If you have “templed out” the kids visiting Sensō-ji in the morning, a 2-3 hour visit to Hanayashiki Amusement Park is the perfect afternoon. Located immediately behind Sensō-ji (a top 3 place to visit on most Tokyo trip lists) is the oldest amusement park in Japan. The Hanayashiki Amusement Park offers over 20 rides and amusements which are sure to please toddlers to teens. The space is small, but it is jammed packed with retro rides, festival games, haunted houses and even a BBQ area for lunch.
Hanayashiki opened 1853 as a flower park. That is the same year that Commodore of the US Navy Matthew Perry first visited Japan! Over the past 150 years, the park has changed from a flower park to a zoo to an amusement park. It is an amazing park not just due to the old fashion rides and fun, but due to the history and key location smack in the middle of Asakusa. Don’t miss this hidden gem if you are in Tokyo with kids – it is a blast from the past.
Hanayashiki Amusement Park, Asakusa
We spent 3 hours at the park and paid per ride which was perfect since it was a crowded weekend. My daughter’s (age 4) favorite rides were the Carnival, Little Star, Kiddy Taxi, Swan and Roller Coaster. The Haunted house was far too scary for her. Our 14-year-old family friend loved the Roller Coaster, Haunted House House of Surprise and Thriller Car.
The Hanayashiki Amusement Park charges a general admission fee and separately for ride tickets. There are two options for riding; an unlimited ride pass or pay per ride. If you have a younger child (under 4) or a limited time I recommend the pay per ride. If you have older children and plenty of time, then go with the unlimited ride pass (if you ride 5-7 of the bigger rides you will save money vs. pay per ride). Per ride cost is 200 – 500 yen depending on the ride. If you have a child under four, you will get a sticker to place on their shirt. Parents pay the ticket price 200-500 yen and the under four child rides for free on the small rides (on some rides there is an 110 cm rule). Note if your child is over 110 cm and under four you may need to pay for the child as well on the bigger rides -we had to pay for the roller coaster.
It is very crowded in the park with narrow walkways and many stairs, so best to check your strollers in the office at the entry. http://www.hanayashiki.net/en/parkmap
For more fun visit our list of TOP Theme Parks in Japan.
Hanayashiki Amusement Park Details
Address: 2-28-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0032
Cost: You have to pay park entry cost and ride cost. Entry – adults 13-64 1,000 JPY, children 7 – 12 years 500 JPY, 6 and under entry is free; Unlimited Ride Pass – adults 13-64 2,300 JPY, children 7 – 12 years 2,000 JPY, 6 and under 1,800 JPY; Per ride costs are 200-500 JPY if you pay per ride
Open hours: Everyday: 10:00 – XXX
Access: About a 10 min walk from Asakusa station on the Ginza, Asakusa, and Tobu Skytree line.
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