Toshimaen 31 August 30th 17:14 crowded with people who regret closing the curtain on the history of 94 years
“Toshimaen” of the amusement park in Nerima-ku, Tokyo, will come to an end in 94 years of history in 31 days. The park on the 30th, which was the last Sunday, is full of people who regret closing the park.
Toshimaen, an amusement park in Nerima Ward, Tokyo, which opened in 1912, will close in 31 days.
On the 30th, which was the last Sunday, “Toshien” opened before 9 a.m. earlier than usual because there was a large queue at the entrance at 8 a.m.
The park was crowded with many people, especially the pool and a merry-go-round called “Carousel El Dorado” which was certified as a mechanical heritage in 2010.
In addition, there was an exhibition introducing the history of “Toshishimaen” in the park before the park closed, and many people listened to the staff’ talk.
On the 31st, “Toshimaen” will be closed with fireworks in the night sky from 8 p.m., and the curtain will be held on 94 years of history.
The site is a park with a theme park and disaster prevention function.
Toshimaen was opened in 1912 and features attractions and swimming pools on a 22-hectare site.
In the 1930s, it was known as one of the leading amusement parks in the Tokyo metropolitan area, with the introduction of indoor ski resorts and facilities such as “flowing swimming pools” for the first time in the world, and it has been popular with many people.
In the 1990s, the number of visitors exceeded 4 million, but in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government acquired land mainly from the Toshimaen area from seibu Group and other companies in 2011, and decided to establish it as a metropolitan park that can be used as an evacuation site in the event of a disaster.
After that, the number of visitors decreased to 960,000 in fiscal 2017, but it recovered slightly in fiscal 2018 to 1.12 million.
Then, in June, Seibu Railway, which owns the land, announced that the park would close by the end of this month.
With regard to the development of the site of Toshimaen, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has signed a memorandum of understanding with Seibu Railway and other companies, and plans to establish a theme park for “Harry Potter” where novels and movies are popular worldwide, as well as a park with disaster prevention functions by the first half of 2023.