Grab your wand and robe because Tokyo is opening a magical 30,000 square metre Harry Potter studio tour, similar to the incredibly popular experience in London.
As if you didn’t already want to visit the wonderland that is Japan, now the country is giving you another fantastic reason to put it on your travel wishlist.
Witches & Wizards can celebrate as hard as they did in 1998 when Harry defeated you know who, because ‘The Making of Harry Potter’ is Wingardium Leviosa-ing it’s way to Tokyo in 2023.
Pass me the Floo power
The 30,000 square meter area, which is roughly as big as three large Manhatten city blocks, is going to be the new home for Warner Bros’ ‘The Making of Harry Potter’ permanent studio tour – which will complement Universal Studios’ the ‘Wizarding World of Harry Potter’.
The studio tour will be similar to that in London, enabling you to step into J.K Rowling’s enchanting world of magical people, adventure, and mystical creatures. The attraction will offer behind-the-scenes insight, movie sets, props, and costumes, not to mention immersive wizarding experiences.
Visiting magical folk can dress up in their house attire and escape reality while flying – in spirit – over Hogwarts’ Great Hall, Diagon Alley, the Forbidden Forest, Platform 9 3/4, and more.
It is expected that other London favourites; such as rides, interactive movie experiences, Fantastic Beasts and Butterbeer will also feature in the new Tokyo tour.
“Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.”
Witches, Wizards, Muggles, Free Elves, and anybody else who wants to visit (perhaps with the exception of Death Eaters), can expect to purchase half-day tours, which will include the full experience, with access to back-lot style areas, sets, and sound stages.
Patience is a virtue, however, as the Studio Experience is set to open in 2023. But as Dumbledore once said, “good things come to those who wait.”
And any Harry Potter fan will know, this is going to be a very, very good thing. The London tour opened in 2012 and has since had over 14 million visitors. It is usually booked out months in advance, so if you are in the UK and want to visit, it’s recommended that you lock your date in as soon as possible.
Back to Japan – the main muggles in charge at Itochu Corporation recently stated:
“The Studio Tour Tokyo will be the second facility of its kind in the world, after London, and will offer a new type of experiential entertainment in Japan.”
As well as Universal Studios and the soon to be ‘Making of Harry Potter’, Japan is also home to Disneyland, Disneysea, Sanrio Puroland, Studio Ghibli and Legoland, with Nintendo World welcoming visitors later this year.
Off to Hogwarts now, byeeeee.
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