School’s Out: Theme Parks for summer outings

Nature/ Marine/Farm or Forest-themed parks:
Foret Aventure in Odawara – One of the newest concepts of tree-top adventure parks, this chain is proving popular, especially the shade in the forest is a welcome escape from the Japanese sultry summer heat. Apart from Odawara-Kanagawa, the growing chain can be found in Karuizawa, Chiba, Okinawa, Yamanashi, Nara, and opening in Yuzawa-Nakazato July 16, 2010.
Choose from briefing, discovery, adventure or foot courses. Zip slide, tunnel, suspension bridges, etc.
Take Odakyu Line train to Odawara station (west exit) take bus bound for Ikoi-mori. Get off, walk 3 minutes to Foret Aventure (beside Wanpaku Land)
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Hokkaido
Theme Park on North Europe and marine. Castle Nixe, the main pavilion, is modeled after the Danish castle. Attractions include an undersea tunnel, marine museum, reproduction of Hans Andersen’s house, dolphin, seal & sea otter shows.
Address:   1-22 Noboribetsu Higashi-machi, Noboribetsu City  Phone: 0143-83-3800
Open:     9:00~17:00
Admission: Adults 2,300 yen, Children (aged 8-12) 1,150yen, (aged 4-7) \600yen
Access:    5 min. on foot from JR Noboribetsu Sta.
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Ibaraki Pref.
A historical park of “Edo” era featuring reproductions of Edo Castle, Samurai houses, a playhouse, etc.
Address:           1176 Minami-Ota, Ina-machi, Tsukuba-gun  Phone: 0297-47-6000
Open:   9:30~17:00 (Apr.-Oct.), 9:30~16:00 (Nov.-May)  Closed on Mon.
Admission:       Adults 500yen, Children 300yen
Access: JR Joban Line to Toride Sta., then 25 min. by bus.
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Iwate Pref.
Sheep & Dog Show, walking in nature, Horse-Back Riding and planetarium.
Address:  36-1 Maruyachi, Shizukuishi-cho, Iwate-gun  Phone: 019-692-0303
Open:     9:00~17:30
Admission: Adults 500yen, Children (aged 5-12) 250yen (free of charge in winter)
Access:    35 min. by bus from JR Morioka Station
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Osaka
Main attraction is the Osaka Aquarium “Ring of Fire” – the largest in the world in terms of volume of water, with 18,000 marine specimens representing 360 species.  A reproduction of the Santa Maria, twice the size of the one by which Columbus crossed the Atlantic sails around Osaka Bay. Tenpozan Market Place features shops, restaurants (including an Atlantic-themed theatre restaurant) and night clubs.
Address:             1-1-10 Kaigandori, Minato-ku  Phone: 06-576-5501
Open:    10:00~20:00. Closed 7 days a year.
Admission:         Adults 2,000 yen, Children 900yen, Infants 400yen
Access:  5 min. walk from Osakako Sta. on Subway Chuo Line.
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Kanagawa Pref.
A big amusement park on a man-made island featuring various events throughout the year.
Address:             Hakkeijima, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama City  Phone: 045-788-9632
Open:    10:00~18:00 (weekdays), 9:00~20:00 (Sat. & Sun.)
Admission:         Aquarium: Adults 2,450yen, Children (aged 7-15) 1,400yen, (aged 4-6) 700yen
Sea Paradise Passport: Adults 4,400yen, Children (aged 7-15) \3,200yen, (aged 4-6) 1,800 yen
Access:       17 min. from Yokohama Sta. to Shin-Sugita Sta. by JR Negishi Line, then 20 min. to Hakkeijima Sta. by Seaside Line.
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Historical:
Aichi Pref.
Open-air museum for preserving and exhibiting Japanese architecture of the Meiji Period (1868 – 1912).
Address:             1 Uchiyama, Inuyama City  Phone: 0568-67-0314
Open:         9:30~16:00 (Nov-Feb.), 9:30~17:00 (Mar.-Oct.) Closed on every Mon. in Dec.- Feb., & Dec. 31
Admission:       Adults 1,600, High School Students 1,000yen, Children (aged 7-15) 600 yen
Access:       20 min. by bus from East Exit of Inuyama Sta. on Meitetsu Inuyama Line.
