You can zip-line into Godzilla’s mouth at this life-sized attraction in Awaji, Japan

Lim Yian Lu
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The Godzilla attraction at Nijigen no Mori anime theme park on Awaji island in Japan.
The Godzilla attraction at Nijigen no Mori anime theme park on Awaji island in Japan.

Last October, anime theme park Nijigen no Mori (2D forest) on Awaji Island in the Hyogo prefecture of Japan announced that a life-sized Godzilla would make landfall on their premises. The unprecedented entertainment attraction, where visitors can zip-line into the King of Monsters’ humongous mouth lined with razor-sharp teeth, finally opened its doors to the public earlier this month.

The 120-metre long statue of the famous lizard takes the form of Shin Godzilla from the 2016 reboot film of the same name and looks nothing short of being majestically intimidating. Inside its blood-red mouth, purplish-blue glows hint at an impending ray of atomic breath.

Luckily for those who cannot find the courage to fly into Godzilla’s terrifying mouth, they can choose another zip-line course along its external body.

Apart from zip-lining through its body to monitor the immobilised creature, visitors, who are tasked as a member of the National Awaji-Island Institute of Godzilla Disaster (NIGOD), can also “help with the research” by shooting at Godzilla’s scattered cells.

The attraction also features Japan’s first permanent Godzilla museum with dioramas from the film franchise. You can take a look at some close-up shots of the exhibit — such as the partially destroyed Tokyo station from the Shin Godzilla movie — in the video below (from 1:38).

Similar to most attractions, there is a gift shop selling exclusive merchandise and a cafe serving up food inspired by Godzilla and its fellow monsters.

Here’s Godzilla Black Curry (left) versus King Ghidorah Golden Curry (right):

This is Mothra White Curry (left) and Rodan Red Curry (right):

For those who prefer something light and sweet, you can try the Godzilla Ice Cream Cream Puff:

There is even a hot dog bun modelled after the second form of Shin Godzilla!

Even if the King of Monsters manages to escape Awaji, the people of Tokyo have nothing to fear for they have a life-sized Gundam watching their waters.

While travel restrictions still make it difficult to visit Japan, here’s hoping the COVID-19 outbreak will subside enough soon so that Godzilla fans everywhere can make their pilgrimage to Nijigen no Mori.