Business / Corporate Feb 18, 2016

USJ may scrap planned Okinawa theme park

The operator of Universal Studios Japan is considering scrapping plans for a theme park in Okinawa as the figures may not add up, sources said Thursday. U.S. parent company Comcast Corp. has been reluctant to give the green light and USJ Co. is looking at ...

USJ drew record number of visitors in October

Business / Corporate Nov 2, 2015

USJ drew record number of visitors in October

The Universal Studios Japan theme park in Osaka had its best month ever in October, drawing around 1.75 million visitors as Halloween events attracted a large number of non-Japanese and families. The figure surpassed the previous record of approximately 1.46 million posted in October of ...

Moomin-themed amusement park to open in Saitama in 2017

National Jul 2, 2015

Moomin-themed amusement park to open in Saitama in 2017

Investment firm Fintech Global Inc. said Tuesday it will build a Moomin-themed amusement park in Saitama Prefecture, with plans to open the facility in 2017. According to the Tokyo-based company, it will be the first such theme park outside Finland, the homeland of the beloved ...

Make a splash on a family outing

Lifestyle | CHILD'S PLAY Apr 18, 2014

Make a splash on a family outing

by Jason Jenkins

Spring has arrived, and with it a taste of the sunny, sweltering climate to come. Longer days and warmer rays make my kids thirst for a swimming pool. However, Japan's outdoor swimming season doesn't officially begin for months, and indoor locations such as Tokyo ...

Crowds flock to flower festival at Huis Ten Bosch

National Feb 28, 2014

Crowds flock to flower festival at Huis Ten Bosch

Huis Ten Bosch, the Dutch-style resort and theme park in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, is busier than ever as its annual tulip festival — one of the biggest of its kind in Japan — approaches its peak. This year, the resort, which has seen a surge ...

USJ eyes new theme parks in Asia by 2020

Business Feb 20, 2014

USJ eyes new theme parks in Asia by 2020

USJ Co., the operator of Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, said Thursday it plans to open one or more new theme parks by 2020, with potential sites identified in Japan and other emerging Asian economies. While the final number of new parks has yet to ...