At times, they also offer student discounts, but only for those who can present a valid Japanese school ID.If you intend to make the most of your visit, you might want to get a free ride pass, which costs 2,300 yen.Note, though, that you’ll still have to pay for admission.
Hanayashiki is one amusement park that knows how to maximize its minimal space, with some attractions weaving around one another.
They’ve got your standard amusement park fare: a merry-go-round, panda cars that go around the park, a ferris wheel (which is quite small, so don’t expect it to be scenic), a dark ride called Thriller Car, a not-so-scary haunted house, a 3D theater, some kiddie rides, a drop ride called the Space Shot, a spinning ride called Disk ‘O’, and a roller coaster.
Built in 1953, its roller coaster is the oldest steel-track type in Japan, and it operates at a maximum speed of 42 km per hour.
But what about we focus on a homegrown Japanese theme park for a change?
Tokyo Disney Resort and Universal Studios Japan (USJ) will probably come to mind.
It’s time to get acquainted with Hanayashiki, Japan’s first and oldest amusement park.
A mere 5-minute walk from Asakusa Station, also where you can find the famous temple Senso-ji, Hanayashiki has been around since 1853, when it originally began as a flower park.
Its management gradually added more attractions, including a mini-zoo (which no longer exists today), until it became an amusement park.
Nowadays, being a tiny, densely packed amusement park surrounded by tall buildings that are extremely close to the rides, and with rides that have seen better days, its age is evident, but it’s worth a visit for a glimpse of an old-school Japanese amusement park.
Admission is 1,000 yen for visitors aged 13-64 years old, 500 yen for elementary students and senior citizens, and free for the handicapped and children below 6 years old.
In addition to admission, you have to pay per ride, with a ticket costing 100 yen (although most rides require at least 2 tickets).