The Japanese Ministry of Culture is offering free fairy tales to local people, to mark the opening of the Japanese Fairy Tale Festival, with a special programme for children.
In a bid to attract more foreign visitors, the Ministry of Cultural Affairs is offering them free fairy tale tickets and a special ticket called the Fairy Tale Planner.
It costs 250 yen (£1.70) and the tickets can be bought at the same time as the festival itself, which runs from March 3 to 16.
The ticket costs a minimum of 1,000 yen ($13.60) to reserve, but a ticket for 2,000 to 4,000 can be purchased for an additional 1,500 yen (£4.60).
Children can buy a ticket at any time, even during the festival, and the ticket costs 250 to 350 yen (£0.60-£2.00).
The Festival is expected to draw about 1 million visitors from around the world.
Kurikami, a senior official at the Ministry, said the programme was aimed at bringing in more foreign tourists and had been designed to help boost the tourism industry.
“The aim is to bring more foreign people and visitors to Japan,” she said.
Foreigners will be able to take part in a guided tour of the festival grounds and also participate in the traditional Christmas decorations, she added.
More than 60,000 children aged between seven and 11 have already registered to attend the festival.
Japanese fairy tale tradition has traditionally included women who are the children of the dead, as well as women who have been killed by the undead, and children who have grown up with their father.