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‘World’s largest Godzilla’ coming to anime-themed park in Japan

by Susan and Simon Veness

Godzilla has attacked Awaji Island, and the National Awaji Island Institute of Godzilla Disaster needs YOU to help bring the creature down!

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Photos courtesy of Nijigen no Mori

The iconic “king of the monsters” is expected to awaken from a long sea-bed slumber to once again terrorize Awaji Island in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan, starting on Oct. 10, and scientists are being recruited to “rush into the body of Godzilla” and fire missiles at his radioactive cells. That’s where visitors to Japan’s Nijigen no Mori anime-themed park come in. Will the scientists win, or will Godzilla continue its reign of terror?

The attraction’s plot may be a bit thin, but who doesn’t want to zipline into Godzilla’s mouth and live to tell the tale?

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Work on the “world’s largest life-sized Godzilla”—a full 66 feet high, 82 feet wide, and 180 feet long—is nearly complete in the Godzilla Interception Operation Awaji area of Nijigen no Mori park. The area will also include a gift shop and food and beverage outlet.

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In addition, the “first-ever Godzilla museum,” featuring dioramas, movie props, figurines and prototype models is already open in the land, for a limited time.

Nijigen no Mori features life-sized anime models and statues set against the backdrop of a natural “two dimensional forest” the park was named for, plus anime and cartoon character-themed rides, interactive adventures, and a ropes and obstacle course that allows visitors of all ages to live out their dreams of being a ninja.

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