Japan’s Okinawa To Welcome ‘Jungalia’, A Nature Theme Park With Air Balloon Tours, Zip Lines & More

Japan is all set to welcome a nature theme park, Jungalia.

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Japan’s Okinawa To Welcome ‘Jungalia’, A Nature Theme Park With Air Balloon Tours, Zip Lines & More

Japan is known to be a country that is surely living in the future. With infrastructure and amenities that are completely innovative as well as super futuristic, Japan is everyone’s dream place to be. At least, if not the dream place to be, it is surely a place where a huge number of tourists flock every year. This futuristic country is all set to welcome a nature theme park, Jungalia, and we are so excited!

Japan To Welcome A Nature Theme Park

In 2025, a new theme park revolving around a UNESCO World Nature Heritage-listed forest is set to open on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, coinciding with an increase in tourism and a post-pandemic retail recovery by consumers. 

Across 60 hectares (148 acres), the new park named “Junglia,” which is next to Yanbaru’s subtropical mangrove forest, will have dozens of attractions exhibiting the local natural environment. This offers outdoor dining options, an infinity spa, zip lines, and a dinosaur-themed area, in addition to air balloon tours. 

Tsuyoshi Morioka, a former CEO at Procter & Gamble Co., is the man behind the new destination. He gained notoriety by revitalizing Universal Studios Japan and adding new attractions like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. 

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Unspoiled Tropical Forest

The project aimed to renovate a former golf course in northern Okinawa by raising approximately ¥70 billion ($470 million). At a Tokyo conference, Morioka stated that he wanted guests to completely feel the true luxury that they can’t receive in big cities by making the most of the vast, unspoiled tropical forest. 

He expressed his hope that the project will lead to increased investment in the region because Okinawa has a lot of potential as a travel destination for both domestic and foreign travellers.

The new park announcement coincides with the National Tourism Organization of Japan revealing that, in October, international visitors to the country exceeded 2.5 million, surpassing the numbers recorded in the same month in 2019—prior to the COVID pandemic. 

One of the few areas of Japan’s uneven recovery that has shown promise has been inbound tourism; this upsurge is an illustration of how the weakening yen has helped the country’s economy. (As per Hindustan Times)

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Other Amazing Attractions

Morioka founded Katana Inc. in 2017 as a marketing and entertainment company, and it has since renovated several theme parks in Japan. There is Seibuen Amusement Park, which reopened as a retro-themed attraction inspired by Tokyo in the 1960s, and Huis Ten Bosche, which is close to Nagasaki and recreates the Netherlands. 

Immersive Fort Tokyo, a new attraction by Morioka that immerses guests in made-up scenarios like murder investigations or treasure hunts, is set to open in the capital this spring.

According to a report by infrastructure consulting firm AECOM and the Themed Entertainment Association, Tokyo Disney Resorts’ two parks and Universal Studios Japan were among the top five most-visited amusement and theme parks worldwide in 2022, with each drawing in excess of 10 million visitors annually.

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