Tokyo Disneyland: How to get there and make the most of it

Tokyo Disneyland Cinderella's Castle

In 1983, Tokyo Disney became the first Disney theme park to open outside of the United States. It is located alongside the Tokyo Disney Resort, just a 5-minute walk from Maihama Station.

The park stretches out across 7 distinct zones and includes a range of classic Disney rides such as Space Mountain, It’s a Small World, Star Tours, and the Haunted Mansion. An ideal destination for a family day out while in Japan’s capital.

How to get to Tokyo Disneyland

Traveling from Tokyo to Tokyo Disneyland by train is easy using your JR Pass. Tokyo Disney Resort (which includes Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea) is located five-minute walk from Maihama Station, in JR Keiyo line.

From Tokyo Station, take the JR Keiyo/Musashino Line to the JR Maihama Station (the 6th stop). The train traject is about 17 minutes and covered by Japan Rail Pass. The train ticket costs 220 yen without JR Pass.

Narita Airport to Tokyo Disneyland

If you want to go to Tokyo Disneyland directly from Narita Airport, you can take the Tokyo Disney Resort Bus, keep in mind the last bus departs from Narita Airport terminal 1 at 06:10 p.m. The trip takes about 75 minutes and costs 1.800 yen for adults and 900 yens for child. You can buy a ticket from the bus ticket counter at the airport.

If you have a JR Pass, you can use the Narita Express form Narita Airport to Tokyo Station, a 60 minutes trip, and from there, take the JR Keiyo line, as mentioned above, and arrive at Tokyo Disneyland in another 15 minutes. The whole trip is about 75 minutes. Narita Express and the trip by Keiyo line are full covered by your JR Pass.

Alternatively, you can take the Disney Resort Monorail to Tokyo Disneyland Station.


Entrance fees, tickets, and Fastpass

Tickets may be purchased up to two months in advance for a fixed date, or you may buy open date tickets, good for one year from the time of purchase.

  • A 1-Day Passport costs 7,400 yen for adults, 6,400 yen for ages 12 to 17, or 4,800 yen for ages 4 to 11. It can be used at either Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo DisneySea.
  • The 2-Day Passport can be used in one park. Adult tickets are 13,200 yen, junior tickets 11,600 yen, and child tickets 8,600 yen.
  • The 3-Day Passport can be used on both parks and costs 17,800 yen for adults, 15,500 yen for teens, and 11,500 yen for children. The similar 4-Day Passport costs 22,000 yen for adults, 19,400 yen for teens, and 14,400 yen for children.
  • The After 6 Passport allows entry after 6 pm and costs 4,200 yen for all ages. The Starlight Passport allows entry after 3 pm on weekends or holidays. Its price ranges from 3,500 to 5,400 yen.

On high attendance days, only those with fixed date tickets (rather than open date tickets) will be permitted to enter the park. You can purchase fixed date tickets in advance. Disney hotel guests can purchase same-day tickets at a welcome center or at their hotel, and they will be guaranteed entry.

The Fastpass allows you to skip the line at a specific ride during your assigned one-hour period. You can get a Fastpass for free by inserting your Passport into a Fastpass machine, located in front of the attraction.

Opening Hours

Opening hours vary by season, but they typically encompass the hours of 8 am to 10 pm. Admission ends one hour prior to closing. The park is open 365 days a year.

Tokyo Disneyland Themed Areas

Tokyo Disney is home to seven distinct areas, including:

  • The World Bazaar, a shopping and dining area modeled after a retro American town.
  • Tomorrowland, a hive of futuristic and spacefaring technologies.
  • Toontown, where characters such as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck “live, work, and play.”
  • Fantasyland, home to classic Disney characters and the famous Cinderella’s Castle.
  • Critter Country, a haven for Bre’r Rabbit and his friends.
  • Westernland, based on the American West.
  • Adventureland, where you’ll find the Swiss Family Treehouse and the Pirates of the Caribbean.
Tokyo Disneyland map
Tokyo Disneyland map – © Disney

Best Rides

Big Thunder Mountain

A mine and train-themed rollercoaster, modeled after its counterparts at Disneyland California, Disneyland Park in Paris, and Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Big Thunder Mountain ride
Big Thunder Mountain, Tokyo Disneyland – ©Disney

Splash Mountain

A global park staple that will cool you off on hot summer days.

Splash Mountain
Splash Mountain, Tokyo Disneyland – ©Disney

It’s a Small World

A waterbased ride in Fantasyland, modeled after the inaugural Small World ride that premiered at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.

It’s a Small World
It’s a Small World, Tokyo Disneyland – ©Disney

Pooh’s Hunny Hunt

This ride is unique to Tokyo Disney, not found in any other Disney parks.

Poo's Hunny Hunt
Pooh’s Hunny Hunt, Tokyo Disneyland – ©Disney

Haunted Mansion

Are you brave enough to face the “999 happy haunts” that live there?

Haunted Mansion
Haunted Mansion, Tokyo Disneyland – ©Disney

Star Tours: The Adventure Continues

This 3D motion simulator ride will take you to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

Star Tours: The Adventure Continues
Star Tours: The Adventure Continues, Tokyo Disneyland – ©Disney

Space Mountain

A futuristic rollercoaster and a staple of Disney theme parks.

Space mountain, Tokyo Disneyland
Space mountain, Tokyo Disneyland – ©Disney

Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters

To infinity and beyond! This is an interactive shooting ride based on the Toy Story franchise.

Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters
Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters, Tokyo Disneyland – ©Disney

Monsters, Inc. Ride and Go Seek!

A dark ride attraction based on the 2001 film.

Monsters, Inc. Ride and Go Seek!, Tokyo Disneyland – ©Disney

Best Time to go: Crowd calendar

In order to select the best time to visit when the park is less crowded, avoid weekends, especially extended holiday weekends. Other busy times include national holidays and school holidays. In Japan, school holidays occur mid-March through early April, late July through August, and late December to early January.

The weather is especially pleasant in spring and fall, but these times are also the busiest.


Tokyo Disney Special Events

Decorations and parade events change seasonally. A favorite is the Dreamlights Electrical Parade, which features floats and performers decked in over 600,000 LED lights. Fireworks are a frequent nighttime attraction.

In January of each year, you can celebrate the traditional Japanese New Year with Mickey and Minnie. In June and July, check out Tanabata, a traditional Japanese Star Festival.

In the coming years, Tokyo Disney will also host the opening of two new themed areas, based on Big Hero 6 and Beauty and the Beast.

Cover image by  Gonzalo Pineda Zuniga used under CC.

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