Amusement Parks

Tokyo indoor anime theme park launches new cosplay rental service

There’s no easier or more appropriate place to cosplay as some of the greatest heroes of the anime and manga world.

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Japan’s hot spring amusement park announces first rides, and onsen merry-go-round makes the cut!

Kyushu amusement park will also have “artificial intelligence duck races.”

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Japan’s onsen amusement park begins crowdfunding campaign with awesome returns for investors

The Mayor of Beppu is delivering on his promise of a hot spring amusement park with tickets, fireworks and home-delivered onsen water for patrons.

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Japan’s hot spring amusement park has opening date, wants 100 million yen in crowdfunding money

Beppu’s onsen destination plans to start receiving guests this year.

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Crowdfunding campaign aims to revitalise disaster region by opening abandoned theme park in Japan

The eerie ruins of this once-thriving amusement park look set to become Japan’s next unusual place to visit.

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Nintendo announces its Universal Studios attractions are coming to the U.S. too!【Video】

Shigeru Miyamoto promises fun for theme park guests not just in Japan, but also California and Florida.

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Japanese mayor pledges to open onsen amusement park if this hilarious video gets a million views

The clip shows a number of jaw-dropping ideas for the spa-filled amusement park, including onsen carousels and roller coasters filled with spring water.

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Tokyo Disneyland allows cosplay for Halloween but prohibits non-Disney character costumes

Policy officially addresses the gray area of Kingdom Hearts.

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Universal Studios Japan receives letter of protest over haunted house using Shinto shrine’s dolls

Trade association upset over Halloween attraction with hundreds of authentic figures.

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Godzilla and his monstrous co-stars become desserts in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro neighborhood

Kaiju cuisine is now on the menu at Namja Town!

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Japanese thrill ride will let you fly like a bird as you ride the wind down from over 100 feet up

Amusement park Fuji Q Highland’s newest ride is sure to get your adrenaline flowing.

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Can people see your panties if you wear a skirt on Japan’s clear Ferris wheel? 【Experiment】

Osaka’s new Ferris wheel is the tallest in Japan, but will the view include your underwear?

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Japan is getting its first full-scale Legoland amusement park

But it’s not Tokyo that’s being graced with the block-based attraction.

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Strong winds in Japan turn giant Ferris wheel’s gondolas into spinning terror chambers 【Video】

Here’s why they shut down Ferris wheels on windy days.

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New Dragon Ball, Death Note, and One Piece attractions coming to Universal Studios Japan

Some of the biggest stars of anime and manga are going to be spending their summer at the Osaka theme park.

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Awesome optical illusion turns Japanese Ferris wheel into a cube 【Video】

Yokohama plays a beautiful trick on the eyes of visitors to its harbor area.

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Hello Kitty secures deal with Universal Orlando Resort, to open shop in Florida theme park!

Hello Kitty may be as cute as a button, and there’s no denying she’s one of the most popular and successful character franchises ever created. And while our beloved Ms. Kitty may have almost single-handedly repaid her parent company Sanrio’s debts, it seems she’s still keeping herself as busy as ever, as it was announced recently that she’ll be opening her very first shop in the Universal Orlando Resort later this year. Yes, while the international feline celebrity may have turned 40 last November, she’s showing no signs of slowing down —  but then again, somehow we didn’t think Ms.Kitty would be the type to enjoy early retirement!

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Tokyo Disneyland raising admission, because it’s the Happiest Place on Earth, not the cheapest

Tokyo Disneyland often refers to itself as “The Kingdom of Dreams.” But while all those costumed performers, parades, and fireworks might seem like something out of a dreamlike fantasy, Disney fans in Japan are having to deal with a stark economic reality, as this spring admission at both Tokyo Disneyland and its sister park Disney Sea are set to jump for the second year in a row.

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Hello Kitty takes to the stage for the Sanrio musical【Photos】

We recently paid a visit to Sanrio Puroland, the Tokyo amusement park dedicated to the characters created by the company that gave the world Hello Kitty. After arriving, our first order of business was grabbing an adorable Kitty-chan burger and My Melody stack of pancakes.

But cute character-based food is only half of the recipe for a successful theme park in Japan. The other is live shows, so we grabbed a seat for the park’s Hello Kitty musical, where we snapped pictures and even recorded a couple videos.

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The reason Tokyo Disneyland has no mosquitos (plus three other cool things about its water)

Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea can both make pretty strong claims for the “Happiest Place on Earth” title. Combining the cast of the animation pioneer’s collected works with Japanese sensibilities results in some of the most unbridled and deep-rooted enthusiasm for cartoon characters you’re likely to find anywhere. Adding to the experience is the attention to detail and hospitality that comes from the world’s preeminent amusement park operator and the country with the highest customer service standards on the planet.

But while all those things go a long way towards helping visitors enjoy their stay, the excitement they bring just might pale in comparison to the joy guests feel when they realize there’s something Japan’s Disney theme parks don’t have: mosquitos.

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