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“Great Experience! Highlight of Vacation!”
Review of Hirakata Park

Hirakata Park
Ranked #1 of 103 things to do in Hirakata
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: “HIRAKATA PARK” was established in 1912 and is the oldest amusement park in Japan. In “HIRAKATA PARK”, you might be exited all four seasons, Cherry blossoms in Spring, the pool in Summer, the red leaves in Autumn and the snow in Winter. Making everyone who visits “HIRAKATA PARK” smile is our mission.
Reviewed 1 April 2018

We opted to go to Hirakata instead of Universal because we heard of some of the horrendous wait times at Universal. This was a great decision and an unforgettable experience. Park is in a small town that is about a half hour train ride outside of Osaka. Park appears to be frequented mostly by Japanese locals and there appeared to be few tourists. Although it lacked the newest, most daring rides, the rides were exciting enough to keep our family entertained for the entire day. There are a few roller coasters, carnival type rides, a log ride and adventure area. The lines were not bad and most of the rids had a 5 minute or less wait (some of the roller coasters were about 20-30 minutes). Our 6 year old and 9 year old didn't want to leave at the end of the day! There eateries are also decent and affordable compared to other amusement parks. The park offers an admission only ticket which gets you admission to the park and then you pay for each ride individually as you go, or there is also an all inclusive option where they give you a wristband for unlimited rides. Go for the all inclusive package.

The only negative comment that I have is that the height requirements for some of the rides seem a bit conservative. Our 6 year old is very small, but is daring and can ride almost all of the rides in U.S. theme parks no problem, but he was about an inch shy of being able to ride some of the roller coasters at Hirakata. He still had fun riding the other rides, but it would have been great if he could ride the roller coasters with his older sister. On the flip side, since he is small, he can pass as a 5 year old so we paid less for his admission. So no real complaints here. Will definetly return and will tell friends to visit this park before they visit Universal.

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Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

This place has been there since I was young kid. I remember my parents used to bring me and sisters. It had changed a lot since then. I'd still visit with families. You can spend all day there.

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Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

Hirakata Park is probably overshadowed by USJ as a destination. But for families with young kids (mine are 4 and 5), Hirakata is probably a better option as there are many many rides that young kids can sit. We went on a Friday and there weren't many people - we didn't have to queue for any rides except to wait for the current run to finish. Which also meant we could take multiple rides multiple times. The staff there were fantastic - every one was so polite and smiley and helpful! It was really lovely! There are so many rides suitable for kids of all ages. Unfortunately for us, the wooden roller coaster was under maintenance :( overall it was a really nice, old-school style amusement park. We had lunch within the park at the omurice restaurant. It was pretty delicious! We left when the park closed at 5pm, having been there the whole day :) it was enjoyable for everyone and the kids completely knackered after that.
Tip: you can purchase a Hirapah Go! Go! card from most stations along the Keihan line (which goes to Hirakata-koen station). The card covers the park entry and unlimited rides on the Keihan line for that day. With they card, you also get a discount on the all access pass (2,700 yen instead of 3,000 yen). So this is something that is definitely worthwhile.

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Reviewed 25 April 2017

Hirakata Park is a great place to spend a day. We went there with our two children, aged 7 and 12, and had one of the best theme park experiences ever. Fees to get in were much cheaper than Universal Studios (USJ) and the best thing was there were no queues to get on any of the rides. After experiencing queues of up to 3 hours at USJ, this place was heaven. They have a good variety of rides, lots to keep little ones happy, like the Hello Kitty spinning cups, and a few thrill rides for big kids too, like the giant wooden framed roller coaster. The park is well maintained with gorgeous gardens through out, and in April the cherry blossoms are everywhere, it is very beautiful. The staff were all very friendly and helpful to non Japanese speakers.In short if you want a place that is value for money, stress free, crowd free and lots of fun make the journey to Hirakata park. Like someone mentioned previously the hardest part of the day is getting the kids to leave.

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Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

We've been to Hirakata Park twice and had fun both times. Admission is about 1200 yen per person, more if you want some rides included. We did the Ferris wheel, which is 500 per person, once around. Nice views of the surrounding area. Good place to walk around, have a bit of fun and eat unhealthy food. Rides are slightly expensive and a bit too brief. Good for kids. We'll be back. :)

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