Universal Studios Japan To Hike Prices For 9th Year In Row

Universal Studios Japan to hike prices for 9th year in row

OSAKA--With visitors on the increase, Universal Studios Japan here will raise its ticket prices from Jan. 31, it announced Dec. 27.

It marks the ninth consecutive year prices have been bumped up. USJ last increased admission prices in February, but the visitor spike continued. Visitor numbers to the theme park in Osaka's Konohana Ward are expected to exceed 14.5 million, which was the record high set last year.

USJ apparently judges that more people will still come despite the planned price hike. The ticket price has risen continuously since 2010. While increasing the fees, USJ plans to create new attractions to lure more customers.

The cost of a one-day studio pass for ages 12 and up will rise to 7,900 yen ($70), including tax, which is a 300-yen increase. This is 1.4 times more than its opening ticket price of 5,500 yen in 2001 and 1.3 times more than the 6,100 yen in 2010.

The ticket price for children aged 4 to 11, elementary school pupils or younger, will be raised 300 yen to 5,400 yen. For seniors aged 65 years or more, the fee will be raised 270 yen to 7,100 yen. The price of an annual pass remains the same, 23,800 yen for adults and 16,800 yen for children.

The increase in visitors to USJ from Japan and overseas has been spurred partly by the opening of a new area constructed at a cost of 10 billion yen based on the U.S. animation film "Minions."