 2017, which is located in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture. The theme park consists of seven areas, themed by different Lego worlds, including several rides and attractions.
There is an area called Miniland, which is a miniature town made with 10,496,352 Lego blocks, displaying some of the country’s most iconic landmarks such as Tokyo Station, Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto and Nagoya Castle. The park also offers a factory tour which presents the manufacturing of Lego bricks. There are shops and restaurants that serve special menus and merchandise.
Address: 2 Chome-２-１Kinjofuto, Minato Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture
Access: From Nagoya Station, take the Aonamiline to its terminal station, Kinjofuto Station
Sanrio Puroland is an indoor amusement park, located in Tama City, Tokyo. The park is dedicated to cute and adorable Sanrio characters including the world’s beloved Hello Kitty. There are numerous themed rides, attractions and live shows of popular Sanrio characters.
The park’s restaurant/cafe offers character themed dishes and desserts which are highly popular among visitors. Merchandise of the same theme can also be bought at the park. Its location is in Tama City, which is a suburb of Tokyo and can be accessed within 30 mins from the city center. Since the amusement park is indoors, it’s also recommendable on a rainy day.
Address: Sanrio Puroland, 1-31 OchiaiTama, Tokyo
Access: Keio line
Nagashima Spaland is a large amusement park, located in Kuwana City, Mie Prefecture, outside of Nagoya City. The park features several roller coasters, thrilling rides, kids-friendly attractions and a water park. It’s the second largest amusement park in Japan after Tokyo Disneyland.
Nagashima Spaland is a part of Nagashima Resort which is comprised of five amusement facilities, including Nabana no Sato flower park, well-known for its winter illumination event from autumn to spring.
Aside from the great and thrilling rides in this park, its Steel Dragon 2000 holds the Guinness Record for the longest roller coaster in the world.
Address: Nagashima Resort, 333 NagashimachoUrayasuKuwana, Mie Prefecture 511-1192
Access: JR Kansai line from Nagoya Station.
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