Ever had a dream that you were walking through a zombie apocalypse? Watched the Walking Dead? Read a lot of Stephen King books?
Well there’s an abandoned theme park in Japan called Dreamland where you can imagine that you are in that world. Empty for over 20 years in the city of Nara it’s been left to overgrow and decay.
Visited these days by only a few people illegally – it’s the ultimate urban exploration experience.
Just a heads up – there’s a lot of photos in this post so bear with it!
(UPDATE SEPT 2019) I have learned that the Nara Dreamland has now been demolished since I was last there 🙁
Have a look down the article though if you want to see how it was.
The Abandoned Nara Dreamland Theme Park
The park was built in 1961 but closed in the mid-nineties. Surprisingly it’s easy to enter. Just walk around the barrier of the old main entrance and your in a creepy apocalyptic dreamland.
The theme park has everything you could think of.
When walking around you will see the rollercoasters overlooking all, but there’s so much random stuff left about around you will be amazed at what you can find.
Abandoned and graffitied monorail.
Jump in the drivers seat!
Enter and distort yourself in the mirror maze.
One of the creepy things about is when the wood and metal on the rides and old structures creek and bellow in the wind. It makes you jump sometimes.
Most rides are overgrown with vegetation.
Fire truck left to rust away.
You can climb to the top if you dare.
Welcome to Dreamland! Japanese cuteness as usual.
The Water Park
Around half the theme park is made up of waterslides. You can climb up them for great views although sliding down one is probably not the best idea. Although very tempting.
Would you enter?
If you did your going to have a painful landing!
The other half of the theme park in the distance.
The Arcade Games
One of the best things about wandering around is to check out every building as there’s so much stuff left behind, including lots of old arcade games. One particular room had around 30 of them. It’s a lot of fun discovering all the old names.
Did you ever play any of them?
Dance Dance Revolution!
Fancy a ride?
Kawaii (Japanese for cute).
It really is the smaller random stuff that can make you smile the most.
In office rooms are old computers from the early 90’s along with floppy disks still with theme park information on them.
Get a selfie!
Thomas the Tank Engine has seen better days….
The fire department now has a pink cadillac.
Creepy Old Posters
On the side of some buildings are decaying posters showing what it used to be like when the park was open. So weird seeing them and then looking around you as it is now.
The House Of Horrors And So Much More
It seriously never gets boring – there’s so much to see.
Entering the darkness of the house of horrors by yourself as it gets dark outside with the flashlight on your smartphone is very unnerving.
Kitchen left as it was.
Lot’s of small buildings with surprises to be seen.
The main tower of the park.
Some rides you can’t really get into as they are blocked with lots of vegetation.
Sculpture by the waterpark.
Near the entrance is a big office block and an abandoned car park.
Old school phone.
It used to be full of water shows.
Even a fork lift truck is left behind.
Built in 1961… and now the ultimate urban exploration place.
If you’re in this part of Japan then you may be interested in some day trips from Osaka to see what else you can do around there.
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