The upper body of Evangelion Unit-01 is unveiled at the Toei Kyoto Studio Park in Kyoto's Ukyo Ward. (Yuki Shibata)

KYOTO--The world's first attraction that lets fans climb inside the Evangelion Unit-01 robot of the Evangelion anime franchise was unveiled with much fanfare at the Toei Kyoto Studio Park in the city's Ukyo Ward.

Called the Evangelion Kyoto Base, it features a 15-meter-tall statue of the robot's upper body rising from a pool filled with red water.

Visitors can stand on its palm to take photos and hop into the "entry plug," a capsule-like cockpit for the robot's pilot.

Singer Yoko Takahashi, who provided the main theme song for the "Neon Genesis Evangelion" animated TV series, attended the grand opening ceremony on Oct. 3 at the movie studio's theme park.

Clad in a dress modeled after an "uchikake" kimono, she sang "A Cruel Angel's Thesis" while standing on Evangelion's palm.

The theme park is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (until November). Admission is 2,400 yen ($23) for adults, 1,400 yen for junior and senior high school students, and 1,200 yen for children aged 3 or older.

For inquiries, visit the park's official website at (