Legoland Japan opens in Nagoya

Legoland Japan, the country’s first outdoor Legoland-branded park, opened in Nagoya last weekend.

The 9.3ha park boasts more than 40 attractions spread over seven themed lands. Visitors will be able to walk through Miniland, which has models of landmark buildings in Japan – such as Tokyo Station, Kyoto’s Kiyomizu Temple, and Nagoya Castle – made up of Lego bricks.

Other activities include driving go-karts, riding on rollercoasters and taking a “submarine” tour in a real fish tank.

Earlier last week, the Legoland Train began service on Nagoya Rinkai Rapid Transit’s Aonami Line, taking visitors from Nagoya Station to Kinjo Futo Station, where Legoland Japan is located. The line comprises four cars that are themed after Legoland Japan’s Lost Kingdom Adventure, The Dragon Coaster, Rescue Academy and Submarine Adventure attractions.

Torben Jensen, president of Legoland Japan, plans to expand the size of the park, open a Legoland hotel in 2018 and build new attractions like a sea life aquarium to increase the number of repeat guests.

The park hopes to attract two million visitors during the first fiscal year. Tickets are currently priced at 5,300 yen (US$48) for visitors aged between three and 12, and 6,900 yen for visitors aged 13 or older.

Japan already has two Legoland Discovery Centers in Tokyo and Osaka, but these are indoor attractions located inside shopping malls. Legoland Japan follows the seven other outdoor parks located around the world.

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