Everyone loves theme parks. Even though I tend to throw up on rollercoasters, I can appreciate how fun they are for people who don’t. And in Tokyo, I’ve just discovered that they have all kinds of eccentric theme parks, thanks to this article on CNN.com.
There’s Tobu Zoo, which is a combination zoo/water park/amusement park. Apparently this place has great roller coasters. Then there’s Tokyo Summerland, a huge indoor/outdoor water park built into the side of a mountain. The indoor part includes a fake beach and lagoon, and a giant wave pool that sometimes gets very, very, very crowded. And who can forget Asakusa Hanayashiki, Japan’s first theme park, built in 1853. This one’s full of rides and attractions, including the 60-meter-high Bee Tower.
But my favorite on the list has to be Sanrio Puroland, an amusement park dedicated entirely to Hello Kitty. I’m really not sure why, but I really get a kick out of Hello Kitty. This surreal indoor amusement park located just outside Tokyo has a Hello Kitty life-sized house (where every piece of furniture is modeled after Hello Kitty), a Sanrio character boat ride, and any number of Hello Kitty-related dance and music performances.
With so many theme park options in town, who needs Tokyo Disneyland?