Nara Dreamland

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Nara Dreamland
Nara Dreamland, Nara.jpg
Location Nara, Nara
Coordinates 34°41′58″N 135°49′21″E / 34.699444°N 135.8225°E / 34.699444; 135.8225
Owner Daiei (former Nippon Dream Kanko)
Operated by Dreampark
General Manager Kunizo Matsuo
Opened  July 1, 1961 (1961-07-01)
Closed August 31, 2006 (2006-08-31)

Nara Dreamland (奈良ドリームランド Nara Dorīmurando?) was a theme park near Nara, Japan which was built in 1961 and inspired by Disneyland in California. On August 31, 2006, Nara Dreamland closed permanently due to low visitor numbers, possibly due to the popularity of Tokyo Disney Resort. The park has been abandoned ever since.


The Castle at Nara Dreamland

The entrance to the park was designed to look almost identical to Disneyland, including the Train depot, a Main Street, U.S.A. and the familiar Sleeping Beauty Castle at the hub. It also had a Matterhorn-type mountain (with a Matterhorn Bobsleds-type ride, called Bobsleigh), and the skyway running through it, as well as an Autopia-type pubs and a monorail. The park also had its own mascots, Ran-chan and Dori-chan, two kids dressed as bearskinned guards.


The wooden roller coaster, Aska

The park contained several rides prior to closing, including:

Other rides included a carousel, a small powered coaster, a Jungle Cruise styled ride, and a log flume.

Popularity with urban explorers[edit]

Nara Dreamland is a popular destination for haikyoists, or urban explorers.[1]

Additionally, many have reported hearing strange noises near the park's boats. Some speculate that it may be caused by a running water pump or a type of bull frog. [2]



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Coordinates: 34°42′00″N 135°49′27″E / 34.70000°N 135.82417°E / 34.70000; 135.82417