I first fell in love with Hello Kitty when I was around 8 years old, sporting a little red and white t-shirt with her face emblazoned against it. But like all things do, I grew out of love with it, until it reappeared in my late teens and has stuck around ever since. So you can only imagine my excitement when I found myself walking down the pathway to Sanrio Puroland, the home of all of the Sanrio characters that you could ever think of. We followed all of the incredibly obvious signs on where to go (e.g. the Hello Kitty banners, Sanrio town map, Pompompurin signs at the train station… You couldn’t really miss it) and after taking the typical snap of me looking like an excitable puppy in front of Puroland, we went in. Cinnamoroll was the star of the show as it was his 15th anniversary and everything was so on point – from the staff to the benches to the decor in general.
The Home of Hello Kitty
Our first stop was the Lady Kitty House where I got to meet my favourite character in the world, Hello Kitty! Her house was as cute as the whole land was and I was just so happy. We had to wait a little while but we were thankful that it was the first thing I did – the queues grew at a rapid pace behind us! We went in small groups, allowing us to take plenty of photos within. I just loved how coordinated everything and could’ve stayed there for so much longer!
Afterwards I went off to explore the area and there was just so much to see! There was My Melody’s house, lots of little cafes, live shows, a place where there was this huge bouncy castle (and I mean huge), and areas where you could have “boat rides” through the theme park. Unfortunately I missed out on this as the queues were way too long… Maybe next time I’ll get the chance to go on the rides!
And then there were the shops. I didn’t realise just how much I loved Sanrio until it took every fibre of my being not to buy everything in all of the stores. Yep, they had more than one store which was dangerous for shopaholics like myself. Conveniently, though, all of the stores were themed so there was one dedicated to just Little Twin Stars and another to My Melody, but I was lazy and just shopped at the Entrance shop where it had bits from all of the characters. Here’s my haul on everything that I bought from there, including some items from other shops in Japan!
About Sanrio Puroland
Sanrio Puroland is theme park and home to all of the Sanrio characters including Hello Kitty, My Melody, and Cinnamoroll, located in Tokyo!
Address: 1-31 Ochiai, Tama-shi, Tokyo-to
Opening Hours: 9.30am-5pm (although this varies)
You can find more information about Sanrio Puroland here.
How to get there
Sanrio Puroland is about half an hour away from Central Tokyo, and you can take the Keio Line from Shinjuku Station and get off at Tama-Center Station. From there it’s just a gentle walk (no more than 10 minutes), with cute little characters leading the way!
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Are you planning on going to Sanrio Puroland soon?