Because you never have enough rubber monsters, Jun was back in Tokyo last week and as usual she had great plans. This time we took a train ride to Chiba to go to Toei Hero World with the awesome Linda I was meeting for the first time (10/10 would recommend).
Toei Hero World Namco Action Museum is an indoor amusement park I would compare to Namco Namja Town / J-World in Sunshine City. It’s way smaller though, and located in the Makuhari Aeon Mall in Chiba prefecture, about 1 hour from downtown Tokyo. You have to deserve your heroes. It took us a while to get there but once inside we were at least as excited as the 7 years old kids around us.
This place is about Toei’s tokusatsu heroes so if you’re a Kamen Rider, Super Sentai or Metal Heroes fan, it’s for you.
After buying our entrance tickets the staff gave us our energy bracelets we could use inside the park to launch sound and light effects on some of the heroes displayed. Doing so charges the bracelets and at the end of the day we were able to use the energy to launch a special attack and win a random faceplate for it. yay.
Despite being small, the place is packed with life-size replicas of Toei heroes, mostly Kamen Rider and Super Sentai from this 15 past years. Some shows are particularly well represented, like Kamen Rider Kiva with 2 different forms, Ixa’s Riging form and Saga whose whip can be lit up with the Energy Bracelet.
Drive, Decade, OOO, Fourze and W were also nicely represented but most of the other riders only had their ultimate form displayed in front of the food corner. Sad we couldn’t pretend to kick Kaixa, Faiz being part of those.
Apart from Kamen Rider, some full Super Sentai teams were displayed, mostly from recent shows too, as well as a nice collection of reds. None of them had sound or light effect though.
Some Metal Heroes were also displayed but the place being mostly about recent shows it was a really small selection. Don’t expect a lot of them if you plan to visit the park!
Toei Hero World is not only about life size replicas but is an actual – however small – amusement park with some attractions. I won’t recommend paying for them if you’re an adult though, as they are clearly aimed at small children (unless you’re able to fold you legs 3 times to sit on the tiny bikes). They also offer to take pictures with a “real” hero for 1000 yen. On that day it was Kamen Rider Ghost Drive Form but I suppose it changes regularly. There’s also an arcade style game corner and some food that doesn’t really look delicious. If you want Kamen Rider food I would recommend to go to The Diner in Ikebukuro.
Visiting that place is interesting if you’re a Kamen Rider fan, otherwise you’ll probably find it a bit small. I had a lot of fun, took a ton of pictures and squeeled in front of my favorite heroes but I hope they change the heroes displayed sometimes. Please Namco-san put more Faiz and Gaim for my next visit.
Toei Hero World is located in Makuhari’s Aeon mall . From Tokyo you have to take the Keiyo Line to Keihimmakuhari then ride a bus (or walk 30 minutes)