BOSS E ZO FUKUOKA is the newest addition to Fukuoka’s PayPay Dome.
The opening of the new restaurant has been postponed for some time, but it will finally open on July 21, 2020.
Sometimes, I hear like this.
Fukuoka has food but no leisure activities…
Fukuoka is fun at night, but there’s nothing to do in the daytime…
Fukuoka’s only tourist attraction is Dazaifu…
In the midst of all this, a new tourist attraction, BOSS E ZO FUKUOKA, has come onto the scene.
Can we really enjoy it?
BOSS E ZO FUKUOKA, located next to the dome
I came to the quiet Fukuoka PayPay Dome which is home of Softbank Hawks, a Baseball team.
Originally, the professional baseball game should have started in spring and the dome was supposed to be bustling with activity.
The professional baseball season has somehow started, but there is still a period of no audience in the dome because of Coronavirus.
In the midst of all this, the newly completed BOSS E ZO FUKUOKA is right next to the Fukuoka PayPay Dome.
It’s right next to the dome.
It’s almost directly connected to the terrace of the dome, and I could to enter the entrance directly from the terrace.
As you enter the entrance, you’ll see a large display.
It’s futuristic and cool!
BOSS E ZO FUKUOKA is a seven-story building with a name of “E・ZO FUKUOKA” meaning “Exciting Entertainment Zone“.
The name “E・ZO” means “Exciting Entertainment Zone”, and each floor has an exciting entertainment zone.
RF Spectacular 3 Brothers (Sube ZO, Tsuri ZO and Nobo ZO)
6F & 7F V-World AREA
7F Yoshimoto Fukuoka Daiwa Securities/CONNECT Theater
6F Event Hall
5F teamLab Forest
4F Oh Sadaharu Baseball Museum
3F MLB café FUKUOKA, The FOODHALL
1F HKT48 Theater
Let’s see if it’s really an exciting entertainment zone!
Team Lab Forest
First of all, I went to “teamLab Forest” on the 5th floor.
It’s a new museum created by TeamLab.
It is divided into “Catching and Collect Forest” and “Forest of Movement”, with a total of 10 artworks on display for you to experience.
This time, I experienced the “Catching and Collect Forest”.
Once inside, there was a fantastic space with plants and animals projected on the entire wall and floor.
The name of this place is “Catching and Collect Forest”.
As the name suggests, you can catch and collect them.
If you download the special app “Catching and Collecting Forest“, you can use your phone to catch them.
When you find an animal, use the app’s camera to aim at it and throw a light arrow into it.
When the arrow hits the animal, it disappears from the wall and enters your phone. ‘Captured successfully!’
I thought, “Hey, what a pity…” but the rule is that the animal has to be released and released back into the forest.
When I released it, I was relieved to see that the dwarf pangolin, which had disappeared once, had reappeared with a bang.
Animals registered in the Encyclopedia can be seen in the smartphone even after they leave the TeamLab Forest.
It makes me want to go collecting animals.
If you succeed in releasing the arrows, you can now use the nets.
If you use your phone to release the net at the shrimp, the net will appear at your feet!
When you do this, you get absorbed in it.
I also got absorbed in catching fish and hunting animals, losing track of time.
It’s a world where you can get moved by just walking around, but once you start using the app, you get swallowed up in this world.
As a 32-year-old boy, I was obsessed with finding animals, setting up arrows and nets, and releasing them into one creature after another.
It was fun.
By the way, the creatures react when you touch them and run away when they notice humans.
In other words, you can do something like this, drive the creatures to the corner of the wall and catch them.
It’s fun after all.
This time, I only experienced the “Catching and Collect Forest”, but the other “Forest of Movement” is a fun where images and the real world are linked together.
I hope you will experience it for yourself.
Admission to the TeamLab Forest
Adults (age 16 and up) 2,200 yen
Children (4-15 years old) 800 yen
Free for children under 3 years old (must be accompanied by a parent or guardian).
Click here for the official TeamLab Forest website.
The 6th and 7th floors are home to the “V-World AREA“, a state-of-the-art facility with a total of 16 types of virtual content.
There are 10 types of virtual content, the first of in Kyushu.
At first glance, it looks like a game center, but it’s not just an arcade.
Take this Beat Saver, for example.
This is the first machine in Kyushu.
The player wears a VR device and holds a controller in both hands.
The controller turns into a sword in the VR space.
