last update: August 24, 2021
Sanrio Puroland (サンリオピューロランド) is a covered theme park, opened in 1990 by the Japanese company Sanrio, world famous for bringing to life characters such as Hello Kitty, My Melody and Cinnamoroll. The park is located on the far western outskirts of Tokyo, in Tama New Town. Here you can enjoy various shows, attractions, rides and themed restaurants.
Hours, fees and tickets
The park is usually open every day from 9 to 17, while on weekends and holidays it remains open until 18. However, there are sporadic closing days, always check the official calendar
The entrance ticket, with which you can do all the attractions, costs 3300¥ on weekdays and 3900¥ on weekends and holidays. Discounts are available for people over 65 and under 18 (2500¥ on weekdays and 2800¥ on weekends and holidays). Discounted tickets are available after 2pm when the park closes at 5pm and after 3pm when it closes at 6pm, and they're called afternoon pass
Before you go it is also recommended that you take a look at this link
and check if there is any discount coupon, thanks to which you can often save 200-300 yen.
Where to buy tickets
Tickets can be purchased at the ticket offices at the park entrance.
Things to do at Sanrio Puroland
It is absolutely not a theme park with roller coasters and other attractions like that. The main attractions are the various parades and shows, all related to various characters created by Sanrio. Very popular among foreigners is, for example, the life-size reconstruction of the House of Hello Kitty
, awithin an area of the park opened in 2011, called Sanrio Town
. In general, therefore, this theme park is mainly aimed at an audience of children, but as you can probably imagine, there's no shortage of Japanese teenagers, sometimes fairly grown-up, going crazy and taking thousands of photos with these characters typical of the japanese "kawaii culture".
the entrance to Sanrio Puroland
inside the park are also very characteristic, serving dishes with themed decorations, and shops where you can find practically any existing type of object on earth connected to the Sanrio characters.
If you go to Sanrio Puroland with the idea of having fun in an amusement park, you will probably be very disappointed. If you see it as a travel experience to immerse yourself and take a close look of this absurd Japanese world, then the visit might become very interesting.
How to get to the Sanrio Puroland
The nearest station to the Sanrio Puroland is Tama Center station
. With this name the Japaneses usually refer to the station served by the Tama Toshi Monorail line
, a line of little use if you are a tourist.
Actually there are two other stations in the area, with the same name, belonging respectively to the rail companies Odakyu
The most convenient station for those coming from the center of Tokyo is Keio Tama Center station
, served by the Keio Sagamihara line
. From Shinjuku station
you can reach this station without any changes (you have to look for those trains bound for Hashimoto
), or changing at Chofu station
(approximately 30 minutes in total). From the Keio station, the park is about 500 meters far.
Map of Sanrio Puroland
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