In Tokyo alone, there are so many things to do and visit that it can get overwhelming. We had a total of 4.5 days and it was really hard to narrow down what to do. I debated on going to Sanrio and Disneyland and spending more time in the city center, and in the end I really wanted to see Sanrio. When you go on Trip Advisor, you’ll read a lot of mixed reviews on the place mostly because a lot of us have visualized a Sanrio land sometime during our childhood. It would be this magical place like no other with a giant Hello Kitty greeting you as you walked in to a pink wonderland filled with the cutest things you can ever imagine.
I decided to ignore the reviews and check it out for myself. Luckily, my husband willingly went along for the ride and being the designer that he is actually enjoyed the visit! He ended up loving one of their newest characters, Gudetama, a sloppy egg yolk / tamago egg that is drawn into anything you can imagine an egg yolk can do!
I’ll have to say, upon my visit I couldn’t contain my excitement. I felt like a little girl again walking into the biggest Sanrio Store I’ve ever seen. And it really was! THE BIGGEST Sanrio store!! Colorful pink, blues, yellows we’re all over the buildings, the cutest characters around. I couldnt stop taking pictures of everything! The building was all indoors with about 4 floors of things to see and do. Only one ride which is for My Melody fans and the rest are theaters or walkabouts dedicated to each character.
Midday they have a huge show sorta like the Disney light parade, but much more tame. The show fills the entire building, so if you weren’t interested in it, you’d be stuck until it ends.
Overall, I think about 1-1.5 hours is good enough to experience. I really enjoyed my visit and don’t regret it one bit. I probably won’t be visiting Japan in quite sometime, so to knock this off my list, I’m really glad I did. Next time, if we have a little girl, I would definitely go back to experience this joy with her.
How to get to Sanrio Puroland from Tokyo city center
From Shinjuku, take the Keio Line towards Hashimoto and get off at Tama Center Station. Travel will take about 50-60 mins. Once you get off of the train, you’ll see signs for Sanrio Puroland.