Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Hanayashiki's Roller Coaster

Ever been to Hanayashiki Amusement Park when you are in Tokyo (or Asakusa to be exact)? No?
This park has been in business since 1853! It didn't start out as a amusement park but as a flower park though.
The park has a roller coaster that it claims to be the oldest in Japan. Sure was a rickety ride. I think the thrill came from the feeling whether the coaster might disintegrate while we were zooming down. Kidding!

Don't forget to wave back to the nice "obasan" waving at you from that brown apartment.
Standing directly underneath the roller coaster track.
If you want to see how a park fully utilise every single inch of space, come to Hanayashiki. They sure know how to utilise all the space they have. So what under the roller coaster track? Festival style game stalls. Throw a shuriken and win a prize, anyone?

26 comments:

  1. Very colourful. I like all amusement parks.

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  2. Nice photos. People live right next door there in those apartments. I wouldn't want to live next to a roller coaster.

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  3. Looks like fun to be able to have an amusement park in your backyard, but I don't know how those people can stand the constant rickety noise and screams.

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  4. @Filip,
    Would you visit this little park if you have the chance? :)

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  5. @AVCr8teur,
    I guess the same those living right next to a railway track. They got used to it.

    Anyway, this park closes early so quieter nights for the residents around the park, I think. ^^

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  6. @Tornadoes,
    I wouldn't want to either. Definitely not a place for those looking for a quiet living environment. xD

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  7. Seems to be right in the middle of the city with lots of apartments and residential buildings. Don't know if I could live next to that, although it would be nice having a roller coaster in the backyard.

    Japan Australia

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  8. @Japan Australia,
    It's just a short walk away from Nakamise-dori.

    Roller coaster right in our backyard sounds nice, but the entrance fee to it can be a killer! Not exactly cheap, this place. ;p

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  9. Cool, I love roller coaster!^^ Missed it a lot too after delivered my little ones!

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  10. @Alice,
    Now can go already right? Take turns with your "louh gong" lah & ride them. ^^

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  11. The "mosque" is so colourful!
    What happened to the original flower park?
    Not earning enough profits so they shut it down?

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  12. @London Caller,
    It just a progress from flowers to amusement park? No idea.

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  13. The question is, which was there first: the park or the apartments?

    If the apartments came after the park, then they should have no right to complain about the noise.

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  14. @Contamination,
    Not that it will stop anyone from complaining if they want to. There are plenty of instances (here in Malaysia though) where residents of new housing area complaining about long established places that didnt strike their fancy. Zoo, airport, landfills...

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  15. I like the last photo.I noticed that there are many tall buildings around Hanayashiki.People living or working in buildings can see the Hanayashiki every day.:)

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  16. @cocomino,
    Those floks sure can! I wonder whether its good to view the park while at work because then youd wish you are out there having fun too! ;p

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  17. You may be familiar with Japan than me. I haven't been there. haha. so cute amusement park. ^^

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  18. Hmmm... blogger comment system seesm to be acting up. :(

    @birdmini,
    LOL
    No... We just tried to explore as much as possible in those short stay we had in Japan. ;p

    Yes, the amusement park is cute. :)

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  19. I rode a wooden roller coaster at Paragon park before it was closed down. Scarier than bungee jumping!! Great pics!

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  20. @Chris,
    Wow! That must be an experience!

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  21. Roller coasters scare the heck out of me. I think I'd rather bungee jump. :-)

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  22. @Anna,
    I have to try bungee jumping and compare. Have yet to do that although it's in my to-do list. XD

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  23. the residents staying nearby must have been so paranoid with those constant noises and screams of the theme park.

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  24. @LR,
    I guess most of the residents there are immune to it because the park has been there since before they were born! And the roller coaster had the honour of being the first built in Japan - in 1953!

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  25. Looks like fun! I need to ride some more roller coasters.

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  26. @jaydeejapan,
    It was kinda fun. Fujiyama or Dodonpa it ain't but the ride reminded me of the roller coaster I used to take when I was little. ^^

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