As a consistently creative country, Japan boasts countless weird and wonderful attractions that are sure to excite visitors from any country. But now, a theme park on Awaji Island in Hyōgo Prefecture has unveiled something extra special; a zip-line that takes visitors into the mouth of a gargantuan 20-metre-tall Godzilla. 

A visitor zip-lines into Godzilla's mouth at Nijigen no Mori theme park © Nijigen no Mori

Unveiled this month, the Godzilla Interception Operation Awaji - National Awaji-Island Institute of Godzilla Disaster is at Nijigen no Mori theme park, whose name translates to "two-dimensional forest". According to the park, this makes them the first place in the world to have a permanent full-size recreation of the infamous King of Monsters, with the project having been carefully planned for over two years. 

The world's first Godzilla museum © Nijigen no Mori

The experience includes a number of “missions” that guests can take part in on the site, including two zip-lines and a shooting game. The island also sells themed presents and souvenirs, with the attraction aiming to add to the revitalisation of Awaji Island. There is also the world's first Godzilla museum, which includes dioramas, displays, models and information. After that, visitors can dine in the restaurant and try Godzilla curry and Godzilla burgers.

Nijigen no Mori currently houses a number of interactive anime and manga-inspired experiences, with attractions operating both in the day and at night-time. One of the more popular recent reveals at the park is the Naruto and Boruto Shinobi-Zato attraction, while it also features an exhibit dedicated to Shin Chan, and a glamping area where guests can stay overnight. More information on Godzilla Interception Operation is available at the official Nijigen no Mori theme park website.

This article was originally published on November 13, 2019 and updated on October 14, 2020.

This article was first published November 2019 and updated October 2020

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