Inagi, Tokyo, Japan
“Classic Japanese amusement park fun”
Yomiuriland is one of Tokyo’s many amusement parks and it can be found west of the city centre. This isn’t a theme park: decoration is limited and the overall atmosphere is rather bland. Still, Yomiuriland offers a few interesting roller coasters, so we decided to give the park a try. And I’ve got some good news for my dog-loving readers. Yomiurland’s mascot is a very unhappy dog. I don’t know what’s wrong with that dog, but he looks like someone has just stolen his bone.
Thanks to Tokyo’s fantastic train network, it shouldn’t be too difficult to get to Yomiuriland. There are several options, but we chose to ride the Keio Line (not to be confused with the Keiyo Line, which connects Tokyo Disney Resort to the city centre) to the station called Keio-Yomiuri-Land. The trip takes approximately 30 minutes from Shibuya Station. For the next part of the journey, we took the park’s cable car. It offers a breathtaking view over Yomiuriland and the park’s surroundings, but it also brings you to the park’s main entrance.
Yomiuriland doesn’t only feature Wan Wan Coaster Wandit (a kiddie coaster), but they have a few thrilling rides as well. The most recognisable ride of the entire park is Bandit, a hyper coaster from Japanese manufacturer Togo. This coaster is more than 1,500 metres long, it’s 51 metres tall and it’s got a top speed of 110 km/h. Good stats and the ride is beautifully integrated in Yomiuriland’s hilly landscape. On the negative side, it’s not the smoothest coaster on Earth and the restraints are kind of restrictive if you’re slightly taller than most local visitors. I’m happy that I’ve ridden Bandit, but one ride was definitely enough for me.
Yomiurland’s most unique roller coaster isn’t Bandit, but Momonga Standing and Loop Coaster. It can easily be described as a two-in-one package. It’s one roller coaster, but it features two different experiences thanks to its double loading station. You get to choose between a standard sit-down train and a stand-up version. I guess it doesn’t count as a double coaster credit, but I really liked the fact that this ride can be experienced in two different ways.
Yomiuriland isn’t as well known as Tokyo Disneyland or Fuji-Q Highland, but it’s a surprisingly large theme park with a good variety of thrills and family rides. The coasters are obviously the highlights, but I also enjoyed rides on the Ferris wheel, the go-kart track and the (intense) spinning water slide. The most special attraction, however, was a dark ride with laser guns. It’s got a vague Japanese story line and despite the staff’s good efforts, it was hard to understand what was happening. We shot every target we noticed and that was a mistake: apparently there were good and bad targets, so our score was quite pathetic.
WORTH A VISIT?
This park is well worth a visit if you’re a coaster enthusiast in search for credits. Yomiuriland has some pretty solid rides and the staff were amazing. However, if your time in Tokyo is limited, I’d recommend to visit other places. This just isn’t the most amazing amusement park and the park doesn’t care much for theming.
Photo Gallery 2013
Do you like the sad dog? Are you interested in riding Bandit? And would you choose to ride the stand-up version of Momonga or do you prefer a sit-down ride? Share your opinion in the comments section at the bottom of this page.