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“Land of Hello Kitty and Sanrio fanatics.”
Review of Sanrio Puroland

Sanrio Puroland
Ranked #1 of 35 things to do in Tama
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

This place is great for kids and Sanrio fans. All four of us are adults but we went there because my cousin is a great Hello Kitty fan. We enjoyed taking photos with the Sanrio characters. I would recommend this place for Sanrio and Hello Kitty fanatics otherwise, it actually takes quite a few hours to travel to and fro to Tama Centre.
Kitty Land was closed when were there so that was a little disappointing.

**Get the package from Keio Subway line. It works out to be much cheaper with return tickets and entrance fee and available for purchase from the ticketing machines for ¥4000.

** Direction to get there is found on Puroland website.

8  Thank Ratpackers
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

Sanrio Puroland is a small theme park that can easily be covered in half a day. It only has one ride - a boat ride similar to It's a Small World in Disneyland that lasts for about 10 minutes and features the different Sanrio characters. The concept of the Hello Kitty house is similar to Mickey or Minnie's house in Disney, and features Kitty's bathroom, bedroom, living room and dining room.
At the back of the house, guests can line up to have their photo taken with Hello Kitty. Note that only 1 photo from 1 camera is allowed per group/person. If you want another shot, you need to line up again. Other characters, however, frequently roam around near the entrance, and there is no limit to the number of pictures you can take with them.

There are several shows running throughout the day, each with a different theme - fairy, superhero, oz, etc. and are being played in different theaters. They are in Japanese so if you do not understand the language, it might end up boring you unless you are a young child who can be easily fascinated by just seeing big stuffed characters walking around.

We got a passport ticket in order to have access to all the shows and rides. However, even with the passport ticket, you still have to pay extra for pictures, for souvenir badges, for other games and rides at the Game Center etc. and they do not come cheap. It might have been better if we just got the basic admission and just paid for the attractions we actually liked to see. As mentioned before, since the shows were all in Japanese, we ended up watching just one show.

If you have extra time and money to spend, it's still a nice way to spend half a day because it something that is unique to Japan. Although geared for younger kids and Sanrio fans, a visit to Hello Kitty land is something you won't be able to experience anywhere else in the world.

Other tips:
- To get to Puroland by train, take the Keio line (different from the Keio NEW line) from Shinjuku station and alight at the Keio Tama Center. Note that the Japanese know this as K-O, not K-yo.
- Keio is a railway company different from the JR railway and Tokyo/ Toei Metro companies.
- Train tickets purchased from the station can be used on any train going to Keio Tama Center, but the Special Express train takes the shortest time since it has less stops.
- A package consisting of round trip train tickets and a passport ticket to Sanrio Puroland is available for purchase from the ticketing machines for ¥4000. It comes out cheaper than buying your tickets separately.
- Children less than 3 years old can enter Puroland for free.
- Weekdays have less people so queue time is shorter.
- Most of the items sold in the gift shops are also available in other Sanrio stores found in Japan.

21  Thank docajc
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

I love Hello Kitty!! I was determined to go to Sanrio Puroland, so i managed to convince my mum to come with me! We arrived my train, it was quite a trek getting there since we were staying in Taito- the opposite side of Tokyo but it wasnt stopping me! When we arrived there were posters everywhere with Hello Kitty leading up to Puroland. It was a pricey experience at about £30 to get in for adults, this was for a basic ticket and did not entitle us to go to some shows and on the boat ride. You can get a more expensive ticket which will let you go anywhere and that would be worth it if you had children and were staying for longer.
When we arrived inside we went to the shop 1st and bought a few items. To be honest i was quite disappointed with the shop- i thought i would find different things to buy rather than what you can buy everywhere else and it was quite pricey.
There were arcades up stairs where you have to pay extra for, this again meant paying out yet more money.
We walked round and paid to go on the boat ride, there was a long queue of 25 mins but if there are only two of you, you can sit in the back, which we didnt mind so we skipped the queue and went for that. It was a short boat ride with the characters around.
There were a couple of shows and parades , but if you paid for the passport ticket you could see more.
We only stayed max 2hours and I did enjoy it. It would be amazing for a little girl who loves hello kitty. It is pricey but worth it!

1  Thank Lilpinkmuffin
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

I couldn't care less about Hello Kitty and my 7-year-old daughter is a moderate fan, but this was a good outing. Maybe a bit pricy, but we did spend almost the whole day there. We did the boat ride many times, and the parade was outstanding. Shows were fine, but probably less enjoyable for those (eg, my daughter) who don't speak Japanese. Other reviews probably right that targeted to ages 3-7 or so. Food is pretty weak.

2  Thank Matt S
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

I agree with digital girlie. As someone that grew up with Hello Kitty and still loves everything Hello Kitty, I was definitely disappointed upon arrival to see that the target audience for Sanrio Puroland is 3-6 year old females. The price was a little on the pricey side for what you get as well. It was my fault that I misinterpreted Sanrio Puroland as an amusement park (Harmonyland in Kyushu). If you have little kids i'm sure they would enjoy it, but definitely not for adults. Also if you do go take the special express train (keio line) from Shinjuku. The website suggests taking the rapid express and it is correct it will take 40 min from Shinjuku. The special express train from Shinjuku probably takes only 20 min because it stops less..

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