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Hanayashiki is said to be oldest amusement park in Japan, and is special in a lot of ways. The park is not so big, but there are plenty of rides, as well as activities (kimono wearing, tea ceremonies, and experiencing being a ninja).
That's a ride at Hanayashiki Amusement Park, just about a block away. Hanayashiki claims to be the oldest amusement park in Japan, having opened in 1853. Actually it was originally a "flower park" and went through a period where it had a small zoo, so its current form with rides and other attractions doesn't go back that far. Just as well, because I don't think I'd feel safe riding a roller coaster built in 1853. And as it stands, it's still definitely as old-fashioned and quirky as anyone could want.
To get there from Senso-ji, just walk toward that towering ride. And don't walk past this just because it doesn't look like your idea of an amusement park entrance.
discovered another particularly Japanese feature of the ride while taking that picture, or at least, an un-American one. You move those cars by pedaling and braking them, and you have complete control: there's apparently no other technology to stop you crashing into the car in front. Something that could only exist in a country with WAY fewer lawyers.The iconic Bee Tower ride is a top recommendation, because from the top of the ride you can get a great view of Asakusa.

Admission is 900 yen and tickets for rides are 100 yen each. There are a few attractions like a fortune teller and some entertainers that you'll have to pass on if you don't speak Japanese, and I didn't see any other Western tourists in the park when I visited, but come on, it's an amusement park, it's a universal language. You can do this thing. Don't be one of the 29,999,999 tourists to Asakusa who misses it.

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