Hanayashiki in Tokyo is proud to lay claim to being the oldest amusement park in Japan. It opened in 1853 as a flower park, but is now packed with an array of eateries, shops, and theme park attractions, ranging from the oldest steel-track roller coaster in the country, to rideable robot pandas. Other rides include a merry-go-round, a small ferris wheel, a haunted house, a drop ride named the Space Shot, and a spinning one called Disk ‘O’. It also has a 3D theater and a range of attractions for smaller children.
Located in Tokyo’s historic Asakusa neighborhood, Hanayashiki is divided into three themed areas: Fantasy & Dreams, Mystery & Panic, and Full of Excitement. Naturally, Hanayashiki is especially popular with children, although adults will be sure to appreciate the sense of nostalgia that this traditional theme park evokes.
Hanayashiki can be visited as part of a day tour that includes a ninja training experience and a visit to the Tokyo Skytree, the world’s highest tower. A trip here can also be combined with other cultural and scenic attractions on an Asakusa rickshaw tour.
Insider’s Tip: After the park closes at 6pm, there are plenty of shops and restaurants to choose from in Asakusa. Don’t miss a visit to the famous Sensoji Temple, which is often included on organized tours of the area.
If not visiting Hanayashiki as part of an organized tour, head to Asakusa Station, which is a five-minute walk from the park.