Lots of new tourist attractions have appeared throughout Japan in 2022, with plenty more planned for the near future. From Ghibli Park, to a theme park based on Harry Potter, to new shopping centers, you can expect lots of new landmarks to appear around Tokyo and beyond. Despite the unfortunate closings of several other locations, these new attractions give much to look forward to!
Here we introduce the latest on upcoming tourist attractions that are set to open, close, or renew in 2022 and beyond.
Main image: ©Studio Ghibli
Newly Opened Attractions in 2022: Tokyo Area
NAKED FLOWERS FOR YOU: An Evolutionary Flower Art Exhibit (Opened March 19, 2022)
NAKED FLOWERS is an experiential art exhibition. With all kinds of flowers on display, this event has made a name for itself both in Japan and overseas, including Kyoto's World Heritage Site Nijo Castle, Tokyo's Nihonbashi, Hong Kong, and South Korea. This new location, opening in Yurakucho, marks the first permanent facility in Tokyo.
What makes the NAKED FLOWERS FOR YOU experience so unique is the number of personalizations tailored to each visitor. Comprised of four digital flower gardens, the exhibit makes use of phytotherapy and image analysis to conduct personality tests, and design customized flower art experiences as unique as each guest!
In this one-of-a-kind flower art attraction, you can also buy personalized drinks at the cafe, which contain specific nutrients and ingredients according to the results of your personality test. You can also get a medicinal herb diagnosis, as well as cosmetic plans individually tailored to you.
NAKED FLOWERS FOR YOUNAKED FLOWERS FOR YOU
- Address 2-7-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Yurakucho Marui 8F, 100-0006
Yurakucho Station (JR Yamanote Line / Keihin Tohoku Line, 1 min from Central Exit)
Yurakucho Station (Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line, 1 min from Exit D7-b)
Ginza Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Hibiya Line / Marunouchi Line, 2 min from Exit C-9)
11:00AM-8:00PM (Last entry: 7:30PM)
Mikan Shimokita: A Huge Shopping Center Under the Elevated Shimokitazawa Station (Grand Opening July 28, 2022)
Mikan Shimokita is a large-scale shopping center underneath the elevated Shimokitazawa Station. It comprises five blocks of shops and facilities unique to the Shimokitazawa area, including fashion boutiques, general stores, restaurants, cafes, coworking spaces, and shared offices.
Although some areas have already opened in March, July 28 marked the grand opening for the 5-story B-Block, which consists of commercial shops, a 7-room office block, and a bicycle parking lot.
The name 'Mikan' is said to symbolize the state of always being 'in progress', continuing to evolve while avoiding stagnancy.
Located right in front of Shimokitazawa Station, it's easy to get to. Shopping and food aren't the only attractions of this place. People also love its design, which makes use of the underpass, as well as the overall atmosphere of the location.
- Address 2-11-15 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Shimokitazawa Station (Keio Inokashira Line / Odakyu Odawara Line)
teamLab Borderless (Odaiba) is a museum that gained popularity since its opening in June 2018 for its art which formed one continuous, borderless world. And this world is scheduled to close in late August.
teamLab Borderless broke world records with its opening, drawing in the largest number of visitors to an individual artist's museum in its first year. In 2019, it also broke world records for being the most-visited individual art group worldwide!
Despite the overwhelming popularity of teamLab Borderless, it is now scheduled to close due to district redevelopment.
However, it's not goodbye forever. You can expect a new teamLab Borderless to relocate to the city center and open in 2023! There, you'll be able to experience an all-new, upgraded version of the unique digital art of teamLab Borderless.
Toyosu's teamLab Planets TOKYO DMM will run until the end of 2023.
Mori Building Digital Art Museum: Epson teamLab Borderless森ビルデジタルアートミュージアム：エプソン チームラボボーダレス
- Address 1-3-8 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo Odaiba Palette Town 2F
Tokyo Teleport Station (Rinkai Line) / Aomi Station (Shinkotsu Yurikamome Line)
Newly Opening in 2022: Chubu Area
Ghibli Park: Get Spirited Away to the World of Studio Ghibli! (Opening November 1, 2022)
Studio Ghibli is one of Japan's leading animation studios, with adoring fans all over the world. And Ghibli Park is a brand-new attraction based on the worlds seen in Ghibli movies. The park is set to open in Aichi Expo Memorial Park (Morikoro Park).
