10 Best Theme Parks in Tokyo

Adventure Awaits at These Must-Visit Theme Parks in Tokyo

Tokyo, a city known for its dynamic culture and technological marvels, is also home to some of the world’s most exciting theme parks. With fantasy and innovation at their core, those with an appetite for adrenaline-fueled entertainment and adventure will not be disappointed! Sure enough, not everything is about speedy rides so rest assured that Tokyo’s wide theme park landscape will have something for everyone. 

Whether you already have plans to visit some of those or are looking to spice up your Tokyo experience, both for the young and the young at heart, here we go with the best 10 theme parks in Tokyo!

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1. Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo Disneyland (東京ディズニーランド), a part of the larger Tokyo Disney Resort, is a kingdom of magic and fantasy that brings to life the enchanting world of Disney. Located just a 15-minute train ride from Tokyo Station, this theme park is immensely popular among both domestic and international visitors. With its classic Disney attractions, themed lands, and ever-entertaining parades, Tokyo Disneyland provides a magical experience where fairy tales come true. 

The park’s dedication to detail is even said to rival its original counterpart and its ability to immerse visitors in the fantastical worlds of their favorite Disney stories make it a top destination for families, Disney aficionados, and anyone looking to relive their childhood dreams.

This attraction is for you if you’re seeking the classic Disney magic, where fairy tales come to life and beloved characters roam. Perfect for families and Disney enthusiasts craving that nostalgic charm.

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2. Tokyo DisneySea

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Adjacent to Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea (東京ディズニーシー) offers a unique nautical-themed adventure, making it the only Disney park of its kind in the world. Celebrated for its elaborate theming and original attractions, the park is designed around seven themed ports of call, including the Mediterranean Harbor, American Waterfront, and the mysterious Mermaid Lagoon. 

Tokyo DisneySea is known for its more adult-oriented attractions, spectacular shows, and fine dining options, all of which are set against a backdrop of meticulous detail and storytelling. The park’s newest addition, Fantasy Springs, is set to further enchant visitors with its magical springs leading to a world of Disney fantasy, opening in June 2024.

This attraction is for you if you crave unique, immersive experiences with a nautical twist, offering more mature themes and spectacular shows that appeal to both adults and children.

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3. Warner Bros. Studio Tour Tokyo

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The Warner Bros. Studio Tour Tokyo – The Making of Harry Potter (ワーナー・ブラザース・スタジオツアー東京 – メイキング・オブ・ハリー・ポッター), offers a behind-the-scenes look at the spellbinding world of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films. Located on the former Toshimaen site, this attraction is the largest indoor Harry Potter-themed space in the world and the first Warner Bros. Studio Tour in Asia. 

Here you can explore iconic sets such as Diagon Alley, the Great Hall, and the Forbidden Forest, making it a haven for fans of the Wizarding World. The Tokyo tour builds on the success of its London counterpart, introducing exclusive sets and experiences that delve deep into the artistry and magic behind the beloved film series.

This attraction is for you if you’re a film buff or a Harry Potter fan, eager to step behind the scenes and explore the magic of the movies in a detailed, interactive environment.

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4. Sanrio Puroland

Sanrio Puroland
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Sanrio Puroland (サンリオピューロランド), also known as Hello Kitty Land, is a delightful theme park located in Tama New Town, Tokyo. Opened in December 1990, this park brings the whimsical world of Sanrio characters to life, featuring attractions, live shows, and themed shopping and dining experiences centered around beloved icons like Hello Kitty, My Melody, Cinnamoroll, and many more. 

With over 1.5 million visitors annually, Sanrio Puroland is designed to captivate fans of all ages, offering a magical and immersive experience that celebrates the joy and creativity of Sanrio’s universe. Whether it’s exploring Lady Kitty House or embarking on the Sanrio Character Boat Ride, fans and casuals alike are guaranteed a day filled with fun and enchantment.

This attraction is for you if you adore Hello Kitty and friends, offering a kawaii (cute) paradise with colorful shows, themed rides, and character meet-and-greets that will delight younger visitors and the young at heart.

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5. Yomiuriland

Yomiuriland
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Yomiuriland (よみうりランド), Tokyo’s largest amusement park, offers a vibrant mix of thrilling rides, seasonal events, and stunning illuminations. With attractions ranging from adrenaline-pumping roller coasters to family-friendly rides, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Notably, Yomiuriland is renowned for its “Jewellumination” event, a dazzling display of lights that beautifully blend the concept of jewels with traditional illumination, creating a mesmerizing spectacle during the winter months. 

Additionally, the park hosts various seasonal events, ensuring that each visit offers a unique experience. Its botanical garden addition is particularly noteworthy during the spring and summer season. So if you’re seeking thrills or looking to bask in the glow of millions of lights, Yomiuriland promises a day of fun and excitement.

This attraction is for you if you enjoy a variety of amusement rides and seasonal events like illuminations and pool parties, suitable for thrill-seekers and families looking for fun throughout the year.

