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Nijigen no Mori unveils life-size Godzilla, set to open October 10

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Nijigen no Mori has unveiled its enormous Godzilla model, part of the theme park’s Godzilla-themed expansion, which is all set to open in Japan on October 10.

The expansion, named ‘Godzilla Interception Operation Awaji’, was unveiled to the press ahead of its official launch on Saturday (October 10).

“As far as we know, this is the only life-size Godzilla statue ever built,” said a spokesperson for Pasona Group, the recruitment company operating Nijigen no Mori Park (via BBC).

“We would like Godzilla fans, including those abroad, to come and appreciate the massiveness of the monster they only know of through movie screens.”

“The only life-size Godzilla statue ever built”

Described as the “world’s largest life-size Godzilla”, the replica figure will measure 20 metres high, 25 metres wide and 55 metres long.

Nijigen no Mori announced the new Godzilla area last year. It was originally scheduled to open in summer 2020, but was seemingly delayed by COVID-19.

“It’s the perfect weather for Godzilla – the embodiment of a raging god – to appear,” the spokesperson told The Japan Times. “We would like visitors to learn about Awaji Island through the globally renowned Godzilla.”

The park is located on Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture, and its Godzilla area will feature a zip line and shooting game for guests to aim at Godzilla’s radioactive cells.

Theme park located on Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture

It will also boast a gift shop, dining, and its own backstory. According to the press release, Godzilla attacked Awaji Island in the Meiji era.

Nijigen no Mori also includes rides and attractions based on Japanese anime and cartoon characters, including Crayon Shin-chan, Naruto and Boruto.

Previously, Nijigen no Mori announced that it would be holding an advanced opening for its Godzilla Museum, paying homage to the giant monster’s legacy.

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A journalist specialising in entertainment and attractions, Bea loves theme parks (mainly Disney) and is particularly interested in things of a gothic, horror or fantasy nature.

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