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Sep 07
Japan's tourism ministry plans to urge local governments to set ordinances to exempt historic buildings, such as "kominka" traditional folk houses, from the building standards law, to better promote the use of such structures for tourism. (Jiji)
Sep 05
This restaurant-machine fusion is one small step for vending, one giant leap for vending-machine-kind. (rocketnews24.com)
Sep 05
According to the Japan National Tourism Organization, a record 24.04 million foreign tourists visited the country in 2016. Of that figure, nearly 40 percent (or about 9.4 million) went to Osaka. (tokyoreporter.com)
Sep 04
KFC got our hearts all aflutter twice in 2016. In the spring, we visited its branch in the Takadanobaba neighborhood of Tokyo, which in the evening serves not only fried chicken but also beer and cocktails, and a few months after that the chain announced an all-you-can eat fried chicken deal. (rocketnews24.com)
Sep 02
A duty-free store for people who have just arrived in Japan, the first of such store in the country, opened on Friday at Narita International Airport, near Tokyo. (Jiji)
Aug 31
New "shachihoko" ornaments for the towers of Kumamoto Castle in the southwestern Japan city of Kumamoto went on display Wednesday at a tourist facility near the castle, which was heavily damaged by powerful earthquakes in April last year. (Jiji)
Aug 27
People in northeastern Japan have enjoyed an annual firework show that lit up skies over Omagari in Daisen City. This year, they had to make extra efforts to prepare for the event as the site was flooded due to heavy rain the previous day. (NHK)
Aug 27
The Anime Tourism Association on Saturday announced 88 locations closely related to Japanese animation works, including the central Japan city of Hida, Gifu Prefecture, tied to the "Kimi no Na wa" (Your Name) blockbuster movie. (Jiji)
Aug 24
More than 40,000 tax-free shops are ready to welcome overseas tourists to Japan -- even those who step into more rural regions. (Nikkei)
Aug 23
The weather agency has slashed the volcanic alert level for central Japan's Mount Ontake to the lowest notch for the first time in about three years following a September 2014 eruption that left 58 people dead and five missing. (Japan Times)
Aug 23
Sorakaze Inc and Japan Weather Association have released WeatherJapan, a simple weather forecast application that supports multiple languages for tourists to Japan. (Japan Today)
Aug 21
The Miyagi Prefectural Government said Monday it will remove an online tourism promotional video that has been criticized as sexually suggestive. (Japan Times)
Aug 21
Consumption by inbound tourists in Japan has started picking up as retailers and the tourism industry encourage spending on unique experiences and personal items, rather than souvenirs. (Japan Times)
Aug 20
People are crowding into airports and train stations in Japan as they return from "bon" summer holiday travels. (NHK)
Aug 19
A Hokkaido-based "kaiten" or conveyor-belt sushi shop chain has received the highest rating in the Oricon Japanese Customer Satisfaction Ranking (Rotary Sushi Division), beating out larger and more famous chains, such as Sushiro and Hama Sushi. (seafoodsource.com)
Aug 19
The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry will address a surging number of accidents involving rental cars driven by foreign tourists, whose number is on the rise in Japan, by identifying locations where accidents are likely to occur and setting up foreigner-friendly road signs in the hope of preventing accidents. (the-japan-news.com)
Aug 19
Legoland Japan said Friday it will start giving free one-day tickets to visitors who purchase one-day or one-day family passes to the theme park. (Japan Times)
Aug 18
Some 10,000 fireworks were set off Thursday evening at a beach within the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage-listed Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range. (Kyodo)
Aug 17
Huge bonfires on mountains lit up Japan's old capital, Kyoto, on Wednesday night in an annual Buddhist ceremony. (NHK)
Aug 16
The estimated number of visitors to Japan in July grew 16.8 pct from a year before to 2,681,500, a record high on a monthly basis, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Wednesday. (Jiji)
Aug 16
The Japan Tourism Agency plans to urge "ryokan" Japanese-style inn operators to set separate fees for stays and meals, agency officials said Wednesday. (Jiji)
Aug 15
Legoland Japan is struggling to dispel the notion that its admission fees are too expensive. (Japan Times)
Aug 13
China's Mobike will start a bicycle-sharing service in Sapporo in late August, becoming the first major player in the rapidly expanding Chinese industry to set foot in Japan. (the-japan-news.com)
Aug 11
With its densely packed cities and fast-paced professional world, some in Japan may have trouble finding time to appreciate the country's boundless natural beauty. So in 2014, a new holiday was invented to remind them to pause and take a look around: Mountain Day. (Time)
Aug 11
A much-awaited steam locomotive went into service on Tobu Railway Co.'s Kinugawa Line in the city of Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, eastern Japan, on Thursday. (Jiji)
Aug 10
