Asakusa is one of the most popular spots where many foreign tourists visit. Hanayashiki is located in this area where many historical spots also exist. Although it’s named Hanayashik, literally means flower garden, this is an amusement park. Actually this park is the oldest amusement park in Japan. Like other places in Asakusa, the nostalgic atmosphere this park has is impressive., This article will introduce you to Asakusa Hanayashiki.
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Asakusa Hanayashiki has a long history since 1853. At first garden designer Rokusaburou Morita started a flower garden mainly featured peony and chrysanthemum handiwork, and nemed the park “Hanayashiki”. In the Meji era, this park enjoyed a good reputation by exhibiting rare birds and fierce animals, western puppet photos, and a varied tit taught tricks. Although once closed because of earthquake disaster and war turmoil, it was rebuilt after the war. The roller coaster they made in 1953 is the oldest coaster that has been in Japan. This attraction still attracts people.
Currently Hanayashiki has many attractions classified into several themes: fantasy & fairy, speed & thrill, mysterious & panic. They has as much as 19 types of attraction such as “Carnival” which makes you feel heavy centrifugal force,“Haunted House” which has unique planning and representation. “Disc O” which rotates and makes you feel dizzy, and a standard merry-go-round. Also this park has shooting, plaza for fair and many restaurants. The reason why this park is still so popular is because they have successfully made the festival-like atmosphere.
Tourist Spots to See
Noted attraction, Roller Coaster
Hanayashiki’s noted attraction “Roller Coaster” runs at a maximum speed of 42km/h!! When you ride, you will be thrilled and amazed at the speed. Also you can feel another type of thrill. It was built 60 YEARS AGO.
Enjoy Japanese Festival Atmosphere at the “Ennichi” Section.
Although “Ennichi” means day when Japanese people do memorial service related to dead parson at shrine, there are many street stalls where you can buy food and various things, or play some games. In this park’s “Ennichi” section, you can enjoy shooting game, quoits and so on. If you want to feel Japanese festival atmosphere, visit this section.
Various Restaurant and Sweets
This park has not only attractions but also many restaurants such as BBQ garden where you can visit empty-handed, Japanese food restaurant where you can enjoy tempura and eel rice box, food court where provide various snacks, and crepe shop where you can get nice sweets. Enjoy attractions and food!
Free Entrance with Tokyo Sky Tree or Water-bus Ticket
Currently special offers are available. If you show “entrance ticket for the lookout point of Tokyo Sky Tree” or “ticket of water-bus*”, entrance fee for Hanayashiki is free. It’s a big chance to save money and enjoy Asakusa!
- ticket for “Hotaluna Himiko” only
- Address: 2-28-1, Asakusa, Taito-Ku, Toukyo-To
- Phone Number: 03-3842-8780
- Open: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm *last entry is 30 minutes before close *opening hour changes depending on season and climate
Regular holiday： open 365 days except for maintenance day
- Access (metro / bus)
- 3-minutes walk from Tsukuba Express “Asakusa” station, 5-minutes walk from Chikatetu Ginza Line, Chikatetu Asakusa Line and Tobu Sky Tree Line “Asakusa” station.
About 40-minutes from Haneda Airport, about 70-minutes from Narita Airport, about 25-minutes from Tokyo Station.
- Official Web Site: http://www.hanayashiki.net/