There are no special attractions or rides at Ghibli Park. The purpose of this park is to walk through the woods and along the roads as you uncover the various secrets of Ghibli. Each area consists of buildings and cityscapes based on the settings of each of the works.
The first phase will take place in November 2022, opening three areas: Ghibli's Grand Warehouse, Hill of Youth, and Dondoko Forest. The second phase is scheduled for the fall of 2023, in which Mononoke Village will open. Valley of Witches is set to open in March 2024. There is no doubt that this park will become a popular tourist destination, drawing in crowds of Ghibli fans from all over the world!
- Address Ibaragabasama Otsu 1533-1 Nagakute City, Aichi Prefecture (in Aichi Expo Memorial Park), 480-1342
Aichi Earth Expo Memorial Park Station (Aichi Rapid Transit Tobu Kyuryo Line)
Newly Opening Attractions in 2023: Tokyo Area
March 2023 will see the grand opening of Tokyo Midtown Yaesu, a new landmark in the Yaesu area. This complex will face Tokyo Station, which is also currently undergoing redevelopment. This will be the third shopping complex by the brand Tokyo Midtown, following Tokyo Midtown Roppongi and Tokyo Midtown Hibiya.
The skyscraper will include about 60 restaurants and retail shops, in addition to offices, schools, and Bulgari Hotel Tokyo, which will occupy floors 39-45. Tokyo Station is one of Japan's major transportation hubs, serving people of all ages, genders, and nationalities. As a diverse place that offers goods and services for all kinds of people from all walks of life, expect this new attraction to bring even more value to the area!
Japan's largest bus terminal, 'Bus Terminal Tokyo Yaesu,' is scheduled to open prior to its grand opening on September 17, 2022. You'll find more than express buses connecting international airports and local cities here. The addition of Tokyo Midtown's unique, trendy shops is sure to give Yaesu a different type of charm in comparison to the other facilities of Tokyo Station.
Tokyo Midtown Yaesu東京ミッドタウン八重洲
- Address Yaesu 2-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0028
JR Tokyo Station (direct connection via Yaesu Underground Shopping Center)
Tokyo Station (Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, direct connection via Yaesu underground shopping center)
Kyobashi Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, 3-min walk)
Nihonbashi Station (Tokyo Metro Tozai Line / Ginza Line / Toei Asakusa Line, 6-min walk)
Senkyaku Banrai: Toyosu Market's New Off-site Facility (Opening September 2023)
Senkyaku Banrai is scheduled to open as a new off-site facility in Toyosu. With the purpose of promoting Japanese food culture, the addition of this facility will bring even more life to the already-bustling Toyosu Market, an important and valuable landmark formerly located in Tsukiji.
The facility is roughly composed of two buildings: a shopping complex and a hot-spring facility. The shopping center is a reproduction of an old Edo cityscape, offering restaurants, various goods, and fresh ingredients made possible thanks to its location right next to the market!
The hot spring facility has a 24-hour hot spring and a hotel, with a footbath on the rooftop observation deck. Other facilities will include event spaces and areas that provide information on local foods.
The market is the center of food production, making Toyosu the perfect place to promote Japanese food culture. So come and experience amazing Japanese food and a lively food market unlike anywhere else!
- Address 6-101-1 Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Shijo-mae Station (Shinkotsu Yurikamome Line)
Warner Bros. Studios Tour Tokyo / Making of Harry Potter: The First Location in Asia! (Opening early 2023)
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Tokyo/Making of Harry Potter (Studio Tour Tokyo) is a new kind of walking tour attraction that brings you behind the scenes of the famous movie franchise, Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts, featuring authentic props and sets from the movies' production. This will be the second such park in the world, following the first, which opened in London.
