Tokyo Dome City is a massive open concept mixed-use shopping mall and theme park located in the heart of busy Tokyo city. In addition to an attached amusement theme park, it comprises of an events space housing the world’s largest roofed baseball stadium, a shopping mall, spa and fitness center. It is easily accessible it by travelling to Suidobashi subway station on the Toei Mita Line.
The theme park is split into 2 main sectors comprising of 4 zones spanning over 4 different floors with flat rides littered all around the compound. The bulk of the rides are located on the ground level (Viking Zone) with an open fairground concept, making it very inviting to visitors, particularly young families who are can bring their children for rides while shopping at the mall.
Aerial view of Tokyo Dome City and LaQua Luna park from the Big O Ferris wheel.
The ground floor is also where you can purchase tickets for the rides. A full 1 day pass valid for the day of purchase allowing for unlimited rides within the park will set you back 3,900 yen. Due to a limited number of good rides here, I personally recommend a ride 5 pass for 2,600 yen, giving you a choice to go on any five attractions.
Given the close proximity of the theme park in the shopping mall, it is not unusual to see a ride entrance, or ride path situated right beside a food or shop. One such ride will be the Log Flume and Carousel. The LaQua zone located on the upper mall floors are where all the thrill rides are, with key attraction being the Thunder Dolphin roller coaster.
With the coaster the ride station is located on the upper levels of the mall, the Intamin coaster train begins the through a hill lift dominating much of the mall’s skyline, running right through the roof and the external façade of the shopping mall and at times even going through parts of the building walls. There are some unique elements such as a “slow wave roll” track segment on one of the roof top segments of the coaster course.
The Big O Ferris, an icon of the theme park, is a modern external hub Ferris wheel with the gondolas facing outwards, allowing for unobstructed views a clear center giving it’s trademarked ‘O’ center which the Thunder dolphin coaster runs through too. The wheel offers panoramic views of not only the park but the Tokyo skyline all round.
The Parachute zone is the next biggest sector of the theme park and is home to the park’s haunted house and a parachute drop ride, which is not bad for a small park. The ghost house is decent for a small park, though totally not scary at all. There are even human-controlled air-gun elements outside where members of the public remotely activate blasts of air to scare guests in the ghost house. Hilarious! The parachute drop is a slow vertical cable ride offering nice views of the surrounding city scape. I found the park open concept atmosphere to be rather pleasant, with rides catered to all ages. You can often see young families accompanying their kids on the rides, with the more thrill-seeking teenagers and adults on the upper floors for the roller coaster.
You will be good at LaQua for 1-2 hours typically, particularly if you are only going for the few most highly-rated thrill rides in the park. It’s one of the few areas where you can go on a roller coaster and have the stomach to go for a buffet dinner at one of the mall’s many restaurants.
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