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Tochigi Pref.
Japanese historical theme park (set in 17thー19th centuries). Authentic traditional Japanese-style architecture with staff dressed in traditional costumes. Attractions include Ninja show, 3-D historical cinema, traditional comedy theatre, haunted temple,” Oiran” (Japanese courtesan) show.
Address:   470-2 Karakura, Fujiwara-machi, Shioya-gun  Phone: 0288-77-1777
Open:      9:00~17:00 (Mar.20-Nov.), 9:30~16:00 (Dec.-Mar.19)
Admission: Adults 4,500 yen, Children yen 2,300 yen
Access:    20 min. by bus from Tobu Railways Kinugawa Onsen Station to the park.
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Mie Pref.
Address:             117 Marunouchi, Ueno City  Phone:0595-23-0311
Open:    9:00~17:00, closed on Dec. 29, 30, 31 & Jan. 1.
Admission:         Adults 700yen, Children 400yen
Access:  5 min. walk from Ueno-shi Sta. on Kintetsu Iga Line.
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Hokkaido Pref.
A Japanese historical theme park with 94 wooden architectures of late “Edo” era is situated over an area of 283,000 sq. meters. Attractions include traditional Samurai theatre, Ninja action show in a Ninja “trick” house, 3-D battle show, ghost house, traditional street performances.
Address:     53-1 Noboribetsu-cho, Noboribetsu City  Phone: 0143-83-3311
Open:       9:00~17:00 Open daily (Apr.-Oct.),  10:00~16:00 (Nov.-Mar. Closed on Wed.)
Admission:  Adults \3,500, Children (aged 4-12) \1,800
Access:     10 min. by bus (bound for Noboribetsu Onsen) from JR Noboribetsu Station
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Japanese historical theme park (set in 16th century) with a reproduction of Azuchi Castle.
Address:             1201-1 Mitsu, Futami-cho, Watarai-gun  Phone: 0596-43-2300
Open:    9:00~17:00 (Apr.-Nov.),  9:30~4:00 (Dec.-Mar.)
Admission:         Adults 4,900yen, Children (aged 4-12) 2,500 yen
Access:  Futamiura Sta. on JR Sangu Line, 1 hr. 35 min. ride from JR Nagoya Sta., then 10 min. walk.
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Shiga Pref.
Ninja theme park consisting of the Ninja-House, “Shuriken” Dojo and Water-Walking Dojo. Koka is well-known as a mecca for
Ninja.
Address:           394 Oki Koka-cho, Koka-gun  Phone: 0748-88-5000
Open:    10:00~16:30. Closed on Mon.
Admission:         Adults 1,000yen, Students (aged 13-18) 800yen, Children (under the age of 12) 700yen
Access:  Free-ride Bus from Koka Sta. on JR Kusatsu Line.
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Country-themed:
The reproductions of 102 famous buildings from around the world, all in 1/25th of their original sizes
Attractions include Pyramid, Sphinx, Abu Simbel, Tower Bridge, Versaille, Taj Mahal, and Statue of Liberty. The park covers an area of 76,500 sq. meters and is divided into six zones ? Japan, Contemporary Japan, Europe, America, Egypt and Asia.
Address:             209-1 Ohara, Fujiwara-machi, Shioya-gun  Phone: 0288-77-1055
Open:    9:00~17:00 (Nov.11-Mar.19, 9:00~16:00)
Admission:         Adults \2,500, Children \1,200
Access:  5 min. by bus from Kinugawa Onsen Sta. on Tobu Kinugawa Line.
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Shizuoka Pref.
The park includes British, Canadian and Japanese Villages, a Fairy Garden, museums, restaurants and shops.
Address:             4279-3 Shuzenji, Ito City  Phone: 0558-72-7111
Open:    9:00~17:00 (Apr. – Sep.),  9:00~16:00 (Oct. – Mar.)  Closed on Tue.
