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Four Cool Amusement Parks in Japan

Luke K.

by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Luke K.

Last updated : Mar 03, 20218 min read

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Tokyo is a country with a vast array of amusement parks, that come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Want to experience life in the style of the Edo Period? Ride one of the fastest roller coasters in the world? Or, experience the most frightening haunted house attraction on the planet? Then read on, for our top four amusement parks in Japan:

Toei Kyoto Studio Park

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The theme park was first opened in 1975 and is a place where you can experience the world of the period drama through its open sets, events and attractions. In a mock-up of an Edo town within the village, actual filming of movies and TV programs is done and it’s possible to observe the process. When you arrive in the village, there are staff walking around as samurai, townswomen and ninja, and one of the nice things is that you will be greeted openheartedly by them. There are plenty of events such as a chanbara show with samurai crossing swords and Edo street performances. As well, at the Padios theater in the village, exhibitions and shows of successive generations of Toei superheroes are held.

At the Costume Rental Shop, you can try on the same makeup, wigs and clothing that are used in the real period dramas, enjoy taking photos with the real set as a backdrop and stroll freely around the village for 1 hour. Various costumes for samurai, maiko and oiran, etc. can be selected, and a real set-up by Toei technical staff is popular. At the Ninja Mystery House, after getting a lecture on the tricks of the trade, the attraction is trying to escape through the exit. You can try out the genuine tools of a ninja, and everyone of all ages can enjoy the experience. At the Ninja Training Dojo, you can participate in walking on logs, climbing up castle walls, climbing down roofs and other ninja training. The Ninja’s Labyrinth is a gigantic 10m-tall, 3-storey maze where the ninjas have to use their skills and athleticism to break through to the goal. As well, there is the Trick Art Museum, a haunted house with the theme of Kyoto legends and many other attractions to be enjoyed.

Admission: Adult: ¥ 2,200 / Child: ¥ 1,100

Guidebook from Planetyze about Toei Kyoto Studio Park
Reviews from TripAdvisor about Toei Kyoto Studio Park
Tours of Toei Kyoto Studio Park

Edo Wonderland

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The borders and town streets, the downtown area and samurai residences, everything is built as structures from the Edo Era. The staff boost up the atmosphere. Everyone changes completely into samurai, ninja and Edo town residents, and fights and detective stories play out for real along the roadsides. You will enjoy yourselves no matter when and where you are. There are few places to get warm, and from around 2 p.m. in winter, the cold intensifies so please dress up for the weather.

You can masquerade yourself as a citizen of the Edo Era such as a ninja, samurai, feudal lord, princess, artisan or female swordsperson, etc. for a day. The staff will even address you as that transformed character.

You will learn 5 disciplines (wall-climbing, crawling above ceilings, navigating through traps, underground infiltration, shuriken throwing). Experience the arts of protecting yourself and deception.

Information about Nikko Edo Wonderland here

This is a huge maze. There are also tricks that aren’t present in the usual mazes. It is exceptionally hard but emergency exits are available.

You will have plenty of Edo Era amusement such as ninja, sword battles, water tricks, and courtesan dances. Spectacular performances will be right in front of your eyes.

Admission: Adult: ¥ 4,700 / Child: ¥ 2,400

Guidebook from Planetyze about Edo Wonderland
Reviews from TripAdvisor about Edo Wonderland
Tours of Edo Wonderland


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Kidzania comes from the short form of the German word for “children” (kinder), and the two Latin words for “wacky” (zany) and “land of” (ania). For kids from 3 to 15 years of age (partial restrictions according to height), children can try over 80 types of jobs such as fireman, police officer, bus guide and model. Adults basically cannot enter any of the pavilions to respect the children’s independence. They can observe from outside or wait in a separate lounge while watching their children on a monitor. This is a theme park like no other which respects children in ways such as the launch of a kids’ council to improve Kidzania and the raising of admission by kids.

Trying out jobs is a given and services that make use of things such as borrowing cellphones and earning licenses are real. Any child can conduct himself/herself as an adult and naturally learn about responsibility and self-reliance. Inside the park, the stores and vehicles they usually see are right there. The tools, materials and uniforms prepared for hospitals, TV stations and restaurant kitchens are all genuine. Entering the facility is through an airport immigration gate. Kids will receive a map, traveler’s cheques and a schedule card and will try out a job they like. When they are paid, they can also go shopping, learn, create a bank account and make deposits.  

Kidzania is a theme park based on a capacity system. In one day, there are 2 shifts: 6 hours in the morning and 5 hours in the afternoon. To experience as many jobs as possible during that time, it is effective to plan things out to a certain degree beforehand. Since a child can freely act around the park, everyone entering the facility wears a security bracelet.

