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Nara Dreamland, Japan

From series “Deserted Places Causing the Feeling of Chill”
Year: 1961.

In Japan, there is an abandoned Nara Dreamland amusement park, which may also scare many tourists. The opening of the park took place in 1961. It has worked for a little over 30 years and was closed due to lack of funding. A walk in the park gives an impression that it went deserted overnight. All its rides have perfectly preserved after decades. You can find slot machines with toys and a lot of other equipment in old abandoned buildings.

Nara Dreamland, Japan The design of the amusement park is very similar to the California Disneyland. Today, some elements of its scenery look particularly daunting. During the years of desolation, the park destroyed slowly. Trees sprout in many of buildings, and attractions are covered with twine plants and grass. The park is characterized by a huge area. From the day of closing, entrance to the territory is completely prohibited.

The park is enclosed by a high fence with barbed wire. It is guarded by the police round the clock. Those of the few enthusiasts who still manage to go to the abandoned park have to note that it is guarded carefully. Police officers are not limited to only fining those who entered the forbidden territory. They could use firearms without warning. What caused such a behavior of police is unknown. People with weak mentality aren't recommended to walk close to the park on a windy day, as old rides in the wind emit a truly frightening rattle. Next - Michigan Central Station

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Police station: 'Nara Police Station Kawakami Police Box' in 1.55 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'オランダ屋 奈良店' in 0.66 km
Railway station: 'Narayama Station' in 1.53 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Itami Airport ITM - in 36 km
 »  Kobe Airport UKB - in 54 km
 »  Kansai Airport KIX - in 60 km
 »  Gifu Aero Airport QGU - in 117 km
 »  Takamatsu Airport TAK - in 173 km
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Best hotels near Nara Dreamland

Yuzan Guest House

Located in 1 km from Nara Dreamland
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Rooms: 4
Guests can sleep in a dormitory bunk bed, or try a Japanese room with a futon bed on traditional tatami (woven-straw) flooring. Bathrooms and toilets … More: photo, rates and booking
Nara Ugaya Guesthouse

Located in 2 km from Nara Dreamland
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Rooms: 5
Popular Nara Park and Todai-ji Temple with the big Buddha are within a 20-minute walk. Kintetsu Nara Station is a 10-minute walk away. Horyu-ji … More: photo, rates and booking

Located in 3 km from Nara Dreamland
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Rooms: 2
Guest house Hotobil has 2 rooms, both with a tatami (woven straw) floor, a low table with seating cushions and a flat-screen TV. Guests sleep in … More: photo, rates and booking

Located in 4 km from Nara Dreamland
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Rooms: 7
The air-conditioned rooms feature Western-style beds and a tatami (woven-straw) seating area. An electric kettle and TV are equipped. A Kotatsu … More: photo, rates and booking

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Top destination around Nara Dreamland - Osaka

The festival is celebrated according to lunar calendar and after the Gregorian Calendar the dates of the festival fall on the middle of August. Local people believe that in this period the spirits of their ancestors come back home. To help them find a way home at nightfall doors of the houses are illuminated with bright lanterns. The festival is followed with different religious events. Buddhist temples hold readings of sacred books.
At nightfall a major part of entertaining events takes place in city parks. Tourists may witness there bright dance shows. The festival ends with a symbolic and impressive event named Toro Nagashi which is a floating lanterns performance. These lanterns are believed to show the spirits the way back to the world of dead.

Another interesting event is held in June. A bright fest in the Shitennoji temple is as well followed with impressive folk music performances. Tourists visiting Osaka in July will have a chance to witness an amazing holiday named Tenjin Matsuri. In the daytime central streets of the city are filled with bright marches in which anybody can take part. In the evening people and the festival action relocate to the river bank to enjoy a boat parade.
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