The Kid in All of Us
Fancy a day of simple good-old fun? Amusement parks can bring out the kid in all of us. Located in Wakayama City, Marina City has a kid-friendly theme park, with rides set to the backdrop of its European architectural fantasy – Porto Europa. Due south, in the beach town of Shirahama, options include the retro Shirahama Energy Land, and top-rated Adventure World. In 2015, the home of Japan’s largest panda-breeding zoo, Adventure World, was voted TripAdvisors #1 Travelers’ Choice Award in the Zoo and Aquarium category for Japan, and #4 in all of Asia. On a rainy day, the indoor animal feeding demonstrations, and dolphin performances are sure to amuse the kids, as are the restaurants featuring cute animal-shaped dishes. Admission tickets include entrance to all zones except for the Playzone rides, which can be paid for individually; otherwise opt for the WakuWaku Playzone pass, and ride your heart out.