Tapioca tea, also known as boba or bubble tea depending on who you’re talking to, has been a popular drink in other parts of Asia and in Asian communities outside the continent, but in Japan the craze hadn’t really caught on until recently. Now there’s tapioca ramen, tapioca beer, official Pokémon tapioca drinks, and somebody even came up with the idea of putting tapioca balls in a rice cooker (and it actually tastes good!), so it’s safe to say that Japan now loves tapioca, too.
Hardcore tapioca tea fans will definitely want to visit Tokyo this summer, because there’s going to be a special tapioca drink “theme park” opening up for a limited time in Harajuku! Tokyo Tapioca Land will be open from Aug 13 to Sept 16 in front of Harajuku Station, and it promises to be everything a boba fan could want, and more.
What do we mean by a tapioca theme park? Why tapioca drink stands, tapioca food, a tapioca photo booth, and even tapioca rides, of course! With the theme being “Tapioca Dream Land”, you can expect tapioca to be used in everything, from the food and drink to the decor and attractions. At this theme park they want you to experience tapioca “with your whole body”, so be ready to be blown away with new boba experiences. Several famous tapioca shops are also planning to make an appearance, so this might also be the best place to find out what your favorite kind of tapioca tea is.
Tokyo Tapioca Land will be in a newly built shopping area called “jing”, which is about a two-minute walk from JR Harajuku station, and directly accessible from Tokyo Metro’s Meiji Jingu-mae Station, so it will be in a very convenient location. But that also means it will likely be busy, and since the dates place it square in the middle of summer vacation, we highly recommend that you buy your tickets ahead of time. There will only be 1,000 pre-sale tickets, and at 1,000 yen each, they’re 200 yen less than tickets at the door, so they’ll probably sell out quickly. You can buy them online through Yahoo! Passmarket.
So boba tea fans, don’t miss out! You’ll definitely want to make a visit to this temporary tapioca dreamland before it’s gone!
Theme park information
Tokyo Tapioca Land / 東京タピオカランド
Address: Tokyo-to Shibuya-ku Jingu-Mae 6-35-6 jing
Open: August 13 to September 16
August hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (last order 6:45)
September hours: 1 p.m.-7 p.m. (weekdays), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (weekends) (last order 6:45)
Entrance Fee: 1,000 yen for pre-sale tickets, 1,200 yen at the door; Children elementary age and younger free
Source: PR Times, Tokyo Tapioca Land
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