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Top Theme Parks in Japan

Summer break is almost here for most International Schools. If you`re planning on staying in Japan for the summer or even for a bit before your return home we recommend visiting some theme parks before Japanese schools let out. Japan has many amazing theme parks to offer from parks with thrill rides to soothing onsens. Here are our Top 15+ Theme Parks in Japan that will have your kids asking for more.

Legoland Japan1. Legoland Japan (Nagoya) – Legoland Japan opened their first outdoor theme park for children aged 2 through 12 and their families in Nagoya on April 1, 2017. The park, built on 9 hectares, is filled with over 40 rides and attractions, seven different themed lands (Lego City, Adventure land, Miniland, Knight`s Kingdom, Pirate Shores, Bricktopia and Duplo Village), LEGO models to play and build with, 17 million LEGO bricks and 10,000 LEGO models. A much smaller version of Legoland San Diego, but enough to keep your active kids entertained and building all day. They are now offering special discounts for those who book in advance. More details –>

Hanayashiki Amusement Park, Asakusa2. Hanayashiki (Asakusa) – 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. More details –>

Thomas Land, Fuji-Q Highland3. ThomasLand (Fuji Q) – Thomas Land is the world’s first Thomas & Friends Theme Park. Located a 1.5 hour drive from central Tokyo, and within the Fuji-Q Highland Theme Park, it makes a great day trip with your Thomas loving kids. If one day is not enough plan to stay in one of the Thomas-themed rooms at the neighboring Fuji Q Highland Resort Hotel & Spa. Thomas Land has a variety of different attractions that will keep your kids engaged the entire day. More details –>


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Great Escape, Asakusa4. Nazobako Live Escape – previously named Great Escape, (Asakusa) is a super fun activity for teens and above on a rainy, super cold or hot day where inside is better than outside. If you are looking for a bounding activity with your teen this is a good option. Nazobako Live is offered in English or Japanese. My 13-year-old son and I visited the Great Escape in Asakusa and had a really fun (although challenging) experience breaking out! We decided to keep the challenge in Japanese and enjoyed the Samurai escape. The Nazobako Live Escape is a global franchise, but the  Nazobako Live Escape in Asakusa offers three escapes 1. Samurai, 2. Run Away Bride and 3. Zen. More details –>

5. Nagashima Spa Land (Mie) is a major vacation destination just outside Nagoya and is comprised of five main facilities: the Nagashima Spa Land Amusement Park, the 2nd largest amusement park in Japan behind Fuji-Q Highlands;  Nabana no Sato, a vast flower park and amazing winter illumination attraction; Mitsui Outlet Shopping Park “Jazz Dream Nagashima” with over 200 Japanese and International stores; Joyful Water Park with large water slides and indoor and outdoor pools; and Nagashima Onsen (長島温泉) a popular hot spring complex which offers a wide array of indoor and outdoor baths, six jacuzzis, massage services and restaurants. If you have young Anpanman fans an added bonus is the Anpanman Museum and Park located just outside Nagashima Spa Land entrance gate. More details –>

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6. Fuji Q Highland (Yamanashi)  is a popular amusement park located at the foot of Mt. Fuji `with about 40 different attractions from thrilling roller coasters for the brave to theme park rides that families can enjoy` including Thomas Land. More details on the Fuji Q website.

Kidzania Tokyo7. Kidzania (Toyosu) is an indoor theme park for families. The park is a city built to scale for children complete with buildings, shops, paved streets and vehicles that look like everyday workplaces in Japan. Children aged 3 to 15 years old perform activities and are paid for their work. Activities include a fireman, doctor, police officer, model in a fashion show, dancer, cook, baker, etc. There are over 90 jobs to choose from! It`s excellent for learning role-play, how society works and just having fun. More details –>



8. Kandu (Makuhari, Chiba) is an indoor theme park similar to Tokyo`s Kidzania where kids aged 3 – 16 years can work a variety of jobs and get paid for them. Some of the jobs include a JAL Airlines pilot, JAXA Space engineer, architect, takoyaki chef, soup maker, cold stone ice cream maker and more. Located less than an hour drive from central Tokyo it’s a nice alternative to Kidzania. More details –>


9. Legoland Discovery Center (Odaiba) is a great spot to escape the brutal heat, bitter cold or pouring rain. Located in Odaiba they offer a wealth of attractions; a miniature model of the Tokyo’s cityscape made from nearly 1.5 million bricks; a Lego-themed laser shooting ride; a Fire Academy & Construction Site with crawl spaces, slides and large, soft lego bricks to build with; an elevating Lego ride similar to one you would find in a theme park; a 4D cinema, karaoke and the Train World attraction where kids can control virtual train and steer Japanese Trains built with Lego through their mini city. More details –>

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10. Kodomo no Kuni / Children`s Land (Yokohama) is a kids` paradise. It`s a 250 acre park with numerous activities and facilities surrounded by nature. The popular attractions are a 110m rolling slide, riding and cycling center, children`s zoo, pony rides, river and splash pond and a mini steam locomotive. There are numerous playgrounds, a large outdoor pool, indoor ice skating rink, boating pond, sports fields, garden, BBQ area and much more! More details –>

Tokyo Disneyland Visiting Tips11. Tokyo Disney Land (Maihama) is the most popular theme park in Japan. To make your planning and trip to Tokyo Disneyland easier and more FUN here are our Top 10 Tokyo Disneyland Visiting Tips. These tips are also relevant for Tokyo Disney Sea which is always a great option for a second day or if Disneyland is just too crowded. Also, kids under age 4 are free to enter! More details –>

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Top Theme Parks in Japan12. Tokyo Disney Sea (Maihama) is an ocean-themed amusement park unique to Japan and located in the Disney Resort. It was designed with older kids and adults in mind, but also fun for younger kids. More details on the Tokyo Disney Sea Website.


Yomiuriland, Tokyo Amusement Park, BestLivingJapan13. Yomiuriland (Tokyo) – Yomiuriland Amusement Park is an all inclusive amusement ride and in the summer months water park. A 30 train ride from Shinjuku, your family can enjoy a hot day at one of the six pools, over 30 amusement rides and a wide selection of snack shacks and restaurants. More details –>

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Sanrio Puroland14. Sanrio Puroland (Tama New Town) is an indoor theme park that attracts over 1.5 million visitors per year. A great spot to spend a couple hours for those who love Hello Kitty, Little Twin Stars, My Melody, and more. There are character meet and greets, live shows, a brilliant and elaborate character parade and boat ride, adorable food and the cutest souvenirs. More details –>

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15. Universal Studios Japan (Osaka) is the 2nd most visited theme park in Japan next to Tokyo Disney Land. Universal Studios Japan is filled with rides, movies, live shows, a parade and more. Details on the USJ Website.

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16. Joypolis (Odaiba) is an indoor amusement park where the attractions are based on Sega’s virtual reality characters and games. Pay for entrance and for games. There are numerous arcade games, a roller coaster and VR simulators. Great for teens. Details on the Joypolis Website.

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Spa World17. Spa World (Osaka) is a popular onsen theme park equip with all your relaxation needs; themed saunas, stone spas, indoor and outdoor onsens, massages, a fitness gym, sleeping rooms, a pool with lazy river and slides, kids park, game room, and hotel. More details –>

18. Oedo Onsen Monogatari (Odaiba)is one of the ultimate onsen tourist attractions in Tokyo; even long-term foreigners and Japanese can have fun! It is the Disneyland of Onsens. The Oedo Onsen Monogatari translates to Oedo Onsen Story. It is an onsen, dining and entertainment centre. The facility is multilingual in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese. More details –>



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