A Japanese theme park is building a ginormous life-size Godzilla

An anime theme park on Awaji Island is opening a life-sized Godzilla attraction. (Photo: Nijigen no Mori)

The King of Monsters, Godzilla, has once again entered the shores of Japan, this time not on the silver screen but in a lesser-known theme park in Hyogo prefecture.

The anime theme park, Nijigen no Mori in Awaji Island, literally translates to “2D forest”. It houses a Naruto and Boruto attraction with the iconic Hokage Rock and features a Crayon Shin-chan adventure park.

Visitors will get to zip-line through Godzilla's humongous body, or exterminate Godzilla’s scattered cells in a shooting game. (Photo: Nijigen no Mori)
The Godzilla statue will have a massive length of 120 metres. (Photo: Nijigen no Mori)
The attraction, called “Godzilla Interception Operation Awaji”, is slated to open in summer 2020. (Photo: Nijigen no Mori)

Although this theme park does not get a lot of visitors, things might change for the better as they welcome the iconic Godzilla as its latest attraction. Boasting a massive length of 120 metres, the life-size statue is a replica of the upper body of Godzilla in the 2016 reboot film Shin Godzilla.

“Godzilla Interception Operation Awaji” is the world’s first and only entertainment attraction where you can experience the intensity and greatness of this to-scale and permanent Godzilla statue. In this attraction, visitors will become a member of the National Awaji-Island Institute of Godzilla Disaster.

Here’s the concept of the attraction: tasked with an anti-kaiju (giant monster) mission, the institute lures Godzilla to Awaji Island, seals his movements with underground explosives, and drugs him with missiles. As a member of the institute, you will help to monitor Godzilla by zip-lining through the monster’s humongous body, or even exterminating Godzilla’s scattered cells in a shooting game.

The Godzilla zone will also be selling merchandise and goods, including “Godzilla Interception Operation”-themed food. With a dedicated Twitter account, this much-anticipated attraction is slated to open next summer.


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