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Edo Wonderland Nikko Edo-mura  
What's it like?
An amusement park in which you can time-slip to the days of samurai about 300 years back from today. The place magnificently re-creates the townscape of merchant houses, stores, townspeople residences and warrior houses, with people dressed in costumes of 17th-19th century Japan walking around. You can enjoy stunning Iga vs. Koga ninja action shows, water art performances with a history of 1300 years and many other kinds of shows at the theater shown 3-5 times a day. The ninja gimmick house continues to boast its popularity as well as the shows, and there are many restaurants and shops where you can eat and also buy character goods, souvenirs and traditional crafts. 
[Type]
Theme Park (History)
[Hours] 9:00 - 17:00
Closed Wednesdays
[Admission] Adults... Y4,500 | Children... Y2,300
[Location] 470-2 Karakura, Nikko City,
Tochigi Prefecture
[Access] Tobu Kinugawa Line from Tobu
Asakusa Station (Tokyo) OR
Kinugawa (express line) or Spacia Kinugawa (also express) from JR Shinjuku, Ikebukuro or Omiya Stations; then take local bus from Kinugawa Onsen Station for 15min. OR taxi 10min
.
[Inquiry] 0288-77-1777
[URL] http://www.edowonderland.net/
nikko/index.html
 
 
Fujikyu Highland  
What's it like?
One of the best amusement parks in Japan with a number of thrilling rides. The site was originally use as a hotel, but when they developed the site as an amusement park they turned the building into a hospital-looking one and decided to use the whole thing as a haunted building giving creeps to those visitors going in. There is also the 172km/h fast vertical jet coaster Dodonpa, King of Coaster Fujiyama, Red Tower, Double Loop and other screamer machines scattered across the amusement park. A brand new ride named “Eejanaika” appreared just days ago attracting more challengers, too. Even though it is known to be a “scream” spot by all means, the place also contains attractions for young families as well.
[Type]
Theme Park (Amusement)
[Hours] 9:00 – 17:00
(Sat/Sun/Hol. 9:00 – 20:00)
closed days... irregular (please call)
[Admission] <Free-pass> 
Adults... Y4,800 | Children... Y3,500
[Location] 5-6-1 Shin-Nishihara,
Fuji Yoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture
[Access] Fujikyu Highland Station: Fuji Kyuko
[Inquiry] 0555-23-2111
[URL] http://www.fujikyu.co.jp/fuji-q/
 
 
Tokyo Disney Resort  
What's it like?
The Tokyo branch of this needless-to-explain worldwide famous amusement park is consisted of two parks, Disneyland and Disneysea, and is almost impossible to explore the entire place in just one day. Once you step your foot through the gate, you’re in the world of Disney wonderland.  
[Type]
  Theme Park (Amusement)
[Hours]   8:30 – 22:00
[Admission] <One-day pass>
Adults (18+)... Y5,500
Students (12-17) Y4,800
Children (4-11) Y3,700
[Location]   Maihama Urayasu City, Chiba Prefecture
[Access]   Disneyland... Maihama Station: JR Keiyo Line
Disneysea... Disneysea Station on Disney Resort Line (from Maihama)
[Inquiry]   045-683-3777
[URL]   http://www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp/
 
 
Tokyo Dome City Attractions  
What's it like?
One of the very few amusement parks in central Tokyo where you don’t have to spend hours on the train just to get there. Unlike many of the other amusement spots you can freely visit this place since it is open until relatively late at night, easy to access, and most of all costs nothing to enter because each ride is charged separately. There is also a Free-pass (one-day pass) if you want to conquer all the attractions, but you can also ride the ones you want.
Tokyo Dome, the home for Tokyo Giants (baseball team) and a privileged stage for music concerts etc., Tokyo Dome Hotel, and another entertainment&spa complex LaQua are all next to each other in this area.
 
[Type]
Theme Park (Amusement)
[Hours] 9:30 – 22:00
(hours may differ for each ride)
[Admission] <Free-pass>
Adults...Y4,000 | Children...Y3,000
(Please refer to official web site for fares for single rides)
[Location] 1 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
[Access] 10-min-walk from JR Suidobashi Station: JR Sobu Line
Toei-Suidobashi Station: Toei-Mita Line
Kasuga Station: Toei-Oedo Line
Korakuen Station: Tokyo Metro Marunouchi, Namboku Lines
[Inquiry] 03-3817-6001
[URL] http://www.tokyo-dome.co.jp/cgi-bin/schedule/User/attractions (Japanese)
http://www.tokyo-dome.co.jp/e/park/(English)
 
 
Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise
What's it like?
On a spacious island spread out one of Japan’s largest aquarium Aqua Museum, an amusement park with 14 rides/attractions, 40restaurants and shops creating one big leisure spot for people of all generations, with also firework displays and various other events held during summer break. There is also accommodation on the island allowing visitors to enjoy themselves not having to worry about time.

