9 Reasons Why the Hello Kitty Theme Park Is Worth the Trip to Japan

When I told my 6-year-old daughter that we would be going on vacation to Tokyo, she was fairly nonplussed until I mentioned four words: “Hello Kitty Theme Park.” Suddenly, Lucy was jumping up and down and asking how soon when we were leaving. Granted, I fudged the truth a little bit. It isn’t technically called the Hello Kitty Theme Park. We were actually headed to Sanrio Puroland, aka Hello Kitty Land Tokyo, where Hello Kitty is the star of the show at a fanciful and fun destination that attracts two million visitors a year.

And, as we discovered, a visit to Sanrio Puroland is reason enough to plan a trip to Japan. Here are nine reasons why it’s so amazing.

1/9 You get up close and personal with Hello Kitty

In many theme parks, you need to work hard to meet and greet the characters. At Sanrio Puroland, guests can easily greet Hello Kitty at the photo booth in Lady Kitty House and buy shots from the onsite photographers. In 2019 — the 45th anniversary of Hello Kitty — Sanrio Puroland will give you a chance to spend even more one-on-one time with the iconic character. During a special greeting of Kitty 45, which Lucy and I got to experience, the first 20 people who visit Lady Kitty House get to experience hug time.