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The thrill of the great outdoors gets conveniently repackaged at a new 'urban outdoor park' that opens in central Tokyo this summer. Launching on July 8, Wild Magic promises to replicate the thrill of roughing it in the wild – the camping! the barbecues! the windswept vistas! – in a convenient location on the waterfront near Toyosu Station. It's a far cry from the rugged landscapes depicted on the official website, but this new park might prove popular with young families and pseudo adventurers alike. The 1.6-hectare site will include high-end barbecue facilities, a 'smoke pit style' café and dedicated area for events and workshops, while enjoying views of Tokyo Sky Tree, Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower. You want the real great outdoors, though? Get out of town, you lazy git.