Admission:       Adults 1,200yen, Children (aged 4-12) 600yen
Access:       35 min. from JR Mishima Sta. to Shuzenji Sta. by Izu Hakone Tetsudo Railway, then 15 min. by Tokai Bus to Nijinosato Bus Stop.
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Nagasaki Pref.
Nagasaki had been Japan’s sole gateway to the rest of the world from 17th – 19th centuries, and during this time, western culture had been introduced to Japan primarily through trade with Holland. This Park includes faithful & full size reproductions of Dutch architecture with a replica of Huis Ten Bosch, the Dutch palace in Hague, in a 1,520,000 sq. meter park, filled with trees and flowers, facing the bay.
Address:           Huis Ten Bosch-machi, Sasebo City  Phone: 0956-27-0001
Open:   9:00~21:30
Admission:       HUIS TEN BOSCH Passport: Adults 4,800yen, Children (aged 12-18) 3,600yen, (aged 4-12) 2,600yen
Access: 1 hr. 40 min. by JR Huis Ten Bosch Express train from Hakata Sta. to Huis Ten Bosch Station
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Spanish-theme Park divided into four zones, Ciudad, Tierra, Mar, Fiesta with the Hotel Shima Spain Mura adjacent to the park.
Address:             Sakazaki Isobe-cho, Shima City  Phone: 0599-57-3333
Open:    9:30~18:00, 9:00~21:00 (summertime)
Admission:         Adults 2,800yen, Children (aged 4-12) 1,200 yen
Access:  15 min. by bus from Shima Isobe Sta. on Kinki-Nippon Railways Line.
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Nicknamed “Little Switzerland in Nasu Height”, this Park with a lake at its center covers an area of three hundred
thousand sq. meters blessed with lots of flowers in all seasons featuring more than thirty leisure facilities and enjoyable events.
Address:             414-2 Takakuhei, Nasu-machi, Nasu-gun  Phone:0287-76-3111
Open:    9:00~17:30
Admission:         Adults 1,500 yen, Children 800 yen
Access:  30 min. by bus from JR Nasu- Shiobara Station
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A theme park on American Western, featuring Western Show, live country and western music, a replica of old American town with hi-tech robots of famous American movie stars.
Address:   315-1 Kurihara, Imaichi City  Phone: 0288-21-8731
Open:      9:00~17:00, (9:00~16:00 from Dec. to Mar.)
Admission: Adults 2,300, Children 1,300yen
Access:    15 min. by bus from Kinugawa Onsen Sta. on Tobu Kinugawa Line.
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Dinosaur-themed:
Saitama Pref.
Dinosaur Amusement Park with Dinosaur Adventure Theatre which consists of seven wonder-filled zones with 250 life-size dinosaurs moving, roaring and fighting.  Attractions include the Japanese biggest Merry-go-round.
Address:           2227 Kamiyamaguchi, Tokorozawa City  Phone: 04-2922-1370
Open:        10:00-17:00   Closed on Tue. & Wed., Dec. 1-Dec. 22 and Jan.10-Jan.31
Open daily during summer vacation (Jul. 20-Aug. 31). In February, open only Sat. and Sun.
Admission:       Adults 1,300yen, Children (aged 3-12) 600yen
Access: 3 min. walk from Seibu Kyujo-mae Sta. on Seibu Ikebukuro Line.
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Chiba Pref.
The Shakespeare Country Park (Japanese only website)
The replicas of Shakespeare’s birthplace, the house he spent his twilight years, etc.
Address:           1501 Shirako, Maruyama-cho, Awa-gun  Phone: 0470-46-2882
Open:    9:00-17:00    Closed on Mon. (Sep.-Dec.), the year-end & New Year holidays.
Admission:         Adults 800yen, Children (13-18) 600yen, Children 400 yen
Access:     JR Uchibo Line to Chitose Station, then 5 min. by car.
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Toy-or-character themed:
Chiba Pref.
The most famous amusement complex consisting of two Disney Parks, Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo Disney Sea, with two hotels, shopping & dining facilities in the site.
