Theme Parks

Japan has some great theme parks. Here’s a selection to get you started…

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Edo Wonderland

Edo Wonderland near Nikko is a wonderfully old-fashioned theme park offering more than a glimpse into life in old Edo. As well as live performances which include sword fights and other staged combat with incredibly talented ninja actors, the park also celebrates several seasonal festivals. Actors in traditional costumes wander the old-style streets, giving a…

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Eigamura

Eigamura, or more properly Toei Uzumasa Eigamura, is a movie studio and theme park in one. This provides an excellent opportunity to take a break from Kyoto’s temples and tea houses, and experience the entertaining side of historical Japan. It features a collection of replicas of traditional Japanese buildings, which are used as the setting…

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Fuji Q Highland

Fuji-Q Highland is not only Japan’s most scenic amusement park (the views of nearby Mount Fuji are stunning on clear days) but also the most thrilling. All of the three main roller coasters set records when they were built: Fujiyama was the world’s tallest when built 1996, and it still ranks an impressive 8th; Dodonpa…

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Hello Kitty Land

Properly known as Sanrio Puroland, this theme park is dedicated to Hello Kitty and friends. The park was opened in 1990, and though not wholly dedicated to Kitty herself, is a must-see destination for die-hard Kitty fans, and is a delightful place to visit with young children.

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Nagashima Spaland

Nagashima Spa Land is a large amusement park in Kuwana, Mie Prefecture, Japan. It has several roller coasters, thrill rides, and rides for smaller children, as well as a giant Ferris wheel, and a water park. The park is the among the most visited amusement parks in the world. Nagashima’s White Cyclone rollercoaster, at 1,700…

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SCMaglev and Railway Park

Located close to Kinjofuto Station, the terminal stop on the Aonami Line from Nagoya Station, the SCMaglev and Railway Park is operated by JR Central and teaches visitors about the development of high speed rail in Japan and displays a number of trains including steam locomotives from the past, world record setting bullet trains and…

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Tokyo Disney Resort

Opened in 1983, it was the first Disney park to be built outside the US. One of the most popular theme parks in Japan, with only a few exceptions, Tokyo Disneyland features the same attractions found in Disneyland and Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Visitors to Tokyo Disneyland can explore seven themed areas, including the…

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Universal Studios Japan

Opened in March 2001 in Osaka, Universal Studios Japan became the world’s fastest amusement park to have achieved the 10 million milestone the same year and since then, the park has had approximately 8 million visitors every year. USJ has eight sections: Hollywood, New York, San Francisco, Jurassic Park, Waterworld, Amity Village, Universal Wonderland and…

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