Feb 22
The estimated number of foreign visitors for January rose 9 percent from a year earlier to 2,501,500, a record for the month, the Japan Tourism Agency said Wednesday. (Japan Times)
Feb 22
An increasing number of couples from overseas are having wedding ceremonies in Kyoto, western Japan, attracted by the ancient capital's reputation as symbolizing traditional Japanese culture. (Jiji)
Feb 21
Tokyo Disney Resort operator Oriental Land will roll out a smartphone app in fiscal 2018 to relieve crowding issues that have frustrated guests at the popular theme park. (Nikkei)
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
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)
Jan 31
The Japan Meteorological Agency raised its volcanic alert for Mount Zao in northeastern Japan on Tuesday as it detected signs of a possible small-scale eruption of the 1,841-meter mountain. (Jiji)
Jan 31
The nation’s first drone museum opened in the city of Osaka in December featuring a wide variety of drones on display and for sale, with visitors able to try them out. (Japan Times)
Jan 30
Japan is quickly becoming one of the hottest destinations to visit these days. Maybe you're looking into flights to Japan and wondered where the best place to stay is? Forget Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto and journey to the heart of the Japanese countryside where fantasy-like scenery and legendary Japanese cuisine is prepared. Slumber in tatami rooms with views of the rivers, mountains, lakes and forests! Open air baths with waterfalls in snow! This could be you, too! (ONLY in JAPAN)
Jan 30
The recent eruption of a volcano in Gunma Prefecture, eastern Japan, has caused visitors to cancel accommodation bookings in the major hot spring resort of Kusatsu at the foot of the mountain. (Jiji)
Jan 30
Massive ice columns artificially created in Onouchi Ravine in Ogano, Saitama Prefecture, are dazzling visitors to the area. (the-japan-news.com)
Jan 29
All Nippon Airways has decorated one of its planes for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (NHK)
Jan 28
A railway operator in Hokkaido, northern Japan, has launched a winter steam locomotive service through wetlands in the eastern part of the prefecture. (NHK)
Jan 26
Starting Monday, Tokyo Metro Co. will experiment with playing background music on their trains in a bid to provide a more comfortable travel experience for passengers. (Japan Times)
Jan 25
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has held its first tourism promotion event in Moscow. (NHK)
Jan 23
A Traditional Japanese Inn stay can be the highlight of any trip to Japan, and this comprehensive tour of 13 hot spring towns will give you a complete picture of what to expect during a stay. From the tatami room to the kitchen and dining room, this is the story of the Ryokan. (ONLY in JAPAN)
Jan 21
The Tokyo metropolitan government will survey foreign tourists on what they enjoy about the city's nightlife, aiming to better cater to their interests while encouraging them to spend, a source said Saturday. (Japan Today)
Jan 21
The New York office of the Japan National Tourism Organization has produced four videos to promote tourist attractions of Japan's Tohoku northeastern region to American people. (Jiji)
Jan 21
Thousands of blooming tulips are giving people an early taste of spring at a park in eastern Japan. (NHK)
Jan 19
The finances of college students are limited to various basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter. Hence, the amount left for miscellaneous activities is very minimal. In turn, this leaves the student with little options regarding the manner in which they wish to spend the extra amount of money given the fact that they ought to save and still have fun. (newsonjapan.com)
Jan 19
Bath houses in Japan have been a part of the culture for hundreds of years and in Tokyo, there are 600 of them in neighborhood all around the city. (ONLY in JAPAN)
Jan 19
A seven-week trial of cab-sharing services in Tokyo will kick off next Monday, the first of its kind in Japan. (Nikkei)
Jan 17
Spending by visitors from abroad during their stays in Japan exceeded 4 trillion yen for the first time on record in 2017, the Japan National Tourism Organization said in a preliminary report on Tuesday. (Jiji)
Jan 16
Discount retailer Don Quijote Co. unveiled a renovated Ferris wheel Monday in Osaka’s Dotonbori shopping district. (Japan Times)
Jan 15
About 2,000 women who are or will turn 20 years old as of April 1 took part in an annual New Year archery event for new adults at Sanjusangendo, a Buddhist temple in Kyoto, on Sunday. (Japan Today)
Jan 15
Grab your towel because it's time for an epic Japanese onsen bath adventure! We will explore 12 Onsen Towns, hopping from one to another as a "bath tourist" around Fukushima. Naked outside in the snow? It's part of the fun! (ONLY in JAPAN)
Jan 12
Japan received a record number of overseas visitors in 2017 for the fifth straight year, with the greatest growth coming from Asian countries, where low-cost air carriers are expanding service. (Nikkei)
Jan 05
The Japanese government will launch a project to convert all traditional squat toilets in popular tourist destinations into sit-on types that are more commonly used in other developed countries. (NHK)
Jan 01
Millions on Japanese ushered in the new year early Monday by visiting shrines, as well as going to vantage spots to watch the first sunrise (hatsuhinode) of 2018. (Japan Today)
Dec 31
A section near Tokyo's Shibuya railway station will be made a vehicle-free promenade for the upcoming New Year's countdown. (NHK)
Dec 31
The capital saw its first snowfall of the season on Sunday as cold air gripped eastern Japan with the approach of a low pressure system, the Meteorological Agency said. (Japan Times)
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. (NHK)
Dec 29
Workers at the Tokyo Sky Tree landmark tower have cleaned an observation deck in preparation for the New Year. (NHK)
Dec 27
Japan's planned introduction of a "departure tax" on international travelers has received a mixed response, with many questions yet to be answered about how the revenues will be spent. (Kyodo)
Dec 26
NTT Docomo on Monday announced its Japan Welcome SIM TM series will introduce Plan 0 to allow overseas visitors in Japan to access the Internet for free via the Docomo mobile network, from Tuesday. The free service will initially be available in Hokkaido and Niigata prefectures, after which other areas will be added sequentially. (Japan Today)
Dec 23
Preservation and repair work for 1,001 statues of thousand-armed Kannon Bodhisattva at the Sanjusangendo Buddhist hall in Kyoto, western Japan, has been completed. (Jiji)
Dec 23
People in a town in Yamanashi Prefecture, central Japan, that got up early enough on Friday were treated to the sight of the sun rising over the peak of Mount Fuji. (NHK)
Dec 22
A western Japan prefecture which has been promoting its starry nights to tourists has enacted an ordinance to preserve the views and pass them onto the next generation. (Kyodo)
Dec 20
The number of nonresident foreign visitors to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka reached 2 million on Tuesday, according to operator USJ Co. (Japan Times)
Dec 19
A group of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party has proposed boosting consumer spending by extending the operations of entertainment and cultural facilities and train and bus services deeper into the night. (Jiji)
Dec 19
Some local elementary school children were invited to meet Xiang Xiang at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo on Monday, one day before the female giant panda cub is put on public display for the first time since her birth a little more than six months ago. (Jiji)
Dec 17
A ski resort opened in western Japan's Hyogo Prefecture on Saturday, with its operator and the local government saying it is the country's first new facility to be opened to skiers and snowboarders in 14 years. (Japan Today)
Dec 07
Narita International Airport near Tokyo is looking to ease congestion at one of its terminals. (NHK)
Dec 03
Inui Street in the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo was opened to the public on Saturday, in time for the autumn foliage season. (Jiji)
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