Address:           1-1, Maihama, Urayasu City  Phone: 045-683-3333
Open:    Varies. Please log on URL
Admission:         Disney Passport: Adults \5,500, Children (aged 12-17) 4,800yen, (aged 4-11) 3,700yen
Access:  15 min. from Tokyo Sta. to Maihama Sta. on JR Keiyo Line
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Gunma Pref.
A toy theme park with a Toy Pavilion, an Amusement Park, Shops & Restaurants, Garden World, etc.
Address:           2277 Omaehosohara, Tsumagoi-mura, Agatsuma-gun  Phone: 0279-86-3515
Open:         mid-April~mid-Nov.: 9:30~16:30 (Weekdays), 9:00~17:00 (Sat., Sun. and national holidays). Closed from the end of Nov. through mid-Apr. because of heavy snowfall
Admission:         Adults 1,000 yen, Children 700 yen
Access:       10 min. ride from Manzakazawaguchi Sta. on JR Agatsuma Line.
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Japan’s first completely indoor theme park featuring the fairytale hi-tech rides and theaters developed by Sanrio, one of Japan’s largest toy manufacturers. (A computerized reservation / admission system is adopted to prevent the number of visitors from exceeding the capacity at any one time.)
Address:             1-31 Ochiai, Tama City  Phone: 042-339-1111
Open:    10:00~17:00 (open until 20:00 on Sat., Sun. & national holidays)
Closed:
Admission:         Adults \3,000 yen, Children (aged 12-17) 2,700 yen, (aged 4-11) 2,000 yen
Puroland Passport: Adult \4,400, Children (aged 12-17) \4,000, (aged 4-11) \3,300
Access:       5 min. walk from Tama Center Sta. on Keio or Odakyu Line.
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Theme park on the novel “The Little Prince” written by Saint-Exupery.
Address:     909, Sengokubara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun  Phone: 0460-6-3700
Open:         9:00~18:00 (Enter by 17:00)
Admission:       Adults 1,500 yen, Children 700 yen
Access:       About 30 min. by Hakone Tozan (Mountain-climbing) Bus from Hakone Yumoto Sta. and get off
at Kawamukai Hoshinoojisama Museum-mae Bus Stop.
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“Sesame Street” theme park. Low-tech attractions for children.
Address:     600 Kamiyotsugi, Akiruno City  Phone: 042-558-6511
Open:         10:00-17:00 (Mar.-Oct.), 10:00~16:00 (Nov.-Feb.)  Open daily on July, Aug. and Sep.
Closed on Thurs. during the period of Oct. 1 – Nov. 30 & Feb. 25 through Jun. 30,
& weekdays of Dec.1 – 24
Admission:         Adults 2,000 yen, Children (aged 2-12) 1,000 yen, Jul. & Aug. plus 200 yen
Access:       At Hachioji Sta.(North Exit) on JR Chuo Line, take the bus bound for Summerland
Bus Stop (30 min.) where shuttle bus service to the park is available.
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The theme park of the 1950’s with 24 attractions in 6 zones makes you feel nostalgic.
Address:     Sunshine City Bldg. 2F/3F, Higashi-Ikebukuro 3-chome, Toshima-ku Phone: 03-5950-0765
Open:         10:00~22:00
Admission:         Nanja Town Passport: Adults 3,900 yen, Children (aged 4-12) 3,300 yen
After 17:00: Adults 2,500yen, Children 2,000 yen
Access:       3 min. walk from Higashi-Ikebukuro Sta. on Subway Yurakucho Line.
Address:     4F Asakusa Rox Bldg., 1-25-15 Asakusa, Taito-ku Phone: 03-3847-5082
Open:         10:30~19:00
Admission:         Free
Access:       5 min. walk from Tawaramachi Sta. or Asakusa Sta. on Subway Ginza Line.
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Oita Pref.
Fairytale themed theatre, rides, live entertainment, etc. Under the same management as Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo.
