It’s Hanayashiki, Japan’s oldest amusement park that you’ve probably never been to, even though you’ve visited Asakusa many times already.
Hanayashiki was opened in 1953 and was originally a flower park (from Japanese 花 hana ‘flower’, 屋敷 yashiki ‘manshion, residence’). That is why you can find flowers here and there in the park, and there is also a little garden, that doesn’t seem to fit well together with the attractions, but definitely brings the park its special charm.
If you are looking for the crazy rides that will blow your mind and make your heart beat faster, you won’t find it here. After all, there are so many parks like Fuji-Q and Yomiuri Land, that are designed just for that. What you should look for at Hanayashiki though, is the cheap retro rides, old-fashioned design and amazing decorations – everything you need to take some unique and quirky pictures!
Did we get you all excited about your next visit to Asakusa? Check out Hanayashiki’s website for more information and some old pictures of the park: Hanayashiki – English version