<Main Attractions>

1) Aqua Museum
One of Japan’s largest aquariums and the main feature of this amusement island. The most popular features include the giant water tank “Panorama – Fish of the Ocean”, water escalator “Aqua Tube” and “Marine Animal Show” at the aqua stadium.

2) Dolphin Fantasy
A tunnel water tank with rays of sun shining down, where you can have a good look at dolphins swimming freely in the water. You can enter with the same ticket as the one for Aqua Museum.

3) Pleasureland
An amusement park with fourteen different kinds of rides including the Surf Coaster running above the sea, Watershoot entertained by the boatman and Sea Paradise Tower where you can get a wide 360 degree view of the sea and surrounding area.
[Type]
  Theme Park (Amusement)
[Hours]   Weekdays... 8:30- 21:30
Sat/Sun/Hol/Summer Break... 8:30- 22:30
[Admission] <Free-pass for Aqua Museum + Rides>
Adults...Y4,900
Children...Y3,500
<Free-pass for Aqua Museum + Dolphin Fantasy>
Adults...Y2,450
Children...Y1,400
[Location]   Kanazawa-ku Hakkeijima
Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
[Access]   Hakkeijima Station: Seaside Line
[Inquiry]   045-788-8888
[URL]   http://www.seaparadise.co.jp/ (Japanese)
 
 
Odaiba Bohken-Oh  
What's it like?
A large, season limited event held by one of the major nationwide broadcasting networks. The featured events vary from year to year, but Bohken-Oh provides fun for everybody in the family. Despite its short term of only 1.5 month, the visitors last year (2005) counted to as many as 4.6 million people. Because it is in the Odaiba area where there are also shopping malls and other entertainment and eat-out complex as well as a small beach park by the water and a spa place, you can easily spend a full, enjoyable and relaxing day on the small island.
[Type]
Theme Park (Amusement)
[Dates] July 15 – August 31 2006
[Hours]   10:00 –18:00
(last ticket 17:00, last entry 17:30)
[Admission] <Day-pass>
Adults...Y1,200 (high school and above)
Children...Y1,000 (grade-middle school)
[Location] 2-4-8 Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo
[Access] Daiba Station: Yurikamome Line
Tokyo Teleport Station: Rinkai Line
[Inquiry] 0570-010-008
[URL] http://www.bohken.jp/ (Japanese)
 
 
Toshimaen  
What's it like?
Toshimaen is probably the prefecture’s largest entertainment park – or rather a leisure resort, one may call – consisted of an amusement park with 31 rides/attractions from small to large scale, urban natural hot springs, TOYSRUS, not to forget the newly opened cinema complex United Cinema Toshimaen. Above all the features, however, the all-time summer favorite is needless to say the water slider and the seven big swimming pools. The water screamer machines at Toshimaen are rich in variety from the aqua tube slider where you slide down inside a tube, the giant slider in which you speed down a half tube on a board, to river run slider that sways you sideways as it gushes you down an inner tube.
After splashing about at the water park, head down to “Niwa no Yu” a natural hot spring where you can bathe in your swimming suit. The outdoors hot springs with an elegant taste of Japanese garden are sure to take away your fatigue of the day.

(N.B. some hot springs do not allow swimming suits. Entry restricted for pre-schooled children)
[Type]
  Theme Park (Amusement)
[Hours]   Swimming Pool... 9:00-20:00
(July 22- August 31)
Rides... 10:00 – 20:00 (same as above)
[Admission] <Summer One-day-pass... entry+unlimited swimming and rides>
Adults (7th grade and above)... Y4,200
Children-A (taller than 110cm/ 3’8” height)... Y3,200
Children-B (below 10cm/3’8”)... Y2,200
[Location]   3 Mukoyama, Nerima-ku, Tokyo
[Access]   Toshimaen Station: Toei-Oedo Line, Seibu Ikebukuro Line, Seibu Yurakucho Line
[Inquiry]   03-3990-8800
[URL]   http://www.toshimaen.co.jp/index.htm (Japanese)
 
 
 
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