Despite being partway between Nagoya and Tokyo, with a bullet train stop nearby, Hamanako Pal Pal is one of those smaller amusement parks most coaster fans don't get a chance to visit. Let's face it: a smaller park with only one or two coasters is a low priority for those with limited time in a country. But I made sure I was able to swing by on one of my trips to Nagoya.
I'm not really sure what people do on the other side of the gondola ride. It looks like there's a hotel and probably a restaurant over there, and there might be some trails on the hill. There's a music box museum, which could be on either side of the park.
I don't feel like I had enough time at this park, although there isn't much here. The rides I tried were pretty fun, and I didn't get a chance to go on all the dark rides and see all the attractions. Those just looking for coasters could show up, ride all four, and be on their way, but this really feels like a park I could spend a whole day with if I had kids.
Admission with an all-day ride pass is 3900 yen; regular admission is 1000 yen, and rides are up to 800 yen each. The park opens at various times throughout the year, usually 9:30 or 10:00, usually closing sometime around 16:30 to 18:30. As I mentioned earlier, the park is accessed by bus from Hamamatsu Station.