Japan's year-end exodus continues
NHK -- Dec 30
Japanese travelers are crowding highways, train stations and airports as they head to their hometowns and leisure spots for the New Year holidays.

Airline companies say domestic flights departing Tokyo's Haneda Airport were near capacity on Friday.

Japan Railways Group companies say that reserved seats for outbound Shinkansen trains are almost fully booked for Saturday, and they say congestion is expected to continue throughout the day.

Expressway operators say traffic jams will likely continue in some areas on Saturday. They say congestion of 30 kilometers on the Tomei Expressway, and 20 kilometers on the Kanetsu expressway, is expected for Saturday morning.

年末年始をふるさとや海外で過ごす人たちで、空の便を中心に混雑のピークを迎えています。 鉄道では、東海道・山陽新幹線が下りの「のぞみ1号」で自由席の乗車率が140%になったほか、東北、山形、上越、北陸の各新幹線の一部列車で乗車率が100%となっています。
News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
Sep 18
At 6 p.m. on one weekday in August an enthusiastic audience had almost filled Gion Corner, a theater of some 200 seats at the center of the Gion traditional entertainment district in the city of Kyoto. (Japan Times)
Sep 15
Police in Kyoto referred to prosecutors Friday four officials of a hotel management firm for allegedly running an unlicensed private accommodation service, making it the first case of its kind since a private lodging law came into force in June. (Japan Times)
Sep 15
Tokyo's Tsukiji food market will offer a final tour of its tuna auction site on Saturday, ahead of the market's closure next month. (Jiji)
Sep 14
The operator of typhoon-hit Kansai International Airport in Japan says it reopened on Friday part of its main passenger facility, Terminal 1. (NHK)
Sep 13
The operator of Kansai International Airport in western Japan plans to reopen part of Terminal 1 on Friday. The terminal has been closed since the airport was flooded by a typhoon on September 4th. (NHK)
Sep 13
Yasuyuki Fujiwara, mayor of the city of Itami, Hyogo Prefecture, said Wednesday the city's airport will accept more flights including those on international routes from typhoon-hit Kansai International Airport, or Kansai airport, in neighboring Osaka Prefecture. (Jiji)
Sep 12
One week after a violent typhoon struck western Japan, Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture is still suffering heavily from the damage as a large part of the airport's facilities remain out of operation. (Jiji)
Sep 12
Sharp Corp's RoBoHon, a small humanoid robot with artificial intelligence features, will accompany tourists in taxis in Kyoto and offer sightseeing guidance in Japanese, Chinese and English from Sept 22, the service providers said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
Sep 11
The operator of Kansai International Airport in western Japan aims to partially reopen one of the 2 terminals this week following a blackout caused by last week's powerful typhoon. (NHK)
Sep 08
The operator of the Kansai International Airport in western Japan says a budget carrier based in the airport will fly 12 international flights on Saturday. These will be the first international flights from the airport since a typhoon hit the facility. (NHK)