Tokyo Tapioca Land may not sound as grand as Tokyo Disneyland, but the new pop-up attraction in the Japanese capital has drawn its fair share of fans – specifically those who love bubble tea.
Located in the city’s colourful fashion district right in front of Harajuku train station, in a shopping area called "jing", Tapioca Land is a bubble tea lover's idea of boba heaven. The pop-up opened on Aug 13 and will be available until Sep 16.
The space is filled with Instagram-worthy photo booths to capture the perfect picture to tell the world that you’re having a bubble-tastic time. There’s also a collection of popular bubble tea stands, including Lab Lap by Cha-Nom Tokyo, and a pit filled with giant balls that look like tapioca pearls.
For just ¥1200 (S$15.70) per person, which includes a welcome drink, you can indulge in your love of the sweet treat and take cute photos to your heart’s content. One thousand pre-sale tickets at ¥1000 each were sold out when the event was first announced in July.
For those 20 years and older, there's also an adults-only Tapioca Land Nights on Friday evenings that will serve milk tea-based cocktails.
Tapioca Land is organised by the Tokyo Photogenic Team, which also gave us Tokyo Ice Cream Land in 2017 and Tokyo Donut Land in 2018.
Reactions to Tapioca Land have been mixed, though, with some visitors unhappy over the steep ticket price, no re-entry and lack of restrooms. However, if you’d like to spend a few hours surrounded by all things milk tea, you might find the whole thing kawaii.