The 3 Best Theme Parks to Visit in Japan: Fuji-Q Highland, Tokyo Disneyland and More

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The land of the rising sun is known for many wonderful things that blend the traditions of the past effortlessly with the modernity of the 21st century.  Home to geishas and gadgets, natural beauty like Mount Fuji and cherry blossoms, as well as culinary creations such as sushi, sashimi, and ramen which are enjoyed the world over, Japan truly is unrivalled in its appeal. While these are just some of the reasons why Japan should be a country that every travel enthusiast should have high on their list, the journey needn’t end there. Along with its temples, shrines, castles, and parks, it also boasts an exciting array of amusement parks to satisfy adventure-seekers and fun-lovers of all ages. In this article, we have outlined three of the best theme parks Japan has to offer, ensuring your next trip will be one to remember.

Universal Studios Japan (USJ)

One of the most visited theme parks in Japan, USJ is packed with entertaining attractions and shows inspired by movie magic and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Located in Osaka, the theme park features rides based on Hollywood blockbusters such as Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, Minions, and more. Using the latest technology to add to the immersive experience and excitement of their rides, USJ will not fail to impress whether you are a movie buff, thrill-seeker, or simply a holidaymaker. In addition to its appeal to aspiring wizards and film-makers, USJ also holds a unique allure for game lovers with the presence of Super Nintendo World. According to Magic Guides, USJ is just one of four Universal theme parks around the world where you can meet Super Mario and his friends and enjoy the interactive technology and special effects that the park has to offer.

Fuji-Q Highland

Located close to the foot of Mount Fuji in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Fuji-Q Highland is another of Japan’s most popular theme parks. It is famous for its world-class roller coasters, featuring some of the most exhilarating and adrenaline-pumping rides available including Fujiyama, Eejanaika, and Takabisha to name but a few. For the more faint of heart, the theme park also offers many other entertainment options including a selection of mazes to explore, and gentler fairground rides including a Ferris wheel, tea cups, carousel, and swing rides. Thanks to its unique location by Mount Fuji, the theme park also gives visitors spectacular views to take in and capture the iconic mountain in all its glory.

Tokyo Disneyland

Perhaps the most famous of all the theme parks in Japan, Tokyo Disneyland is a must for all adults and children who have been enchanted by Disney magic throughout the years. From innovative trackless rides such as Pooh's Hunny Hunt and the Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast to thrilling roller coaster rides of Space Mountain and the Tower of Terror, the attractions at Tokyo Disneyland offer something for everyone.

Whether you’re looking to visit Adventureland, Toontown, or Tomorrowland, this is a park where you are sure to receive a warm welcome from some familiar faces from your childhood and beyond. With so many attractions to enjoy, you will be spoiled for choice on your next visit to Japan.

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