|Above, the original Godzilla slide at Tatarahama Beach.|
Back in February, it was a cold and snowy day when I arrived at the Kurihama Flower World in Yokosuka to see the Godzilla slide. As the park's trams weren't operating on the day I visited, I had to hike it to the slide.
|Above, the Kurihama Flower World map.|
The slide at Kurihama Flower World was erected in 1998 to replace one that once stood at Tatarahama Beach in Yokosuka that fell into disrepair due to age and weathering. The original Godzilla slide was installed in 1958 where Godzilla allegedly first stepped foot in Japan in 1954. It was removed in 1973.
The Tatarahama Beach slide A (about 15 feet tall) barely resembled Godzilla, whereas, the current slide is a dead-ringer for the Heisei Godzilla suit design and much bigger (around 30 feet).
|Above, the Godzilla slide at Kurihama Flower World. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
The Kurihama Flower World in Yokosuka is about an hour away from Tokyo on the Keikyu Line from Shinagawa Station.
The Godzilla Slide is spotlighted on page 32 in The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan.