Top 5 Japanese Amusement Parks / Theme Parks You Must Visit


If Japan wasn’t already on your ‘must-visit’ list, we’re here to encourage you with a more exciting list of theme parks with their unique features. Most of them are close to Tokyo and are incredibly famous among the locals, while some have just opened and have so much to discover!

Without further ado, here are our suggestions for the top five theme parks you must visit when visiting Japan.

1. Universal Studios Japan

Universal Studios Japan has all your entertainment needs in one giant place. They have newly opened Nintendo A world that has received a lot of praise; immerse yourself in Harry Potter, the Minions, Jurassic Park and many more from their ten different sections. Definitely visit the USJ on weekdays and public holidays as you will have to wait a long time for the rides (some rides may have a waiting time of up to 2.5 hours)

They also have live shows and parades with different themes. There are a lot of mascots and unique Japanese technology makes the interaction with the park much more enjoyable and the exclusive goods you can only get in this place. Just make sure you don’t go there over the holiday season lest this nice park become a nightmare.

2. Tokyo Dome

Tokyo Dome is a major attraction and seats 55,000 people at events. Moreover, there is an amusement park right in front of it. Make sure to try Thunder Dolphin and the huuuuuuge Ferris wheel. Whether you’re a kid or an adult, there’s something for everyone and you can’t go wrong here. So if you are looking for a safe choice to experience the thrill of an amusement park, head to Tokyo Dome. Spoiler alert: Ferris wheel also serves as karaoke.

3. Mount Fuji Q

Want Mount Fuji to stay in your sight and pray as you get scared during your rides? Then your destination is Fuji Q Highland. It is located at the foot of Mount Fuji with record roller coasters such as the highest and fastest in the world. As with every amusement park in Japan, anime has also made its way into Fuji Q Highland, so be prepared to find tons of anime-themed rides.

It is also close to the great Highland resort, Onsen and museum, so there are plenty of amenities nearby for thrill rides. Admission to the park is free, and individual rides cost between 400-2000 yen. You also have the chance to get an unlimited 1-day pass for 6,300 yen.

There are also rides for kids so you don’t have to try the steepest and highest roller coaster in the world. (Happy birthday)

4. Tokyo Disneyland

There are six Disney Resorts around the world with plenty of theme parks. However, the Asian twist in American Disney may seem quite strange. Here’s what you get Tokyo Disneyland. They are open almost all year round (avoid the holiday season and holidays again). This park is the third busiest park in the world.

Shopping district, outer space parks, princess themed parks – this is where you’ll find everything you love about Disney. There is even an entire wild west area in the US, but Japanese weather can make any theme park look like the wild west. Therefore, be aware of the holiday season, holidays and weather.

5. Studio Ghibli

The time has finally come, we have saved the best for last. On Studio Ghibli’s final website, November 1, 2022 marks the day they were able to dive into Ghibli one step closer. This park has been developing since 2020 and was announced in 2017.

Detailed guide and lots of information with photos, check out our previous post herebut all in all, there are five notable attractions in the park, all based on various Ghibli films. Officially released photos before opening show us quite promising! There is even a 16-meter replica of Howl’s Moving Castle.

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