Tourists Crowd 'Theme Park' In Japan. It Turned Out To Be A Garbage Plant

Many tourists confuse the plant for Universal Studios theme park

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Tourists Crowd 'Theme Park' In Japan. It Turned Out To Be A Garbage Plant

The Maishima incineration plant is located in Osaka's Konohana Ward


Armed with their cameras, enthusiastic travellers from all over the world are crowding an unusual tourist spot in Japan - a waste incinerator in Osaka. Many confused the plant for the Universal Studios Japan theme park, not far from the garbage treatment plant.

But one look at the waste incinerator would tell you why the tourists make the mistake. A whimsical colour scheme, a cartoon-like theme and a golden orb-like chimney gives Maishima waste treatment center its carnival-esque appearance. But there are no rides. Instead, it burns 900 tonnes of garbage every day, reported Asahi.com.

The garbage plant sees a footfall of nearly 12,000 curious visitors, with 30% of them being from foreign lands, the report quotes officials.

The plant was built in 2001 and was designed by late Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

The idea behind the plant's unusual and quirky design was to have a "fusion of technology, environment and art".
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