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Yokohama Joypolis

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Yokohama Joypolis
Location: Yokohama, Japan
Opened: 1994-07-20
Closed: 2001-02-28

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Yokohama Joypolis (横浜ジョイポリス) in Yokohama was the first Joypolis indoor theme park to be opened by Sega. As part of a restructuring by Sega, Joyopolis Yokohama was closed in 1998. The park re-opened on 25th July 1999 as Joypolis H. Factory Yokohama (ジョイポリスH.FACTORY横浜), however was closed in 2001 due to low visitor numbers and financial restraints. One of the reasons cited for closure was its fifteen-minute walking distance from the nearest subway station - something rectified in 2004, had the site still been in operation.

The building became a warehouse in the years that followed, and is now a block of flats.

Opening

The 11,946 sq metre complex opened with over 8,250 sq/m of that dedicated to the theme park's 7 major attractions. These included a revamped Virtua Racing (renamed Virtua Formula) and 217 coin operated arcade machines. Many of the rides also appeared inside Sega World Sydney when the parks launched in Australia. [1]

  • Virtua Formula - The opening attraction of Joypolis, an enhanced version of Virtua Racing with up to 8 players each. It features a full-sized Formula 1 cockpit and 80-inch playback screens. This game had a dedicated room with 32 machines running.
  • Rail Chase: the Ride - Based upon the SEGA arcade game Rail Chase. This is an interactive rollercoaster ride in which players must shoot targets as they travel.
  • Ghost Hunters - A ride which places the players in a pitch black arena, using mirrors to display holographic ghost targets.
  • Mad Bazooka - An indoor bumper car ride in which two teams of 6 players fire rubber balls at each other. Balls fire at the rate of 8 shots per second through a tank cannon, while the bumper cars have the ability to pick up the balls off the floor.
  • Astronomicon - An astrology-based interactive theatre that tells fortunes and reads horoscopes to an audience of up to 50 people.
  • AS-1 - A 360-degree motion simulator.
  • VR-1 Space Mission - A virtual reality space mission accommodating 8 people per machine which allows players to pilot their own space ship with twin yokes.


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Joypolis venues in Japan
Current
Tokyo Joypolis (1996) | Umeda Joypolis (1998) | Okayama Joypolis (1998) | Qingdao Joypolis (2015)
Former
Yokohama Joypolis (1994-2001) | Niigata Joypolis (1995-2000) | Shinjuku Joypolis (1996-2000) | Fukuoka Joypolis (1996-2001) | Kyoto Joypolis (1998-2002)