Last week, it was announced that Warner Bros. Studio Tour Tokyo — The Making of Harry Potter will open its doors to the public in early 2023. It will take the place of Toshimaen, an amusement park which will close down at the end of this month.
The Studio Tour at Tokyo is the second to open in the world, after the one in London opened in 2012. Don’t confuse it with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios theme parks – the Studio Tour is a permanent exhibit which will feature the costumes and props used in the Harry Potter film series.
Visitors can literally see “behind the scenes” and get to understand both the worlds of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts better — all at this one location.
Furthermore, besides exploring the movie sets that the filmmakers designed and produced, visitors can also experience the scenes in the movies. Fans of the Harry Potter books can see how the story was adapted for screen as well.
“I’m delighted to be able to develop Harry Potter in Japan,” said Ann Sarnoff, Warner Bros. chairperson. “Toshimaen has a well-established reputation as a beautiful sightseeing spot, and has an ideal environment as a construction site. While maintaining harmony with the local environment, we look forward to the establishment of the Studio Tour.”
Chairman of Seibu Holdings and Seibu Railway Takashi Goto said he hopes the attraction will create more liveliness along the Seibu rail line. “We are considering various promotion plans including repairs at Toshimaen Station and are working to improve its value.”
Although we still have three years to go before the Studio Tour opens in Tokyo, you can catch a glimpse of what to expect from the Studio Tour in London in the video below. It is definitely a magical exhibit Harry Potter fanatics cannot miss.