November 14, 2004
If you understand Japanese, then it will be worthwhile to pay the passport fees, or else just pay for the admission ticket (¥300) to enter Namja Town. (Passports are cheaper compared to paying individual ride fees.)
Visitors could rent a baby toy cat before entering the facility to enhance their interactive play in the park. The cat serves as a participant, which may have its life shortened or lengthened by going to different sites of the park.
Namja Town is divided into different sections. These are the interesting ones:
Gyoza (Dumpling) Stadium (second floor): This is actually a street with various shops selling gyoza from all over Japan. Other than the variety of dumpling on sale, seating arrangements are very interesting. If you don’t just want to sit at a normal table to eat, you could choose to go to some Japanese-style rooms, locker rooms, drinking pub, or back alley to eat. Prices are from ¥300 and up for three gyoza.
Suburb Town (second floor): This is a large ghost town, which I find it quite cute and funny. There is a bicycle ride, which you may cycle with your toy cat, where you are supposed to avoid the ghost because it may shorten the cat’s life. There are different huts and rooms with interactive buttons, which when depressed, a ghost or some scary figure will jump out and try to frighten the visitor. There is also a mini-theatre (completed with a moving stage) where you can watch a short horror movie. The adventure of the cats depends on how willing you are to explore the whole park. There are various sites that can top up the cat’s life. It is quite interesting, as some are hidden in ridicules places, like trash areas and props that look like toilets. You can even play detective in one area to solve the puzzle to five past incidents.
Ice-Cream City (third floor): Ice-cream, soft ice-cream, gelato, yogurt, profiterole parfait and all sort of dessert with all sorts of different flavors and all sorts of different toppings are available here. Be it from Turkey, Italy, France or Japan, these ice creams will surely blow your minds. Where else can you find unbelievable variety, including funny flavors like rice cake, custard, garlic, durian, potato, octopus, chicken, etc. Don’t worry if you have a weak stomach-typical flavors like strawberry, chocolate, coffee, toffee, etc., are also on sale. I tried the Honey Island Parfait and cucumber ice cream. Both were very good. Prices are from ¥400 and up.
You must understand Japanese to fully appreciate Namja Town, but it still will be a new experience for any first-timer. Furthermore, the park is a great place to take pictures.
From journal Unbelievable Tokyo