Side Trips


Meet Hello Kitty!


Located at the end of a stylish brick-laid walkway, the Odakyu Tama Center building is so colorful, it seems to be from a different country. Fluttering flags and information boards are decorated with cute pop culture characters. The excitement you get just from walking through town, that’s Odakyu Tama Center. A variety of facilities have been brought together here for fun, including Sanrio Puroland, where you can meet Hello Kitty and other familiar characters, and venues for exploring art and nature. And the beautiful lights that decorate the center each winter are a popular mainstay of the season.

Getting to Odakyu Tama Center

Recommended tourist attractions

Sanrio Puroland

Kids and adults alike will be thrilled watching the show in this theme park with popular Sanrio characters, including the internationally famous Hello Kitty. Located indoors, the theme park can be enjoyed without worries about the weather. And don’t forget to stop by the gift shop where you can find Sanrio goods not available anywhere else, and the restaurant where you can eat while enjoying the show.

Tama Central Park

The flowers that bloom through each season of the year are a point of pride of this park, and it is the perfect way to spend a leisurely day. In summer, kids run about and play on the grassy lawn around the fountain.

Tokyo Metropolitan Archaeological
Reserch Center

Take a look at the earthenware and types of clothing people wore in ancient Japan. The exhibition space includes special exhibits designed each year and a permanent collections area. One of the features that delights adults and children alike is the Jomon Village, a re-creation of what a Tama Hills settlement might have been like during the Jomon period.

Odakyu Tama Center Illumination

Each winter, including during the Christmas season, Parthenon Boulevard is lit up with some 400,000 lights from Odakyu Tama Center Station to Tama Central Park. The splendid decorations are a fixture as one of the great event events near Odakyu Tama Center Station.