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SANRIO PUROLAND, HELLO KITTY THEME PARK IN TOKYO, JAPAN. STRANGE KIDS AMUSEMENT PARK, HELLO KITTY RIDES, COSTUMES & MUSICAL PERFORMANCES.


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Somewhere, over the rainbow… specifically in Tokyo, Japan… there’s a Hello Kitty theme park!

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The giant rainbow that shines over Kitty-land is easy to find. Take the Odakyu or Keio line to Tama Center Station, then follow the Sanrio character posters.

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Once you step inside, you’ll run into these scary-cute mascots! The design is quite clever: the adults see through the letters on the hats.

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The entire amusement park is Hello Kitty hell. You can’t walk two paces without coming face-to-face with the mouthless cat.

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There’s not one, but several stores that sell Sanrio goods. You can find obscure merchandise, such as Tuxedo Sam plush toys. Kitty’s mom and dad lord over the main shop.

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You can line up to sit next to Hello Kitty in her pink car, and explore the house that she shares with Dear Daniel. Don’t worry, they have separate bedrooms.

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The rides aren’t impressive. Most of them are coin-operated one-seaters.

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The stage show, however… is an LSD acid trip! An excerpt from my Crazy, Wacky Theme Restaurants book: Fifty dancers zoomed around the colossal circular stage, flapping their arms to a manic pop track: “Imaginaaation!” The Professor noted two nymphs with strawberries on their heads, a DayGlo Amish lady, a mustachioed man in a rainbow apron. He wrote Saturday Night Fever, then crossed it out and wrote Drag Ball + Bollywood and underlined it twice.

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My Puroland adventure is one of my favorite writing pieces from my Crazy, Wacky Theme Restaurants book. Please consider picking up a copy here — I hope you’ll enjoy the writing and photos.

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  1. Posted May 5, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    ok that is WAY more awesome than Disney World or Six Flags. Now I wanna goooo!!!!!!!!!

  2. Posted May 5, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    ok that is WAY more awesome than Disney World or Six Flags. Now I wanna goooo!!!!!!!!!

  3. Posted May 6, 2010 at 3:33 am | Permalink

    Tinahime will sell her soul to be on the next flight there. lol

    • Posted May 6, 2010 at 3:40 am | Permalink

      hahaha that theme park will take a piece of your soul!

  4. Posted May 6, 2010 at 3:33 am | Permalink

    *haha* I remember when one-seater coin rides were the coolest! lol it so interesting to remember childhood…
    & I luved that puroland adventure section of ur book! I’m gonna have to experience the stage show- LCD- acid trip for myself! lol

    • Posted May 6, 2010 at 3:41 am | Permalink

      Coin rides… so old skool!

  5. Posted May 6, 2010 at 3:33 am | Permalink

    I want some! :P

  6. Posted May 6, 2010 at 3:35 am | Permalink

    :3 win

  7. Posted May 6, 2010 at 3:42 am | Permalink

    Way too cute!!!

  8. Posted May 6, 2010 at 4:28 am | Permalink

    Fallengod is absolutely right! I soo want to visit there! Forget Disneyland haha

    Kawaii Kills!

  9. Posted May 6, 2010 at 3:33 am | Permalink

    Tinahime will sell her soul to be on the next flight there. lol

  10. Posted May 6, 2010 at 3:33 am | Permalink

    *haha* I remember when one-seater coin rides were the coolest! lol it so interesting to remember childhood…
    & I luved that puroland adventure section of ur book! I'm gonna have to experience the stage show- LCD- acid trip for myself! lol

  11. Posted May 6, 2010 at 3:33 am | Permalink

    I want some! :P

  12. Posted May 6, 2010 at 3:35 am | Permalink

    :3 win

  13. Posted May 6, 2010 at 3:39 am | Permalink

    Way trippier!!

  14. Posted May 6, 2010 at 3:40 am | Permalink

    hahaha that theme park will take a piece of your soul!

