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.
The tracks of the now-defunct Takachiho Railway in Miyazaki Prefecture - discontinued due to damage caused by Typhoon No. 14 in 2005 - have been revived as a popular tourist attraction that carried 26,000 passengers in fiscal 2015. (the-japan-news.com)
Twenty-eight hospitals in Japan have been registered on a government list of medical institutions recommended for non-Japanese as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration seeks to promote the nation's advanced medical services. (Japan Times)
Tokyo International Airport's Terminal 2, currently for domestic flights, is slated to host international flights as well, from March 2020 ahead of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics that year, informed sources have said. (Jiji)
In preparation for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency is planning to provide 24-hour foreign language services for 119 emergency calls nationwide. (the-japan-news.com)
All Nippon Airways opened a new route connecting Narita International Airport near Tokyo and Mexico City on Wednesday, becoming the first Japanese air carrier to launch regular flights directly linking Japan and Mexico. (Jiji)