Crowds of travelers as Japan's summer holiday ends
NHK -- Aug 20
People are crowding into airports and train stations in Japan as they return from "bon" summer holiday travels.

Airline companies say domestic flights bound for Tokyo and Osaka are almost fully booked throughout Sunday.

Families hauling luggage and souvenirs filled the arrival area at Tokyo's Haneda Airport. One man travelling with his family said they had a good time in their hometown in Miyazaki Prefecture in southwestern Japan. But he added that he was not looking forward to returning to work on Monday.

Narita Airport outside Tokyo was also filled with people, many returning from overseas trips.

Airport officials estimate that the number of travelers using Narita during the summer holidays will increase from last year to reach more than 1,070,000 people. They attribute the growth to an increasing number of low-cost carrier flights connecting South Korea, Hong Kong and other destinations in Asia.

お盆休みを海外で過ごした人たちの帰国がピークを迎え、成田空港では20日の一日で5万人以上が入国する見込みです。 成田空港は20日が帰国のピークです。20日の一日だけで5万1300人が入国する見込みです。
News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
Feb 16
Slightly increased volcanic activity has been reported at Mount Io in southwest Japan. (NHK)
Feb 12
Tourists and residents in Japan who don't speak Japanese no longer need to be concerned about missing out on earthquake and tsunami alerts. (Japan Times)
Feb 09
Famed wild deer in the city of Nara appear to be growing increasingly frustrated with tourists who make them wait to munch on crackers while trying to frame the perfect photo. (Japan Times)
Feb 06
While in Japan, you absolutely should visit Hiroshima's Miyajima island, but while there, you definitely shouldn't do this. (rocketnews24.com)
Feb 05
The annual snow festival has opened in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo. (NHK)
Feb 05
Travelling has become a part of everyone's life; we can go on trips around our own country or to a foreign one. Despite the purposes of travelling, we usually want to prepare ourselves as quickly as possible to arrange all conveniences and important nuances, no matter whether it is a business trip, several hours travel, tourist trip or family journey. (newsonjapan.com)
Feb 04
A bean-throwing event was held at Naritasan Shinshoji, a major Buddhist temple in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, on Sunday, the day of "Setsubun" in Japan. (Jiji)
Feb 03
Snow blanketed Tokyo and surrounding areas for the second time this winter on Friday, disrupting transport and forcing delays in entrance exams at educational institutions. (Japan Today)
Feb 02
Around 1,200 people lined up on Thursday morning at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo to see giant panda cub Xiang Xiang and mother Shin Shin, as a first-come, first-served system for viewing the animals kicked off. (Japan Times)
Feb 01
A group of geisha and their apprentices in Japan's ancient city of Kyoto have copied Buddhist scriptures to learn more about traditional culture. (NHK)