A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

in travel •  13 days ago

Would you like to share with us a day with Hello Kitty at the Sanrio Puroland, an indoor theme park located in Tama New Town, Tokyo, Japan, because you are not likely to have seen something like this before?

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

In this post I am going to show you our journey from the hotel to the theme park and also a lot of photos of Tama New Town and Puroland.

All photos are mine and taken with my Samsung phone.

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

The Hilton Tokyo Hotel has a free bus going to the Shinjuku station so it's how we started our journey.

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

During our stay in Japan we used an IC card to easily pay for travel fares and also pay for things in stores. We got the cards at the airport, you have to put money in it and it is refillable using one of the numerous machines in Tokyo.

Children have a special card, which only takes half the fare for transport, and you have to show the passport when buying the card. When you go through one of these gates with the kid's card, it makes the sound of birds to differentiate it from the adult ones and your name is printed on the cards.

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

That day, it was not so crowded because it was a national holiday in Japan.

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

This is what you see on the roof when you arrive at the station in Tama New Town.

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

This is a map to reach the station "Tama Center" and it is easy from Shinjuku.

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Seeing the shops at the station, it is easy to realize that you have arrived.

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

On the way to leaving the station and going to town.

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

Quite a lot of people on that day as they had some kind of festival there.

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

My daughter trying a banana with chocolate.

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

It's where you can see it's a new town.

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

We went to the end of that street and had to climb a lot of stairs to see all these people watching a show.

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

A few jumping activities for kids.

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

I found that sculpture interesting in contrast with that logo on the building.

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

We walked down the stairs to go to the "Hello Kitty Street" that leads to the Puroland theme park.

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

Sanrio Puroland Theme Park

Visiting Sanrio Puroland has been a unique and memorable experience that gave us an insight of Japanese culture and lifestyle.

We went to the park on the fourth day of our stay in Japan and we learned two things. The first one is that Japanese people are very patient as they can wait in lines for hours just to have their photo taken with an unknown and strange cartoon character, and the second thing is that Japanese people can talk and smile at the same time, which is remarkable.

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

This is what Wikipedia says about Sanrio Puroland.

Opened on December 7, 1990, the theme park is run by the Sanrio company, and hosts various musicals, restaurants, attractions, and theme rides using popular characters such as Hello Kitty, My Melody, Cinnamoroll, Jewelpet, and many more. While many of these attractions are only in Japanese, Puroland attracts many visitors from overseas because of the worldwide popularity of these characters.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanrio_Puroland

Their website: https://en.puroland.jp

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

This is the Puropass guide.

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

Let's see all the photos now.

Everything is about Hello Kitty, of course, and as it was very crowded we didn't see everything. Queuing for the different activities there was like training for Disneyland and Disney Sea we visited a few days later.

At the left is a lovely mix of cartoon characters to take your picture with and at the right it is the front of the restaurant.

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

The front of the restaurant again, we were not able to find seats as it was very crowded and finally we ate outside the theme park.

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

The seating areas are in different colors and that was lovely.

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

This was our first ride and we waited about an hour to be able to get in that Kitty train for a two-minute ride.

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

During the ride several photos were taken.

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

At the end of the ride, it is where you order your photo, which is a composite of different photos that you choose. All in Japanese and no help whatsoever, and there is a timer…

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

This is the photo we got for ¥1,200 ($11).

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

This one was free and I have no idea who is this Japanese cartoon character!

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

Fun is not only for children!

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

A beautiful "Hello Kitty" machine to buy your drinks.

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

This is "Hello Kitty's" house and here too, we had to wait about an hour (and that was painful).

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

This is a TV showing "Hello Kitty" and scenes inside the house.

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

Finally, we got in!

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

A speech only in Japanese, which was funny to hear as all the ladies there seemed to use a high pitch like in the cartoons you watch on TV!

That was in the first room of the house.

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

I forgot to mention that my daughter's nickname is Kitty, so she already has a lot of stuff about Hello Kitty.

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

After the speech you get in a bigger room, which has different areas to take photos.

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

Drink some tea with Kitty.

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

Interesting ceiling!

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

Another character I do not know and a machine that will put you a dress on when you lift up your arms.

