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A Guide to 5 of the Best Amusement Parks in Japan

Japan is home to a huge selection of amusement parks, some for the time travelers, some for the sightseers, and some for the thrill seekers. If you have a limited and don’t know which park to choose, here’s a guide to five of the country’s very different, but always exciting amusement park options.

A Guide to 5 of the Best Amusement Parks in Japan

Index

  • Nikko Edo Wonderland

  • Fuji Q Highland

  • Yokohama Cosmo World

  • Amanohashidate View Land

  • Tokyo Disney Resort

  • Nikko Edo Wonderland

    Nikko Edo Wonderland

    Nikko Edo Wonderland

    Before the futuristic rollercoasters of Japan, take a trip back in time to appreciate the nation's history at Nikko Edo Wonderland. Part living museum, part amusement park, Nikko’s Edo Wonderland aka Nikko Edomura is a recreation of what Japanese town life was like during the Edo Period (1603-1868). A fascinating destination for history and culture buffs, and plenty of fun for those with only a vague knowledge of Japan’s past, the town features functioning stores, display shop fronts, and interactive attractions including the Haunted Temple, home to spooky Japanese spirits, an illusion room and a challenging Ninja Trick Maze. Throughout the day there are live performances including sword battle reenactments and the occasional magic show. Guests are also encouraged to really get into the spirit by dressing up in Edo-era garb, all of which is provided on-site.

    EDO WONDERLAND Nikko Edomura
    rating 590 Reviews
    Address
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Karakura 470-2
    Phone
    0288771777
    Remarks
    URL:http://edowonderland.net/en/
  • Fuji Q Highland

    Fuji Q Highland

    Fuji Q Highland

    Sitting at the foot of Mt Fuji, Fuji-Q Highland (Fuji-Q for short) is Japan’s most heart-stopping amusement park. Boasting incredible scenery and record-breaking roller coasters, it’s a must-visit destination for thrillseekers looking to get their adrenaline fix. The park’s main attraction is Fujiyama, a coaster which sits at a hair-raising 79 meters tall, in 1996 when it was built it was the world's tallest roller coaster. A newer addition to the park, Do-Dodonpa was built in 2001 and at the time was the world’s fastest coaster, hitting speeds of 180 kilometers per hour. The park’s other two major rides are Eejanaika, the world’s second ever ‘4th dimension’ coaster, and Takabisha, steepest roller coaster in the world. For those who like their entertainment options to be a little more subdued, the park also features mazes, Ferris wheel, a carousel, the locomotive themed Thomas Land, and an art museum. If you’re looking for somewhere to wind down after a long day on the rails, there’s also Fujiyama Onsen, a contemporary hot spring resort just outside the park gates.

    Fuji-Q Highland
    Address
    Yamanashi Pref. Fujiyoshidashi Shinnishihara 5-6-1
    Phone
    0555232111
    Remarks
    URL:https://www.fujiq.jp/en
  • Yokohama Cosmo World

    Yokohama Cosmo World

    Yokohama Cosmo World

    For an excellent family-friendly half-day excursion, add a visit to Yokohama Cosmo World, the retro-style amusement park just 30 minutes from Shibuya by train. It’s relatively compact, but this bayside hangout packs a lot in. Cosmo World features old-world rides like Yokohama's iconic Ferris wheel, arcade games, and a roller coaster that wraps around the outside of the park, as well as a few modern attractions like virtual reality experiences for good measure. If you’re looking for a more laid-back city escape or an addition to your Yokohama itinerary, be sure to check it out.

    YOKOHAMA COSMOWORLD
    rating 577 Reviews
    Address
    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Naka-ku Shinkou 2-8-1
    Phone
    0456416591
    Remarks
    URL:http://cosmoworld.jp/
  • Amanohashidate View Land

    Amanohashidate View Land

    Amanohashidate View Land

    Come to Amanohashidate in Kyoto prefecture for some of Japan's most scenic views, and stay for the amusements. Looking out onto the pine-covered sandbar that stretches along Miyazu Bay in the northern area of the prefecture is where you’ll find Amanohashidate View Land. Relatively humble compared to some of the country’s other amusement parks, it’s a fun-filled detour for those exploring the natural beauty of the area or paying a visit to Kasamatsu Park. Among the attractions, you’ll find go-karts, a roller coaster, and mini golf, perfect for guests of all ages.

    Amanohashidate View Land
    Address
    Kyoto Miyadushi Monju
    Phone
    0772225304
    Remarks
    URL:http://www.viewland.jp/
  • Tokyo Disney Resort

    Tokyo Disney Resort

    Tokyo Disney Resort

    The most famous of all amusement parks not just in Japan, but potentially the world, visiting Tokyo Disney Resort is like stepping into a whole new world. The ‘resort’ is made up of two separate parks; Disneyland, and Disney Sea, the latter of the two is a one of a kind theme park that exists only in Japan. You can’t really go wrong choosing between the pair, but they have different attractions, Disneyland is more thrill-centric and features the famous rides Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain, as well as one-off Japan specialties like the Monsters, Inc.: Ride & Go Seek! While DisneySea is called the more adult of the two as it serves alcohol and features a few extra attractions for those who like to keep their feet planted firmly on the ground.

    Tokyo Disneyland
    Address
    Chiba Pref. Urayasushi Maihama 1-1
    Phone
    0570008632
    Remarks
    URL:https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
    Tokyo Disney Sea
    Address
    Chiba Pref. Urayasushi Maihama 1-1
    Phone
    0570008632
    Remarks
    URL:https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
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