Just 40 minutes away from Kobe in the Seto Inland Sea, Awaji Island has a wealth of attractions. Among these, the resort island’s various theme parks are some of the most famous and popular. Here are some of the best for your next trip to Awaji Island!
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Nijigen no Mori Anime Park
Welcome to Nijigen no Mori Anime Theme Park, where the world of anime and pop culture come to life! This one-of-a-kind Awaji Island anime theme park has been a tourist hot spot since its opening in 2017. Nijigen no Mori has permanent attractions featuring Naruto, Godzilla, Dragon Quest and Crayon Shin-chan.
|NIJIGEN NO MORI
|2425-2 Kusumoto, Awaji City, Hyogo Pref. 656-2301
*Each attraction has a different last reception time and closing time.
Hello Kitty Apple Land
HELLO KITTY APPLE HOUSE next to HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX, is the world’s largest apple-shaped building. Inside is a 360° theater where Hello Kitty’s favorite things appear one after another in a fantastic dream world.
Our favorite feline character can be found throughout the interior, for unmissable photo spots. Only from this rooftop can we see the Hello Kitty shaped roof of HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX next door against a backdrop of sea and sky for the ultimate selfie!
HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX
The HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX is a fun place for shows, dining, and shopping. During the all-vegan lunch time show you can see the smash hit HELLO KITTY JAZZ BAND show with its dynamic live performances and projection mapping animation. The show changes every season, so true fans love to come back again and again.
|HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX
|177-5 Nojimahirabayashi, Awaji City, Hyogo Pref. 656-1724
|10 minutes by car from Awaji IC and 15 minutes from Hokudan Interchange on Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway.
|Free parking available
|12:10-13:30(Open at 11:00, Last In at 12:00)
|Café and Greetings by HELLO KITTY
|14:00-17:00 Greeting at 14:30-/16:00- Café Show and Greetings by HELLO KITTY: 14:30~ / 16:00~
HELLO KITTY SMILE
HELLO KITTY SMILE is the only Hello Kitty-themed gallery in Japan, bursting with the latest media art of Hello Kitty in the ocean as well as related goods and a a 360-degree theater.
At HELLO KITTY SMILE, visitors enter a world of digital multimedia animated imagery inspired by the ancient Japanese folk tale, “the Palace of the Dragon Princess.” Don’t miss the photogenic spots where entire walls are covered with Hello Kitty motifs and the interactive touch-sensitive animation. In the gallery and restaurants, Hello Kitty comes out to say hello!
|HELLO KITTY SMILE
|985-1 Nojimahikinoura, Awaji City, Hyogo Pref. 656-1721
|10 minutes by car from Awaji IC or Hokudan IC on Awaji-Kobe-Naruto Expressway.
|Free parking available
Sat., Sun, & Public Holidays 10:00~19:00
Please note that each restaurant/café has different operating hours.
Awaji Farm Park England Hill
England Hill is a theme park with a flower field and a Zoo. The biggest draw is definitely the zoo with it’s stars the koalas. But other interesting animals include wallabies, rabbits, big birds and cute capybaras. The Zoo side also has a big greenhouse with tortoises older then you!
On the botanical garden side are a variety of flowers blooming in each season and a historic building from the Meiji Era. The place also offers activities such as boating on the small lake and bread-making.
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
(check for any holidays on the official website)
Adults: 1200 yen
Children: 400 yen (children under 3 years are free)
Awaji World Park Onokoro
Onokoro Park sits on an artificial island next to Shizuki town in the middle of Awaji Island. The park is ideal for families with small children. See realistic miniature reproductions of famous buildings and monuments from around the world, then hop on merry-go-rounds or the giant Ferris wheel.
(Weekdays: 10:00-17:30; October–February: until 17:00)
Adults: 1,400 yen
Children: 700 yen
Awaji Monkey Center
The Monkey center is on the east side of Kashiwara Mountain in Sumoto city on Awaji Island. It was first open in 1967 and is currently home to around 350 monkeys. Awaji Island monkeys are gentle and friendly so you can feel at ease walking among them.
About an hour here is enough to enjoy the experience. Please remember to leave snacks and food items in your car and do not try to pet or pick up the monkeys as they are wild animals.
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Closed on Thursdays
Adult : 700 yen (11 and above)
Child : 350 yen (7 -11)
Here we listed the 5 most famous theme parks on Awaji Island for you to choose from! Make sure to put them on your list for the next trip!