You can enjoy both day and night! What are the highlights of Yomiuriland, one of the best cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo?
Yomiuriland, a historic amusement park representing Tokyo, is also famous as a cherry blossom viewing spot with cherry trees in full bloom.
During the cherry blossom season, the park is filled with approximately 1,000 cherry trees, including Somei-Yoshino, yamazakura (wild cherry), and shidare-zakura (weeping cherry).
From March 18 (Sat.) to April 9 (Sun.), 2023, the park will host the "Night Cherry Blossom Jewellumination," an event where visitors can see gorgeous nighttime cherry blossoms.
The "Sakura Promenade," with its 180-meter-long rows of cherry trees fantastically illuminated, is a must-see.
This article introduces the attractions and highlights of Yomiuriland only possible during the cherry blossom season.
If you are planning to visit Tokyo to see the cherry blossoms, be sure to visit Yomiuriland.
Table of Contents
- Yomiuriland, an amusement park that you can enjoy no matter who you come with or how many times you visit
- If you want to enjoy cherry blossom viewing to the fullest, you can't miss it! Three cherry blossom viewing spots in Yomiuriland
- Five highlights of "Night Cherry Blossom Jewellumination," a feast of jewel-colored illumination and cherry blossoms
- Facilities in the vicinity to enjoy together with Yomiuriland
Yomiuriland, an amusement park that you can enjoy no matter who you come with or how many times you visit.
Yomiuriland is located in an area straddling Inagi City, Tokyo and Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture, and is easily accessible from Shinjuku in about 30 minutes by train.
Visitors can enjoy a variety of attractions, including the popular roller coaster "Bandit," which runs at speeds of 110 km/h. In addition, seasonal events are also held, making it fun no matter who you come with or how many times you visit.
Access to Yomiuriland
Yomiuriland can be accessed from either the Keio Line or the Odakyu Line.
If you take the Keio Line, it is a 25-minute ride from Shinjuku to the nearest station, Keio Yomiuriland Station.
From there, a 5-10 minute gondola or bus ride will take you to the entrance of Yomiuriland.
If you take the Odakyu Line, it is a 30-minute ride from Shinjuku to the nearest Yomiuriland-mae Station.
From Yomiuriland-mae Station to the entrance of Yomiuriland takes about 10 minutes by bus.
During the cherry blossom season, it is recommended to use the Keio Line, which provides access to Yomiuriland via gondola.
Ticket prices for Yomiuriland
Here are the regular prices for the tickets at Yomiuriland.
If you purchase tickets in advance on the official website, you can get tickets at a lower price than on site, so please check the official website as well.
|Adult (18 to 64 years old)）||middle and high-school students||Elementary school students/Seniors (65 and over)||Preschooler(3 years old and up to elementary school age)|
|One Day Pass *1||JPY5,800||JPY4,600||JPY4,000||JPY2,400|
|AfterPass 2 3||JPY3,100||JPY2,500||JPY2,200||JPY1,500|
|Admission fee *4||JPY1,800||JPY1,500||JPY1,000||JPY1,000|
* Fees as of February 12, 2023
*1. Admission + Unlimited rides on attractions
*2. Admission after 3:00pm + Unlimited rides on attractions (some attractions are not applicable)
*3. Available until April 9, 2023. However, not available on weekdays from March 1 to 17, 2023, as the park closes at 5:00pm.
*4. Amusement park admission only
Yomiuriland Opening Hours and Closing Days
Yomiuriland's hours of operation vary depending on the period of the year and are irregularly closed.
Check the official website to confirm operating hours and closed days.
If you want to enjoy cherry blossom viewing to the fullest, you can't miss it! Three cherry blossom viewing spots in Yomiuriland
In spring, cherry blossoms of various kinds bloom in Yomiuriland.
It is no exaggeration to say that Yomiuriland is one of the best cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo, with not only spots where you can enjoy a leisurely stroll while viewing cherry blossoms, but also attractions where you can view cherry blossoms in a way only an amusement park can offer.
1. "A row of cherry blossoms trees," a 180-meter-long tunnel of cherry trees where visitors can take a leisurely stroll
The park's 180-meter-long tree-lined avenue is lined with cherry trees, and when they are in full bloom, it looks like a tunnel of cherry blossoms.
Parents and children can stroll along the path, or couples can sit at a nearby rest spot and enjoy the view.
It is a cherry blossom viewing spot that can be enjoyed with anyone.
2. Bandit, the world's fastest popular roller coaster for cherry blossom viewing
"Bandit," the most popular roller coaster at Yomiuriland, turns into the world's fastest cherry blossom viewing spot during the season, with a maximum speed of 110 km/h through the cherry blossoms in full bloom.
Not only can you look down on the cherry blossoms from the highest point, but you can also experience riding through the cherry blossoms at breakneck speed, an experience that can only be had at Yomiuriland.
3. "Gondola" for a walk in the air among cherry blossoms in full bloom
When you arrive at Keio Yomiuriland Station on the Keio Line, the closest station to Yomiuriland, take the gondola to the entrance of the park.
The gondola ride will take you up into the air surrounded by cherry blossoms in full bloom, a magical experience.
As you pass through the cherry blossoms in full bloom and gradually come into full view of Yomiuriland, you will see the exciting sight of cherry blossoms in full bloom in the amusement park.
