Oct 04
Clear winners and losers were evident in the Japanese theme park market during the April-September half, with Universal Studios Japan logging record-high visitor numbers as Tokyo Disney Resort's facilities endured a 0.3% slump. (Nikkei)
Oct 03
The Environment Ministry will start a model project in fiscal 2017 to help local governments and communities that host hot springs to draw up therapeutic travel plans that combine bathing, local cuisine and outdoor activities. (Jiji Press)
Oct 03
An annual squid festival in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido is drawing visitors of all ages with its tasty squid dishes. (NHK)
Oct 02
The Tokyo waterfront is not generally on a tourist's list of must-see attractions, but the Tokyo metropolitan government wants to change that. Private companies also are attempting to promote tourism in areas along Tokyo Bay. (the-japan-news.com)
Oct 01
East Japan Railway Co. and Tokyo Metro Co. are among six railway operators that have created an English railway map to help tourists reach major sightseeing spots in and around Tokyo. (Japan Times)
Sep 29
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Wednesday that it will test a service allowing visitors from abroad to make payments only with their fingerprints at popular tourist spots. (Jiji Press)
Sep 28
Japan's previously announced plan to relax visa rules for Chinese visitors, aimed partially at increasing the number of repeat arrivals, will take effect on Oct 17, the Foreign Ministry said. (Japan Today)
Sep 27
The "Yuzushio Ramen" noodle soup of Tochigi Prefecture, eastern Japan, has won the top prize in the country's first popularity contest of local foods sold at "michi no eki" roadside stations serving as rest areas and commercial facilities. (Jiji Press)
Sep 26
A thin layer of snow was observed on the peak of Mt Fuji on Sunday morning, 16 days earlier than last year, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. (Japan Today)
Sep 26
The Tokyo metropolitan government has set up a multilingual call center to help duty-free shops serve foreign shoppers. (NHK)
Sep 24
Japan will see mostly average to warmer weather from October to December, the official forecaster said on Friday. (Japan Today)
Sep 24
Sony Corp. will on Saturday open the doors to its new store in Tokyo's bustling Ginza district. (Japan Times)
Sep 23
Festive food stalls showcasing traditional Japanese culture enlivened the capital's Nihonbashi district Thursday as part of a major tourism exposition promoting vacation spots at home and abroad. (Nikkei)
Sep 23
Japan Airlines unveiled a special aircraft adorned with Doraemon graphics in Tokyo on Wednesday for use in flights between Japan and China. (the-japan-news.com)
Sep 21
Tokyo police are urging the developer of the augmented-reality game Pokemon Go to give greater consideration to the spots where its characters appear. (NHK)
Sep 21
Torrential rain caused landslides and floods in Japan as a storm made its way up the Pacific coast. (NHK)
Sep 21
Unlicensed Chinese guides have been taking Chinese tourists on "bakugai" shopping sprees to tax-free shops and receiving sales commissions from some retailers, according to an investigation by national tax authorities. (the-japan-news.com)
Sep 18
Japan's tourism ministry is set to call for more deregulation to boost the number of foreign tourists to the country. (Nikkei)
Sep 18
Tokyo's Haneda Airport is set to expand its capacity to handle international flights as the city prepares to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. (NHK)
Sep 17
Typhoon Malakas is forecast to strike Japan at about 02:00 GMT on 20 September. Data supplied by the US Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Center suggest that the point of landfall will be near 31.2 N, 129.7 E. Malakas is expected to bring 1-minute maximum sustained winds to the region of around 148 km/h (92 mph). Wind gusts in the area may be considerably higher. (trust.org)
Sep 17
Qantas said it will launch daily direct flights between Melbourne and Tokyo's Narita Airport from Dec 16, responding to growing demand and marking the next step in its Asian growth strategy. (Japan Today)
Sep 14
The number of rail passengers using Keisei Electric Railway Co.'s latest Skyliner route topped 20 million on Tuesday, after just over six years of service. (Japan Times)
Sep 13
Need a flashy ride? The transport ministry plans to develop the stretch limousine sector for wealthy foreign tourists, entertainers and fun-seekers. (Japan Times)
Sep 13
A long-term upward trend in hotel occupancy rates in Tokyo looks to be over, with demand languishing from both Japanese and foreign travelers. (Nikkei)
Sep 12
The Japanese slang word for a last-minute cancellation, "dotakyan," is a portmanteau made up of "dotamba" and "kyanseru." (Japan Today)
Sep 11
