In conjunction with Japanese movie studio Toho, the world’s first museum for everyone’s favorite disaster movie lizard opened on August 8 at the Nijigen no Mori amusement park on Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture.
The museum features large-scale dioramas of scenes from Godzilla movies, with Godzilla stomping around and through some of his favorite haunts such as Tokyo Station, Otemachi, and Roppongi. Visitors can also check out the props from the movies—including the Godzilla suits used by the actors. Along with the many incarnations of Godzilla, his many enemies will be on display—including the giant bug Mothra and the robot Mechagodzilla.
The museum is part of a larger development called Operation Godzilla Intercept—Awaji Island National Godzilla Research Center, the opening of which has been delayed indefinitely by the COVID-19 pandemic. The larger attraction, which was set to open this summer, will feature the world’s first “life-size” Godzilla.
Park visitors will be able to ride a 162 m zipline right into (and possibly through) the giant beast’s insides. In addition to the giant Godzilla and zipline, there will be a shooting attraction in which visitors try to destroy “Godzilla cells” spreading from the inactive Godzilla.
The restaurant at Nijigen no Mori will be serving Godzilla-themed dishes. For collectors, there are limited-edition Godzilla products.
Admission to the museum is ¥1,000 for adults and ¥800 for the kids.
The museum is located just over an hour from Osaka by bus or a train + bus combo.
The opening date for Operation Godzilla Intercept has not been set. Details will be decided in conjunction with experts in order to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19. In the meantime, there are several Godzilla statues dotted around Tokyo to be found.