Osaka and Kuwana Theme Parks See Declining Attendance in 2018

A newly-released report reveals that although attendance at theme parks is growing globally, two theme parks in Japan that are considering nearby IR developments did not share in that bonanza in 2018.

These were the findings of the 2018 Global Attractions Attendance Report of the Themed Entertainment Association and the Economics Practice at AECOM.

Universal Studios Japan, which is likely to become only three train stations distant from the anticipated Yumeshima Station, recorded about 14.3 million visitors in 2018, down 4.3% from the previous year.

This lower figure may have been impacted by the Osaka Earthquake and last summer’s powerful typhoons which had a negative effect on the region’s tourism. Nevertheless, Universal Studios Japan was the 5th most visited theme park in the world last year.

Meanwhile, the world’s No. 18 theme park, Nagashima Spa Land in Mie Prefecture, recorded about 5.9 million visitors in 2018, slightly down from the previous year.

The Kuwana city government is currently investigating the possibility of making an IR bid for a location that would adjoin Nagashima Spa Land. (AGB Nippon)