Awaji Island in Hyougo Prefecture will be the home of the latest theme park in Japan, and it will be centering around anime and manga. The theme park is called “Nijigen no Mori”, which literally means “2D Forest”, and it will feature several anime or manga-themed attractions. It is slated to open in summer.
The theme park’s press release has stated:
the Hyogo Prefectural Awaji-shima Park Anime Park “Nijigen No Mori” plans to offer “a mixed entertainment of ‘two-dimensional contents’ like manga and anime, and nature.” Its facilities includes a 1.2km long projection mapping inspired by Osamu Tezuka’s representative manga work Phoenix, an adventure park area based on the characters and film worlds of Yoshito Usui’s Crayon Shin-chan, eating places, a musical theater and event stages featuring popular anime and manga series.
The attractions include:
“Phoenix” Night Walk (1.2km long projection mapping based on Osamu Tezuka’s classic manga)
“Crayon Shin-chan” Adventure Park (210m and 130m long zip-line “Challenge: Action Kamen Acrobatics!” and athletic course “The Storm Called: The Battle of the Warring States!” based on Yoshito Usui’s bestselling gag manga)
Here’s the planned map:
The theme park was originally the “Awaji Manga Anime Island”, but it drew less and less visitors each year, and the Pasona Group has announced plans to revitalize it. They established a new company for the project, NIJIGEN NO MORI CO., LTD. on December 8, 2016.
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