August is almost here. Many people in Japan will soon be on summer vacation. Today I would like to introduce “Hanayashiki” in Asakusa, a place in Taito City that you can enjoy during your summer holiday.
Hanayashiki is an amusement park near Sensoji Temple. The park first opened in 1853 at the end of the Edo period. Initially, it opened as a flower garden where visitors could see peonies and chrysanthemums. From the start of the Meiji era, play equipment and rare animal exhibits were set up. The park became quite popular, and various things happened: penguins were imported from Chile, and a rare breed of tiger gave birth to quintuplets. The park was then temporarily closed due to the Great Kanto Earthquake and World War II. After the war, in 1949, it was rebuilt as an amusement park and has continued to operate until the present day.
Hanayashiki has various attractions, including Japan's oldest existing roller coaster. There are also many fun experiences for children and the elderly, such as a corner themed around Japanese festivals and a 3D theater fashioned after a traditional Japanese cinema. There is also a photo spot overlooking Asakusa which provides a view of everything from Sensoji Temple to TOKYO SKYTREE. It is an amusement park that you can enjoy for the whole day. Hanayashiki has undergone many changes since it first opened in the middle of the 19th century, but to this day it is popular location that many enjoy.
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