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6. Tokyo Dome City

Tokyo Dome City
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Tokyo Dome City (東京ドームシティ) is a comprehensive entertainment complex that offers a wide range of attractions suitable for all ages, making it a perfect family destination. This free-entry amusement park (you pay for each ride separately) features an array of fun and thrilling rides, including the heart-stopping “Thunder Dolphin” roller coaster and the iconic “Big O”, the world’s first centerless Ferris wheel, providing breathtaking views of the Tokyo skyline. 

Beyond the rides, Tokyo Dome City is strategically located among various Tokyo sightseeing spots, making it an ideal stop for visitors exploring the city. It has a lot of dining, shopping options and even a Spa if you need to recharge your batteries.

This attraction is for you if you’re after an urban entertainment experience combining thrilling rides, leisure activities, and sports events, ideal for those looking to mix adrenaline with culture.

More information: Tokyo Dome City: the Popular Entertainment Complex in Tokyo

7. Asakusa Hanayashiki

Asakusa HanayashikiAsakusa Hanayashiki (浅草花やしき), Japan’s oldest amusement park, began as a flower park in 1853 during the late Edo period and has since evolved into a beloved Tokyo attraction. I have a soft spot for this one, because it’s located in the historic Asakusa district which is one of my favorite places to begin with, and it exudes a very nostalgic charm with its vintage rides. The attractions include  a small roller coaster, a carousel, and themed rides that pay homage to traditional Japanese culture. 

Despite its compact size, Hanayashiki provides a unique amusement park experience, mixing history with fun in the heart of one of Tokyo’s most famous tourist areas. The park’s quaint atmosphere and location near iconic landmarks like Senso-ji Temple make it a must-visit for those looking to experience a slice of Tokyo’s rich history and entertainment.

This attraction is for you if you appreciate nostalgia and charm, being Japan’s oldest amusement park; it’s a quaint escape into a bygone era with classic rides and a historic atmosphere.

More information: Hanayashiki: An Amusement Park in Asakusa

8. Tokyo Joypolis

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Tokyo Joypolis (東京ジョイポリス), located in the bustling Odaiba area, is one of the largest indoor amusement parks in Japan, offering an immersive entertainment experience with a blend of virtual reality attractions, arcade games, and thrilling rides. Operated by SEGA, Joypolis is famous for its cutting-edge technology, which is incorporated into attractions to create unique and interactive experiences. 

Highlights include roller coasters that integrate VR technology, interactive simulators, and live-action games that engage visitors in adventurous scenarios. As amusement parks go, this can be considered a futuristic playground that provides entertainment for all ages, making it a popular destination for both locals and tourists seeking fun and excitement indoors.

This attraction is for you if you’re a tech enthusiast or gamer, offering a high-tech indoor amusement park experience with virtual reality attractions and arcade games.

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9. Tokyo Summerland

Tokyo Summerland
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Tokyo Summerland (東京サマーランド), renowned for its extensive water attractions, is a refreshing escape during Tokyo’s scalding hot summer months. Featuring a vast indoor pool area known as the Adventure Dome and the Adventure Lagoon, the longest lazy river in Japan, Summerland caters to visitors looking for both relaxation and excitement. The park also boasts Thrill Mountain, an amusement area with rides for all ages. 

Tokyo Summerland’s combination of water parks and amusement rides ensures a full day of fun for families and friends, with options catering both to those who prefer to bask in the sun at the outdoor pools or those who enjoy the climate-controlled comfort of the indoor facilities.

This attraction is for you if you’re looking to beat the heat with vast indoor and outdoor water parks, making it a perfect summer destination for families and groups seeking aquatic fun.

10. Fuji-Q Highland

Fuji-Q Highland (富士急ハイランド) is not really in Tokyo but it’s close enough and a very popular theme park for one-day trips from Tokyo. It’s located near the base of Mount Fuji and it’s renowned for its record-breaking roller coasters and attractions that offer breathtaking views of Japan’s most iconic mountain. The park features a diverse range of thrill rides, including the famous “Fujiyama – King of Coasters,” and family-friendly areas like “Thomas Land” and “La Ville de Gaspard Et Lisa.”

Fuji-Q also provides unique experiences with attractions themed around popular anime series, making it a must-visit for thrill-seekers and pop culture enthusiasts alike. The combination of adrenaline-pumping rides and stunning scenery ensures a memorable adventure for visitors of all ages.

This attraction is for you if you’re an adrenaline junkie craving some of the world’s most intense roller coasters and theme park rides, set against the stunning backdrop of Mount Fuji.

More information: Fuji-Q Highland Guide: Best Things to Do

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Tokyo’s theme parks may not be the first thing that comes to mind for visitors (save perhaps for Disney) but that doesn’t mean these attractions aren’t worth your every minute. So if you’re looking for some thrilling experiences, now you know where to start!

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Photographer, journalist, and avid urban cyclist, making sense of Japan since 2017. I was born in Caracas and lived for over 10 years in Barcelona before moving to Tokyo. Currently working towards my goal of visiting every prefecture in Japan, I hope to share with readers the everlasting joy of discovery and the neverending urge to keep exploring.