godzilla the ride

Seibuen or Seibu Amusement Park is a large amusement park with permanent as well as seasonal attractions in Tokorozawa City, Saitama Prefecture. On this blog, the winter illumination and summer pool event posts are particularly popular. The winter illumination at the park used to be the largest in Saitama Prefecture, but they have changed it completely since the park was renovated in 2020 / 2021. This post was written, with insider information, before the grand reopening, in time for the 70th anniversary of the park in May 2021.

Seibuen Reopening

From the official website

The park will reopen at 10 am on May 19th. As part of the renewal the amusement park has adopted a theme of “retro”. The park is designed like a Showa retro (1960s) town. The entrance leads to a Showa style shopping street “Sunset Hill Shopping Street”, which is very photogenic, with 30 different stores and restaurants. Here there are sporadic performances every hour of every day, like something out of a play or musical. Immersive experience entertainment. Off the main street and up a hill there is what is sure to be the pinnacle of the new park, an old style cinema with the world’s first permanent Godzilla amusement ride.

The Godzilla Ride

“Godzilla the Ride: the Great Kaiju Dominance Battle” is surprisingly the world’s first ever permanent Godzilla amusement ride. Thrill seekers will thrust into a fierce battle between Godzilla and King Ghidorah, the three headed monster that first appeared in the 1964 film of the same name. The two have been battling on and off ever since then! The fight continues at Seibuen! And you can witness it up close and personal, but brace yourself for a series of thrilling surprises.

Let’s Go Leoland

Another two rides that are world firsts are the two attractions themed on Osamu Tezuka’s popular cartoons Astro Boy and Jungle Emperor Leo. The Astro Boy rollercoaster ride is called “Astro Boy’s Moon Trip”. It is just a very small rollercoaster suited to even children. It is located in an area called “Let’s Go Leoland” which is a new family area in the park. Incidentally, Astro Boy is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year (2021).

In total there were 12 rides, 12 eateries and 30 shops at the new Seibuen. However, a year after the park reopened they demolished the big wheel, quoting old age as the reason. So temporarily there was only 11 rides. They haven’t replaced it, but a new ride is opening in the spring of 2024.

Seibuen Information

Cost: With the reopening many things have changed included the price. They only offer one type of ticket: entry with “free pass” to ride all the attractions. (They used to have two different tickets). It costs 4900 yen including tax per adult (gone up 500 yen since 2021) and 3600 yen including tax per child (gone up 300 yen since 2021). Children under three years old are not charged.

Hours: The hours change significantly by date. Generally speaking though the amusement park is open between 10 am and 5 pm all the time. They generally open until 7 pm on weekends and on days with special events. For example, Halloween parties or the night pool.

Address: 2964 Yamaguchi, Tokorozawa, Saitama
Phone: 04-2922-1371
Official website

Access: 

Train: Minutes walk from Seibu Yuuenchi station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line. 

Car: 10 kilometres from the Iruma Interchange of the Ken-o highway. Parking costs 1800 yen per day.

Reopened May 19th 2021

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