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A chain of 'welding theme parks' is opening in Japan

By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

When you’re looking for fun, there’s no better place to find it than at an amusement park. The thrilling rides! The cute costumed characters! The…welding?

OK, so that last one isn’t what you’ll find at most theme parks. But if the joy of superheating and fusing slabs of metal is what’s keeping you from fully enjoying your day at Disneyland or Universal Studios, you’ll be happy to know that multiple “welding theme parks,” as their owners are calling them, are set to open in Japan.


Iron Planet first opened in Fukui Prefecture as an offshoot of metalworking plant Osada Industry, which started offering beginner-level classes and workshops inside its factory. As of this month, Iron Planet is becoming a franchise chain, with its first dedicated facility set to open in Shizuoka Prefecture in partnership with Kageyama Ironworks.



Inside you’ll find an airy, stylish lobby and planning spaces, where your fellow smiths-for-a-day and the Iron Planet staff can discuss ideas and plan your welding and metalworking projects.


Once you’ve got all that sorted out, it’s time to strap on your protective gear, which Iron Planet provides. Kids’ sizes are available too, of course, because kids are allowed to participate in Iron Planet’s activities.




While welding is often thought of as industrial labor, it’s also an art, and Iron Planet wants to help visitors create something they can take home and enjoy for its form or function. Basic projects include creating stools, pencil holders, and decorative signs.



Iron Planet Shizuoka opened on September 7, with additional locations coming soon to Tochigi and Kanagawa Prefectures.

Location information

Iron Planet Base of Numazu / アイアンプラネット ベースオブ沼津

Address: Shizuoka-ken, Numazu-shi, Nishimakado 28-3


Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (reservations required)

Closed Saturday-Sunday


Source: @Press

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Why are there blurry foreign children photoshopped into the middle picture?

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Aside from the dodgy photoshopping, this looks like a lot of fun.

Many years ago I learned some basic welding skills in an engineering class at uni. Some wags built a monstrosity and stuck it in front of the creative arts building as a joke. Nobody realised it was a p!sstake and the thing stayed there for a month or so.

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Nothing says good clean family fun time like blow torches, photoshopped ghostly children holograms and manual labor!

Sign me up!

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Aww future Gundam construction builders, my brother might have been a welder also that is very special to me.

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Just another KidZania derivative.

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Create a Japanese theme park to display to the world, not these artificial superficial places

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I wonder if they will have not one but two Yuru-chara walking around the building? may be they will be called Mig and Tig !!!

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PS this must be one of the worst photo shop edited pictures of all time, who ever designed, edited these pictures? sorry guys you must try harder.

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