When travelling to Tokyo with kids, most people will think of Disneyland and Sanrio Puroland. But a 1.5 hours drive from central Tokyo lies on of the region’s best kept secret: Thomas Land.
Come on.. How many of your kids (at least the boys) don’t love Thomas? I have two boys and they are CRAZY over Thomas! Hence I find it strange that this Thomas Land has kept such a low profile! Part of the reason I’m guessing is because it is just one attraction in the much larger Fuji Q Highland.
Fuji Q Highland, as the name suggests, is located right smack next to Mount Fuji. Which means you will get an AWESOME view of Mount Fuji from here on a clear day! And the best place to view Mount Fuji, is from the top of the ferris wheel.
Let’s go to Thomas Land Japan!
Thomas Land is located at the end of the Fuji Q Highland amusement park.
I think Japanese build the BEST theme parks EVER. Once you pass the entrance to Thomas Land, you will feel like you have entered the Island of Sodor!
Everywhere you look, you will see models or decorations featuring the the engines!
There are numerous Thomas-themed rides at Thomas Land that even babies and young toddlers can enjoy.
Ride tickets are not required for children aged 0 to 2 years old. Which mean if an adult and a child below 3 years old ride together, only one ticket (for the adult) is required. However, if the child is above 3 years old, then the adult and child need a ticket each.
Party Parade Ride (300 Yen per pax per ride)
The Party Parade ride brings you on a rail journey to join Thomas and his friends for a birthday party! There is a photo-taking at the end with the row of engines and you can purchase the photo from the souvenir shop.
Exciting Cruise Ride (200 Yen per pax per ride)
Exciting cruise ride is a mini boat ride with some very gentle ups and downs.
Everybody Twist Ride (200 Yen per pax per ride)
This is a roundabout ride with the various Thomas characters. Be at the front of the queue if you want to choose your character!
Lively music will be played and trampolines were provided for the kids to play along.
Happy Harold Ride (200 Yen per pax per ride)
This a typical plane / helicopter automated ride where you can control the helicopter to go up or down. Except that it is not so typical because we are riding in Harold!
Go! Go! Bulstrode Ride (200 Yen per pax per ride)
Go! Go! Bulstrode is something like a mini viking. And check out the view of Mount Fuji behind!
Thomas, Percy and James Fun Ride
Thomas, Percy and James Fun Ride is a train ride. You don’t get to choose whether you are riding on Thomas, Percy or James though. You will just ride whichever one is in operation.
Thomas Self-Drive Vehicles
There was an area with many self-drive vehicles for the kids to drive around. Each ride only cost 100 yen! So cheap! MF rode 3 times it cost less than SGD5!
And for each ride, you will receive a souvenir card dispensed from the vehicle!
Thomas Themed Restaurant and Snack Kiosk
A theme park is not complete without themed restaurants! At Thomas Land, you will find K’s Thomas Cafe and Lady Hyatt’s Afternoon Tea.
K’s Thomas Cafe is a dine-in restaurant. The seats at K’s Thomas Cafe resemble train cabins. And you can enjoy Thomas themed food and in Thomas cups and plates. Lady Hyatt’s Afternoon Tea is a snack kiosk where you can buy Thomas-shaped mini pancakes.
Giant Models of Thomas and Percy
At Thomas Land, you will find giant models of Thomas and Percy!
The kids can go inside and pretend to be train conductors!
Thomas Land Souvenir Shopping
There are souvenir shops that ensure you do not leave the theme park empty-handed. Check out the Thomas Station Shop. They sold everything Thomas: Confectionary, toys, stationary, bags… Whatever you can think of!
And even those that you would not think of, like Thomas toilet paper.
And to keep the kids entertained while the parents shop, they set up Thomas train tables inside the shop for the kids to play at!
I could stay here forever. Let me just drink my Thomas mineral water while waiting for the kids to be done playing with the trains. Not that they will ever be done…
Thomas Themed Rooms at Highland Resort Hotel & Spa Japan
What better way to end the day at Thomas Land than with a stay in one of the Thomas themed rooms at the neighbouring Highland Resort right? Highland Resort Hotel & Spa, located right next to Fuji Q Highland, has a wide range of Thomas-themed rooms!
Thomas Room (Room 608)
Percy Room (Room 610)
Thomas Station Room (Room 902)
Thomas Harbour Room (Room 952)
Thomas and Hiro Express Cabin Room (Room 652)
Topham Hatt Room (Room 552)
Gordon Room (Room 452)
Kids Meals at Highland Resort
Thomas-themed kids meals and children’s utensils are available at Highland Resort.
Booking of Thomas Themed Rooms at Highland Resort
To book the Thomas themed rooms at Highland Resort, you need to call in. Bookings are only accepted via phone at the following number:
0555 – 22 – 1000
For us in Singapore, the easiest way to do it is to get your credit card travel concierge service to do it.
For pricing and availability, you need to refer to Highland Resort’s Website. (Click on the room you are interested in and you will see a pricing table and calendar indicating when the room is available.)
The character rooms get booked out MONTHS in advance. So do call in early and good luck!
Admission Fee for Thomas Land Japan
Since Thomas Land is part of Fuji Q Highland, you would need to pay the admission fee for Fuji Q Highland. There are entry tickets and free passes.
Entrance Ticket is for admission only and does not include rides. So you will need to purchase tickets separately for each ride you wish to take. Free Pass entitles you to unlimited rides in the amusement park, including those at Thomas Land.
If you are not a thrill seeker and your main aim is just to visit Thomas Land, you should purchase the Entrance Ticket and pay for the Thomas Land rides separately.
Information on Thomas Land Japan
Address: 5-6-1 Shin-Nishihara. Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture 403-0017 Japan
Getting there by train from Tokyo (Shinjuku station):
Take JR Chuo Main Line (app 60 min by limited express ) to Otsuki Station.
Transfer to Fujikyu Line to Fuji-Q Highland (app 50 min).
Getting There via Self-Drive:
Use the telephone number search (0555-23-2111) on your car’s GPS.
Secure a room at Highland Resort!
Note: Thomas themed rooms can only be booked directly from the hotel by calling 0555 – 22 – 1000 (+81 555-22-1000 if calling from overseas). The following reservation is for non-themed rooms at Highland Resort.
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