Hello Kitty train station in Tokyo
When you think of must-visit Hello Kitty locations in Japan, Sanrio Puroland and the Hello Kitty island in Awaji may be the first to come to mind. However, there is a Hello Kitty train station in Tokyo that is not only adorable, but also easily accessible.
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Tama-Centre station in Tokyo is the nearest train station to Sanrio Puroland, an indoor theme park that features cute and beloved characters from Sanrio. The station is filled with Sanrio characters, making it seem as if it is a preview of what you will be seeing at the theme park itself.
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The pillars and walls of the station are plastered with different Sanrio characters such as Hello Kitty, Cinnamoroll, and My Melody.
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If you are unfamiliar with the Sanrio characters, you can check out the information board near the ticket machines for a quick crash course.
Hello Kitty-themed platform
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The platform at Tama-Centre station looks just like any other train station in Tokyo at first glance.
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However, upon closer inspection, you will start to notice Hello Kitty everywhere, from a Hello Kitty clock to an LED train departure display adorned with the famous feline.
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Even the waiting rooms are subtly decorated decals of Hello Kitty’s iconic bowtie so you can sit and wait while being surrounded by the manifestation of kawaii.
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The main departure board at the station even has a special Hello Kitty wearing a train conductor uniform as she bids you goodbye while you board the train.
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Whoever decorated the station was clearly detail-oriented – even the vending machines at the station have been emblazoned with decals of adorable Sanrio characters.
Iconic stained glass Sanrio mural on the ceiling
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The stained glass ceiling right outside the ticket gates at Tama-Centre station is the most impressive Sanrio-themed piece. Stained glass panels are usually found in old cathedrals and places of worship, so it’s interesting to see this thousand-year-old art form interpreted in a modern, adorable way.
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Hello Kitty train station in Tokyo is too adorable
Even if you aren’t a huge fan of Hello Kitty, the train station is still a sight for sore eyes. Try to see if you can find all the Hello Kitty decorations at the train station before you head over to Sanrio Puroland!
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