If you are looking for a change from the regular sights of Tokyo and want to take a fun break, Hanayashiki Amusement Park is the place for you. It is, believe it or not, more than 150 years old! Originally a garden or as they call it a “flower park” back in 1853, at the tail end of the Edo era, it evolved into a major amusement park in the late nineteenth century.
A wide variety of play equipment was purchased and installed in the park. It was also made into a zoo with several exotic animals and birds and is the birthplace of the first documented tiger quintuplets in the world. It also has the distinction of having the first Japanese lion being born there in 1931.
You will enjoy the ride on the mini train and splashing about in the mini pool. Or if you would rather just lie around and watch TV or a movie, they have ‘picture-story shows’ to keep you entertained while you relax. You can also step into the Surprizing House, which has been ‘surprising’ thousands of visitors since 1949.
In addition to the 20 different amusement attractions, the Park has several lunchrooms so you don’t have to worry about food while you are there. Also, if you are in the mood for some shopping, the Park has several shops selling souvenirs and exclusive park items that you can take back home with you.
You can easily reach the Hanayashiki Amusement Park from the Anasuka Station, which is just about a 5 minute walk. Admission and ride tickets are sold at the counter. Children under 4 years are admitted free of charge.
Whether you are in Tokyo to experience its culture or just for sightseeing, it wouldn’t be a complete experience unless you throw in a visit to this oldest, but very modern, amusement park in Japan.