JAPAN — With a new generation of visitors arriving in Japan for the first time in decades, the Japanese government is planning to introduce a theme park experience for its citizens.
The Japanese government plans to open the Tokyo Disneyland, which will include an attraction based on the upcoming Star Wars film “The Force Awakens,” with “Star Wars” characters including Han Solo and Rey, a Japanese government source confirmed.
“Star Wars characters will be on board as guests,” said the source, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
The source added that the theme park will be called “Japans Wonderland,” which is part of the Japanese word for the word “japans.”
Japanese media outlets reported that the Japanese Disneyland will open in 2019.
Japan is home to the largest tourist population in the world and its tourist industry has grown rapidly in recent years.
Its economy is projected to grow at an average rate of 3.5 percent this year, compared to a 1.9 percent rate in 2019, according to data from Japan’s tourism ministry.
An increase in tourists and the new Star Wars attractions are expected to draw more Japanese to the country.
The opening of Japan’s Disneyland is likely to draw many tourists, including many who might not be familiar with Japan’s culture and history, the source said.
In addition, the theme parks are likely to be popular with tourists visiting the city of Tokyo, the official website of the country’s government said.