With a sense of excitement, let's enter the premises of Yomiuriland.
Five highlights of "Night Cherry Blossom Jewellumination," a feast of jewel-colored illumination and cherry blossoms
Yomiuriland is holding "Night Cherry Blossom Jewellumination," a limited-time event to enjoy the nighttime cherry blossoms from March 18 to April 9, 2023 (Sunday).
Produced by world-renowned lighting designer Motoko Ishii, visitors can enjoy a collaboration of the world's first illumination using LEDs inspired by jewel colors and cherry blossoms.
If you visit during the cherry blossom season, be sure to enjoy both the nighttime cherry blossoms and the illumination.
Here are five highlights of the "Nighttime Cherry Blossom Jewellumination.
1. "Gondola" to enjoy illuminated nighttime cherry blossoms in the air
The cherry blossoms viewed from the gondola connecting Keio Yomiuriland Station on the Keio Line and the Sky Gate at the entrance to the park are also fantastically lit up at night.
Visitors can view the illuminated nighttime cherry blossoms from the air, a rare experience unique to Yomiuriland.
The panoramic view of the park from the air, glowing with illumination, is also a sight not to be missed.
2. Fantastically illuminated cherry blossom trees "Sakura Promenade"
The "Sakura Promenade" is a fantastic tunnel of cherry blossoms where the 180-meter-long rows of cherry trees are lit up in beautiful pink and the shorter trees are decorated with jewel-colored lights.
Take a relaxing stroll and admire the expression of the rows of cherry trees, which can only be seen at night!
3. One of the best "Fountain shows" in Japan on an overwhelming scale
In addition to the cherry blossoms and illuminations, the popular fountain show in the "Wave Pool" is also a must-see attraction at the "Night Cherry Blossom Jewellumination.
The show, featuring a giant 12-meter-high ring of water screen images, 185 fountains, lasers and flames, is spectacular.
No wonder it is so popular every year.
Three different shows are held every 15 minutes starting at 5:00 pm, so be sure to sit back and enjoy all three.
4. "Happy Grand Object" with night view, jewellumination, and cherry blossoms below
"Happy Grand Object," a giant Ferris wheel that glows as a symbol of the theme of this year's "Night Cherry Blossom Jewellumination," "LIGHT IS HAPPINESS! "
Let's enjoy the "Happy Grand Object" illuminated in gold on the upper half and orange on the lower half from various angles, inspired by the image of "sunrise," which reminds us of the beginning of bright and happy days.
If you ride the giant Ferris wheel, you can enjoy a panoramic view of not only the Jewellumination spreading throughout the park and the illuminated night cherry blossoms, but also the night view of Tokyo.
This is a recommended spot for couples to enjoy a romantic scene in a space just for the two of you.
5. "Crossing Sapphire Passage," a spectacular light tunnel intersecting a variety of colored illuminations
During the "Night Cherry Blossom Jewellumination," a spectacular light tunnel intersecting a variety of colored illuminations will appear at Yomiuriland.
The 140-meter-long tunnel, decorated with sapphire colors, is a soothing spot with colorful lines that stand out.
The "Night Cherry Blossom Jewellumination" Event Period
The Night Cherry Blossom Jewellumination is a limited-time event from March 18 (Sat.) to April 9 (Sun.), 2023.
Visitors are advised to visit between March 31 (Fri.) and April 8 (Sat.), when the cherry blossoms are expected to be in full bloom in Tokyo, to maximize their enjoyment of the Night Cherry Blossom Jewellumination.
Facilities in the vicinity to enjoy together with Yomiuriland
There are also facilities near Yomiuriland where you can enjoy the cherry blossoms.
If you have the time and energy, please visit the two facilities introduced here.
1. "HANA-BIYORI," an amusement park where you can enjoy flowers and grasses with a new sensation
Next to Yomiuriland is HANA-BIYORI, a facility filled with fun and joy, where visitors can discover flowers they never knew existed as well as a new charm of flowers.
In spring, cherry blossoms bloom in the park of HANA-BIYORI, and visitors can enjoy the beautiful collaboration of spring flowers and cherry blossoms.
2. "Oka-no-Yu" where you can heal your tired body with hot spring and cherry blossoms
Like "HANA-BIYORI," "Oka-no-yu" is located next to Yomiuriland.
The "Oka-no-Yu'' has large open-air baths for men and women, with a total floor space of 157 tsubo (approx. 519sqm), where visitors can soak in the spacious open-air baths and view cherry blossoms.
It is a rare facility in Tokyo where visitors can take a bath to view cherry blossoms.
We have introduced the attractions and highlights of Yomiuriland that are unique to the cherry blossom season, but there are many more attractions that could not be introduced in this article.
In particular, the "Night Cherry Blossom Jewellumination" is a gorgeous event that can be enjoyed not only for the illuminated night cherry blossoms, but also for the illumination alone.
No matter where you go in the park, the sparkling illuminations and illuminated nighttime cherry blossoms are sure to be inspiring.
The park is only about 30 minutes away from Shinjuku, so if you are planning to visit Tokyo during the cherry blossom season or during the Night Cherry Blossom Jewellumination, you are sure to enjoy the cherry blossoms at Yomiuriland.