A Tokyo personnel dispatch company unveiled a new farm on the 13th floor of its Tokyo headquarters on Wednesday. (Kyodo)
Aug 10
Rest your body and wallet as you travel half-way across the country in your sleep. (rocketnews24.com)
Aug 09
Temperatures soared along the Pacific coast in eastern and western Japan on Wednesday with the mercury topping 37 C in Tokyo and other cities in the Kanto region as Typhoon Noru's passage was followed by a warm air mass. (Japan Today)
Aug 09
When cat cafes started showing up in Japan, no one was really sure how long they'd last. Sure, the idea of sipping on drinks and munching on light fare while surrounded by felines had a definite appeal, but some wondered if it might be nothing more than a passing fad. (rocketnews24.com)
Aug 08
The city of Kyoto aims to introduce a lodging tax in 2018 at the earliest to cope with issues stemming from a surge in the number of tourists, based on a recommendation Monday from an advisory panel. (Japan Today)
Aug 06
A Kuroshio limited express train led by a car with a panda face debuted Saturday in Osaka to lure tourists to Adventure World, the giant wildlife theme park in Wakayama Prefecture where the popular animals are on show. (Japan Times)
Aug 03
Outdoor theme park Legoland Japan plans to expand its area to some 13 hectares, 1.4 times the current size, the head of its operator said in a recent interview. (Japan Times)
Aug 02
The rainy season appears to be over in the Hokuriku and Tohoku regions in central and northeastern Japan, the weather agency said Wednesday, declaring an end to the early summer wet season throughout the Japanese archipelago. (Kyodo)
Aug 01
Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Tourism has an idea on how to take some of the guesswork out of traveling by taxi in Japan's capital. The ministry has announced that from August 7 four taxi operators will allow riders to book cabs and lock in a fare by using the companies' smartphone apps. (rocketnews24.com)
Aug 01
The total number of visitors to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea topped 700 million on Monday, Oriental Land Co. <4661>, the operator of the theme parks, said the same day. (Jiji)
Jul 31
Volunteers and other people are joining hands to get rid of weeds at the Tottori Sand Dunes in western Japan to protect the landmark's renowned wind-created ripple patterns, a major tourist attraction. (Jiji)
Jul 31
Japan will nominate a group of ancient burial mounds in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, for inscription on UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List. (NHK)
Jul 31
A Japanese city boasting one of the world's largest hot-spring resorts opened a special amusement park on Saturday with a hot-tub merry-go-round and other rides featuring immersion in its famous thermal water. (Bangkok Post)
Jul 30
Even holy places have bills to pay, and with traditional sources of income rapidly shrinking, temples in Japan are looking to tourism to make ends meet. (Nikkei)
Jul 30
Transparent kayaks are exploding in popularity in Tottori Prefecture, with tourists describing the experience as akin "to flying in the sky." (Japan Times)
Jul 29
"The entire Kisoji is in the mountains" - this opening phrase about an ancient trail in Toson Shimazaki's classic novel "Before the Dawn" still holds true today. The 11 post towns on the Kisoji section of the Nakasendo road are linked by a road that runs through tree-covered mountains. I walked the section between Midono-juku and Tsumago-juku, post towns in Nagiso, to get a taste of what travelers in the Edo period (1603-1867) experienced as they walked this path. (the-japan-news.com)
Jul 29
Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, held a ceremony on Friday to commemorate topping one billion passengers since its opening in 1978. (Jiji)
Jul 25
Aiming to mitigate the passenger congestion due to a surge in inbound tourists, the city of Kyoto proposed Monday a price hike for the one-day pass for public and private bus services. (Japan Times)
Jul 25
Japan's Environment Ministry will set up public wireless LAN services at national parks by the end of fiscal 2017, hoping to draw more overseas tourists. (Jiji)
Jul 21
Japan has changed some pictogram signs used on street corners and created new ones, mainly to help foreign visitors get around more easily, the industry ministry said Thursday. (Jiji)
Jul 20
The number of tourists coming to Japan hit a record high in the first half of 2017. The Japan National Tourism Organization says more than 13.75 million people visited Japan in the 6 months. (NHK)
Jul 18
If you want to visit the Nagoya amusement park on a Tuesday or Wednesday, you'd better go soon. (rocketnews24.com)
Jul 17
Spectators, including many tourists, enjoyed a parade of colorfully decorated floats at the annual Gion Festival in Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto on Monday. (NHK)
Jul 17
The health ministry will launch a survey to look into medical expenses paid by foreign tourists to deal with an apparent increase in unpaid cases, a source close to the matter said recently. (Japan Today)
Jul 16
A luxury sightseeing train to run near Tokyo has been unveiled at a ceremony with train operators, local officials and the media. (NHK)
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