Warner Bros. to Open “Harry Potter” Theme Park in Tokyo This Year

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Tokyo to Open “Harry Potter” Theme Park This Year
Visitors at Harry Potter theme park in London. ( Photo : Unsplash )

The Tokyo-based subsidiary of multinational movie production house Warner Bros. Studio will open a new theme park based on the popular “Harry Potter” movie franchise on 16 June.

Following the success of the first Harry potter franchise theme park in London, Warner Bros. Studio Japan has decided to open one in its capital city. It will be the second Harry Potter attraction globally and the first in Asia. It will be larger than its London counterpart.

Tickets will be priced at YEN 6,300 (USD 47) for adults, YEN 5,200 (USD 39) for high school and middle school students, and YEN 3,800 (USD 29) for children aged 4 and under. Admission tickets are required to be booked in advance so the visitors have enough time to enjoy their experience. Advanced tickets can be purchased from 22 March onwards.

Unlike in London, the park based in Tokyo, aptly named Studio Tour Tokyo, will showcase behind-the-scenes production of the “Fantastic Beasts” series. Harry Potter fans can also board the Hogwarts Express, from platform 9 3/4, that takes Harry and his friends into the wizarding world in the books and the movies.  

Warner Bros. Studio Japan (WBSJ) Vice President Toshihiro Matsuo said, “We want to create a facility with an international flavor that can meet foreign visitors’ expectations, to follow on from the Tokyo Olympics.”

Visitors can expect props and costumes to be scattered around the park, guests can ride a moving staircase and see their reflections in portraits. A thorough tour of the park will take up about half the day.

According to a survey by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, spending per person at theme parks and amusement parks in Japan topped the YEN 10,000 mark for the first time in 2022, reports Nikkei. 

The London arm of the theme park has attracted 17 million visitors from all over the world since it opened its doors in 2012. WBSJ expects to similarly expect footfalls from “Harry Potter” fans globally.