Oct 03
Near a seedy street lined with maid cafes in Tokyo's Akihabara district, Yumeno Nito explained to her tour group that many teenage girls in short skirts solicit customers in the area. (Asahi)
Oct 02
Japan's transport ministry is abandoning hope of completing a new subway link that would ease access to Haneda Airport before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, raising questions as to how Japan will handle the flood of visitors to the country. (Nikkei)
Oct 02
The scope of tax-free items for foreigners visiting Japan was expanded on Wednesday to include cosmetics, food products and other items. (The Japan News)
Oct 01
Japan's Shinkansen bullet-train has marked its 50th anniversary. The first Shinkansen between Tokyo and Osaka debuted on October 1st, 1964, ahead of the Tokyo Summer Olympics. (NHK)
Oct 01
Supposedly 2014 was the "Year of Universal Studios Japan," as the park introduced radical changes and saw a substantial spike in attendance. This must have made Mickey Mouse and Co. a little nervous, as Tokyo Disney Resorts is introducing an almost comical number of new events and attractions for 2015 in what could be a scramble to maintain their long reign as king, or perhaps magical princess, of the theme parks. (rocketnews24.com)
Sep 30
People in Paris will have a chance to see the work of Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai from Wednesday. (NHK)
Sep 27
Passengers changing flights at Tokyo's Haneda airport will get a new option for layovers when their body clock demands nothing but a place to crash. (Japan Times)
Sep 27
Shikoku, the smallest of Japan's four main islands, is perhaps most famous for its 88 temples associated with the priest Kūkai, a key figure in Japanese Buddhism. A 1,200-kilometer pilgrimage route known as the henro taking in all of the temples is popular with both devotees and dedicated tourists. (nippon.com)
Sep 25
In recent years, Japan seems to have been catching on to the whole Halloween thing in a big way. Halloween celebrations and festivals grow and grow year after year and they're starting earlier in the year than ever before. (rocketnews24.com)
Sep 25
All Nippon Airways said Monday that passengers using its domestic routes will be able to pay for their in-flight purchases with East Japan Railway Co.'s Suica electronic money from Oct. 1. (The Japan News)
Sep 25
The Mt. Aso volcano area in Kumamoto Prefecture was designated a Global Geopark, a site with geological heritage of world significance, on Tuesday. (The Japan News)
Sep 24
If you've ever visited Japan, chances are pretty high that you've been through Narita International Airport. The smaller Tokyo International Airport, commonly called Haneda, is, however, actually located within the city, but has until recently been considered Tokyo's main domestic airport. (rocketnews24.com)
Sep 24
Some historic buildings on Nagasaki's Hashima island, also known as Gunkanjima, which once thrived on coal mining, have been deemed by experts as in danger of collapsing, according to city officials. (The Japan News)
Sep 23
Central Japan Railway Co (JR Tokai) on Monday conducted the first public test of its new ultra-high speed magnetic levitation (maglev) train in Tsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture. (Japan Today)
Sep 22
The Yokosuka city government in Kanagawa Prefecture has decided to introduce a fee for entering uninhabited Sarushima island, located off the city in Tokyo Bay, starting April next year, according to the city government. (The Japan News)
Sep 21
The transport ministry is trying to lure more international carriers to Tokyo's Haneda Airport by cutting landing fees by half between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., starting in November. (Asahi)
Sep 20
The city of Kitakata, Fukushima Prefecture, may be famous for traditional warehouses and ramen noodles, but now it has an unlikely addition: ancient Chinese pictographs. (The Japan News)
Sep 19
The slopes of Japan's Mount Fuji are increasingly being defaced by rubbish and graffiti, despite an overall decline in the number of people scaling the peak. (scmp.com)
Sep 19
The total number of visitors to Tokyo Skytree Town, the 634-meter tower and commercial complex in Tokyo's Sumida Ward has exceeded 100 million, Tobu Railway Co. said Wednesday. (The Japan News)
Sep 18
Japan's government has decided to nominate a group of churches and other Christian sites in Kyushu for registry as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 2016. (NHK)
Sep 14
Rail officials in Japan are conducting final tests on a new Shinkansen bullet train route before it opens in March. (NHK)
Sep 13
Japan will open its doors wider to wealthy travelers from all over the world starting next April, allowing them to stay for up to one year on a special long-term visa. (Nikkei)
Sep 13
A busy walkway leading to Kamakura's famed Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine is set to receive its first full-scale renovation in more than 800 years. (Asahi)
Sep 10
When coming to Japan, there's a wealth of things to do and see-even just staying within the Tokyo city limits, you'd be hard pressed to enjoy everything available in a week. One of the things apparently gaining popularity is sento, or public bathhouses. (rocketnews24.com)
Sep 10
Asia Atlantic Airlines began a direct flight between Narita and Phnom Penh on Monday. (bangkokpost.com)
Sep 10
As Qantas subsidiary Jetstar continues to build up its Boeing 787 fleet, it is focusing its latest deliveries on upgrading direct routes from Australia to Japan. (atwonline.com)
Sep 04
