Some 12,000 tourists visit Osaka’s Maishima incineration plant every year, many of them mistaking it for a Universal Studios theme park, Japan’s Asahi Shimbun reports. About 30 per cent of those are international tourists.
In fairness to the hapless sightseers, Universal Studios Japan is located near the Maishima incineration plant, in Osaka’s Konohana Ward, so they’re not far off.
And the plant’s carnivalesque chimney, featuring a colourful column and golden dome 120m is in the air, does seem more befitting of a theme park than a garbage facility.
According to Asahi Shimbun, the incinerator plant processes up to 900 tonnes of garbage every day. It was built in 2001 and designed by the late Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, to fit in with the Osaka city government’s request it represent the “fusion of technology, environment and art”.
Of all the things there are to see and do in a foreign city, it’s fair to say a visit to the local garbage incinerator is not usually one of them. But a garbage facility in the Japanese city of Osaka has become a major tourist attraction — for all the wrong reasons. (cairnspost.com.au)
The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka’s French restaurant La Baie and The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto’s Japanese restaurant Tempura Mizuki have both been awarded one Michelin star in the Michelin Guide to Kyoto and Osaka 2018. (Japan Today)
Airports around the world have found an unconventional, eco-friendly way to take advantage of all the unused open space around their runways and buildings: hosting beehives. (Japan Times)
The number of foreign visitors to Japan this year hit a new record, exceeding the previous high of over 24 million logged last year, Japan’s tourism minister said Friday. (Japan Times)
Even with its convenience stores, souvenir outlets, tour buses and boutique coffee shops, Mount Koya might be modestly alluded to as a Japanese Lhasa. There is no living being, of course, who embodies the doctrines of a religious order such as the Dalai Lama, but in the person of the saintly priest Kukai, who founded the temple complex in 816 as the center of the Tantric Buddhist sect known as Shingon Mikkyo, the mountain top finds an ecclesiastical figure of compelling and charismatic force. (Japan Times)
Xiang Xiang, the five-month-old baby giant panda at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo, can now climb up vertically positioned logs, pictures and videos released by the zoo showed Friday. (Jiji)
Multilingual robot concierges have been unveiled in Tokyo prior to trials that will gauge their ability to welcome visitors to the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.
The growing number of foreign visitors to Japan has lifted the country’s first-half travel balance surplus to a record high, recent data shows.
This is how my first-ever day in Japan went. Arrive at Tokyo’s Narita airport, sushi for lunch in the city, bullet train (shinkansen) to Kyoto, train to Yamazaki. (thedailybeast.com)
While visiting Japan, President Trump ate a hamburger, setting off a Twitter firestorm of those both praising and criticizing the choice. (foxnews.com)