here's the first part of my recently announced new series. This posts focus will be about our visit of the Sanrio Puroland, which if often also called and/or known as "Hello Kitty Town" or "Hello Kitty Land". ATTENTION HEAVY PICTURE POST!!
In particular, you can find in Japan two Sanrio / Hello Kitty - Themeparks: One is the Indoor-Themepark "Sanrio Puroland" nearby Tokyo in Tama which we visited during our stay and the second (and bigger) themepark is an outdoor one called "Harmonyland" which is in Kyushu.
Due to the fact that Puroland isn't located in central Tokyo we decided to drive by car. It took about 40 Minutes from Tokyo, Chiyoda-Ku, to Puroland.
I was really, really so excited to see the Themepark! <3
Puroland sells two different kind of tickets: The passport tickets and the admission tickets.
The admission ticket costs 3,000 Yen and allows you to enter the Puroland and to see free shows. The passport ticket costs 4,400 Yen and you can enter all attractions.
As I bought some Hello Kitty flip-flop's at Isetan in Shinjuku I discovered later that I received also a sort of coupon for Sanrio Puroland. So it came that I had to pay only 2,000 Yen instead of 3,000 Yen for the admission ticket. YAAY~
We first decided to buy only the admission tickets but then we figured out that it would be better to have bought the passport tickets. Luckily, it is possible to upgrade the tickets inside Puroland. ^__^
The target audience of the Themepark Puroland are, of course, kids.
In the Foyer, a big Hello Kitty statue greets the visitors:
Before we went to the attractions we had a look at the area which is named "Festival Plaza". When entering we discovered that the Festival Plaza is a big Sanrio Store which sells some exclusive products:
|I've bought the Hello Kitty Plushie. At the back of her suit the slogan "Sanrio Puroland" is printed. Those plushies are only sold at the themepark.|
|cute statues of Sanrio characters|
After strolling through the Festival Plaza we visited some attractions and entered therefore the main area. Unlike the entry hall and the festival plaza the main area looked very Fairytale-like and not very pinkish:
|Märchen Plaza =D|
|You could allso watch some free shows/musicals at the main hall|
|The main area during Puroland's main musical show "Believe" ~ beautiful|
The first attraction we visited then was the "Sanrio Character Boat Ride"
The "Sanrio Character Boat Ride" tells the story of (Hello) Kitty's wedding with Dear Daniel and during the Boat Ride you can watch Cinnamoroll and other friends how they prepare a lot of yummy stuff and how they set off to the wedding finally. You see the whole attraction while sitting in a cute boat:
We really loved how all those detailed are that well worked out. <3
Next, we went to "Lady Kitty House". Lady Kitty House is one of three brand new attractions Puroland offers. It is part of the new built place called "Hello Kitty Town".
Here you will be invited as a sort of "celebrity guest" and discover the world of Kitty room by room.
|Lady Kitty House - Foyer|
|Kitty's care and beauty stuff|
As you can see, at the last photo I am posing with a little japanese girl. While my friends and I took some photos of us at this cute attraction, a japanese mother was watching us and asked me thereafter if it would be okay when I would pose with her lil daughter together. The lil girl was quite shy but she seemed happy that I agreed. I don't know why, but I really had some really cute situations and conversations with japanese girl's / women in Japan. For wahtever reason they seem to like me. =D
In the next and last hall you had the chance to take a photo with Kitty herself. Her high majesty! X'D Of course we did.. and I bought the photo thereafter, too... this was the only thing which was quite a bit costly at Puroland X'D
Our next stop then was the attraction "Mymeroaddrive". Main character here is My Melody.
We had to wait for ~30 minutes before we could finally take a seat in a lovely My Melody "car":
During this ride tour you'll discover "MARILAND", the home of My Melody. To be honest, I have to say that we all were a lil disappointed of mymeroaddrive. We had to wait here for such a "long" time and the attraction was only.. good. I guess we expected too much. The Sanrio Character Boat Ride is much better than Mymeroaddrive but when visiting Puroland, you shouldn't miss a ride at Mymeroaddrive also.
It was getting already afternoon and we were getting pretty hungry and so we decided to have a meal. I personally bought some chips (potato) and my boyfriend bought some chicken nuggets:
|cuteness in every detail <3|
After having some chips I really wanted to have some dessert and so we went to the "Cinnamon Dream Cafe".
|Cinnamon Dream Cafe|
Now it was time to visit the third and last new attraction of Sanriotown: "Kiki & Lala - Twinkling Tour"
|Home of Kiki & Lala|
During our stay we had another ride at the "Sanrio Character Boat Ride" and explored Puroland further more:
|Awesome! I really need my car to be "pimped" like that <3|
|pink, rose, kitsch - pure love for me!|
I will remember our stay at Puroland forever.. I am such a big Hello Kitty Fan and for me a lil dream came true! <3 When visiting Japan again I really would like to visit Puroland again.. or if I have the chance, "Harmonyland" in the south of Japan also!