Tokyo Disney Resort will not raise admission for the first time in four years as attendance levels off, while thriving Osaka rival Universal Studios Japan will hike its price yet again.
Adult one-day tickets will remain at 7,400 yen ($63) at the Tokyo theme park this April, the same price as at USJ before a 200-yen increase in February will take the fee there to 7,600 yen. In April 2016, Tokyo Disney raised the price of an adult one-day ticket by 500 yen, marking the third straight year of increases.
Attendance at the Disney resort is plateauing. The park forecasts a marginal increase to 30.4 million guests in fiscal 2016, but from April to September, visitors dropped 0.3% to 14.32 million. Park operator Oriental Land blamed bad weather for the decline, denying that the price hike had any effect, but USJ saw record-high attendance for the same period.
USJ has raised prices for eight years running amid strong attendance, and continues to make big investments in the park. In April, it plans to open a new area dedicated to Minions, the characters from the "Despicable Me" animated movie series, on which it is spending 10 billion yen.
On a day in early February that saw a dusting of snow, about 70 people from 11 countries visited Aizuwakamatsu in Fukushima Prefecture. The visitors - from countries including France, Spain and Italy - were participating in a tour organized by Tokyo-based travel agency Miki Tourist Co. (the-japan-news.com)
Universal Studios Japan on Wednesday unveiled the world's largest amusement area featuring the popular animated movie characters the Minions ahead of the area's official opening on Friday. (Japan Today)
Narita Airport and 11 other Japanese airports on Saturday started using portable personal identification devices to speed up immigration checks, at a time when the number of tourists from abroad is soaring. (the-japan-news.com)
A tourist train running on tracks of a now-defunct local railway operator in the town of Takachiho, Miyazaki Prefecture, southwestern Japan, is winning popularity for its panoramic views of nature. (Jiji)