Shonen Jump theme park to open in Ikebukuro this July15 May, 2013 by Chad
Come this July, Bandai Namco will be opening a brand new amusement park themed after the tremendously popular Weekly Shonen Jump comics. The new theme park, titled J-World Tokyo will open at Ikebukuro’s Sunshine City and will feature areas dedicated to the Dragon Ball, One Piece and Naruto world and characters. The first concept drawings of the park have been released.
J-World Tokyo follows the success of Bandai’s Gundam Front theme park at Odaiba’s DiverCity. Like the Gundam Front, J-World Tokyo will be an indoor theme park, this time located at the third floor of Ikebukuro Sunshine City. The opening of the new Jump theme park on 11th July will also coincide with the renewal of the Namco Namja Town amusement park located just one floor below.
While most of the park will be dedicated to zones featuring One Piece, Naruto and Dragon Ball (in order of size), there will also be general areas open to the entire family of Jump’s super stars. Some previews of what J-World Tokyo will look like.
Given the popularity of the Shonen Jump characters in Japan (and the rest of the world), we’re quite surprised that it took nearly this long to bring this idea to realization. Unsurprisingly, J-World Tokyo is also part of Japan’s ongoing “Cool Japan” efforts to promote “Japanese culture”, though mainly just anime, overseas.
So far prices for the park are definitely on the steep, if not obscene side of things. Entry alone is planned at 1,300 yen for adults and 1,000 yen for children, exclusive of rides. Individual rides will cost an additional 800 yen a go. Given the fact that given that the park is located indoors, the types of rides available will be severely hindered.
So far, 5 rides have been planned. From One Piece we have the Dock Adventure Ride, an indoor track ride that will take visitors through a series of short animated sequences and a One Piece themed carousel. There will also be a Naruto themed maze and a Dragon Ball treasure hunt, which will be familiar to those who’ve visited Namja Town. Finally, there’s a 3D augmented reality Dragon Ball simulator.
Our impression is that the rides will be primarily targeted towards the comics younger audiences and thus might seem a little underwhelming for adults.
If their past efforts were any indication though, Bandai Namco will do an amazing job with the merchandising of its goods. Fans of the Jump comics can look forward to exclusive merchandise at the J-World souvenir shop.
Like Namja Town, J-World Tokyo will also have a section dedicated to Jump themed food and snacks with the J-World Kitchen.
Concept art for some of the planned treats have been previewed, let’s see if you can identify which anime worlds they are theme after.Planning your holiday? We recommend visiting Agoda for a full list of hotels with early bird specials.
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