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Universal Studios reopens to Osaka-Kyoto-Nara travel bubble

Tourist businesses cautiously start up again with a focus on locals

Universal Studios Japan requires all visitors to wear face masks to curb the spread of the virus.   © Kyodo

OSAKA -- Summer is here at last, and Universal Studios Japan finally opened its doors again on Friday. But before you get too excited, make sure you live in or around the cities of Osaka and Kyoto. Otherwise, you won't be able to enter.

The park, which was closed for three months during the coronavirus outbreak, had opened to Osaka Prefecture residents only on June 8. People from Kyoto, Nara, Hyogo, Shiga and Wakayama prefectures, all in the region known as Kansai, will now be admitted as well.

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