Players slash blocks flying forward with their two-handed swords to an exhilarating rhythm!
Cut! Cut! It’s the next generation of sonic games.
Another one that stands out is this “Photon Bike“.
This is a racing game that you can enjoy in VR.
I tried it out myself, and it was amazing.
It really feels like riding a motorcycle.
Putting on the VR device, the race starts in a different world.
It’s so much fun, dodging obstacles and flying through big jumps!
Not only does the bike shake, but the wind also comes out.
It’s an immersive experience like no other game I’ve played and I’m hooked.
Next time I go, I’ll definitely give it another try.
There are other interactive games that you can touch and enjoy on the big screen.
There was also a game called “BUG HUNTER” in which you project your own image on the screen and enjoy being the player.
Missiles were being fired one after another from my head while I was standing.
Since my own image is displayed in the screen, the shock of being attacked by an opponent is a little bigger and more emotional.
Once you enter, you can play as much as you want during the time limit.
I think even adults can have a lot of fun.
It’s great for a date.
It was truly an exciting entertainment zone.
V-World AREA Price
2 hour ticket
Over 23 years old 2,800 yen
13-22 years old 2,160 yen
1,620 yen for children under 12 years old
Over 23 years old 1,000 yen
Ages 13-22: 800 yen
Under 12 years old 500yen
V-World AREA’s official website is here
3 Superb View Brothers
Now, the last stop is the rooftop level.
It’s the “3 Superb Views Brothers“, where you can enjoy the view while enjoying the attractions.
The naming is unique.
Let’s take a closer look at each of them.
“Tsuri(fishing) ZO” sliding alone from 60m above the ground
“Tsuri(fishing) ZO” is a one-person hanging rail coaster installed on the roof of a building, and it is the only one of its kind in Japan.
It is the only one of its kind in Japan, and it is the only one of its kind in Japan.
The ride starts at about 60 meters above the ground and slides down a 20-meter vertical course.
The view looking down on the roof of the Fukuoka PayPay Dome.
It was very powerful.
On the day I went to cover the event, it was raining hard and I wasn’t able to experience it, but there was a video.
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It looks like a great coaster for those who love screaming machine, that’s for sure.
Fishing ZO fee
1,500 yen per session (Age: 13-64 years old)
Bouldering and climbing “Nobozo” at 50 meters above the ground
Nobozo ZO is a rooftop climbing and bouldering facility.
The height of bouldering is 3m, so it’s for children, and adults can challenge the 9m high climbing.
Climbing up another 9 meters from the rooftop, you can enjoy the spectacular view while you are climbing.
The highest point is about 50m above the ground!
It only takes about 3 minutes to climb, so try it!
Climbing: 900 yen (flat rate for adults and children)
Ages 7 years old and up, 20kg to 150kg
Bouldering: 50 yen (flat rate for adults and children)
Ages 4 years and up, less than 150 kg
“Sube ZO”, Japan’s first tube-shaped slider
It is a tube-shaped slider that wraps around the building of BOSS E ZO FUKUOKA.
I’ve been curious about Sube ZO since I arrived at BOSS E ZO FUKUOKA.
A tube coming out of the building.
The length of the tube is about 100 meters and it slides down to the ground in about 30 seconds.
I couldn’t go to “Fishing ZO” and “Nobo ZO” because of the heavy rain, but I could go to “Sube ZO” somehow.
I wonder what kind of world is waiting for me…..
At last, my turn has come, so I’m going to go!
*Special permission has been obtained for this photo.
The view from inside the tube was amazing and “wow”, but soon I got in the spiral section, a magical space full of illumination and music!
When you lay down, it slides slowly, and when you wake it up, it slides faster.
I wanted to take a good, safe video, and to be honest, I was a bit scared, so I laid my body down too much.
Sube ZO fees
1,000 yen per session (flat rate for adults and children)
Age 10 to 64 years old (consent of a parent or guardian is required for children under 12 years old), height 130cm and over.
Other Attractions of E ZO FUKUOKA!
There are many more attractions in BOSS E ZO FUKUOKA.
Here’s a summary of what else there is to see and do at BOSS E ZO FUKUOKA.
Enjoy baseball at the “Oh Sadaharu” Baseball Museum
“Oh Sadaharu” Baseball Museum was originally inside the dome, but it has been revived as E ZO FUKUOKA.
It is not only a museum that showcases the appeal of Oh Sadaharu, the current chairman of the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, but it is also a fun place to teach children about the fun of baseball.
