Chinese technology company DJI has launched its second drone arena in Japan, the Tokyo JDRONE.
The 5,759-square-foot arena consists of a flying area, as well as a retail store and technical support.
The Tokyo JDRONE allows hobbyists to fly drones legally in Japan, which has become increasingly challenging following the country’s restrictive drone laws issued last year.
The laws were put in place in response to an incident in which radioactive material was placed on the roof of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s office by a drone.
DJI’s announcement read: “The flying area is equipped with safety nets and an adjustable circuit for those who want to test their skills, while the retail space will showcase DJI’s full range of consumer, professional, and enterprise products.
“Customers can also purchase all the latest DJI drones at the Tokyo DJI Arena including the Spark mini drone that can be controlled by hand gestures, the compact and foldable Mavic Pro Platinum, and the Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian, the intelligent and powerful flying camera.”
Moon Tae-Hyun, DJI’s director of brand management and operations, said: “As interest around our aerial technology continues to grow, the DJI Arena concept is a new way for us to engage not just hobbyists but also those considering this technology for their work or just for the thrill of flying,
“Having the opportunity to get behind the remote controller and trying out the technology first hand can enrich the customer experience. When people understand how it works or how easy it is to fly, they will discover what this technology can do for them and see a whole new world of possibilities.”
The DJI Arena will be open for individual and group bookings, as well as for corporate event rentals. It will also serve as a venue for DJI’s new pilot experience programmes and host workshops.
Authorised Dealer Japan Circuit will manage the Tokyo DJI Arena in partnership with DJI Japan. The firm opened its first drone arena last year in Yongin, South Korea, with the venue quickly becoming a hotspot for corporate events and family outings.