The first Disneyland to open outside the United States, Tokyo Disneyland has been welcoming visitors since 1983. People can expect all of the usual magic that comes with a Disney theme park—from Cinderella castle to the Mickey Mouse welcome—with an added dash of Japanese flavor. The Basics
The park is modeled after the original Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and the layout is similar. From Space Mountain to Pirates of the Caribbean and It’s a Small World, you’ll find plenty of well-loved Disney favorites here. There’s also a Main Street USA as in other parks, where the majority of stores and restaurants can be found. When it comes to food, you can enjoy everything from Mickey-shaped American-style waffles to Japanese cuisine, such as tempura and rice bowls.
Enjoy a full day exploring Disneyland or DisneySea with a 1-day pass that includes private transfer. A Tokyo Bay dinner cruise allows you to view Disneyland from the water, and an Edogawa bike tour is a leisurely way to admire Gyosen Park and Tokyo Disney Resort, among other things.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The park can get very busy—plan to prebook tickets and Fastpasses.
- Tokyo Disney Resort includes a separate park called DisneySea (additional tickets required).
- The park is wheelchair accessible.
- A board inside the park displays waiting times for the different rides to help visitors plan their day.
How to Get There
Tokyo Disneyland is located in Maihama in Tokyo city. The nearest station is Maihama on Keiyo or Musashino lines, and the train takes several minutes from central Tokyo. Shuttle buses run to and from the park from select locations in the city. Car parking is available on-site. When to Get There
The park is open year-round from 8am–10pm. It can get extremely busy during school holidays, with long waiting times for each ride. National Museum of Nature and Science
Tokyo Disneyland isn't the only kid-friendly attraction in the city. The National Museum of Nature and Science is a popular choice for travelers with kids. The extensive site has everything from dinosaur skeletons to science exploration areas, where children can try simple experiments and learn about the world around them. Older visitors might enjoy the dioramas looking at how life has evolved in the Japanese islands, going all the way back to the early people who lived on the land 40,000 years ago.