The world's largest miniature theme park, Small Worlds Tokyo,featuring Sailor Moon and Evangelion exhibits will finally open its doors on June 11th 2020, after postponing its grand opening for more than a month due to the Covid-19.
This indoor theme park stretches over couple of floors, with the main 1/80th scale models of objects spanning across six different worlds including the Space Center, Kansai International Airport, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Neon Genesis Evangelion Tokyo-III, Neon Genesis Evangelion Cage and Global Village with five countries from Asia and Europe, all centered around on the 3rd floor. These different worlds are designed with immaculately accurate small scale reproductions of the real world and fictional places, completely equipped with special effects such as smoke, moving vehicles using underground motors with magnets, sounds and even distinct day and night cycles.
The Sailor Moon section resembles Tokyo’s Azabu-Juban district as featured in the original manga. There is also a miniature version of Crystal Tokyo, and a replica of the Silver Millennium which will host a light up show. Take a close look at the set and spot the iconic Usagi’s house, with an orange roof. Every once in a while, the roof will open up for about 20 seconds and you can take a look inside Usagi’s pink room with iconic purple blanket with yellow crescent moons, pink stars, and white rabbits. Don’t forget to find the other sailor guardians and tuxedo mask hidden in the set too. More good news for Sailor Moon fans: Small Worlds Tokyo even sells limited-edition souvenirs at the on-site gift shop.
From cups to hoodies to more, Sailor Moon limited edition souvenier are sold at the gift store
Neon Genesis Evangelion Tokyo-III
There are two sections featuring the Neo Genesis Evangelion, the section featuring the city of Tokyo-III and the cage where you can watch Evangelion Unit 00, Evangelion Unit 01 and Evangelion Unit 02 take off. When these units take off, make sure to go behind the cage on your right to see a more dynamic lift off.
Evangelion Unit 01 taking off
In miniature diorama featuring the city of Neo Genesis Evangelion Tokyo-III, some of the main characters like Shinji, Kaoru, Rei, Asuka, and Misato are well dispersed and you would need to take a really close look to find them all. Not only Evangelion fans can enjoy spotting the characters, but the distinct day and night effect will entertain the audience creating a different look on the recreated city of Tokyo-III. Plus, the fans can see some resemblance from the anime where when the city is under the attack of the Angel, the city buildings will go underground which this effect is well recreated here.
Some of the main characters from Evangelion hidden in the city of Tokyo-III at Small Worlds Tokyo
The city changes its look when its under the attack of the Angel
This is the first area that come in sight of any visitors as they will see it right away once getting off the elevator. This area is divided into two parts, past and the future. The past is based on a space station from the 70s and it is very exciting to actually watch the launch of a Saturn rocket, complete with smoke and loud sound effects. This special event of the launching the shuttle is held 48 times per day and each time will last about 5 minutes. While the first area may sound the main entertainment of this area, however, there is a second area which can also not be missed. The second area showcases a futuristic space station with six different types of space shuttles ready to launch.
Don't miss this exciting special effect, lauching of the shuttle
Kansai International Airport
Sponsored by JAL, one of the major airlines in Japan, this miniature diorama of the Kansai International Airport has actual sounds of departing and landing of the aircraft. And the planes really take off. There are 40 planes which will rotate on regular basis and you can observe a full 24 hour cycle at this mini airport within 30 minutes. If you pay extra 500 yen with one drink inclusive, you will be able to sit and relax at an “airport lounge” next to this area overlooking the miniature airport.
In this Global Village area, there are five countries from Asia and Europe.The Asian areas are a fusion of the cities from Shanghai and Hong Kong during the first industrial revolution, while the European areas are a fusion of mythology, fantasy and steampunk.
Village with dragons in the European ares reminds of a scene from RPG games
Original Asian city created at Small Worlds Tokyo
With extra budget and time, you can become a resident by joinig the park’s Figure Program with Residency Rights. In just 10 seconds, in any style or poses, you can get your body analyzed by a futuristic 3D scanner to create your very own 1:80 scale model of yourself. Once the figurine is ready in few weeks time, you can place it anywhere in the miniature world. However, if you want to be a resident of Sailor Moon and Evangelion, you would need to pay extra. For non anime locations, it is 12,630yen for adults and high school students and younger are 10,760yen. For Evangelion and Sailor Moon areas, it is a bit more expensive and will cost 19,800 yen for adults and high school students and younger are 17,600 yen. These prices include an annual pass and a permission to live in the park for a year. This means that you get to say hi to your mini-me whenever and however many times you want when you take a visit within the pass lasts.
Gift Shops and Café
Gift shops are available on the third floor with limited-edition souvenirs of Sailor Moon and Evangelion, as well as from Kansai International Airport plus an original items of Small World Tokyo.
If you get hungry or need a bit of a rest before making your way back to the third floor to immerse yourself in the world of miniature again, try heading down to the restaurant on the second floor. There will be different menus ranging from light food to full meal to satisfy anyone's appetites.
3minute walk from Ariake-Tennis-no-mori Station on Yurikamo Line.
11minute walk from Kokusai-Tenjijo Station of Rinkai Line.
※Either from Shimbashi station or Toyosu Station, you can change to Yurikamo Line.
Regular Opening Hours: 9am to 8pm (Last entry at 7:30pm)