A government panel has decided to shorten the minimum stay for tourists at minpaku accommodations based on rented private homes to three days and two nights instead of seven days and six nights. (Japan Times)
Sep 11
A transport ministry panel has drafted a numbering system for the Japanese expressway system so even foreign drivers will be able to understand it. (Japan Times)
Sep 10
Once a blip on the calendar, Halloween has grown into a major event in Japan. And this year, major theme parks here are once again looking to generate some scary numbers by offering bigger, better attractions celebrating the season of orange and black. (Nikkei)
Sep 07
Targeting wealthy retirees and visitors from abroad, Japan Railways Group companies are gearing up for the launch of new luxury sleeper train services next spring. (Jiji Press)
Sep 06
For a fee, visitors to Kyoto will have the chance to illuminate one of the city's most distinctive landmarks with a color (or two) of their choice! (rocketnews24.com)
Sep 05
Typhoon Namtheun, which has been downgraded to a tropical storm, is moving north over the Sea of Japan after making landfall in Nagasaki Prefecture early Monday morning. (NHK)
Sep 05
The Halloween season kicks off in Japan this week with the festivities beginning at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea where parades and other events will be held until Oct 31. (Japan Today)
Sep 05
Ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Japan is making efforts both in the public and private sectors to help foreign residents and tourists in the event of earthquakes or other natural disasters. (the-japan-news.com)
Sep 01
Yes, Japan has a desert compete with camels, sane dunes and ... a world class art museum with sand sculptures! This time, John heads to this barren wasteland devoid of vending machines for a taste of the Sahara - in Japan. (ONLY in JAPAN)
Aug 31
An aerial tramway gondola climbs smoothly between the green mountains. Immediately after it reaches the top, a barren basin appears below. Excited passengers exclaim, "Wow!" and "Amazing!" (the-japan-news.com)
Aug 30
Powerful Typhoon Lionrock affected air and rail traffic in Japan as it approached the country's northeastern region Tuesday morning. (Jiji Press)
Aug 26
Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways says it will cancel more than 300 flights of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet over the coming weeks due to a problem with the plane's engine parts. (NHK)
Aug 25
Mt Fuji is increasingly becoming a popular destination for foreign tourists amid a record-breaking number of people visiting Japan from abroad. (Japan Today)
Aug 25
The transport ministry will likely extend support for efforts to increase the number of foreign visitors arriving at regional airports, including cuts in landing fees or exemption from such payments, sources said. (the-japan-news.com)
Aug 23
Japanese weather officials are warning of floods, landslides and high waves as a powerful storm has made landfall on the country's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido. (NHK)
Aug 23
Visitors planning an overseas trip to Japan yesterday were hit with unwelcome news. Many of their flights had been canceled, thanks to multiple typhoons wreaking havoc over Japan. (Japan Times)
Aug 23
Railways and air carriers say more people have been on the move in Japan during the mid-August summer holidays, called Obon. (NHK)
Aug 23
All Nippon Airways Co. is considering launching tours that allow pet dogs to travel in the cabin with their owners. (Japan Times)
Aug 23
Strong winds from a typhoon forced air traffic controllers to temporarily abandon the control tower at Narita International Airport on Monday, shutting down one of Tokyo's two main airports for about an hour. Hundreds of domestic flights were canceled at the city's other major airport. (Japan Today)
Aug 23
Spring Airlines Japan has launched only its fifth route from Tokyo Narita (NRT). On 20 August the LCC began daily service to Sapporo Chitose (CTS) using its 737-800s. (anna.aero)
Aug 22
When staying at this century-old correctional facility, you might hope they lock you up and throw away the key. (rocketnews24.com)
Aug 22
The spending power of Chinese tourists in Japan is so impressive there's a special word for it: bakugai (explosive buying). (Japan Times)
Aug 21
The Japan Tourism Agency plans to exempt domestically produced alcoholic drinks such as sake from the liquor tax for foreign tourists as part of efforts to boost regional economies, agency officials said Saturday. (Kyodo)
Aug 20
Japan will be under the threat of three tropical cyclones over the next several days as an explosion of development has taken place in the West Pacific. (accuweather.com)
Aug 19
A World Heritage Shinto shrine in Japan's ancient capital, Kyoto, has been lit up using cutting-edge technology. (NHK)
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