By far the most well-known attraction in Urayasu is the "Tokyo Disney Resort". Tokyo Disney Resort includes Tokyo Disneyland Park, Tokyo DisneySea Park, the Ikspiari shopping center, and the surrounding Disney Partner Hotels (Hotel Miracosta within Tokyo DisneySea Park, Disney Ambassador Hotel which is connected to the Ikspiari shopping center, and five or so other official hotels of the Tokyo Disney Resort).
Tokyo Disneyland Park, Tokyo DisneySea Park, the Ikspiari shopping center, and the surrounding Disney Partner Hotels are connected by the Disney Resort Line, a monorail that goes around the Tokyo Disney Resort and is just a minute's walk from Maihama Station on the JR Keiyo Line or JR Musashino Line.
The Disney Resort Line monorail is quite cute - the windows are shaped like Mickey Mouse and the interior is arranged in a very unique way. The monorail travels in one direction around the circumference of the Tokyo Disney Resort so it is a good way to get an overview of the resort. Plus, the monorail travels in back of DisneySea so you can see a different perspective of that park too.
There is already plenty of information about Tokyo Disneyland Park, Tokyo DisneySea Park, Ikspiari, etc. on the Web, so I will concentrate on some other areas of interest instead.
This place is tiny but it is a real gem!
The Urayasu City Folk Museum (浦安市郷土博物館) is located next to the Uraysu Central Libary. Inside the main building, there are exhibitions, photos and short films depicting the nature, history, and culture of Urayasu.
Outside the main building, though, is the most interesting area. There is a selection of old houses and buildings set up just as Urayasu looked in the past. Since Urayasu was traditionally a fishing village, there is even a small waterway. The buildings themselves are a great way to learn about Urayasu of the past. And, it is fun to wander around and peek in the buildings too. Here and there you can try your hand at playing with some traditional children's toys, test out some bamboo stilts, and other fun stuff.
Adjacent to the houses, you can also watch craftsman at work creating boats by hand, an almost lost art. In addition, there are special events held throughout the year.
Admission is free.
The Uraysu Central Libary is located across the street from the city hall. It has a fairly nice selection of current magazines in foreign languages and quite a bit of English language books, although most of the books are not so recent. There are also DVDs, CDs, and video tapes that can be borrowed for about a week.
Recently a little cafe was opened so that you can enjoy a cup of coffee while reading. There is seating indoors and a few tables outside in the courtyard, however the cafe is always very crowded. I have yet to see an empty table in the cafe on the weekend. If you are lucky enough to find a table, it must be a nice way to spend the day at the library.
The Urayasu Fish Market (浦安魚市場) is much smaller than the Tsukiji Fish Market (that one is said to be the largest in the world), but it is still fun to check out.
Urayasu started out as a fishing port, dealing especially in shellfish. Shellfish harvesting dropped off drastically in the 1960s but the fishing industry remains to some extent to this day. It has been said that some Urayasu fishing related companies actually moved to Tsukiji and remain quite active and strong in that market.
The fish market is open to the public, but you will have to get there early in the day. The market is open from 4:00 am until noon. It is closed on Mondays.
The market is about a 2-3 minute walk from the north exit of Urayasu Station on the Tozai subway line.
Urayasu Fish Market
There is a llama in Shin-Urayasu!
Kotsu-Koen means "Transportation Park" in English. The Kotsu-Koen (交通公園) is located in Shin-Urayasu, near Juntendo Hospital. The park has a small zoo, including some goats, a pony, a wallaby, and yes, even a llama!
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