‘Dragon Castle’ With 17m High Play Structure Will Open In Japanese City On August 8


MISHIMA, Shizuoka — An adventure park with a 17-meter high play structure tower will open in this central Japanese city on Aug. 8 in a bid to attract visitors and boost the region’s economic fortunes.

People sit on a picnic bench in the air at the Dragon Castle Adventure Park in Mishima, Shizuoka Prefecture on Aug. 1, 2022. (Mainichi/Hiroshi Ishikawa)

The “Dragon Castle” park is home to a five-level hexagonal steel frame tower. Local amusement company Fujiko, which operates the city’s Mishima Skywalk – Japan’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge – began construction of the park in early February. The Dragon Castle along National Highway 1 is near the ruins of Yamanaka Castle, which was built during the Sengoku (Warring States) period (1467 to the end of the 16th century) and is now designated as a historic site national. It is also known for its waffle-shaped moat.

The five-level tower is 17 meters high and 36 meters wide, and has six steel pillars inside and 12 pillars outside. Visitors can move around the pillars by crossing wooden and rope bridges, loose nets, monkey bars or other exciting routes.

There are currently four level activities at 1, 3, 8 and 13 meters respectively. Children between 100 and 140 centimeters tall can enjoy 16 kinds of activities at the lowest level. The remaining three tiers are for people 125cm or taller and offer 92 types of activities. On the 13-meter bleacher, adventurous visitors can sit on picnic benches in the air and step on a beam protruding from the structure to ring a bell at the end. The 17 meter high upper level is an observation deck connecting six corners of the tower. Next to the tower are also climbing trees.

The Dragon Castle is apparently the fifth such attraction in the country.

The tower of the Dragon Castle Park play structure is seen in Mishima, Shizuoka Prefecture on Aug. 1, 2022. (Mainichi/Hiroshi Ishikawa)

Fujiko Executive General Manager Takehiro Miyazawa said, “We would like to bring tourists from other prefectures to the west side of (Mount) Hakone and offer different activities from Skywalk.

Admission is 4,000 yen (about $30) for high school students and older, and 3,000 yen (about $23) for middle school students and younger. Children who meet the height and weight requirements can take advantage of the children’s course at the lowest level for 2,000 yen (about $15). The observation deck at the top is accessible for 400 yen (about $3).

(Japanese original by Hiroshi Ishikawa, Numazu Local Office)


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