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Ask anyone where is the best amusement park in Japan, and they will give you a straight answer: Hakkeijima Sea Paradise located in Yokohama. To be exact, the amusement park is located on the tip of Yokohama Bay. It is widely known for its impressive giant aquarium, although there are so many other attractions and rides to enjoy. Established since May 1993, Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is one of the most-visited amusement park in Japan, it even scored at the sixth rank for the most popular attraction in Japan.
Dive In The Mesmerizing Charm of Hakkeijima Sea Paradise
Aqua Museum is where one of the biggest aquarium is at. It house 120,000 marine animals from over 700 species from the seas of Japan. It is definitely a spectacle to watch as animals such as dolphins, walruses, sea lions, seals, whale sharks, sea otters, and many more swims freely in the giant aquarium. Children will absolutely love watching their favorite sea mammals performing in animals shows that are performed daily.
Ever wonder how does it feel to walk underwater and witness the wander of the sea? Well, you'll get to realize your dream in Dolphin Fantasy. Located right next to the Aqua Museum building, Dolphin Fantasy boast a giant arch-shaped pool that surrounding a tunnel. As you walk through the tunnel you'll get to see dolphins swimming freely above you. That's not all, you can also see other sea mammals and fishes such as stingrays and even the unique sunfishes in the giant arched aquarium.Take a guided tour around the aquarium where you'll be able to interact directly with the animals in the Fureai Lagoon.
Fureai Lagoon is pretty much like a petting zoo, where your children can directly interact with several sea animals. Before you can interact with the animals, first a video will be played in the beginning and handouts will be shared. Most handouts are in Japanese, though you can always ask for the English version one. The handouts is very important as it contain various rules that all visitors should obey. Children and adults alike will have tons of great time interacting with dolphins, walruses, sea lions, and penguins.
Love to have some adrenaline rush? This Surf Coaster ride won't disappoint you. You'll be taken along 1,271 meter long course in 75 km/hour with loops and bumps that it feels like you are about to be thrown to the ocean. Scream or even cheer to your heart content, the moment you reached the finish line you'd definitely come back for more.
Giant 3D Maze the 'Dekkai” is the newest attraction added in Pleasure Land area. Explore and even get lost in a 13 meters tall giant maze, consists of six floors with various level of difficulties. There are over 100 hurdles to overcome and traps to avoid. The attraction is safe for all ages, both children and adults absolutely love spending their time roaming in this labyrinth
Get the best view of Hakkeijima Sea Paradise and the surrounding area from the Sea Paradise Tower. Sea Paradise Tower is a unique observation tower that ascends as high as 90 meters, thus giving you the 360 degree view of the park and also the whole island. If you come when the weather is sunny, you can even spot the Mt. Fuji in the distance.
How to Get Tickets?
Entering the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise itself is free of charge. However, you do have to pay separated admission fees to enter each attraction. To enter Aqua Resorts for example, you will have to pay JPY 3,000 or about $26.49. By only paying the same amount you can enjoy unlimited rides at Pleasure Land. Alternatively you can also choose to ride on individual attraction instead, that will costs you about JPY 300 ($2.65 USD) to JPY 1,000 or $8.83 USD. Or you can just purchase a direct pass that allows you to access both Aqua Resorts and enjoy unlimited rides at Pleasure Land for only JPY 5050 or $ 44.60.
How To Get Around?
Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is quite extensive, but it is possible to access all attractions and rides inside the amusement park by walking.
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Best Time to Visit
Best time to visit Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is in weekdays, when there will be less crowds. Visiting the park in Spring is a great idea as well! You might be able to see gorgeous view of cherry blossoms from Sea Paradise Tower.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, all informations you need to find about Hakkeijima Sea Paradise can be found easily in this website.
How To Get There?
Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is accessible by taking a short walk from Hakkeijima Station. To reach Hakkeijima Station, you can take the Keikyu Main Line from Yokohama to Kanazawa Hakkei. Switch to Kanazawa Seaside Line to Hakkeijima Station. You can also take JR Negishi Line from Yokohama to Shin Sugita station. Switch to Kanazawa Seaside Line to Hakkeijima Station.
Definitely stay until evening to watch spectacular fireworks show or 'The Color of Love” , a projection mapping and the synchronized acrobatic performances from cute dolphins. The Color of Love show is an evening-only show so be sure to not miss it.