Located on Awaji Island in the middle of Hyogo Prefectural Awajishima Park, Nijigen no Mori is a theme park with some attractions based on well known Japanese anime and pop culture.
At present, the park has four main attractions — each requiring different admission tickets. There is a park dedicated to the Naruto franchise called Naruto and Boruto Shinobi-zato, Crayon Shin-chan Adventure Park (geared towards kids), a nighttime multimedia experience called Fire bird, and a Godzilla-themed attraction called Operation Godzilla Intercept.
The Godzilla attraction consists of a Godzilla Museum, featuring props and costumes from the many, many films, and more recently an amazing looking zipline ride through or around a “life-size” Godzilla.
If you wish to stay at the park overnight, they offer a rather pricey “glamping” option, in cabins, which illustrates the difference in understanding of what glamping means in Japan.
Tickets and admission prices
Tickets for Naruto and Boruto Shinobi-zato are ¥3,300 for adults and ¥1,200 for children. There are more expensive packages that include more rides and special souvenirs such as acrylic figures.
Cheapo tip: Save money on transport by booking a combo bus and Naruto Park ticket here!
Crayon Shin-chan Adventure park has a large number of packages starting from ¥2,500 for kids (elementary school age). Adults can get a ¥1,200 ticket for accompanying their child. Get exactly the package you want here.
Fire bird has adult tickets for ¥2,500 and child tickets (up to age 12) for ¥1,200.
Tickets for the Godzilla Attraction which includes both the zipline and the museum, are ¥3,800 for adults and ¥2,200 for children. Grab a regular or premium (for those special occasions!) ticket here.
Pro tip: You can also buy combo tickets online.
There are no trains that run on or to Awaji Island, so the only ways to get to Nijigen no Mori are by private car, a combination of highway bus and shuttle bus, or a combination of ferry and shuttle bus.
The Jenova Line ferries run from Akashi Port to Iwaya Port at least once an hour from 5:20 a.m. until 11:20 p.m., with more frequent services in the morning and the evening. The journey across the water takes approximately 13 minutes and a ticket for an adult costs ¥530, while children travel for ¥270. The free shuttle bus from the port to Nijigen no Mori takes only 3 minutes and runs multiple times per hour.
Buses run from Kansai International Airport, Sannomiya in Kōbe, Namba in Osaka. Some stop at “Highway Paradise”, which is part of Nijigen no Mori, while others stop at Awaji IC (Awaji Interchange) from which passengers can board free shuttle buses to the park.