World’s first permanent Godzilla Museum


2020.10.10

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

Godzilla fan’s dreams do come true. The first permanent Godzilla Museum has opened at Nijigen no Mori or literally translated as “two dimensional forest”, just southwest of Osaka in Hyogo Prefecture via the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. The world’s largest and ture-to-size Godzilla is waiting the visitors next to the museum with a zipline going into the beast’s mouth. A true fan must visit the island where Gozilla landed.

  • The world’s largest and true-to-size Godzilla has finally landed at Awaji Island’s anime park Nijigen no Mori as part of their newest attraction. Known as “Godzilla Interception Operation Awaji ~National Awaji Institute of Godzilla Disaster~“, this replica will measure 20 metres high, 25 metres wide and 55 metres long above ground equipped with a zipline going into the beast’s mouth. Only strong-hearted fans can dare to join the mission to fly into the mouth to explore the huge, frozen Godzilla from both inside and outside. Since the final entry to the attraction is at 8pm, coming after sunset to dive into the eerie lit up Godzilla is most recommended. There will also be a shooting game where you have to destroy the cells that flew off of the frozen Godzilla’s body to stop them from reproducing. The more you join the mission and be an expert, the higher ranks you will achieve with an official NIGOD (National Awaji Institute of Godzilla Disaster) membership card.

    The whole view of the park from hilltop with Godzilla on the left

    The whole view of the park from hilltop with Godzilla on the leftTM & ©TOHO CO.,LTD.

    Time to dive in into its mouth!

    Time to dive in into its mouth!

    Come by at night to enjoy the eerie lit up Godzilla for more dynamic experience

    Come by at night to enjoy the eerie lit up Godzilla for more dynamic experienceTM & ©TOHO CO.,LTD.

    The museum boast dioramas of various scenes from Godzilla films, a wall decorated with more than 80 Godzilla figures, a wall with original Godzilla movie posters, props for Godzilla films used by TOHO CO.,LTD, and prototype models of the different monsters, including the Mothra model. These are done in cooperation with the company in charge of the production of the movies, TOHO CO.,LTD.

    TM & ©TOHO CO.,LTD.

    TM & ©TOHO CO.,LTD.

    TM & ©TOHO CO.,LTD.

  • From the 1954 Godzilla film by Ishirō Honda to a more recent 2019 Hollywood version, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, there are many dioramas and figures of this loving fictional monster, or “kaiju” from many generations.

    TM & ©TOHO CO.,LTD.

    The museum ends with a gift shop where various types of Godzilla items are available to purchase. Some include NIGOD original items ranging from T-shirts to cups to bags and more. In addition, there is also Nijigen no Mori restaurant and the Morino no Terrace where they serve fun Godzilla menus. If you dare challenge a Godzilla second form themed hotdog, desserts with eyes and rice dishes with prehistoric paw prints, then grab your meals at those cafes/restaurants.

    TM & ©TOHO CO.,LTD.

    Godzilla themed hot dog and cream puff

    Godzilla themed hot dog and cream puffTM & ©TOHO CO.,LTD.

    A souvenir bottle illustrating Godzilla in the sumi-e (Japanese ink painting) style which comes in 5 different designs are something to consider. Each bottle will have different flavored drinks that match with the concept of each monster.

    Left: Godzilla Awajishima version with Cranberry Orange soda
Right: Radon with Peach Tea

    Left: Godzilla Awajishima version with Cranberry Orange soda Right: Radon with Peach TeaTM & ©TOHO CO.,LTD.

    The permanent, first-of-its-kind in the world, Godzilla Museum has finally opened but stay tuened to more updates through their webpage here

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    Access

    Nijigen no Mori
    Address
    Kusumoto, Awaji City, Hyogo Prefecture 656-2301 (Nijigen No Mori)
    It is highly recommended to go by rental car, however, it is possible to go via bus and train from Akashi Station on Sanyō Main Line (JR Kobe Line) . For details, check here.
    ※If you are taking your car, F Parking Lot is the closest parking from the Godzilla Museum

    Awaji Island Anime Park (Nijigen no Mori)
    rating

    4.0

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    place
    Hyogo Awaji-shi Kusumoto 2425-2 Hyogo Prefectural Awajishima Park
    phone
    0799647061
    opening-hour
    10:00-22:00(depending on the…

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