Whenever we go to a major theme park we always try to stay at the park’s hotel. It’s usually a little bit of a premium but we think it’s worth it. Most parks give you early access if you’ve stayed in the hotel the night before. If you stay at the Suzuka circuit hotel you can enter the Suzuka Motopia theme park 15 minutes early. However, that’s not the case at Legoland Japan! Never mind the hotel was brilliant anyway (apart from the food).
This is the only LEGOLAND Hotel in Japan. The other Legolands in Japan, Legoland Discover Tokyo and Osaka don’t have hotels.
It’s about 30 minutes away from Nagoya station and it has a dedicated trainline call the Aonami Line. This goes from Nagoya station to Kinjo Futo Station.
The JR highway bus is also available from Chubu International Airport and takes about 1 hour.
If you’re coming by car, there is a Parking Lot called Kinjofuto which is 5 minutes walking distance from the Hotel. It costs ¥2,000 ($20, £14). The LEGOLAND Japan Hotel is conveniently located at the entrance of Legoland Japan Resort (Theme Park & Sea Life Nagoya).
We stayed in a Pirate themed room. Each floor is dedicated to one theme.
- LEGO® Friends
- LEGO® NINJAGO
At the time we stayed – November 2021 – the hotel was pretty much fully booked. We decided to go with only around 2 weeks notice. The only rooms left were Pirates and Kingdom themed ones. We opted for a pirate room.
Each floor is themed
Here’s our pictures of the Pirate themed floor. There’s lot of detail and fun things to discover as you walk to your room.
Bricks Family Restaurant
A semi-buffet style restaurant. Choose the main meal and then go and get starters and side dishes from the buffet area. I ordered a cod fish plate. When it came, the fish was tough so I asked for a replacement. There was no fuss and it was replaced quickly. It seemed like the fish had been sat waiting under a hot lamp for a little too long. The second plate was better.
It may have been the changes that the hotel have made since COVID but it appeared to us like the buffet selection had been reduced substantially. It was a shame as the experiences we’ve had at other Japanese hotels during this period has been excellent.
Price & Value For Money
We tried booking via the Legoland Japan website but as we’ve found with many Japanese hotel site, it’s difficult to use and unintuitive. Eventually, we emailed the hotel for advice on which rooms were available but they took a few days to come back to us. In the end I booked via Booking.com. The price was comparable.
The hotel is approximately 3 to 4 times more expensive than a comparable hotel near-by. But that’s not the point. What you pay for is the complete Lego experience.
It cost us ¥44,906 ($390, £290) for 2 nights (2 adults, 2 kids).
Hotel Swimming Pool
There’s a Swimming pool in the hotel. You’ll hard pressed to find any reference to it on the website. We actually discovered it by watching a YouTube video review of the hotel. I emailed the hotel about it but they explained that it was restricted to those who have booked the premium package.
Indoor play area
If wating for dinner is just too much for your kids they can play in the brilliant Lego themed play area just next to the restaurants.
Creative Work Shop
The creative workshop needs to be pre-booked. It has sessions throughout the day. Book in advance to make sure your little one get’s a spot.
The shop is a cut down version of the main shop in the park. A good tip here is to buy your souvenirs from the Hotel and put them in your car. That way you wont get caught up in the end of the day panic buying in the park shop. And you’ll not have to walk around with a big box of Lego all day.
Secret treasure hunt
Each room has a treasure hunt. Figure out the clues and unlock the secrete treasure. We wont give the game away here but rest assured the treasure was worth the effort!
Legoland crossword game
We would advise checking in to the hotel before entering the park. This is because the reception desk hands you a crossword puzzle. If you can solve it using the clues in the park you get a special gift.
The hotel doesn’t have it’s own parking lot. However, close by there’s one called Nagoya Shiei Kinjofuto Parking Lot. Here is the google maps location of the car park. The price of parking per day is ¥2,000 ($20, £14).
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Legoland Japan Hotel. It capped off a great day in the park and continued the Lego themed fun across the 2 days. The girls felt very grown up having their own space. The bunkbeds were a hit and it gave the children a sense of being grown up. Our only complaint was the quality and selection of food available.