Japanese theme park opening Godzilla experience in 2020

TOKYO, JAPAN - APRIL 15: A 12 meter tall Godzilla replica head is seen on the 8th floor terrace of the Hotel Gracery Shinjuku on April 15, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. The Godzilla replica, based on the original 1954 film is the main attraction of a new commercial complex containing a movie theatre, hotel and restaurants situated in the Kabukicho, red light district of Shinjuku and will be opened on April 17th. Along with the replica head the hotel also has six Godzilla view rooms with windows looking directly onto Godzilla, and one Godzilla themed room containing a man-sized Godzilla statue as well as a large Godzilla claw over the beds. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

If Godzilla movies aren’t scary enough for you, head to Japan next year and you can get eaten by the fearsome lizard himself.

The Nijigen no Mori theme park on Awaji Island in Hyogo prefecture will debut a Godzilla-themed area in 2020, complete with a massive lizard measuring 20 meters (65 feet) high, 25 meters (82 feet) wide and 55 meters (180 feet) long — the exact size of the one in the movies.

That means that that Nijigen no Mori will be the first place to have a permanent, full-size replica of the famed movie monster.

“Godzilla Interception Operation” will feature several activities, including a zipline that will feed you right into the monster’s mouth and a shooting game where, presumably, you’re aiming at Godzilla himself.

The activities are called “missions,” and visitors will be asked for their help in capturing or defeating Godzilla. And, of course, there will be a gift shop.

As for the location, it was very intentional.

“The legendary figure of Godzilla was first confirmed at the beginning of the Meiji era when a typhoon hit Awaji Island,” reads a blog post on the theme park’s website. “Godzilla, who appeared with the high waves, roamed the island, causing tremendous damage.”

The first Godzilla movie was introduced to the US in 1954, inspiring multiple remakes that all rely on the thrill of watching an enormous lizard wreak devastation on human landscapes.

In addition to becoming the home — er, containment area — of the world’s deadliest giant lizard, Nijigen no Mori also has rides and exhibits based on Japanese anime and cartoon characters like Crayon Shinchan.

Regular updates on the Godzilla Interception Operation will be posted on the themed area’s Japanese-language Twitter account.

Awaji Island is in the Bay of Osaka, close to Kobe and Naruto.

Godzilla fans in visiting Japan can also visit Tokyo’s Shinjuku neighborhood, where Hotel Gracery’s 12-meter (39-foot) replica Godzilla head spits “fire” at visitors throughout the day.

Guests at the hotel can request a stay in one of the themed rooms, with perfect views (and photo ops) of the lizard head on the eighth floor.

Next year will also mark the release of the latest Godzilla flick, Godzilla vs. Kong, which will be in English and star Millie Bobby Brown and Kyle Chandler.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.