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

Then "Kawaii!"

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

An interesting scene.

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

Then, you have to wait to get in a room where finally, you can meet Hello Kitty in person.

There is a funny lady photographer there to take your picture with Hello Kitty and no photos were allowed. I just managed to take that shot at the right secretly.

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

It is funny to see all these Japanese adults going nuts when meeting Hello Kitty!

After leaving Hello Kitty's house, you can buy your photo for ¥1,800 ($16), which we didn't!

After that, we had enough, we were completely exhausted, not able to sit anywhere as there was no seat to rest a little bit, and not able to eat at the restaurant, so we left.

I can conclude saying that we didn't really like this theme park because it was very crowded with nowhere to rest, very long wait times and everything in Japanese.

It also looks more like a big department store where the purpose is to sell you their copyrighted merchandise than a theme park.

I would not recommend to go to Sanrio Puroland for entertaining your kids or yourself if you are not Japanese and not a fan of all these Japanese characters, but if you are interested to see something special of the Japanese culture and lifestyle, then it's great.

This is where we had our late lunch, in the main street of Tama New Town and we enjoyed that part.

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

In Japan eat like the Japanese eat!

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

The longest French fries I have ever seen and eaten. Japanese hamburger curry with rice.

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland!

I hope that you enjoyed reading this post.

More posts about Japan are to follow and you can read the previous ones here: A Week at the Hilton Tokyo, Japan!, Japanese Breakfast at the Hilton Tokyo!, A Day at the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo, Japan! and Our First Trip to Tokyo, Japan!

All photos are mine and taken with my Samsung phone.

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This place looks like a ton of fun! Good looking family :) Best wishes to you.

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Thank you very much for your kind comment @splendorhub.

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yes i also enjoy this place very much.

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Thank you very much for your comment.

You must be a outstanding father to go through all that for your daughter. I found it rather interesting, interesting enough to know I've seen about as much as I'd like to see of it in my lifetime....(lol). You mentioned they have a Disney land there?...how is that in comparison to the US Disneyland if you've been there. I quite enjoyed taking my kids there when they were young.

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@sunlit7, thank you very much for commenting. Yes, this was specially a day for my daughter! I will be posting the Disneyland post soon. That was our first time in Disney, so I don't know how it compares to the ones in the USA. The Japanese make it definitely special because it's another culture and you don't understand the language.

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Hopefully I will catch that post when you put it up.

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Thank you very much @nicnas.

Thank you for sharing your Sanrio experience with us! I haven't been there so it was nice seeing what's inside Sanrio because Hello Kitty is a childhood all-time favorite!

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Thank you @emdesan for commenting, I am glad you like the post. There is little info about it in English, and this was quite an experience.

Hi @gmichelbkk,

I hope you ll be fine, having great day with kitty and nice to see you man.

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Thank you for commenting @syedaamir.

Nice.
Thank you for sharing

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My pleasure.

Brilliant, You daughter must be "Dad I want to stay here forever!"
Hello Kitty world looks so beautiful and pretty!

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Yes, it was a nice experience and memories for life. Thank you for commenting @gpalav.

Dear Michel it is great to see the lovely,quiet kitty & spend a beautiful day with kitty colorful,attractive & special with family.I love that beautiful kitty wish to get it.............

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Thank you very much for your comment @tanveerali. I am glad you like the post.

Great post, seems like it was a good trip to Disneyland. once my daughter is a bit bigger i also want to take here for a visit there.
What are your thoughts on the openness or language barrier as you dont speak Japanese. were the people as you expected? I've never been in Japan so i've got tons of questions :)

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This was not Disney, but a Japanese theme park. The language is a barrier as people seem to not know English or don't make the effort. Even for simple words like thank you. You have to have internet on your phone and use Google maps because there is little English on signs when you travel and can easily get lost.

Can I ask why do you write in @jerrybanfield's style? Especially you start your post in his style

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Thank you @illimattic for your comment and noticing that I write in Jerry's style. @jerrybanfield has been a great teacher for me and I follow his advices. Maybe I am becoming a bit like him!

how prettym thanks it is so fun

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I am glad you like it @moons00000!

So glad to see how you take care of your child..well done

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Thank you for commenting.