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Disney in Japan: Tokyo Disneyland vs Tokyo DisneySea

If you are in Japan and have had enough of temples and shrines and want to spend a different day, maybe Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are the right choice for you. Breathing the authentic Disney air will be an unprecedented experience that you will never forget, given the quality and the quantity that the parks have to offer.

Tokyo Disneyland (東京ディズニーランド)

Tokyo Disneyland is located in Chiba Prefecture, adjacent both to Maihama Station and Tokyo Disneyland Station; it was the first Disney theme park to be built outside the United States and it has become a major tourism attraction in Japan. It is very interesting to see how such a big symbol of American culture such as Disney fits perfectly just outside Tokyo, with many people visiting the park, not only from Japan but from the whole of Asia.In 2017, Tokyo Disneyland was the world’s 3rd most visited theme park in the world, hosting 16.6 million visitors. As mentioned above, American culture managed to fit in Japan’s capital, showing the rest of the world the will of Japan for change and acceptance of different cultures. The park is very big, divided in 7 themed areas, with each area hosting a main attraction of the park.

Tokyo DisneySea (東京ディズニーシー)

Tokyo DisneySea is also located in Chiba Prefecture, next to Tokyo Disneyland. It is the only “DisneySea” theme park in the world, there are no other versions of it. Like Tokyo DisDisneySea, Tokyo DisbeySea has 7 themed areas, but they are called “ports of call”. The restaurants and their food reflect the main characteristics and peculiarities of each area without sacrificing the quality. Tokyo DisneySea was the fastest theme park in the world to reach 10 million visitors, only 307 days after its opening. 

Both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are crowded everyday, especially on the weekends, which is why I suggest you buy your tickets in advance at the convenience stores. Also, you should get there at the opening time because the lines are very long. Both parks have the “FastPass”, a special ticket which allows visitors to skip a few lines of the most popular attractions; this special ticket is free and you can get it inside the park if you don’t get to the parks too late.

Getting Here

Get off at Maihama Station on JR (Japan Railway) Keiyo Line / Musashino Line. Maihama Station is about 15 minutes by train from Tokyo Station.
Shuttle bus service from various locations to Tokyo Disneyland also available.

In other words, Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are an amazing experience of the Disney world, and it is the place where every tourist who is in Tokyo for more than a week should go.

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