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Region
Kansai
Island
Honshu
Largest City
Kobe
Population
5,550,742

Nijigen no Mori (Awaji Island Anime Park)

An outdoor anime adventure with Naruto, Shin-chan, and Godzilla!

  • The anime park will open a new Godzilla attraction featuring a huge statue of the iconic monster in the Summer of 2020!
Nijigen no Mori immerses you in the world of some of the most iconic manga that characterizes Japanese pop culture. It also doubles as a fun and interactive adventure inside Awajishima Prefectural Park on Awaji Island, just southwest of Osaka in Hyogo Prefecture.

Naruto and Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.

Photo by: Nijigen no Mori The Naruto and Boruto: Naruto Next Generations attraction opened at the park in April 2019.

Awaji Island is actually connected via bridge to Kobe—the city with Japan’s most famous beef. Basically, it’s a day trip to a less crowded, anime-infused park where you can even camp overnight. Nijigen no Mori literally translates to “two-dimensional forest.”

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The park is designed for visitors to feel as if they were stepping into the fantasy world of their favorite characters. Some attractions are more geared towards families and children, but it’s fun for all ages.

Anime highlights of Nijigen no Mori

Calling all Naruto fans, here’s your chance to experience the world of the popular anime Naruto and Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. The Naruto and Boruto (Naruto & Boruto – Shinobi-Zato) attraction features life-sized statues and models, and offers a number of activities for all visitors.

Naruto and Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.

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Lose yourself in a maze or train like your favorite ninjas. Beat trials and challenges to collect all the missing seals (the very ones used for the Sealing Jutsu), or maybe just chill in one of the restaurants, including the iconic ramen shop favored by Naruto: Ramen Ichiraku (ラーメン一楽).

But wait, there’s more. In the summer of 2020, the park will open a new Godzilla attraction featuring a 120-meter-long statue of everyone’s favorite Japanese monster.

Nijigen no Mori Anime Park Godzilla Attraction in Hyogo, Japan

Photo by: PR Times Take a zipline through a giant Godzilla head, set to open at Nijigen no Mori in Summer 2020.

Visitors will act as a scientist helping to tame the towering beast at the “National Awaji Island Institute of Godzilla Disaster,” after research on him has gone totally wrong. The attraction will take you on a thrilling zipline ride through Godzilla’s mouth, firing missiles while inside. Sounds awesome, even if it doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense.

If you’re familiar with the beloved manga character Crayon Shin-chan, you’ll love strolling through the forest and trying to spot figures peeking over bushes in some of its most famous and outrageous poses at its own attraction, Crayon Shin-chan Adventure Park.

In this area, also check out the two zip lines (130-meters and 210-meters long) that you can glide along and even partake in water gun fights along the way.  Next, challenge yourself in the Bravo! Great Adventure Across The Warring States! area. It has an obstacle and ropes course for families and kids.

Nighttime and accommodation

Photo by: eeeee_naaaaa.25 Go glamping at Grand Chariot and rent your own cottage.

After sundown, the face of the park changes completely. At night, immerse yourself in the world of the legendary manga Hinotori (The Firebird) by Tezuka Osamu, who also created Astro Boy. This 1.2-kilometer projection mapping tour through the forest is magical with actors playing local villagers introducing you to this manga-inspired world.

Aside from the anime-themed attractions, Nijigen no Mori is a beautiful park with a variety of trees and flowers, as well as several restaurants serving barbecue, Italian and Japanese cuisine.

Visitors can also stay overnight at the Grand Chariot, a “glamping” (glamorous camping) facility with cottages within the park itself.

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Things To Know

Hours

Weekdays: noon to 9 p.m.; Weekends and holidays: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased online at https://ticket.nijigennomori.com.

Special attractions

Crayon Shinchan treasure hunt, Crayon Shinchan Adventure (Athletic Area), Hinotori Night Forest, Hamburger combo, 1 day pass for motorized cart: ¥8,400 (although the park periodically offers sales available in limited supply for ¥3,900). | Naruto and Boruot Shinobi-Zato: Adults: ¥3,300; Middle and high school students: ¥1,800; children: ¥500; 4 years or younger is free.    |    Kaimon Airborn challenge (ziplines): ¥2,500

How To Get There

Address

2425-2 Kusumoto, Awaji, Hyogo 656-2301, Japan

By train

Take the JR train from Akashi Station to Akashi Port Station (9 minutes).

By bus

From Osaka Minatomachi bus terminal (JR Namba station), take the “Kakehashi Naruto Osaka Go” bus operated by West Japan JR bus (¥1,250 one way, ¥2,250 round trip).

Nijigen no Mori and Awaji Island is linked by bus service to major airports such as Kansai International Airport, Osaka International Airport (Itami Airport), Kobe Airport as well as JR Osaka Station and JR Shin-Kobe Station. See bus timetable listed here.

Shuttle Buses: There are numerous shuttle buses if you are staying in the area. See timetable (partially in Japanese).

By plane

Take a domestic flight to Kobe Airport. Then take the “Kakehashi Naruto Kobe Go” Bus, operated by Honshi Kaikyou Bus (¥1,250 one way, ¥2,250 round trip).

By boat

Take the High Speed Ship Genoa Line to Iwaya Port. From here, take the shuttle bus to Nijigen no Mori.

Where To Stay

The Westin Resort & Conference Center Awaji Island
  • Yumebutai 2 Awaji-Shi, Hyogo 656-2301
  • 8.8/10
  • 1.8 km
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Awaji Central Room NC03
  • Kuruma 1907 Awaji-Shi, Hyogo 656-2311
  • 8.9/10
  • 6.1 km
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Watatsumino Yado
  • Nojima Hikinoura 150 Awaji-Shi, Hyogo 656-1721
  • 7/10
  • 6.5 km
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Hotel Setre Kobe Maiko
  • Tarumi-ku Kaigandori 11-1 Kobe-Shi, Hyogo 655-0036
  • 8.6/10
  • 6.6 km
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