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 is the largest in Saitama Prefecture. It was greatly missed year when the amusement park closed in the Autumn of 2020 for a complete overhaul. It remained closed throughout winter, preparing for a grand reopening this spring in time for the 70th anniversary of the amusement park. The opening date was announced earlier this week as Wednesday May 19th 2021.
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” with 30 different stores. Here there will be sporadic bursts of performances every hour of every day, like something out of a play or musical. Immersive experience entertainment. At the end of the street 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. Both are roller coaster rides. The Astro Boy rollercoaster ride is called “Astro Boy’s Moon Trip”. They are 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.
In total there are 12 rides, 12 eateries and 30 shops at the new Seibuen.
Cost: With the reopening many things have changed included the price. At the moment, they are only offering one type of ticket: entry with “free pass” to ride all the attractions. (They used to have two different tickets). It costs 4,400 yen including tax per adult and 3300 yen including tax per child. 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
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.