Highlights and access methods of Asakusa Hanayashiki (Tokyo Prefecture)

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Asakusa Hanayashiki is a historic amusement park that was originally established as a flower garden during the late Edo period. Known as the oldest amusement park in Japan, its retro ambiance is a popular feature. Despite its compact grounds, it's packed with many attractions including Japan's oldest roller coaster, offering enjoyment for people of all ages, from small children to adults.

In this article, we will explain the attractions of Asakusa Hanayashiki in Tokyo Prefecture and how to access it for those who are traveling to Japan from overseas.

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(Prefecture : Tokyo , Category : Theme Parks and Leisure Facilities)

Highlights of Asakusa Hanayashiki

Asakusa Hanayashiki was born as a flower garden in the 6th year of Kaei during the late Edo period and, after many twists and turns, is now operating as an amusement park. It is the oldest amusement park in Japan, and although there are new attractions, there are also many that have been used for a long time. The overall retro feel of the facility has ironically become one of the reasons for its popularity.

Asakusa Hanayashiki is located to the west of Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa, appearing suddenly within the cityscape. Although the site is very small, it is densely packed with a variety of attractions. With many compact rides, the amusement park caters to a wide range of ages, from small children to adults.

The roller coaster, which is still in use today, is the oldest jet coaster in Japan, born in 1953. While it doesn't appear to be using the exact same rails and vehicles from that time, the essence of that era remains, and the thrill of passing just next to adjacent buildings makes it a popular attraction even today.

Various events are also held, so if you are planning to go out, checking in advance can enhance your enjoyment.

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Address and access method of Asakusa Hanayashiki

The address of Asakusa Hanayashiki is "2-28-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo". The nearest station is Asakusa Station on the Ginza Subway Line. It's about a 5 minute walk from the station. Or Tsukuba Express Asakusa Station. It takes about 3 minutes on foot from the station.

Attractions near Asakusa Hanayashiki

Several notable attractions are located near Asakusa Hanayashiki:

Sensoji Temple
One of Tokyo's most famous and significant Buddhist temples. The temple complex is notable for its iconic Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate) with its massive red lantern, and Nakamise-dori, a shopping street lined with small stalls selling traditional Japanese goods and snacks.

Sumida River
Alongside the river, visitors can enjoy the lovely riverside parks or opt for a cruise on one of the water buses for a unique perspective of the city. During cherry blossom season, Sumida River offers some of the best viewing spots in Tokyo.

Asakusa Shrine
Situated close to Senso-ji Temple, Asakusa Shrine is a Shinto shrine that is often less crowded than the nearby temple, offering a more serene experience. It's one of the few buildings in the area that survived WWII, adding a significant historic element to its charm.

Other information about Asakusa Hanayashiki

Official site about Asakusa Hanayashiki :


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( Written by Tatsuo Ikura )