With a touch of magic, Awaji Island never ceases to surprise me as it unveils new attractions waiting to be explored. Among them, the Nijigen no Mori theme park truly stands out, offering a captivating blend of entertainment and the irresistible allure of “Cool Japan” which is known worldwide. Intrigued by the promise of a thrilling adventure in a Dragon Quest World, I eagerly made my way to experience it firsthand.
Table of Contents
- Reproduction of the Dragon Quest World
- How long does it take?
- How much does it cost?
- Luida’s (Patty’s) Bar
Reproduction of the Dragon Quest World
What’s fantastic is that the game follows a classic RPG structure, making it enjoyable for both long-time fans and newcomers to the Dragon Quest series. Even if you’re new to the franchise, you can still have a great time immersing yourself in this captivating world.
Moreover, as the story progresses, you’ll find yourself exploring vast fields, adding a physical activity element to the adventure. It’s not only a thrilling experience for the mind but also a fantastic way to get some exercise.
Let’s take a look at the attractions, prices, and other details.
Adventure Log and the Mark of Adventurers
Upon entering the realm of Dragon Quest Island, I was welcomed at the reception with two special items: The Adventure Log and the Mark of Adventurers, along with a wristband. Being a big fan of the game, I couldn’t contain my excitement at receiving such unique souvenirs.
The Adventure Log acts as an invaluable guide, leading you through the various attractions and immersing you in the captivating story of Dragon Quest Island.
As an adventurer equipped with the Mark of Adventurers, my mission is to interact with the villagers in the area and using the mark to progress further in the story. Along the way, I will have the opportunity to engage in thrilling battles with formidable monsters, unlock treasure chests brimming with surprises, and uncover hidden medals that add to the excitement of my journey. With each step I take, I eagerly anticipate the adventures that await me, eager to embark on this thrilling quest!
Streets of Onokogard
Stepping into this enchanting area, I was immediately captivated by the sprawling cityscape of Onokogard, a magnificent fantasy medieval town. It was truly awe-inspiring to witness how faithfully the atmosphere and charm of the city were recreated, mirroring its appearance in the beloved Dragon Quest game.
I couldn’t help but notice the familiar clay pots scattered throughout the area, a beloved staple that all Dragon Quest fans know well. To my delight, they were exactly as I had imagined them to be. The attention to detail and quality of these pots were remarkable, evoking a strong temptation within me as a devoted fan to break them open and uncover the hidden treasures within.
I eagerly turned my attention to a captivating poster featuring the notorious “Killing Machine,” a formidable creature from the world of Dragon Quest. The poster stood as a testament to the attention to detail and dedication put into recreating the iconic beings from the game. As I explored further, I couldn’t help but keep an eye out for other posters showcasing various creatures that adorned the surroundings.
The familiar melodies of the Dragon Quest soundtrack resonated through the air, instantly transporting me back to countless hours spent immersed in the game. The triumphant tune that played when a monster was defeated and the satisfying sound effect upon clearing a sub-quest brought a rush of nostalgia and excitement.
What impressed me was that even for those who had never played Dragon Quest, the atmosphere was still undeniably captivating. The game’s level of difficulty was well-balanced, ensuring that even novices could thoroughly enjoy the experience.
Before confronting the boss in the city of Onokogard, it was essential for me to make adequate preparations and equip myself with the necessary gear. Understanding the importance of strategy and ensuring I had the right equipment added an extra layer of excitement and anticipation to the upcoming challenge.
Fight the Monsters
Engaging in conversations with the friendly residents of Onokogard, tackling challenging situations, battling fearsome monsters to earn money, and embarking on shopping sprees for new gear—this familiar storyline stayed true to the essence of Dragon Quest, mirroring the gameplay experience found within the game itself.
Given its classic RPG style, I am confident that even individuals unfamiliar with Dragon Quest will thoroughly enjoy the journey. The immersive experience of venturing into the monster-filled area was accentuated by a sudden change in music, creating a distinct atmosphere that set it apart from the rest of the town. It was within this unique setting that I had the privilege of encountering numerous iconic characters that have left an indelible mark in the hearts of Dragon Quest fans.
During my adventure, I had the exciting opportunity to encounter familiar monsters that have been iconic in the early series of the game, such as the adorable Slime and the mischievous Dracky. Engaging in thrilling battles, I triumphed over these formidable foes, which allowed me to progress to the next level of the adventure.
As I delved deeper into the adventure, I encountered more formidable adversaries that are typically found in the middle stages of the game, such as the mighty Great Sabrecat and the legendary King Slime. These powerful monsters were faithfully reproduced with meticulous attention to detail, capturing their essence and making them appear as cool and imposing as ever.
Ah, the elusive Liquid Metal Slime!
I couldn’t contain my excitement when I stumbled upon this rare character tucked away in a hidden corner of the area. Known for its infrequent appearances in the story, encountering the Liquid Metal Slime was a thrilling moment for me.
The Mid-Boss Battle
After successfully triumphing over various monsters, the moment arrived for the highly anticipated Mid-boss Battle. Set within a temple, this encounter carried a unique aura, exuding a sense of sacredness and the supernatural.
