Merlin building Legoland Discovery Centre in Tokyo

A Legoland Discovery Centre will open in the Japanese capital Tokyo next year, under plans announced by Merlin Entertainments today.

The 1.2 billion yen (£9.3 million) attraction is the latest development announced by the British company, which has been rapidly rolling out its branded attractions across the world in recent months.

With an area of 4,000 square metres, the centre will open next June inside the Decks Tokyo Beach shopping centre.

Madame Tussauds display

Merlin will temporarily display a selection of waxwork figures at the mall in October. If the display is popular, a Madame Tussauds museum is expected to be brought to the city shortly afterwards.

A company statement said: “If Tokyo residents and international visitors enjoy it as much as the other twelve Madame Tussauds attractions around the world, then Merlin plans to make it a permanent feature.”