For all One Piece fans out there, it is unfortunate that the management of Tokyo One Piece Tower has made a decision to close it down since 31 July 2020, due to the impact of COVID-19 outbreak.
Besides being a beautiful landmark for photography, the Tokyo Tower is an indoor theme park for the popular Japanese manga series, One piece.
A quick introduction for non-otakus, One Piece Japanese manga series is about straw-hat Luffy whose goal is to be a pirate king. Having eaten the gomu-gomu devil fruit, he was granted a rubber body along with its elastic properties. Being a leader of Strawhat pirates, Luffy and his crew set sail to achieve their individual dream! The manga series is still ongoing with multiple arcs that kept me glued onto, week after week.
Being a fan of One Piece Anime, I was naturally quite excited to explore this theme park despite the time constraint of less than 1.5 hours since my itinerary was pretty packed that day.
After rushing to the counter to purchase tickets, we made our way through the gates to the World of One Piece! We were all herded batch by batch into the 360 Log Theatre where there was a large 360 degrees screen that introduces One Piece. In fact most of us who visited needs no introduction to One Piece.
The whole concept of this theme park revolves around an Island in the New World called Tongari Island which the Straw Hat crew had landed on. It offers entertainment shows by One Piece cosplayers (separate entrance fees required), mini games of each pirate crews and not forgetting tons of character sculptures to take photos with.
The games are pretty much simple, suitable for young kids & adults despite the language barrier as its posters were all in Japanese. We did try to cover the whole theme park as much as possible, making full use of the time to take plenty of photos rather than enjoying ourselves literally.
There was also a souvenir shop that offers tons of One Piece related merchandise which we had to skip due to time constraint. Not only that, a restaurant can also be found there, obviously with Sanji, the cook of One Piece standing right next to its doorway.
It is a rather sad news that Tokyo One Piece Tower no longer exists but at least I get to keep these photos as memories!
If you’re travelling to Japan, Check out my post on my trip to Tokyo Disneyland.