LaQua is surrounded by the city of Tokyo, and it offers quite a few opportunities for shopping and dining, in addition to a good selection of rides for all age groups. You can even take in a Tokyo Giants baseball game. The park is at its best after dark, when the views of the lights of Tokyo are particularly spectacular from the park's rooftop thrill rides. Note that LaQua's policies regarding "loose objects" on some rides (particularly Thunder Dolphin, the big roller coaster) are very strictly enforced. The park is a bit tricky to navigate, too. The very modern LaQua offers a nice contrast to Tokyo's oldest park, Hanayashiki.
Thunder Dolphin is quite possibly my favorite coaster ever! But as a close second is Lightning Racer at Hersheypark, I see similarities in the way they both "run" or "chase" through an experience, so maybe that's a personal thing. LaQua is a cute oddity of a park - the modern mirror of Hanayashiki. Feels a bit like a late '90's mall without much charm, but it's fun to find real rides in the center of a thriving city.
LaQua is one of those random parks that somehow makes sense in a huge city. It's also special to me as I watched them constructing the additions to this park while on exchange from my high school window near the train station. The best part of this park is being able to grab a quick coaster fix in the heart of Tokyo. Thunder Dolphin while fun isn't close to being a top 10 ride but should be checked out, also worth a spin on their Drop Tower for a more thrilling view of the city. Their Log Flume is also pretty great with a turn table and going through the outdoor section of the shopping center. If you find yourself cruising through Tokyo be sure to time out an hour or two to poke around LaQua.
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