, 2022-10-14 21:06:00,
11:06 JST, October 15, 2022
AWAJI, Hyogo — What if you could enjoy a “Dragon Quest” adventure in real life? Dragon Quest Island, a theme park on Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture offers visitors just such an opportunity to tramp through a physical version of the popular game series.
Statues of characters from the games, including one of its adorable slime monster, dot the park, which bustles with fans and families. But what does “Dragon Quest” have to do with Awaji Island, known for its onions?
I took a trip to the island with a sense of the adventurer in my heart, recalling my elementary school days when I grew obsessed with this series that puts you in control of its heroes.
Dragon Quest Island is not an island but a popular theme park located in the amusement park Nijigen no Mori (2D forest), where visitors can experience real-life versions of manga and anime. Nijigen no Mori is in turn part of Hyogo Prefectural Awaji Island Park on the northern part of Awaji Island.
At Dragon Quest Island, the old European-style castles and ick cityscapes depicted in the games are re-created within an 8,000-square-meter facility. A giant smiling slime statue greets visitors at the entrance.
The atmosphere ought me back to the excitement I used to feel before starting a game.
The park’s experience is premised on a…
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