If Tokyo DisneySea is too expensive or you simply can’t bring yourself to visit a Disney theme park in Japan, Joypolis is a great alternative, with 3- and 4-D virtual thrill rides that are so realistic you’ll swear you’re actually bobsledding 360-degree turns, whipping along gut-churning turns on a roller coaster, driving fast and furious, or winning the halfpipe. There are also 3D movies and horror and zombie walk-through attractions, including the very scary multiple-player Zombie Survival virtual reality in which you have to shoot real-looking zombies that are coming at you from everywhere. There’s also a stage featuring both digital and real performers, as well as the ubiquitious arcade games. In short, this is the perfect antidote for teenagers–and adults!–bored with too many museums, shrines and temples. Because lines can be long, try coming during the week, visiting, perhaps, Odaiba’s many shopping malls or other attractions like Mega Web.
Note that there are some height and age restrictions and admission is only that: admission to the three-story facility, with rides and attractions costing ¥500 to ¥800 each. In addition to the regular all-inclusive passports that include admission and attractions, there are disount evening passports; check the website for times and prices.
Station: Odaiba Kaihin Koen or Tokyo Teleport.