How to Get the Most Out of Tokyo Joypolis

Tokyo Joypolis, located in the bay area of Odaiba, is one of Japan’s largest indoor amusement parks. One can easily spend a full day in the three-storey leisure complex containing over 20 attractions, ranging from thrilling rides, virtual reality and horror houses.

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While none of the rides here are particularly scary in comparison to full-fledged amusement parks like Fuji-Q and Universal Studios Japan, many are a lot of fun and entertaining. Here’s the lowdown on the attractions and what’s most worth playing.

Inside Tokyo Joypolis

Attractions at Tokyo Joypolis

Thrills

Rollercoaster tracks of Gekion Live Coaster
  • Gekion Live Coaster (1F) – A rollercoaster that runs through the Joypolis complex. It is pretty cool to see an indoor rollercoaster, and screams could definitely be heard throughout the day from riders.
  • Halfpipe Tokyo (1F) – The No. 1 attraction of Joypolis. A super cool ride where pairs are swung back and forth in a halfpipe structure, while competing in a “spin battle” by synchronizing rotations. Wait time for this was always upwards of 60 minutes.
  • Storm G (2F) – A futuristic sled ride that spins 360 degrees. Super fun.
  • Transformers Human Alliance Special (2F) – Another ride that can spin 360 degrees based on the Transformers series. You shoot Decepticons while in a circular ball.
Transformers Human Alliance Special

Horror

Sadako ~The Curse Psychic Manor~
  • Sadako ~The Curse Psychic Manor~ (3F) – A walk-through horror “house” inspired by The Ring. Staff play a role in this attraction, and some parts are really quite scary.
  • Murder Lodge (3F) – A chilling experience using just sound and air effects. You sit in a pitch black room and put on headphones, where the story unfolds. Really impressed with how scary it is despite its simplicity.
  • Mystic Mansion ~Tale of Pandemonium~ (3F) – A 3D effects show based on Japanese ghost stories. Purely in Japanese and relies heavily on your knowledge of Edo period monsters, so the novelty of this attraction may be lost on foreigners. Not really scary, more funny.
  • Attack on Titan The Attraction (3F) – A walk-through “choose your adventure” based on the popular manga/anime series. The staff really go all out with their acting in this one, which makes it fun and interesting.

Interactive

These are the attractions that you can “play,” either as an integrated video game or through other hands-on activities.

  • Pirate’s Plunder (1F) – A shooting game. You sit on a barrel or cart in a room with dozens of other people and shoot at the skeletons on the screen. Highest scores get their photos briefly flashed on the screen afterwards.
  • Spicy Taxi (1F) – You are a tuktuk driver in Thailand, and get points for the amount of coins you pick up, as well as how fast you answer quiz questions. You also have to honk at monkeys to scare them away.
  • The Joypolis Explorer (1F) – This is a kid’s game where you have to do a sort of stamp rally around the venue. Not really interesting for the average adult visitor.
  • Ace Attorney in JOYPOLIS (2F) – A mystery game based on the popular video game Phoenix Wright. You role play as the protagonist and gather clues to crack the case. Didn’t play this so not sure if the clues are also available in English.
  • Fortune Forest (2F) – You go into a magical forest where “trees” will fortune tell your character and compatibility with a partner or friends. Best taken with a grain of salt.
  • Tower Tag (2F) – A competitive VR shooting game where you verse other players.
  • House of the Dead ~Scarlet Dawn~ (2F) – The latest in the shooter video game franchise created by Sega. You shoot zombies in an arcade-style video game.
  • Sonic Athletics (2F) – An active game where you run on a treadmill to compete in a race against characters from Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • Lola and Carla – The Beauty Contest (3F) – In this offbeat game, you pretend to be aspiring hosts or hostesses, and have to pass an “interview” and take PuriKura in specified poses to pass. The cool thing is you get to keep a photo of your favourite pose at the end of it.
Lola and Carla - The Beauty Contest

VR rides

These three rides all use the same technology to provide a thrilling experience, just in different settings. Basically just a surround screen and tilt motion of the carriage, but surprisingly exhilarating.

  • Wild Wing (3F)
  • Wild Jungle Brothers (3F)
  • Wild River The Treasure Hunt (3F)
3F of Tokyo Joypolis

Not included in Joypolis passport

  • Zero Latency VR (1F) – A virtual reality shooting game developed by an Australian company. It has been touted as the world’s first “free roaming” multiplayer VR experience. You need a separate booking to play it, and it costs 2,200 yen – 2,500 yen per person for a game lasting up to 30 minutes.
  • Decopolis (3F) – An event space

Strategy and Recommendations

If you can only try a few attractions, I recommend:

Halfpipe Tokyo
  • Any of the four thrill rides. Wait times tend to be the longest for these so try and go early, or during lunch and dinner times, when people tend to dip out.
  • The Sadako and/or Murder Lodge attractions to satiate horror appetites
  • Tower Tag for a VR gaming experience
  • Lola and Carla – The Beauty Contest to get a free glamorized photo, and
  • Any one of the three VR rides. Choose depending on whether you prefer flight, jungle or rapids.

If you are an Attack on Titan fan, then that attraction is also definitely worth going to. But keep in mind it is Japanese only.

Attack on Titan The Attraction

Disappointingly, the website does not have a function for checking the wait time for each attraction, so it can be hard to strategize for maximum efficiency. My strategy was to first go on attractions with wait times of 20 minutes or under, and then line up for an exorbitant amount of time for the 1-2 rides I really wanted to go on.

Line for the Gekion Live Coaster

We went during the new year holidays, so the wait times for some rides were ridiculous (up to 80 minutes). We entered Tokyo Joypolis around 1 p.m. and left around 7 p.m. out of hunger and tiredness from queuing. In the 6 hours we managed to cover 10 attractions, and also grabbed a snack at the cafe. The maximum time we queued was 50 minutes, the minimum 5 minutes.

Line for Halfpipe Tokyo

There is also an arcade section (with lots of UFO catchers) and merchandise store on the 1F, a cafe on 3F, and stage shows at certain times of the day.

Cost

If you wish to just go on one or two rides, admission to Tokyo Joypolis costs 1,200 yen plus the cost of the ride (ranges from 600 yen – 1,000 yen). If you want to try as many attractions as possible, then the passport is better value for money at 5,000 yen per adult. A night passport with entry from 4 p.m. costs 4,000 yen.

Entrance to Tokyo Joypolis

However, the best value is to go on your birthday, where you can get a passport ticket for absolutely free (with valid ID). Failing that, you can also purchase the ticket in advance from online travel agencies at a discount. I got my ticket from Klook, which offered the best discount I could find at 4,200 yen (and got a further 30% off during a year-end sale). You will need to exchange the ticket for the passport at the ticketing booths on the day.

Getting to Tokyo Joypolis

Tokyo Joypolis is located a 2-minute walk from Odaiba-Kaihinkoen Station on the Yurikamome monorail, or a 5-minute walk from Tokyo Teleport Station on the Rinkai Line.

Address: 東京都港区台場1丁目6番1号 DECKS Tokyo Beach 3F~5F
DECKS Tokyo Beach 3F~5F Daiba 1-6-1, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours vary depending on the day, but it is generally open from 11am to 7pm on weekdays, and 10am to 8pm on weekends and holidays. Check the official website for the latest details.

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