As I faced off against the Mid-boss, the intensity of the battle surpassed my expectations. The immersive experience was heightened by the dynamic elements surrounding me. The gusts of wind and the vibrations in the environment made it feel as if I had stepped directly into the game, fully immersed in a life-or-death struggle.
The Final Boss Battle
After overcoming the mid-boss, there were still several challenging stages to clear before reaching the final showdown. The world created within Dragon Quest Island was truly impressive, filled with vibrant villagers and countless discoveries to be made. As I helped strengthen the villagers’ positions, the time had finally come to face the ultimate challenge—the Final Boss.
The anticipation grew as I prepared for the climactic battle against the powerful Monster. It was the culmination of all the trials and experiences throughout my adventure. With determination and excitement, I stood ready to face this formidable foe, fully aware of the significance and thrill that awaited me.
Although I couldn’t capture the interior of the castle due to photography restrictions, I believe the photos above give a glimpse of the ominous atmosphere that permeates the place.
Even as I made my way through the passageway leading to the final boss, I couldn’t help but be captivated by the high-quality eerie lighting and the haunting melodies that filled the air. It was a perfect blend of visuals and sound that evoked a genuine sense of foreboding and suspense.
The battle itself was nothing short of awe-inspiring. The use of various techniques created an immersive experience, and the sheer power exuded by the final boss was truly intimidating.
Fans who have bravely journeyed through Dragon Quest III to its conclusion will undoubtedly be thrilled by the abundance of game-inspired effects that enhance the intensity of these epic battles.
How long does it take?
If you prefer to go through the course without any detours, you can expect to spend approximately 2 hours exploring the game. However, for those who wish to fully immerse themselves in the experience, taking their time to explore and appreciate the intricate details of this otherworldly adventure, we recommend setting aside around 3 hours. This will allow you to thoroughly enjoy the captivating atmosphere and make the most of your time within the game’s immersive world.
How much does it cost?
Admission to Nijigen no Mori is free, but each attraction requires an admission fee.
There are three types of admission fees. All the prices below include tax.
“Adult” means junior high school students and older, while “Child” means 5 years old to elementary school students.
General admission prices for Dragon Quest Island are :
Adult: 3,400-4,000 yen
Child: 1,400 to 1,600 yen
Tickets called Robin ‘’Ood’s Mischief Big Strategy including an entrance to a sub-quest in addition to a main story are :
Adult: 5,400-6,000 yen
Child: 2,900-3,100 yen
Premium tickets come with a “Zenithian Shield Backpack” and “Stuffed Homilot IV” to enhance your adventure even more.
Adult: 12,400-13,000 yen
Child: 10,400-10,600 yen
Luida’s (Patty’s) Bar
After enjoying the attractions, I had a well-deserved lunch at Luida’s Bar, a familiar watering hole from Dragon Quest. It’s open to everyone, even if you’re not experiencing Dragon Quest Island. The atmosphere was cozy and filled with nostalgic references from the game.
The menu offered a variety of delicious dishes and themed beverages that truly captured the essence of the Dragon Quest universe. It was a delightful dining experience that I would recommend to any fan or curious visitor.
Homilot and Slime Adventure Curry
At Luida’s Bar, I enjoyed the “Homilot and Slime Adventure Curry” accompanied by a “Slime Waffle Caffe Latte.” The curry was delicious, packed with clams and a delightful seafood aroma. The playful presentation and attention to detail brought the Dragon Quest world to life on my plate. The Slime Waffle Caffe Latte perfectly complemented the flavors of the curry. It was a delightful dining experience that I recommend to all fans and visitors.
Liquid Slime Metal Spicy Curry
Next, I tried the “Liquid Metal Slime Spicy Curry” and “Hero’s Adventure Drink”.
The Liquid Metal Slime Spicy Curry was not only adorable but also very authentic and delicious.
Slime Packed! Nakayoshi Burger Lunch Box
My last dish was “Slime Packed! Nakayoshi Burger Lunch Box” and “Homilot’s Help Multiheal Drink”.
The Nakayoshi Burger Lunch Box at Luida’s Bar offers a unique and fun dining option. With each slime representing a bun, you have the opportunity to customize your own original hamburger by choosing your preferred fillings. It’s a playful and interactive experience that adds an extra layer of enjoyment to the meal. Whether you’re a fan of Dragon Quest or simply looking for a creative dining experience, the Nakayoshi Burger Lunch Box is definitely worth trying at Luida’s Bar.
In conclusion, my visit to Nijigen no Mori and Dragon Quest Island was a truly memorable experience. The attention to detail, immersive attractions, and nostalgic elements of the game created a captivating atmosphere that delighted both fans and newcomers alike. From exploring the medieval town of Onokogard to battling iconic monsters, every moment was filled with excitement and adventure.
If you’re a fan of Dragon Quest or simply looking for a unique and enjoyable adventure, I highly recommend visiting Nijigen no Mori and immersing yourself in the world of Dragon Quest Island. It’s an opportunity to step into the game and create unforgettable memories in a place where fantasy becomes reality.
|Park Name||NIJIGEN NO MORI|
|Address||2425-2 Kusumoto, Awaji City, Hyogo Pref. 656-2301|
*Each attraction has a different last reception time and closing time.
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