Puroland, Sanrio’s Themepark

In 2013, I took a holiday to Japan! I had planned this trip out pretty well, as I knew that it would be expensive and I needed to make my priorities!
Everyone who knows me, knows that I am an absolute Hello Kitty fan. I have been to all Hello Kitty conventions and events in Seoul, and now it was time to make the pilgrimage to her REAL house in Puroland.

Hello Kitty’s House or village is a fun theme indoor park situated just on the edge of Tokyo at Tama Centre. It takes about an hour to get there from central Tokyo.I was as happy as anyone could get! In fact, it was my first stop after landing in Tokyo!

 

Puroland: What is it?

This place is the ultimate fun land with Hello Kitty and all her friends from Marchen World. The concept of Puroland is to emulate the once famous Hello Kitty TV series for children from the 70’s and 80s. Hello Kitty and her friends would go on adventures in their little town, and Puroland offers a taste of being in that town.

It’s also an opportunity to just get the ultimate Hello Kitty overload.

 

Puroland holds various little stores selling all things Hello Kitty for all ages. There is a cafe and food area with everything themed in Hello Kitty and her friends.

Sanrio’s Puroland looks like it’s catered for kids, but it’s not. It houses 3 floors of shopping for all ages. Cute little boutiques selling unique items from fashion, accessories, candies and toys.

It was really expensive, I wouldn’t buy anything in here that I couldn’t already get elsewhere for a fraction of the price.
In the end, I got this cute little Ayanami Rei Hello Kitty because I’m such a big fan of the anime Evangelion.

The experience

It’s not all shopping. There are performances for the kids whole day and a train ride through the town.
There are many awesome photo booths to dress up as your favorite Sanrio character and get a 2-D background. There’s also the official Hello Kitty Friendship Photo, you get to take inside her house.

 

I decided to take an Official Friendship Photo taken with Kitty in her home!!! These get printed out and given with a fancy background.

Let’s not forget Hello Kitty’s actual house, where everything inside is themed Hello Kitty, including a pink sports car. To keep you up to date, she and her boyfriend Dear Daniel are now officially living together.

The SHOW

 

The main performance takes place at the centre of Marchen Land, around the “Tree of Wisdom”, where dancers and singers and acrobats all come in dazzling costumes and perform for eager sweaty kids and excited grown ups.

Once all the characters come out on floats and sparkles, there is a sudden silence, the music slows and the lights dim….then from a sparkling chariot  Hello Kitty descends from the darkened sky in all her princess finery to the ground where her chariot is the drawn by a unicorn and is met by her boyfriend….Dear Daniel Starr! ^.^

 The main performance changes from time to time, so you don’t have to expect to see the same thing again on your next visit.

Overall, I recommend this place for the die hard Hello Kitty fans in this world. I saw just one brave boyfriend with his girlfriend on a date here and he seem totally fine. The rest of the men who had accompanied their kids and girlfriends looked they were in hell and going to die.

However, even if you are not a Hello Kitty fan, I still recommend it as it’s probably one of the most unique experience Tokyo has to offer. EVER…..

Travel Tips:802d2-kittytrks

  • Go early, this place is quite far and you’ll have to change a few times on the metro.
  • The metro stop is called Tama Centre, and lies to the North of Tokyo.
  • Shopping is expensive here, rather spend your money on things to experience here such as the fun photos etc.
  • If you must shop, not far off from Puroland, there is a store selling Hello Kitty apparel of all sorts at super discounted prices. I scored a mean pair of Hello Kitty Hi-top sneakers here!

Till then,
Bee

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18 thoughts on “Puroland, Sanrio’s Themepark

  1. This is so surreal!! I remember loving Hello Kitty as a child but gre out of it! Puroland seems to good to be true, and I’d definitely visit. But no shopping there as you said it’s expensive!

  2. I really enjoyed reading this post. From my time living in Japan, I am certainly very aware of the Hello Kitty brand and how this is applied to many items available in retail. However I never knew of the existence of Puroland and it’s development into a full blown attraction for Hello Kitty fans. I would love to see this when I next visit Japan.

  3. Haha that guy is probably and Hello Kitty fan himself! I used to be OBSESSED with Hello Kitty growing up too so I’d love to visit this place one day. You must’ve had so much fun, love your HK headband and shirt!

  4. I know of Hello Kitty as my daughter loves it. I didn’t know there was a Puroland in Japan, I hope my daughter doesn’t find out either or I’ll have to take her! It would be fun though. Good tip about the shopping for Hello Kitty stuff, I don’t want to over pay!

  5. I am not much of a hello kitty fan but I understand that it enjoys cult following. Themes parks like this are rage across the world. That photo booth is so cool. Looks like you had a lot of fun!

  6. You seem so happy visiting the Kitty’s house. I remember watching the shows when I was little but had very less memory of Hello Kitty but seeing the photographs I recall a few episodes. Puroland sounds so much fun. The photographs are so beautiful and seem lively. Loved the sneakers – I o envy you. Haha

  7. Omg how is it possible I haven’t even heard of this place?! We LOVED Sanrio growing up – my sister will die when I tell her this news! I love that you took an official friendship photo with Kitty in her home. Soooo cute! Haha. Thanks for sharing!

  8. What an interesting place, I knew that Hello Kitty a big thing in Japan but I never realised how big exactly. This place looks so surreal and cute at the sametime. You must a felt like a little kid again 🙂 I love the sneakers as well 🙂

  9. Living in Orlando for just over three years I absolutely love theme parks. I’ve never even heard of this hello Kitty one but it looks like so much fun. I feel like any part of Japan has something new and interesting that nowhere else in the world has.

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