Rides from 10 JPY!? 5 Affordable Amusement Parks to Enjoy with the Family
Traveling with the family can get really expensive. This article introduces amusement parks with with incredibly reasonable prices recommended for families! Among the many facilities in the Kanto area, this article lists carefully chosen parks that children can play safely in.
1. Luna Park (Maebashi Central Children's Playground) (Gunma)
This is an amusement park with a concept of "the most nostalgic amusement park in Japan." The compact park has ten rides that are appealing for their simplicity. The park can be enjoyed at amazing prices with large rides such as the merry-go-round and Hikoto airplane ride, costing 50 JPY each, from which you can see the entire park, and small children's rides at just 10 JPY. In addition, the electric wooden rocking horse in Mokuba-kan is a valuable item that is registered as a tangible cultural property of the country. It has been a favorite of children for over 60 years since the park opened. There is no entrance fee.
Access: Take the bus bound for Maebashi Koen from the No. 1 bus stop in the North Exit bus terminal of JR Maebashi Station. A 3-minute walk from Maebashi Koen-mae Bus Stop.
2. Tochinoki Family Land (Tochigi)
This is a free amusement park on the grounds of Tochigi General Sports Park. There are 14 attractions (100 JPY - 500 JPY), ranging from thrill rides to locomotives that small children can enjoy. The most popular ride is the roller coaster modeled on the E5 series shinkansen "Hayabusa." On the weekend, there are free events including street performances and hero shows. The 1-day free pass for unlimited rides is 2,100 JPY for adults and 1,600 JPY for children.
Access: 15-minute walk from Nishikawada Station on the Tobu Utsunomiya Line.
3. Kodomo Yuenchi (Kanagawa)
This is an amusement park on the grounds of Odawara Castle Park. There are playground rides for 80 JPY that have been popular since the park opened in 1950, such as the Battery Car that moves automatically when it is fed coins and a miniature Mamekisha train to ride with views of the castle. With no entry fee, it is an affordable place where you can have fun and enjoy the retro atmosphere.
Access: 10 minutes on foot from Odawara Station
4. Hitachi Seaside Park Pleasure Garden (Ibaraki)
Hitachi Seaside Park is a national park on the shore facing the Pacific Ocean. The vast park is adorned with plants and flowers of the season and is divided into seven areas, which includes the Pleasure Garden. The Pleasure Garden is an amusement park with 28 attractions (100 JPY and up), including the popular giant Ferris wheel (600 JPY) on which you can see a panoramic view from 100m above sea level. There are also thrill rides such as a roller coaster (600 JPY). Get the 1-Day Free Ride Pass (3,400 JPY) for unlimited rides on 22 attractions.
Hitachi Seaside Park Admission: 450 JPY/adult
Access: Take the bus bound for Kaihin Koen Minamiguchi from the East Exit Bus Terminal (No. 2) of Katsuta Station. Alight at Kaihin Koen Nishiguchi Bus Stop.
5. Asakusa Hanayashiki (Tokyo)
Located in the popular tourist area of Asakusa, this is Japan's oldest amusement park. The park has a cute, retro atmosphere and has approximately 20 attractions (200 JPY and up). Its iconic roller coaster is the oldest roller coaster in Japan that is still in operation. It moves at 42 km/hr, which is not fast, but there is the extra thrill of riding right by the city buildings. There are also many attractions for children starting from age 0. The 1-Day Free Pass for unlimited rides is 2,300 JPY for adults and 2,000 JPY for children.
Admission: 1,000 JPY/adult, 500 JPY/child
Access: 3 - 5 minute walk from Asakusa Station
These are all places where you can thoroughly enjoy yourselves on a budget. Each establishment is listed with information on how to get there from Tokyo, so be sure to check before going!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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