Admission: Adult: ¥ 1,850 / Child: ¥ 3,150

Guidebook from Planetyze about Kidzania
Reviews from TripAdvisor about Kidzania
Tours of Kidzania

Fuji Q Highland

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Fuji Q Highland at the foot of Mt. Fuji in the Fuji Five Lakes resort area is an amusement park that is popular with young people looking for thrills. It has Guinness-smashing records with its epic screaming roller coasters and attractions such as Japan’s fastest coaster, the Dodonpa, and the FUJIYAMA with a drop of 70m. Since its opening in 1961, it has always aimed at introducing new attractions and renewing existing ones, and within the grounds, there are not only roller coasters but rides for the whole family and attractions for kids, so it is an amusement park where people of all ages can enjoy themselves. In addition, it always goes for the cutting edge such as introducing attractions based on popular anime symbolizing Cool Japan. Outside of the park, there is the Q-BOWL bowling alley and a skating rink (winter only) along with the Fujiyama Onsen hot spring facilities, the Fujiyama Museum which exhibits Mt. Fuji –themed art and the Highland Resort Hotel & Spa. The area continues to provide fun and relaxation as a general resort facility.

Fuji Q Highland is famous for its large roller coasters. It’s filled with amazing attractions such as the Takabisha with its Guinness record of the steepest drop of 121°, the Eejanaika as the World No. 1 in the total number of revolutions, the King of Coasters FUJIYAMA with a top speed of 130km and a maximum drop of 70m and the Dodonpa which hits 172km in a mere 1.8 seconds after launch and whips around the park, all of which are popular no matter how you put it. Also, there is the Super Scary Labyrinth of Fear, a horror hospital that has the reputation of being the world’s most frightening haunted house, the rides of The Cool Zaboon and Nagashimasuka where you can enjoy the spray of water. There are also plenty of attractions for children such as Thomas Land with Thomas The Tank Engine, and attractions and rides for the whole family. And there is the popular Evangelion: World with the theme of anime that has spread throughout the world.

Admission: Adult: ¥ 1,400 / Child: ¥ 800

Guidebook from Planetyze about Fuji Q Highland
Reviews from TripAdvisor about Fuji Q Highland
Tours of Fuji Q Highland
Gifu Tour Guide - Akiko W.

Akiko W.

5.00 / 5
(8 reviews)

Hello! My name is Akiko from Gifu prefecture. I am a National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter. I like going out with my family, talking with my friends over coffee at a cozy cafe, reading books, baking bread and cake when I have time. I passed the national tour guide test in 2017 and have worked as a guide since then. I have guided in Gifu city, Seki city, Takayama city, Shirakawago , Mino city and Nagoya city. I have lived in Gifu for more than forty years. Gifu prefecture is rich in nature so you can enjoy the rural atmosphere. Gifu city has a beautiful river 'Nagara river' and Mt.Kinka which has Gifu castle on the top. You can go up the mountain on foot or use a ropeway. The view from Gifu castle is so fantastic. At the foot of the mountain , there are many places to visit such as parks, a temple having a big image of Buddha, and a street preserving the historic atmosphere. At Nagara River, you can enjoy seeing a traditional way of fishing ‘cormorant fishing’ which is thought to have started 1300 years ago. Many cafes have unique service called 'morning service' in Gifu along with Aichi In the morning (until about ten thirty or eleven) when you order a cup of tea or coffee, they serve toast and salad ! Near Gifu park , you can find a nice Japanese style cafe where you enjoy good coffee and seeing a Japanese style garden. Seki city is a small city but so famous for its cutlery. At Japanese sword museum in Seki, you can see authentic Japanese swords! Mino city next to Seki city is well known for its hand made Japanese paper 'Hon minoshi' designated as intangible cultural asset by UNESCO . Until recently it was not easy to guide guests because of COVID-19 pandemic; however the situation is getting better. Some strict rules about COVID-19 have been lifted. Please visit Gifu. I am looking forward to seeing you. Please feel free to ask me when you need information about Gifu. Thank you for reading my introduction.                                                                                                                                 

Nagasaki Tour Guide - Shonosuke S.

Shonosuke S.

5.00 / 5
(1 reviews)

Hi! I'm Sho! I live in the center of Nagasaki city and work as a YouTuber, podcaster, and tour guide specializing in sharing the charms of Nagasaki. Actually, I was born and raised in Yokohama, near Tokyo, and worked for about 5 years in Tokyo. However, I fell in love with the culture and history of Nagasaki and moved here in 2020. Nagasaki has a rich history of international exchange and friendship, established about 450 years ago as an international trading port in Japan. Since then, many people from all over the world with diverse cultures and values have visited this city. I love these stories and histories of Nagasaki. Nagasaki is often associated with the sad history of the atomic bomb, which is, of course, an important part of this city's history, but Nagasaki has much more than that. I'm looking forward to introducing you to the many charms of Nagasaki!                                                                                                                                 

Fukuoka Tour Guide - Kazue I.

Kazue I.

5.00 / 5
(17 reviews)

Hi! I am Kazue. I am from Fukuoka and live in the central city. I spent almost 20 years traveling around the world as a cabin attendant. Meeting different people, different cultures and eating local food were best things in my career. This experience definitely widened my perspective and will help me in some way when I work as a guide. Since I spent half my life outside of Japan, I noticed our culture and traditions are very unique and became more interested in historical sites in Japan. For my personal life, I am a mom of twins. It is still a hard work but I am enjoying a lot with them. We take them around Kyushu whenever possible for their fun and experience. We all love traveling after all. I am looking forward to showing you around our hometown soon!                                                                                                                                  

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