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Hanayashiki Amusement Park

Japan’s oldest amusement park, a journey through time with Edo-period charm

Photo of Hanayashiki Amusement Park, Japan (The Asakusa Hanayashiki. This place is Asakusa in Taitō, Tokyo, Japan. 浅草花やしき by Aimaimyi)

Established in 1853 and located in Tokyo’s Asakusa district, Hanayashiki Amusement Park is a historic destination. Originally a flower garden, it has evolved into a cherished entertainment spot, maintaining a traditional Edo-period ambiance. It combines exciting rides with cultural architecture, providing a unique experience across generations.

About Hanayashiki Amusement Park

Hanayashiki, meaning “flower garden” in Japanese, started as a botanical garden and has since become an amusement park, featuring a variety of attractions. Despite suffering damage during the Great Kanto earthquake in 1923 and the challenges of World War II, Hanayashiki reopened in 1947 as Asakusa Hanayashiki. The park’s resilience illustrates its lasting popularity among both locals and international visitors.

The park saw the introduction of a new roller coaster in 1953, commencing a fresh era of entertainment. In the mid-1980s, an admission fee was implemented, with the aim of improving the park experience. Today, Hanayashiki delights visitors with numerous attractions, including haunted houses, carnival games, and Asakusa Hana Gekijyou, a theater that adds to its entertainment offerings.

As the oldest amusement park in Japan, Hanayashiki allows visitors to enjoy a mix of thrills and historical charm. The roller coaster, merry-go-round, and ghost train are classic amusement features reminiscent of earlier times. The park’s location in Asakusa, a district known for Sensoji Temple and Nakamise Dori Shopping Street, enhances its appeal, offering a cultural journey beyond the park itself.

Hanayashiki Amusement Park provides a nostalgic trip to the past and the excitement of modern attractions. Taking time to appreciate the park’s Edo-period styling and architecture, against the backdrop of fun activities, is recommended. A visit to the surrounding historic Asakusa area can deepen one’s appreciation for the local cultural heritage.

The park’s presence in popular Japanese media contributes to its status as a cultural landmark. Its enduring history and central location in Tokyo cement its role as a noteworthy site that continues to bring joy and entertainment to its visitors.

Getting There the easiest way to reach Hanayashiki Amusement Park

TX 03

 Tsukuba Express Line

 about 5 minute walk (500m)
A 18

 Asakusa Line + 2 more

 5-10 minute walk (700m)

Around Hanayashiki Amusement Park

Hanayashiki Amusement Park

Theme Park in Tokyo

open 10am - 6pm
closed Irregularly


浅草花やしき, 東京

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