  15. Posted May 6, 2010 at 3:41 am | Permalink

    Coin rides… so old skool!

  16. Posted May 6, 2010 at 3:42 am | Permalink

    Way too cute!!!

  17. Posted May 6, 2010 at 4:28 am | Permalink

    Fallengod is absolutely right! I soo want to visit there! Forget Disneyland haha

    Kawaii Kills!

  18. Posted May 6, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Just saw the hello kitty world thing, I WANNNA GOOOOOO *SOBS MADLY* you are just too awsome YoY

    • Posted May 6, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

      It’s either Hello Kitty heaven or hell, depending on one’s perspective haha.

  19. Posted May 6, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    looks like pure kitty fun! They need a Basil ride!

    • Posted May 6, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

      YES they do!! An earless kitty ride that goes wahhh wahhh wahh

  20. Posted May 6, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Love the shorts jumper with matching leggings!

  21. Posted May 6, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    OMG…. I WANNA GO!!!!! Hello Kitty makes me cringe but I love Sanrio nonetheless…
    I still wanna go XD

  22. Posted May 6, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Just saw the hello kitty world thing, I WANNNA GOOOOOO *SOBS MADLY* you are just too awsome YoY

  23. Posted May 6, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    looks like pure kitty fun! They need a Basil ride!

  24. Posted May 6, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Love the shorts jumper with matching leggings!

  25. Posted May 6, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    YES they do!! An earless kitty ride that goes wahhh wahhh wahh

  26. Posted May 6, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    It's either Hello Kitty heaven or hell, depending on one's perspective haha.

  27. Posted May 6, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    OMG…. I WANNA GO!!!!! Hello Kitty makes me cringe but I love Sanrio nonetheless…
    I still wanna go XD

  28. Posted May 7, 2010 at 3:50 am | Permalink

    Hello Kitty Heaven! :)

  29. Posted May 7, 2010 at 3:50 am | Permalink

    Hello Kitty Heaven! :)

  30. Posted May 7, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    ohhhhhhhhh puroland…wonderfullllllllllll

  31. Posted May 7, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    ohhhhhhhhh puroland…wonderfullllllllllll

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  33. Posted May 12, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    I seriously need to visit this place, even if it is Hello Kitty Hell!

  34. Posted May 12, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    I seriously need to visit this place, even if it is Hello Kitty Hell!

  35. Posted September 17, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    does it take the whole day?

    • Posted September 17, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

      I’d set aside at least a morning/afternoon to visit Puroland. it takes about an hour by subway, from Shinjuku, to get there.

  36. Posted September 24, 2010 at 4:11 am | Permalink

    Hello Kitty papa is so cute~ (I just love megane XD)
    But going there is definitely scary. XD
    Too. Much. Color. X_X

  37. Posted October 14, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    OMFG!? AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!? I need to go there!!!???? HELP ME!? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! HEEHEE… ILY HELLO KITTY <3

  38. Posted October 14, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    OMFG!? AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!? I need to go there!!!???? HELP ME!? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! HEEHEE… ILY HELLO KITTY <3

  39. Posted November 13, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    LOVE YOU HELLO KITTY

  40. Posted November 14, 2010 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Yes yes yes!!! I was there in April this year! Hello Kitty Rules! :D My blog post about it with pics is here, if you like to see: http://tokyo2010.themadcatlady.com/10/04/2010/hello-kitty-puroland-sanrio/

    • Posted November 15, 2010 at 5:01 am | Permalink

      Love your post!

  41. Posted September 1, 2011 at 4:26 am | Permalink

    hi! i wanna take my two girls in Hello Kitty World.is this Puroland is there a gondola where u can ride?coz i saw it in a tv i/m not sure if these is the same that they were calling hello kitty world. 

    • Posted September 2, 2011 at 4:00 am | Permalink

      I think so — there are some car rides inside.

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