First it was one Thomas The Tank Engine theme park, then it was another and now there's a life-size recreation of the steam engine from Sodor for the Japanese to savour.
The Asian nation is known for its love affair with trains and many people take day trips into the countryside to enjoy a ride on a train.
And the arrival of Thomas has made the idea of taking a train even more appealing for youngsters than going to a theme park itself.
Hundreds of children have even turned up at Shizuoka Prefecture’s Oigawa Line just to catch a glimpse of their hero.
The railway line operator expects trips on Thomas to be a sell-out during the school holidays this summer.
Spokesman Tsuguto Nishi said: ‘I am not surprised Thomas and his friends are also present here, after all, they come from the island of Sodor, and Japan is an island as well that is also with beautiful countryside like Thomas' home island.’