Expecting 5 million visitors from the world in the first year 2017
Hyogo Prefecture announced on November 15 that it selected a temporary employment agency Pasona Group's "Awaji Manga Anime Island" project as the best revitalization program for Prefectural Awajishima Park in Awajishima-city. Awaji Island (Awaji-shima) is the biggest island in the Seto Inland Sea and is located between the islands of Honshu and Shikoku. The park was opened in 1980 and has had less visitors than the prefecture office hoped.
The "Awaji Manga Anime Island" project includes a museum to exhibit manga/anime materials including original arts and character figures, a library for manga/anime/game titles which the visitors can enjoy, a 5D moving theater, a restaurant, and character goods shops. The 4.3-hectare first manga/anime-themed amusement complex facility in Japan is scheduled to be opened in Spring 2017. They expect 5 million visitors in the first year.
Image for the shop, auditorium, museum
The project map
Source: Hyogo prefecture