Legoland Japan to open in Nagoya in April 2017

Children playing at the Lego-inspired knight's castle in the hotel lobby of Legoland Malaysia Resort.
Children playing at the Lego-inspired knight's castle in the hotel lobby of Legoland Malaysia Resort.PHOTO: ST FILE

NAGOYA - A new Legoland Japan theme park is set to open in April 2017 in Nagoya, in Japan's Tokai region.

The park's operator said on Nov 25, that the park is 80 per cent completed and will hire over 600 staff members, according to The Asahi Shimbun.

Legoland Japan will occupy 9.3ha of land, and house over 40 attractions, including a roller coaster and buildings replicated with Lego bricks.

The Nagoya park will be the eighth outdoor Legoland in the world, not to be confused with Legoland Discovery centres which are indoor facilities. There is currently one Legoland Discovery centre in Tokyo which opened in 2012.

During its first year of operation, the Nagoya park is expecting 2 million visitors to the site, which is the first outdoor theme park opened in Japan by the manufacturers of the popular toy building bricks from Denmark.

The figure was made based on an analysis of the Tokai region's population and market size, and is slightly under 7 per cent of the visitors to Tokyo Disney Resort in Chiba Prefecture, and 14 per cent that of Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, in fiscal year 2015, according to The Asahi Shimbun.