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.
A drop in per-person spending by foreign tourists in 2016 has highlighted challenges Japan needs to overcome to meet its goal of achieving 8-trillion-yen spending by them, pundits pointed out Tuesday. (Jiji)
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Kanto Bus Co. and transport company Ryobi Holdings said Wednesday they will introduce a luxury overnight bus, the Dream Sleeper, to link Tokyo and Osaka on Jan. 18, offering secluded compartments for each passenger. (Japan Times)
The number of visitors to Japan in 2016 jumped 21.8 pct from the previous year to an estimated 24,039,000, renewing its record high for the fourth successive year, Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Keiichi Ishii said Tuesday. (Jiji)