Hilarious reason tourists flock to this garbage incinerator
cairnspost.com.au -- Nov 13
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.

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”.

News source: cairnspost.com.au
Sep 21
Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture fully reopened on Friday. Severe damage caused by a powerful typhoon earlier this month had forced the closure of most of its operations. (NHK)
Sep 21
It may be a spring chicken compared to its film festival siblings in Tokyo, Yamagata and elsewhere, but the Kyoto International Film and Art Festival has reached an important milestone: its fifth anniversary. (Japan Times)
Sep 20
The estimated number of visitors to Japan in August rose 4.1 pct from a year earlier to 2,577,800, marking single-digit growth for the second consecutive month due to recent disasters in the country, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Wednesday. (Jiji)
Sep 19
Flight operations at Kansai International Airport in Osaka have been restored to about half the normal level, two weeks after a massive typhoon hit the island facility. (NHK)
Sep 19
The government says the damaged access bridge for Kansai International Airport in Osaka, western Japan, will likely take around 8 months to fully repair. (NHK)
Sep 19
Narita international airport was hit by a passenger check-in system glitch Tuesday, resulting in flight cancelations and delays, its operator said. (Japan Today)
Sep 18
At 6 p.m. on one weekday in August an enthusiastic audience had almost filled Gion Corner, a theater of some 200 seats at the center of the Gion traditional entertainment district in the city of Kyoto. (Japan Times)
Sep 15
Police in Kyoto referred to prosecutors Friday four officials of a hotel management firm for allegedly running an unlicensed private accommodation service, making it the first case of its kind since a private lodging law came into force in June. (Japan Times)
Sep 15
Tokyo's Tsukiji food market will offer a final tour of its tuna auction site on Saturday, ahead of the market's closure next month. (Jiji)
Sep 14
The operator of typhoon-hit Kansai International Airport in Japan says it reopened on Friday part of its main passenger facility, Terminal 1. (NHK)