The attraction boasts an area of about 30,000 square meters (the size of one Tokyo Dome!) and will be built on the site of Toshimaen amusement park, which had been open for 94 years since 1926. The realistic world views are designed by creators who were involved in the actual movies, making it a must-see attraction, whether you've seen the movies or not!
TM & © 2021 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Wizarding World Publishing Rights © JKR.
Warner Bros. Studios Tour Tokyo / Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour Tokyoワーナー ブラザース スタジオツアー東京 ‐メイキング・オブ ハリー・ポッター 「スタジオツアー東京」
- Address 3-25-1 Koyama, Nerima-ku, Tokyo, 176-0022
Toshimaen Station (Seibu Ikebukuro Line / Yurakucho Line / Toei Oedo Line)
Tokyu Kabukicho Tower is an entertainment facility set to open in Shinjuku, one of the most popular areas in downtown Tokyo. This 225-meter-tall skyscraper complex soars 48 floors above ground, with five basement floors and one rooftop floor. It'll offer a variety of entertainment, including a hotel, movie theater, playhouse, and live event halls.
It is designed in the image of a futuristic Shinjuku, with the largest live hall in the Shinjuku area, a theater for live performances, music, and video, and a brand new movie theater, 109 Cinemas Premium Shinjuku.
Kabukicho, Shinjuku is already a popular tourist destination, and this new addition is set to become an indispensable sightseeing attraction that will add even more to the excitement of Shinjuku city.
Tokyu Kabukicho Tower東急歌舞伎町タワー
- Address 1-29-1, Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (number 3), 160-0021
2-min walk from Seibu Shinjuku Station (Seibu Shinjuku Line) / 7-min walk from Shinjuku Station (JR Line / Odakyu Line / Keio Line)
Fantasy Springs: New Themed Port at Tokyo DisneySea® (Opening 2023)
'Fantasy Springs' is a new themed port set to open in Tokyo DisneySea® in 2023. It will be the attraction's eighth themed port, consisting of three areas and Disney hotels based on the popular Disney films, Frozen, Tangled, and Peter Pan.
Although we have yet to see the entire layout of the park at this moment, expect nothing short of magical attractions and restaurants that will bring the worlds of these popular stories to life.
This will be the largest expansion to Tokyo DisneySea® since its opening, maxing out the park's total area. Information about the process is gradually being released little by little until opening day, so follow along and watch as this new fantasy world unfolds right before your eyes!
Tokyo DisneySea® New Theme Port Fantasy Springs東京ディズニーシー®新テーマポート「ファンタジースプリングス」
- Address 1-1 Maihama, Urayasu City, Chiba Prefecture, 279-0031
Tokyo DisneySea Station (Disney Resort Line)
Newly Opening Attractions in 2024: Osaka Area
USJ Super Nintendo World Donkey Kong Expansion Area (Opening 2024)
Super Nintendo World opened as part of Universal Studios Japan in March 2021. And in 2024, a new addition will see the introduction of the popular game series, Donkey Kong.
Super Nintendo World is the first Nintendo-themed attraction to open in the entire world, so as you can imagine, it was quite a big hit!
The addition of Donkey Kong will expand the current Super Nintendo World to include the lush jungles that Donkey Kong and his friends call home, and will also include roller coasters and other attractions.
Nintendo is one of the biggest companies from Japan, now bringing even more fun and excitement through these unique, recreational experiences.
Universal Studios Japan (USJ) Super Nintendo Worldユニバーサル・スタジオ・ジャパン(USJ) スーパー・ニンテンドー・ワールド
- Address 2-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka, 554-0031
Universal City Station (JR Yumesaki Line)
Trendy new attractions in Japan you won't want to miss!
Japan is already home to a number of unique theme parks and attractions, many of which draw people in droves for sightseeing. And these attractions will only continue to evolve and grow in the future!
So next time you head to Japan, don't just settle for the standard sightseeing spots. Be sure to hit up some of the latest attractions, as well!
Translated by: Krys Suzuki
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