Sunday, September 29, 2013

Dragonball, Naruto, and One Piece at Shonen Jump's J-World Theme Park in Ikebukuro

During the summer of 2012 a brand new indoor theme park opened up at Sunshine City in Ikebukuro Tokyo.  It looks like Bandai/Namco run this property that is all about the Weekly Shonen Jump characters that have helped make anime and manga famous around the world.


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Major attractions include themed areas with rides/activities for  One Piece, Naruto, and Dragonball.  Entrance is 1300 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children at opening and some rides look like they cost extra.  I haven't been there myself, but might pop in for a look see the next time I'm in town.
This amusement park occupies the third floor of the Import Mart building there and here is just a brief rundown on the various attractions.
  • The One Piece Zone has a ride in the Mini Merry or Shark Submerge through some sets and projected environments along with a carousel ride with the characters from the show.
  • The Naruto Zone has a Ninja Maze.
  • The Dragonball Zone has a find the hidden dragons and a do the Kamehameha power attack first person game.
  • A Heroes Arena featuring many small attractions from Gintama, Bleach, Hunter x Hunter, and more.
  • A large game center with UFO catchers and other games like skeeball, etc.
  • The massive gift shop of themed merchandise that the Japanese and Disney are so good at doing.  You never leave without getting something.
  • A food court with lots of themed food based on the franchises and characters.
For some articles about the hits of Shonen Jump:

I have compiled a list of locations of interest for Ikebukuro below and you can see a guide and the locations on the map if you click through.

View Ikebukuro in a larger map

While Sunshine City is not the newest mall out there, this mall has long legs and has many attractions that will grab your attention such as a skyscraper with a viewing deck, an aquarium, a planetarium, and several theme parks.  All of this is located near the Animate flagship store, a Gamers, Otome Road, a Tokyu Hands, and a bustling district full of shopping and dining.  I like Ikebukuro, but it is a little further out in Tokyo from many of the other attaractions (still accessible on the Yamanote Line though).  I previously posted a travelogue including Ikebukuro here.

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