Nara Dreamland

In the outskirts of Nara, the last bits of spirit are leaving this abandoned amusement park. It closed in 2006, after its number of visitors dropped dramatically in the aftermath of the opening of the new Tokyo Disneyland and Osaka Universal Studio.

Nara Dreamland (奈良ドリームランド) used to be a cute and kind of famous amusement park. It was built in 1961, six years after the original Disneyland in California. Its layout is entirely based on Disneyland and negotiations with Walt Disney himself occurred: Nara Dreamland was supposed to be a Disneyland! Unfortunately, it failed. It is usually difficult and very procedural-intensive for an occidental concept to be imported in Japan. I think the American firm was not willing to have their brand too alienated neither. The final result is quite good for the haikyoists however: here we have now an abandoned-looking Disneyland, ideal for a very romantic day and night walk.

Read the whole story about my exploration here: Nara Dreamland.


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