Fans of the iconic manga periodical Weekly Shonen Jump should be clearing their schedules and marking down July 11 on their calendars. For on this day, the clouds will part and a shaft of light will appear as the doors to a new manga paradise will open, offering five Naruto, One Piece and Dragon Ball attractions, along with stacks of merchandise and themed food to save us all.
Known as J-World Tokyo, the indoor amusement park will be spread out on the third floor of Sunshine City’s World Import Mart Building in Ikebukuro. Three main areas will be devoted to the giants of Shonen Jump: One Piece, Naruto and Dragon Ball.
▼ Shonen Jump character mini attractions and popular goods will be available at the Heroes Arena
▼ UFO catcher crane games filled with goodies at the Amusement Arena!
▼ Bag original merchandise at the J-World Store
▼ Chow down on original Shonen Jump creations at the J-World Kitchen food court
▼ A Gintoki strawberry parfait!
▼ Majin Bū in steamed bun form!
▼ Ichiban Naruto Ramen
▼ Chopper’s Rumble Meatball Pasta
There will be five attractions related to One Piece, Naruto and Dragonball:
1. The One Piece Soldier Dock Adventure Ride (800 yen, or US$7.86)
▼ Ride the Mini Merry or the Shark Submerge III and experience the world of One Piece with huge screens
2. The One Piece Shiro mokuba no Kaiten mokuba Carousel Ride (400 yen)
▼ Ride the wavers on a carousel with the Mugiwara gang characters
3. The Naruto “Gekitou! Ninja Taisen Emaki!!” Maze (800 yen)
▼ Make like a Konoha Ninja and complete the challenge in the labyrinth
4. The Dragonball “Tsukamouze! Dragonball!!” Attraction (800 yen)
▼ Use a dragon radar to find the dragon hidden in the area
5. The Dragonball “Hanatouze! Kamehameha!!” Attraction (800 yen)
▼ Shoot the Kamehameha with Goku using an interactive 3-D clip. “Ka-me-ha-me-HA!!!”
Brought to us by the Bandai Namco Group, entry to the theme park is 1,300 yen ($12.77) for adults and 1,000 yen ($9.83) for children over four years of age. Opening hours will be 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. See you there!