Photo/IllutrationA ceremony is held in Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture, in front of a large monument recreating the Hokage rock from the "Naruto" manga series. (Hiroyuki Yoshida)

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AWAJI, Hyogo Prefecture--The universe of “Naruto” and its sequel have been brought to life at an outdoor amusement park themed on the ninja manga.

The Naruto & Boruto Shinobi-Zato, which opened on April 20, is located in the anime-themed Nijigen no Mori (two-dimensional forest) park, part of the prefectural Awajishima Koen park here.

The manga and anime franchise features a young ninja named Naruto Uzumaki.

Visitors can gain hands-on experience in a ninja training program using a three-story, trick-filled maze and other facilities of the park, which is surrounded by forests.

They can also try to solve quizzes as they walk around the park, where life-size statues of Naruto’s rival ninja, the Akatsuki, and an installation of a giant snake are on display in a rocky area.

Running in Shueisha Inc.’s Weekly Shonen Jump comic anthology from 1999 to 2014, the original 72-volume series has more than 200 million copies in print worldwide.

Its sequel, “Boruto: Naruto Next Generations,” is currently serialized in Shonen Jump.

A 10-meter-high monument recreating the Hokage rock, a symbol of the Hidden Leaf Village where Naruto and his friends live, towers in the theme park sprawling across about 8,000 square meters

In addition to a restaurant inspired by Naruto’s favorite ramen stand called Ichiraku, there is a spot where visitors can take pictures looking like they are performing special ninja moves using augmented reality (AR) technology.

The amusement park is run by a subsidiary of Tokyo-based staffing agency Pasona Group Inc. It hopes the attractions inspired by the globally popular manga will help to increase inbound tourists to Awajishima island.

The park is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (last admission two hours before closing). Admission is 3,300 yen ($29.50) for adults, 1,800 yen for junior and senior high school students and 500 yen for children aged 5 or older and elementary school students.

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