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Yomiuriland: You can remotely work from a Ferris wheel at this Japanese theme park

The attraction is selling 'workation' packages that come with a Wi-Fi-laden hour in the giant wheel

Yomiuriland in Tokyo is offering remote working packages that include an hour on the park's Ferris wheel. Instagram / Yomiuriland
Yomiuriland in Tokyo is offering remote working packages that include an hour on the park's Ferris wheel. Instagram / Yomiuriland

Ever since the pandemic began, people have been finding new ways to make remote working work for them.

Whether it's been investing in furniture for a home office, finding a quiet cafe in which to spend a few hours, or signing up for socially distanced co-working spaces, the options for working outside offices have undeniably expanded.

However, one Japanese theme park might have come up with the most adventurous solution yet.

Yomiuriland, a theme park located 30 minutes from Tokyo's city centre, is set to begin offering "workation" packages, allowing guests to remotely work from the family-friendly attraction.

The park has created a space overlooking its pool, where remote workers will get a table, chair, deckchair, Wi-Fi and power socket.

The package also includes a ticket to the attraction's giant Ferris wheel where customers can co-work for up to an hour. The capsules are equipped with Wi-Fi, meaning you can hold a sky-high Zoom meeting or just send your day-to-day work emails with an extra adrenaline rush.

The package costs from 1,900 yen ($17.99) on weekdays or 2,000 yen ($18.94) on weekends and public holidays. This includes general admission to the theme park and the use of a towel at its Oka no Yu bath house, as well as a co-working booth.

The deal starts from Thursday, October 15, with booths open between 9am and 4pm, and reservations must be made in advance. From 4pm onwards, ticketholders can enjoy the park's rides and attractions.

As the park notes, "there are sounds around attractions", so workers who struggle to concentrate around the shrieks of children and whooshes of rollercoasters might be better staying at home.

Yomiuriland, which first opened in 1964, has a range of attractions for children and adults alike, including log flumes, laser tag and a botanical garden.

Updated: October 11, 2020 01:29 PM

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