The newest attraction added to the already-exciting city of Nagoya is LEGOLAND Japan, the 8th LEGOLAND in the world and the second in Asia after LEGOLAND Malaysia. Opened only in April 2017, not much is written about it yet, so here are 10 things that visitors must know before planning a trip to the park.
1. It’s easy to reach by train from the downtown of Nagoya. From Nagoya Station, the city’s main train terminal, LEGOLAND Japan is just one ride away on the Aonami Line. The ride to Kinjo-futo Station typically takes only 24 minutes per way and costs 350 JPY (~155 PHP). Note that six times on weekends and twice on weekdays, there are express trains that run direct from Nagoya Station to Kinjo-futo Station intended for LEGOLAND Japan visitors. This service costs the same and takes only 17 minutes.
2. It’s about the same size as LEGOLAND Malaysia. The area of LEGOLAND Japan’s first phase is 9.3 hectares, which is about the same size as LEGOLAND Malaysia when it first opened. Equivalent to 9.3 hectares are twice the size of the Nagoya Dome and 2.5 times the size of the Tokyo Dome.
3. It’s meant for kids aged 2-12 and their families. This cannot be stressed enough to manage expectations. But this is not to say that adults cannot have fun at LEGOLAND Japan—most of the park’s attractions are for the young and the young-at-heart!
4. It has seven LEGO-themed zones. Venture into the high seas with pirates, be a courageous knight or a charming princess, or mingle with the LEGO people that make a city—the park’s seven LEGO-themed zones bring fantasies to life.
5. It has over 40 rides, shows, and attractions. There are so many things to do and check out at LEGOLAND Japan, including its top highlights, the Dragon (a roller coaster), Submarine Adventure, and Lost Kingdom Adventure. Planning a day for the park (and perhaps a side trip to the must-visit SCMAGLEV and Railway Park nearby) should be sufficient.
6. It has 17 million LEGO bricks and 10,000 LEGO models. Many of which are in MINILAND (see below), but impressive LEGO models are scattered all over the park, and the best part is they’re all Instagram-worthy.
7. Its MINILAND is focused on Japan. The centerpiece of every LEGOLAND is its MINILAND, which is an aggregation of elaborate LEGO models of cityscapes, scenery, landmarks, and other iconic places. The one in LEGOLAND Japan exclusively features Japan—including 10 of its most famous cities and highlights, such as Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya.
8. It has a huge LEGO store. The Big Shop offers the largest LEGO selection in Asia, as well as LEGOLAND-exclusive items. Collectors surely won’t go out empty-handed.
9. It’s open year-round. Despite being mostly an outdoor attraction, LEGOLAND Japan is open year-round. However, do note that opening hours vary according to season and day of the week.
10. Its tickets are understandably pricey, but there’s a way to get a discount. Although there are family packages, a typical one-day ticket costs 6900 JPY (~3085 PHP) for adults and 5300 JPY (~2370 PHP). But the good news is, Klook offers a nice discount on tickets—currently, they sell them at 6555 JPY (~2930 PHP). Buying tickets via the Klook app and website, and redeeming them on-site using a voucher are easy and hassle-free.
To buy discounted LEGOLAND Japan tickets, visit this link on the Klook website.
For more information on LEGOLAND Japan, visit www.legoland.jp/en/.
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