The 10-year-old Japanese park pays an annual royalty fee of around US$45,700 to use the Tivoli branding but dwindling attendance figures and a lack of real investment have forced the Danish park’s hand. It opened in 1997 with 3.2 million visitors, but saw only 845,000 last year.

A statement released by Tivoli manager Lars Liebst said that the Kurashiki venue "went in the wrong direction" a few years after opening and that plans to make improvements had consistently been rejected.