Haunted houses are definitely my favorite part of amusement parks, and I recently had the terrifying pleasure of experiencing a haunted house in Japan for the first time on a visit to Tokyo Dome City. Although it mostly made me want to curl up in a corner and cry, it also got me thinking about other amusement parks around Japan.
Although Tokyo Disneyland is the usual destination for folks looking for rides and fun, there are a lot of others around the country you might not know about, especially ones with a lot of history or unusual themes connected to history.
For example, an article on Tofugu earlier this year highlighted Hanayashiki Amusement Park in Asakusa, which claims to be the oldest amusement park in all of Japan. Purportedly established in 1853 as a flower park when Perry arrived in Japan, today it features a lot of the usual attractions of amusement parks. But all around Japan there are many parks with more unusual themes, like Shima Spain Mura, an amusement park in the Kansai area themed entirely around, you guessed it, Spain. Where have you been? Edo Wonderland, where early modern buildings abound? The Nagasaki Huis Ten Bosch recreating medieval Holland? What’s your favorite?