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Theme parks in Tokyo

Theme parks are an accessible way to relax on days off. As such, there are quite a few of them in and around Tokyo. The two most ubiquitous theme parks are, of course, Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea, located just east of Tokyo proper. However, there are still a number of parks in the city as well, including Sanrio Puroland, Tokyo Joyopolis, and Namco Namja Town. These parks are fun to go and see with friends, the family, or with a date.

Tokyo Disneyland

Address 1-1, Maihama, Urawa-shi, Chiba 279-0031Map
Description Tokyo Disneyland is extremely popular in Japan. Lines for attractions, shops, and even restaurants can be anywhere from an hour to 4 hours long. An estimated 70,000 people visit Tokyo Disneyland every day, including not only families and children, but also adults in their late 20s and 30s. Tokyo Disneyland also has the Tokyo Disney Resort, an expensive but nice place to spend the night. Tokyo Disneyland is located just east of Tokyo, in Chiba.

Tokyo Disney Sea

Address 1-1, Maihama, Urawa-shi, Chiba 279-0031Map
Description Tokyo Disney Sea was built after Tokyo Disneyland, and is aimed towards a more adult audience than Disneyland is. Like Tokyo Disneyland, the lines for attractions and restaurants at Tokyo Disney Sea can be anywhere between 1 to 4 hours long. Lines can get especially long on weekends, so be prepared to wait for everything. In Japan, Tokyo Disney is a popular place to have a wedding, especially for young adults. Tokyo Disney Sea is based next to Disneyland, a bit east of Tokyo city.

Tokyo Dome City

Address 1-3-61, Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0004Map
Description Tokyo Dome City is an amusement park in central Tokyo, next to the Tokyo Dome. Tokyo Dome City features a number of rides, including a Ferris wheel, water slide, and roller coaster. There is an entrance fee, and attractions cost additional money on top of this. There is also a shopping mall inside Tokyo Dome City, along with a spa. The theme park is open from 10 in the morning until 9 at night.

Sanrio Puroland

Address 1-31, Ochiai, Tama-shi, Tokyo 206-8588Map
Description Sanrio Puroland is an indoor theme park based on characters produced by the company Sanrio. Sanrio focuses on products and animations that appeal to the cute segment of Japanese society, with popular franchises including Hello Kitty, My Melody, Cinnamoroll, and Jewelpet. Theme park patrons can enjoy Sanrio themed attractions and see costumed characters walking around. There is a gift shop in the park with an extensive selection of Sanrio goods to choose from. Sanrio Puroland is situated in west Tokyo and is a 5 minute walk from Tama Station on the Keio Sagamihara Line.


Address 3-25-1, Koyama, Nerima-ku, Tokyo 176-0022Map
Description Toshimaen is a general theme park located in northwestern Tokyo. To get there, take the Seibu Toshima Line to Toshimaen Station, the station built specifically for people visiting the park. Toshimaen offers a number of rides, including three different roller coasters and a merry-go-round. Also included in the park is a large water park area which boasts a total of 25 water slides and 6 different pools. This makes Toshimaen a choice park to visit during the hot and humid summer months in Japan.

Tokyo Joypolis

Address 3F-5F Decks Tokyo Beach, Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo 135-0091Map
Description Joypolis is an amusement park that is owned by Sega, and features rides and games based on Sega properties. In Tokyo, you can find the Joypolis down in Odaiba as part of a longer strip mall along the coast. The two closest stations to Tokyo Joypolis are Odaiba Kaihin Koen Station via the Yurikamome Line or Tokyo Teleport Station via the Rinkai Line. Tokyo Joypolis patrons can enjoy a variety of arcade games, rides, and simulations. The park is open until 11:00, and tickets get cheaper later on in the evening.

Namco Namja Town

Address 3-1-3 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 170-8630Map
Description Namco Namja Town is a theme park housed in the much larger Sunshine City shopping mall complex in east Ikebukuro. To get there, you can either walk 8 minutes from Ikebukuro Station, or 3 minutes from Higashi Ikebukuro Station on the Yurakucho Subway Line. Namco is perhaps best known for its arcade era videogames, the most famous arguably being Pacman. However, Namco Namja Town has its own cast of original characters which you can see at the park along with carnival-style games and a haunted house.

Ghibli Museum

Address 1-1-83 Simorenjaku, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo 181-0013Map
Description The Ghibli Museum is a museum opened in 2001 by the well regarded animation studio, Studio Ghibli. The museum was personally designed by Studio Ghibli’s lead director Hayao Miyazaki, who is best known for his classic animated movies such as My Neighbor Totoro and more recently Spirited Away. The Ghibli Museum is designed to give visitors an idea of how the animation process works. You can find the museum 15 minutes away from Mitaka Station on the JR Chuo Line.

Sumida Aquarium

Address 1-1-2, Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 131-0045Map
Description Located at the base of the recently completed Tokyo Sky Tree, Sumida Aquarium is a moderately large aquarium with plenty of sea creatures to view. The aquarium features penguins, seals, jellyfish, and an array of different fishes. Sumida Aquarium is clean and modern looking, making it very attractive. The aquarium can be accessed from either Tokyo Sky Tree Station on the Tobu Iseki Line, or from Oshiage Station on the Asakusa, Hanzomon, or Keisei Oshiage Lines.

Shinagawa Aquarium

Address 3-2-1, Katsushima, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-0012Map
Description Shinagawa Aquarium is regarded as one of the nicer aquariums in Tokyo to visit. The aquarium is located fairly deep into southern Tokyo; a ways below Shinagawa Station. The closest station to Shinagawa Aquarium is Omori Kaigan Station on the Keihin Kyuko Line. The aquarium is unique in that it tries to replicate the water cycle, with displays starting with river animals, then moving to estuary and ocean animals. Shinagawa Aquarium has seal and dolphin shows during the day, but be prepared to arrive early as they fill up with people pretty quickly.

Sunshine Aquarium

Address 3-1-3 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 170-8630Map
Description The recently renovated Sunshine Aquarium can be found in Sunshine City, an enormous shopping center located in eastern Ikebukuro. The closest station is Higashi Ikebukuro on the Yurakucho Subway Line, but you can also walk from the more central Ikebukuro Station. The aquarium features a wide range of sea creatures, sea lion and manta ray shows, and a jellyfish. Admission is 1,800 yen for adults and 900 yen for elementary aged children, and the aquarium is open from 10 AM to 8 PM, though it closes earlier in winter months.