Address:           5933 Oaza Fujihara, Hiji-machi, Hayami-gun  Phone: 0977-73-1111
Open:   9:00~17:00 (Dec.-Feb.:10:00~17:00)  Enter by 16:00
Admission:       Harmony Land Passport: Adults 3,800 yen, Children (aged 12-18) 3,200 yen, (aged 4-12) 2,800 yen
Access: 11 min. by bus from JR Kitsuki Sta. on Nippo Honsen Line, which is 2 hrs. by Limited Express from JR Hakata Sta.
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Miscellaneous:
Food theme park with 8 prestigious Ramen restaurants across Japan and reproduction of the 1950’s towns & streets
Address:             2-14-21, Shin-Yokohama, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama City  Phone: 045-471-0503
Open:         11:00~23:00 (Mon. – Fri.), 10:30~23:00 (Sat.,Sun. & national holidays)  Enter by 22:00
Admission:         Adults 300yen, Children (aged 6-12) 100yen
Access:       5 min. walk from Shin-Yokohama Sta. on JR Yokohama Line or Tokaido Shinkansen Line.
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Food theme park of curry introducing curry culture and spice world
Address:     7F & 8F, 1-2-3, Isezaki-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama City  Phone: 045-250-0833
Open:         11:00~22:00 (Last Order: by 21:40)
Admission:         Free
Access:       2-3 min. walk from Kannai Sta. on JR Yokohama Line and Yokohama-Shiei Subway Line, or 7 min. walk from Hinode
-cho Sta. on Keihin Kyuko line.
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Thrill rides:
See Disneyland and Disney Sea (above under character-themed)
Attractions include Geopanic (indoor roller-coaster), Hyper Illusion (ocean exploration computer graphics simulator), Zombie
Paradise and “Bikkuri” House.
Address:             1-3 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku (in Tokyo Dome City Attractions)  Phone: 03-5800-9999
Open:    10:00~22:00 (Mon.-Fri.),  9:30~22:00 (Sat. Sun. & national holidays)
Admission: Passport: Adults 4,000yen, Children (aged 3-12) 3,000yen, including Tokyo Dome City Attractions.
Access:  A few min. walk from Korakuen Sta. on Subway Marunouchi Line.
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Movie-themed:
Osaka Pref.
The movie based theme park, opened in Osaka on May 31, 2001.
Address:             2-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana-ku  Phone: 06-4790-7000
Open:    9:00~19:00 (Closing time may change each day)
Admission:         Adults 5,500yen, Children (aged 4-11) 3,700 yen
Access:       10~20 min. from JR Osaka Sta. to JR Universal City Sta. on Yumesaki Line via Nishikujo Sta. on JR Osaka Loop
Line
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Kyoto Pref.
The actual site where Japanese films and TV programs are made. The park includes reproductions of traditional Japanese-style buildings and actors dressed in traditional Japanese costumes.
Address:             10 Higashi Hachigaoka-cho, Uzumasa, Ukyo-ku  Phone: 075-864-7716
Open:    9:00~17:00 (Mar. – Nov.), 9:30~16:00 (Dec. – Feb.). Closed from Dec. 26 to 31.
Admission:         Adults 2,200yen, Children (aged 13-18) 1,300yen, (aged 4-12) 1,100yen
Access:  Take bus # 71, 72 or 73 from JR Kyoto Sta. to Uzumasa Koryuji Bus Stop.
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Space-themed:
Fukuoka Pref.
Covers an area of 330,000 sq. meters and includes Space Camp where children can experience astronaut training in the facilities imported from NASA, and hi-tech rides, productions on the theme of space, and Big Roller Coaster.
Address:           8-1 Edamitsu Hon-machi, Hachiman Higashi-ku, Kita-Kyushu City  Phone: 093-672-3600
Open:   10:00~17:00, for more details, please check on the website.
Admission:       Free pass: Adults 3,800yen, Children (aged 4-12) 2,800yen
Access:     JR Space World Sta. on JR Kagoshima Honsen Line, 51 min. by Limited Express train from JR Hakata Station, or 10 min. by rapid train from JR Kokura Station.

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