be controlled in a manner that allows for the best possible experience. The open space just outside the Studio Tour Tokyo’s

entrance will be a landscaped area placing bespoke sculptures of mystical characters from the films, which will be accessible to local residents and visitors alike. The parties plan to work in cooperation with each

other to proceed with the construction of the Studio Tokyo Tour, which is set to open in the first half of 2023. Commenting on the agreement, Warner Bros.

chair and CEO Ann Sarnoff said: “We are delighted to be working with Seibu Railway Co. Ltd, ITOCHU Corporation and Fuyo Group to bring this world- class attraction to Japan. Warner Bros. has been telling stories for almost 100 years, and Harry Potter is among our most popular and beloved. The Studio Tour Tokyo will continue this tradition while offering fans of all ages a unique way to get closer to the films and truly immerse themselves in the Wizarding World. As an established tourist destination with beautiful green spaces, Toshimaen is the perfect environment for this attraction. It is also important to us that the local community is involved in the development process, and we are looking forward to creating something very special.” Seibu Railway Co, CEO Kimio Kitamura said:

Wizarding World series.

Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of the release of the first “Harry Potter” film, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has now been passed on to the “Fantastic Beasts” series, making the franchise an enduring and much loved one by multiple generations, as adults who grew up with Harry Potter now take their own families to the cinema.

Special features

The Studio Tour Tokyo will offer special features to enable visitors to deepen their understanding of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts worlds. Visitors can explore the iconic movie sets that were actually designed and built by the creators of the Harry Potter series. Showcasing original costumes and props, the indoor attraction invites visitors to experience scenes from the films first-hand and discover how the world’s favourite book series was brought to life on the screen.

The facility will cover an area of about 30,000 square metres, and the exhibition space within the “sound stage” and “backlot” (outdoor filming area) zones will take approximately half a day to walk through.

Ticket allocation for the Studio Tour Tokyo will SUMMER PART 2 2020

“Seibu Railway Co is delighted to partner with Warner Bros. Japan, Itochu Corporation, and Fuyo General Lease Co to welcome to the Studio Tour Tokyo to the Toshimaen grounds located along the Seibu Railway line. We shall work in close co-operation with our partners on the construction of Studio Tour Tokyo for its scheduled opening in the first half of 2023.” Kitamura said the company would also work with Warner Bros. Japan and the Seibu Group companies to consider various promotional plans which will include renovation of the Toshimaen Station to attract even more people to the areas surrounding the Seibu Railway lines and add value to the experience. Tomofumi Yoshida, executive vice president, Itochu

Corporation added: “When Warner Bros. approached us about bringing the Studio Tour to Japan, we thought the ideal location would be Toshimaen with its easy access from the centre of the city and its lush greenery. Itochu thereafter worked with Seibu Railway and Warner Bros. to coordinate the plan. When Fuyo General Lease joined our team, we were finally able to embark upon the endeavour of bringing the Studio Tour to the Toshimaen grounds. Playing the key role in the development of the building, Itochu Corporation will exert its efforts to the fullest extent to work with the team to bring the Studio Tour to its completion.” Fuyo General Lease Co, president & CEO Yasunori

Tsujita concluded: “We sincerely welcome the Studio Tour to Japan. We shall contribute to this project by providing Warner Bros. Japan with a long-term lease of the Studio Tour facilities. While we have leased many pieces of our real estate to various customers, this is the first time the company will be contributing to this type of business and we strongly believe that the partnership with all parties involved will become an invaluable asset for us.”


When Warner Bros.

approached us about bringing the Studio Tour to Japan, we thought the ideal location would be Toshimaen with its easy access from the centre of the city and its lush greenery.

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