10 New Attractions in Japan to Check Out on Your Next Trip

10 New Attractions in Japan to Check Out on Your Next Trip

The Land of the Rising Sun never disappoints.

Most people’s dream destination, Japan, has recently opened its borders to leisure travellers. This news pretty much brought out our inner hodophiles who are dying to visit all the latest attractions in Japan that we’ve missed. From Instagrammable gardens and aquariums to your childhood favourite characters coming to life, there are many new attractions in Japan worth checking out. We’ve rounded up the best ones that either recently launched or will open to the public soon!

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1. Super Nintendo World

One of the most anticipated new attractions in Japan is the Super Nintendo World in Osaka. Officially opened in 2021, fans of the legendary Super Mario game can now let loose and have fun at this spectacular real-life-sized theme park inside Universal Studios Japan. Its attractions include Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge and Yoshi’s Adventure, allowing guests to go on a treasure hunt and race on the Mario Kart in the Mushroom Kingdom, literally.  

Address: Universal Studios Japan, 2 Chome-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana Ward, Osaka, 554-0031, Japan

2. Shibuya Sky

Experience what it’s like to be high up in the air at Shibuya SKY, an open-air observation deck that offers panoramic views of the city’s skyscrapers. Approximately 230m above ground, this new attraction sometimes holds activities like rooftop live theatre and rooftop morning yoga. Be sure to check this place out the next time you are in Japan, and time your visit well so you can bask in the sunset view and Shibuya night lights vista! 

Address: Shibuya Scramble Square, Japan, 〒150-6145 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Shibuya, 2 Chome−24−12 最上階 スクランブルスクエア

3. Ghibli Park

Walk along the towns from your favourite Studio Ghibli animation at Ghibli Park! The first phase of construction includes Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse, Hill of Youth, and Dondoko Forest, and will open very soon on 1 Nov 2022! Here, you will find artefacts and exhibits of all forms, as if you just walk right out of the Studio Ghibli movies. Other attractions like the Valley of Witches and Mononoke Village are coming soon as well, so please plan ahead to explore the wonders. 

Address: 1533-1 Ibaragabasama, Nagakute, Aichi 480-1342, Japan

Also read: 10 Destinations in Asia That Inspired (Or Were Inspired by) Studio Ghibli Movies

4. Gundam Park Fukuoka

Gundam lovers, imagine your favourite Gunpla (Gundam model), but 100 times bigger. LaLaport Fukuoka’ made this come true at Gundam Park! This RX-93 v Gundam (pictured above) is the world’s tallest and largest Gundam statue. Besides this massive mecha, there is also a theme park with all things Gundam inside the LaLaport shopping mall. Here, you can purchase and build your favourite Gunpla on the spot, or enjoy Gundam-themed video games and claw machines! 

Address: LaLaport Fukuoka, 6 Chome-23-1 Naka, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, 812-0893, Japan

5. teamLab Planets

Love art? Check out teamLab, an international art collective consisting of artists from various industries to create out-of-the-world art experiences. Their art traces back to 2001 and is so famous that some people actually visit Japan just to have a look at the exhibitions. teamLab Planets is a museum in Tokyo with four exhibition spaces and two gardens, with the combination of visuals, sound, and touch, you can experience what it’s like to be truly, deeply immersed in the masterpieces, and become one with the art!

Address: 6 Chome-1-16 Toyosu, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0061, Japan

Also read: 5 Must-See Tokyo Museums For Every Kind of Art Fan

6. Shijo Kawaramachi Hotel

If you are someone who prioritises leisure during your travels, head to the Shijo Kawaramachi Hotel. Located in Kyoto’s Shimogyo Ward, it features an open-air outdoor hot bath on the top floor of the hotel, allowing guests to enjoy a dip while overlooking the cityscape. Its other must-try offerings include a silky jacuzzi bath, the Shijo Kawaramachi Onsen natural hot spring, and a rooftop lounge. Everything here is just so perfect that you’d want to pack for your trip to Japan almost immediately to relish the experience!

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Address: 600-8022 Kyoto, Gionmachi, Shimogyo-ku Inari cho 324, Japan

Also read: 23 Top Things to Do in Kyoto on Your Very First Visit

7. Átoa Aquarium

Put Átoa Aquarium on your bucket list, a hybrid of an art museum and an aquarium. Here, you can interact with the beautiful sea creatures while feeling like you’re in another dimension. The exhibitions include: the Cave of the Beginning, an area with fish tanks and colourful schools of fish-like decorations welcoming you into the aquarium; the Light and Shadow Miyabi that brings you on a journey to the four seasons of Japan with water under your feet; and Planets, the largest spherical aquarium in Japan with lights and mist so magical, you’d wonder if you have just entered an aquarium in outer space. 

Address: Kobe Port Museum, 7-2 Shinkocho, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0041, Japan

8. The Making of Harry Potter

Opening very soon in 2023, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Tokyo – The Making of Harry Potter will be in Toshimaen, Tokyo. Similar to the attraction in the United Kingdom, this studio tour will bring visitors on a journey behind the scenes, learn how the Harry Potter films were made, step into the iconic film sets and settings, and put on the costumes and props like you’re one of the Wizards in Hogwarts. 

Address: Toshimaen, Tokyo

9. Hana Biyori

Resume your floral escapade at Hana Biyori, a new sensational flower park in Tokyo. This place is home to one of Japan’s largest floral chandeliers and its first-ever botanical garden Starbucks. There is also a flower and digital art show happening every day in the greenhouse, and an Asian small-clawed otter feeding experience. Sipping coffee while wandering around a tranquil floral paradise is no longer a dream here.

Address: 4015-1 Yanokuchi, Inagi, Tokyo 206-8566, Japan

10. Yokohama Air Cabin

One of the latest attractions in Japan is the Yokohama Air Cabin, Japan’s first advanced urban-type circular ropeway just recently opened in 2021. Other than travelling from one station to another, while enjoying the scenic cityscape, the cabins, stations, and the Ferris Wheel nearby will radiate vibrant LEDs at night, making it another stunning sight to behold.

Address: Sakuragi-cho Station Square, 1 Chome-200 Sakuragicho, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0062, Japan

Also read: 32 Things to See and Do in Japan for First-Time Travellers

Whether it’s your first time visiting the country or you love it so much that you would definitely go back, these are the latest attractions in Japan that will leave you in awe. Make sure to bookmark the list and plan your trip to Japan ahead. Bon voyage!

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Cecelia Chang
Cecelia Chang

Born in a new village in Selangor, Malaysia, Cecelia loves three things in life: Good food, good views, and good deals. She also enjoys exploring new places and experiencing new things on her travels.