Inui Street in the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo was opened to the public on Saturday, in time for the autumn foliage season.
Visitors can walk on the road running from the Sakashita gate to the Inui gate between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. until Dec. 10.
Public access to Inui Street is usually allowed twice a year during the best times to see cherry blossoms and autumn colors, but it was closed to the public last autumn and this spring due to work on trees.
Universal Studios Japan in Osaka will resume nighttime parades from 2018 following a year-and-half hiatus as part of efforts to draw overseas tourists as well as domestic visitors, its operator USJ Co. said Monday.
Using projection mapping, scenes from the Harry Potter, Minions and other movie series will be displayed on floats and a 587-meter-long route to give visitors an immersive experience, with a Transformers float shaped like a robot.
The surge of foreign visitors to Japan in the first half of this year to a record 13.76 million is primarily attributable to a rise in South Korean tourists, particularly those arriving on low-cost carriers.
“More young (South Korean) people are enjoying brief personal trips (to Japan) casually using LCCs,” said Shin Seo Kyung, deputy director of Korea Tourism Organization’s Tokyo office.