Kyoto is no small town. Its population is 1.5 million; its metro system is extensive; it has 23 Starbucks. Nonetheless, it's quaint-and after a few days of temple hopping, urbanites craving a taste of the big city would do well to hop the commuter rail to Osaka, just 30 minutes away. Japan's second-largest metropolis is well known for its food and for that most American of pastimes: baseball. (cntraveler.com)
Sep 03
Automated facial recognition tests are underway at Narita and Haneda airports to cut lines at passport control. The trials began Aug. 4 and will end on Friday. (Japan Times)
Sep 03
Japan will create dedicated areas at Haneda Airport to handle customs procedures for passengers on business jets, slashing the time required to three minutes from up to 30. (Nikkei)
Sep 02
Japan on Monday relaxed a ban on the use of electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets in flight, following similar moves by the United States and the European Union. (Japan Today)
Sep 01
SkiJapan.com has been nominated for the award of World's Best Ski Tour Operator by the prestigious World Ski Awards in Austria. (SkiJapan.com)
Aug 30
A new kind of walking tour has been gaining popularity in Tokyo, Osaka and other big cities, with participants visiting entertainment districts and areas where day laborers live to see high school girls solicit men at night and observe homeless people's life on the streets. (The Japan News)
Aug 27
East Japan Railway and West Japan Railway have announced a new Shinkansen bullet train line will open on March 14th next year. It will link Tokyo with Kanazawa on the Japan Sea coast. The voyage will take about 2-and-a-half hours. (NHK)
Aug 27
Japan's infrastructure ministry decided Tuesday to boost the functions of "Michi no Eki" rest areas along major roads to make them centers for tourism, disaster prevention and social welfare. (Jiji Press)
Aug 25
Tours of the Diet Building have not lost any of their popularity, with visitors this year expected to exceed 900,000 for the third consecutive year. One reason for this popularity may be that the tours are free. (The Japan News)
Aug 24
Rare "monocoque" bus models manufactured during the Showa era (1926-1989) have been drawing attention around the nation. (The Japan News)
Aug 24
The number of Vietnamese tourists visiting Japan in the first six months of this year has surged 50 percent year on year, a tourism association has reported, citing a significant reduction in tour prices to the East Asian country. (tuoitrenews.vn)
Aug 24
Visitors to a summer resort in central Japan are being treated to the sight of a field of sunflowers in full bloom. (NHK)
Aug 20
The estimated number of visitors to Japan in July rose 26.6 pct from a year earlier to 1,269,700, the highest figure ever for any month, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Aug 20
Reflecting the ongoing economic recovery, the number of domestic travelers is expected to hit a record this summer, with many recently retired baby boomers hitting the road. (The Japan News)
Aug 20
East Japan Railway Co., or JR East, announced new plans on Tuesday for three train lines linking Tokyo International Airport at Haneda and key stations in the Japanese capital by building a new underground station and tunnel. (Jiji Press)
Aug 18
Trains were packed, flights full and highways congested on Sunday afternoon as the Obon holiday return rush peaked in Japan. (Japan Today)
Aug 17
The new Japanese unit of Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia plans to pick Central Japan International Airport (Centrair) in Aichi Prefecture as its main hub, AirAsia Japan President Yoshinori Odagiri said in a recent interview. (Japan Times)
Aug 16
Struggling low-cost carrier Skymark Airlines has announced drastic restructuring plans that include ending all its flights from Narita, cutting other domestic routes and raising fares, some by as high as 70%. (Japan Today)
Aug 15
Narita Airport Quarantine is strengthening measures to prevent the Ebola virus from entering Japan, in light of the deadly outbreak in parts of West Africa. (The Japan News)
Aug 14
In an attempt to prevent bird strikes, or birds flying into the engines of aircraft, Narita Airport has begun working with a professional falconer to conduct a series of tests in an effort to prevent such incidents. (Japan Today)
Aug 14
With the aim of deterring hijackings, Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department has started deploying plainclothes officers carrying guns on direct flights between Tokyo International Airport at Haneda and the United States, it was learned Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Aug 13
Fireworks, the sound of cicadas and shaved ice desserts are some of the seasonal traditions this time of the year in Japan. But summer isn't quite complete without the news of dreadful traffic congestion that takes place during the country's Obon holiday period. (Wall Street Journal)
Aug 13
The Japanese government has decided to waive visas for Indonesian tourists visiting Japan, which is expected to be effective next year, and in return, the Indonesian government will do the same for Japanese tourists visiting Indonesia, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said Tuesday. (Nikkei)
Aug 12
Government officials and lawmakers from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party are considering lifting a ban on dance clubs, music venues and some bars operating past midnight, an LDP source said Tuesday, following a failed attempt to revise the relevant law in June. (Kyodo)
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