There’s a theme park not too far from the city center of Tokyo, that is only 30 minutes from Shinjuku, or an hour from Tokyo Station. It’s Sanrio Puroland, a spot that ranks high on some’s list, but maybe not for some.
Here are some reasons why I think Sanrio Puroland should be avoided, if…
1. … “cute” isn’t your concept
If the word “cute” isn’t your concept, Sanrio Puroland will sit right against your philosophies. Popular mascots such as Hello Kitty, Cinnamoroll, Kiki and Lala (Little Twin Stars), My Melody, Pompompurin, Keropi… there are so many of these cute characters that you will find if you are heading there, making you scream “kawaii”!
2. … you dislike moving mascots
Seeing your favorite 2D mascots coming to live? Hugging a mascot? If these aren’t what you’re into, perhaps this place is really not cut out for you.
There are also meet and greet time for the characters and it depends on the day you visit. Even if, let’s say, you have a favorite character, it doesn’t mean you might be able to meet them so check their official site for the calendars so be careful and plan ahead!
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3. … you dislike train stations that are “different”
If “Why does this design breaks the harmony of all train station designs” is what comes in your mind when you see the above photo, then this not quite the right place you’d want to be in. Just look at the mascots everywhere in their nearest train station (Tama-Center Station)!
The more you look above in Tama-Center train stations, you’ll find more things that will be related with Sanrio’s mascots. You can find a lot more than just Pompompurin’s pudding bums.
4. … you expect exciting rides
This is a super kids-friendly spot, so if you are expecting exciting rides like roller coasters from Fuji-Q, Disneyland, DisneySea, or even USJ, you will be disappointed. There aren’t much ride varieties, and ‘exciting’ is not the best word to describe the rides available here – because their shows are their main highlights.
From seasonal specials to long-running hits, Sanrio Puroland has fixed schedules for their parades and shows. If you do plan to give a visit for the parades in order to see your favorite characters coming to live, you will spend longer time here. If you’re coming with your kids, consider staying at a nearby hotel (like Keio Plaza Tama) so you will not be worn out.
5. … you dislike photo booths – or taking photos in general
There are many photo booths for you to take photos! If you are lucky and visiting on weekdays (we usually recommend Tue-Thurs but avoid day before and after Japan’s PH) there are less crowd. The most crowded part will always be Hello Kitty’s room – it’s so popular with adults and children who love Hello Kitty!
Sanrio Puroland is the place where you can take photos almost everywhere.
It’s going to be colorful everywhere.
For photo lovers and Sanrio’s fans, Puroland’s food can be irresistibly pretty that you would want to snap photos and upload them to your social media.
Tips for those who plan to visit
So you’ve managed to read through this post and still wanting to visit Sanrio Puroland? Kudos to you! Here are a few tips from us:
- Purchase a ticket from H.I.S. Travel Malaysia before departing to Japan to save time;
- Visit on weekdays: Tuesdays~Thursdays would do well since they generally have less crowds, but of course, check the Japanese Public Holiday calendar before visiting so you can avoid the public holiday crowd;
- Always make sure to check the official website of Sanrio Puroland – Sanrio Puroland’s schedule changes with the holidays so be careful on that!
- If you didn’t have enough time to stay for a full day, 5 hours (excluding transportation time) would be enough to see many things;
- There are many merchandise shops here – tax free department is available in the park, don’t lose your receipts to claim your 10% tax back!
- There are definitely different kinds of food served here: Pasta, cakes, drinks, pastry, and a lot more. All of them have their themes;
- The walk from Tama-Center station to the entrance will take about 5 minutes.
Sanrio Puroland (Google Maps)
1-31 Ochiai, Tama, Tokyo
(9:30am -5:00pm Except Closed Days)
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