What is Asakusa Hanayashiki
Asakusa Hanayashiki is the oldest amusement park in Japan. It is also home to Japan’s oldest roller coaster.
History of Asakusa Hanayashiki
Hanayashiki opened in 1853 and has been in service for over 160 years. It has entertained a lot of upperclass visitors in the likes of tea ceremony masters, haiku poets, and palace maids of the Edo-jo Castle in the Edo period.
The park was demolished during the World War II, but was reopened in 1947. It offered the roller coaster sometime in 1953.
The birth of the lion and the world’s first tiger quintuplets took place at Hanayashiki in the first 20th century. Therefore, the park was also known as zoo at that time.
What to expect from Asakusa Hanayashiki
Hanayashiki is a compact amusement park where you can easily enjoy many attractions as there are major sightseeing spots in the neighborhood, like the Sensoji temple. You can stop by Hanayashiki while you are in the Asakusa area.
There are about 22 attractions ready for exploration in the area. In addition, there are also restaurants, souvenir shops, and fortune telling booths available.
Admission to the amusement park is as follows:
- For kids from ages 7 to 12 years old: 500 yen
- For those from ages 13 to 64 years old: 1,000 yen
- For seniors over 65 years old: 500 yen
- Preschool children are free of charge, but ride fee is required for those who are 2 years old and over
Ride fee is also required. You need to purchase two to five ride tickets priced at 100 yen each.
Free Ride Passes are also available for the following prices:
- For adults: 2,300 yen
- For children: 2,000 yen
- For senior citizens and preschool children: 1,800 yen
When it is held
The park is open throughout the year, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00p.m.
Schedule is subject to change due to season and inclement weather.
Where it is held
2-28-1, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo