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  • Friday, 27th February 2015
    In Japan Travel News,

    Tokyo Skytree gets fast-track ticket

    Foreign visitors to the city of Tokyo will be eligible for a fast-track ticket that will allow them to bypass the long lines for one of the Japanese capital's most popular attractions.

    The Tokyo Skytree, which is the tallest structure in Japan at 2,080 feet tall, is one of the best places to get an aerial view of the bustling metropolis and features on many lists of things to do while holidaying in the capital.

    Primarily a television and radio broadcast site for the Kanto region, it also contains restaurants and an observation tower that is exceptionally popular with tourists and residents alike.

    Visitors can expect to wait an hour during weekdays and two hours during weekends to take the ride to the top in one of the 13 super-fast lifts. However, visitors and foreign residents can now access the observation deck after just a five-minute wait if they use a designated lane and purchase a fast-track ticket, introduced just last week (February 19th).

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  • Friday, 27th February 2015
    In Japan Travel News, Events In Japan,

    Tokyo to get Godzilla-themed hotel

    It's the news that Godzilla fans have all been waiting for - Shinjuku's 30-storey Hotel Gracery will fling open its scaly doors later this year to offer enthusiasts of Japan's favourite monster the chance to revel in the film's cult status.

    Situated on top of the Toho cinema - which is owned by the very company that made and distributed many of the Godzilla films - the venue proudly offers residents the chance to explore various items of memorabilia from the film franchise.

    The hotel design will also feature a gigantic statue erected at the top that periodically shrieks in anger as though about to crush nearby buildings under its enormous feet.

    While the enormous structure on the roof of the building will be fully illuminated with glowing eyes and mouth, it will not be able to ignite the surrounding neighbourhood with its atomic breath.

    The hotel is already accepting reservations and plans to open on April 24th, with rooms going on weekdays for 40,000 yen (£215) or during the weekend or 50,000 yen during weekends.

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  • Thursday, 26th February 2015
    In Japan Travel News, Events In Japan, Japan Travel News,

    Japan encourages Chinese tourists off the beaten track

    Chinese tourists have been flocking to Japan for years, with the country's proximity proving to be a major factor since some parts of China are closer to it than Beijing. However, recent relaxation in Japanese visa regulations and a weak yen have resulted in more Chinese visitors to the country than ever before.

    2014 saw 2.4 million people make the trip across the East China Sea to experience Japan's rich mixture of history, culture and urban lifestyle - an 80 per cent rise. While the aforementioned weak yen allows for a more affordable afternoon of shopping in Akihabara or Harajuku, the Japanese consulate in Shanghai has also been responsible for an on-the-ground campaign push that it claims aids diplomatic relationships between the two nations.

    Although the government will no doubt welcome the news of so many Chinese tourists given its target to reach up to 20 million visitors by the 2020 Olympics, the industry is having to adapt its campaign to encourage tourists to visit less popular tourist spots.

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  • Thursday, 26th February 2015
    In Japan Travel News, Events In Japan, Japan Travel News, Events In Japan,

    Universal Studios Japan casts spell over record visitor numbers

    Universal Studios Japan (USJ) in Osaka is continuing to work its magic, with record visitor numbers at the park following the grand opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter last July.

    The attraction, which is based on the adventures of JK Rowling's famous boy-wizard, has been credited with pulling in more than 11 million theme park enthusiasts in the fiscal year of 2014/15.

    USJ first opened in March 31st 2001 and attracted 11.02 million visitors in its first fiscal year of operation, but the figure has remained unsurpassed since - at least until now.

    The Wizarding World attraction is said to have brought an additional two million Harry Potter enthusiasts to the theme park. It was constructed to the tune of £260 million and opened last year in July to huge fanfare with actors from the film Tom Felton and Evanna Lynch hosting an opening ceremony. Author JK Rowling reportedly visited the day before the grand opening with her family.

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