Godzilla, the prehistoric sea monster empowered by nuclear radiation, is arguably Asia’s most enduring symbol in post-World War II Japanese cinematic history. Now, fans can zip-line into the fictional monster’s mouth at a theme park on Awaji Island, all in the name of good fun.
Located in the Hyogo prefecture of Japan, known for its waterfront views and animated entertainment district, anime theme park Nijigen no Mori has recently introduced a life-sized Godzilla to its line-up of interactive manga attractions. Standing at 120 meters, the monstrous statue is designed after Shin Godzilla from the 2016 reboot film of its namesake, complete with razor-shape teeth and a crimson-red mouth that glows blue.
Don’t fancy zip-lining into its massive mouth? Visitors can also opt to embark on a zip-line course along its body for great views of the monster from afar, Other Godzilla-themed activities include joining a National Awaji-Island Institute of Godzilla Disaster (NIGOD) “taskforce” to help shoot at Godzilla’s scattered cells.
To learn more about the iconic creature, visitors can check out Japan’s first permanent Godzilla museum, which features dioramas from the film franchise. This includes the partially-destroyed Tokyo Station from the Shin Godzilla movie,
Completing the theme park experience, there’s a gift shop offering exclusive merchandise, as well as a cafe serving monster-themed dishes like Godzilla Black Curry and King Ghidorah Golden Curry.