At the Oh Sadaharu History Zone, visitors can learn about the history of the world’s home run king, and at 89 Park, they can enjoy a variety of attractions.
For example, at this attraction, “Hawks DASH,” you can run a game with the Hawks players.
Other attractions include the “Reed Challenge” where you can experience a professional baseball game and the “Pro Level Pitching” where you can experience the speed of a professional baseball player’s pitches up close.
All of these attractions were created with Oh’s passion for baseball in mind, “I want people to enjoy baseball.
I think it’s great for parents and children who love baseball!
I want to stay here and play with my boys.
Admission to the Oh Sadaharu Baseball Museum
Adults (16 years and older) 1,800 yen
Children (10-15 years old) 900 yen
Admission is free for children under 9 years old as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Discounts are available for the disabled.
HKT48 and Yoshimoto Kogyo’s theater is attached to the site
BOSS E ZO FUKUOKA is scheduled to open with the HKT48 Theater (tentative name) on the first floor and the Yoshimoto Fukuoka Daiwa Securities/CONNECT Theater on the seventh floor.
With both HKT48 and Yoshimoto Kogyo’s permanent theaters located in the same building, the theater will play a major role as a source of Fukuoka’s entertainment.
The Yoshimoto Fukuoka Daiwa Securities/CONNECT Theater will open on July 31, 2020, and the opening date of the HKT48 Theater is currently undecided.
In addition, an event hall on the 6th floor is also available for various events, ranging from art to subculture.
The First Goumet Store in Japan Gathers
At BOSS E ZO FUKUOKA, you can enjoy gourmet dining at the first restaurants in Kyushu and in Japan.
MLB café FUKUOKA, located on the third floor near the entrance, is the first American dining restaurant in Kyushu and is certified by the MLB.
You can enjoy the atmosphere of a major league baseball game with the Fukuoka branch’s limited edition menu, which is inspired by the authentic American stadium menu.
Also, “The FOODHALL” on the 3rd floor is a food hall floor with a variety of tenants.
It is the first time in Japan, the first time in Kyushu, and many other attractive tenants are here.
The FOODHALL’s tenants are as follows
・TRATTORIA IL LUPINO (Italian dining for the first time in Japan)
・WINE BAR IL LUPINO (Cafe & Bar, first store in Japan)
・CHATTERBOX EXPRESS (Singapore cuisine, first store in Japan)
・Ebi(shrimp) soba Ichigen (ramen, first store in Kyushu)
・Yakiniku Akaniku Nikugato (Yakiniku and meat dishes, first store in Kyushu)
・Kyoto Tempura Hanaikada (first tempura shop in Japan*)
・Kyushu Hakata Daikichi Sushi (first store in Japan to open a conveyor belt sushi restaurant*)
・Nikuyama Shokudo (first meat dish in Japan*)
This is the first store in Japan to open as the first store of a new business type or brand for an existing restaurant.
Please come and experience new food at “BOSS E ZO FUKUOKA”.
Please come and meet the new food at BOSS E ZO FUKUOKA
Access to BOSS E ZO FUKUOKA and where is the parking lot
BOSS E ZO FUKUOKA is directly connected to the deck of the Fukuoka PayPay Dome, and it’s only a 0-minute walk from the Fukuoka PayPay Dome.
Get off at Toujin-Mchi Station on Fukuoka City Subway Kuko Line, and it takes about 15 minutes to get there on foot from Exit 3.
It is a 3-minute walk from the Kyushu Medical Center bus stop, a 6-minute walk from the Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk bus stop, and a 9-minute walk from the PayPay Dome bus stop on Nishitetsu Bus.
BOSS E ZO FUKUOKA
Address: 2-2-6 Jiyogohama, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
Opening hours: 11:00-22:00 (weekdays), 9:00-22:00 (Saturdays), 9:00-20:00 (Sundays and holidays)
Click here for the official website of BOSS E ZO FUKUOKA
E.ZO FUKUOKA is a New Sightseeing Spot in Fukuoka!
BOSS E ZO FUKUOKA is a new spot next to the Fukuoka PayPay Dome.
To be honest, I thought it was a bit of an exaggeration to call it a new tourist attraction in Fukuoka, but it was actually a lot of interesting content and an extraordinary experience.
This building certainly lives up to its name of “Exciting Entertainment Zone” and I think it’s a great place to visit!