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Jul 06
Akiruno City in Tokyo is home to a theme park called Tokyo Summerland. Covering a huge area in the Akigawa Hills, it features an amusement park called "Thrill Mountain" and two water parks: the indoor "Adventure Dome" and the outdoor "Adventure Lagoon". (rocketnews24.com)
Jul 05
An annual festival showcasing Japanese culture and cuisine is drawing huge crowds in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (NHK)
Jul 05
Although six months have passed since the Tokyo metropolitan government began its 24-hour bus service between the Shibuya and Roppongi districts in December last year, passengers began to dwindle soon after the service got off to a good start. (The Japan News)
Jul 04
JR East plans to give its Yamanote line trains in Tokyo a new look from autumn 2015. (Japan Today)
Jul 03
Readers of a major US travel magazine have chosen Kyoto as the world's best city to visit. (NHK)
Jul 03
Every July tourists flock to the Gion Festival in Kyoto for the chance to see a parade of sumptuously decorated floats pass through the heart of the city. (nippon.com)
Jul 03
East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) announced Wednesday that it will begin a large-scale renovation of the square in front of Tokyo Station's Marunouchi side and its basement area ahead of the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo. (The Japan News)
Jul 03
A steam locomotive in the guise of Thomas the Tank Engine, the title character in a popular British TV series, was shown to the press on Wednesday morning. (The Japan News)
Jul 03
An increasing number of farm sightseeing tours to Kameoka have sprung up due to their popularity among tourists from the United States. (Asahi)
Jul 02
The Mount Fuji climbing season opened on Tuesday morning with huge numbers of climbers expected in July and August. (Japan Today)
Jul 02
Malaysia-based low-cost carrier AirAsia plans to team up with Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten and other firms to reenter the Japanese market. (NHK)
Jun 30
Passengers on the newest Shinkansen to join East Japan Railway Co.'s (JR East) fleet of trains will be able to relieve aching feet with a footbath, and then congregate in a lounge for drinks. (Asahi)
Jun 26
Pulling off a bug-free environment is no mean feat, because whether you're in Fantasyland or Tomorrowland, you're still in Japan, where the hot and humid summer is a breeding paradise for mosquitos. (rocketnews24.com)
Jun 25
SHIMA, Mie Prefecture--About 40 shirtless men, wearing white loincloth garments and headbands, scrambled around in the mud and paraded a toppled ceremonial bamboo tree during the annual Taketori ritual here on June 24. (Asahi)
Jun 25
A special exhibition featuring a collection of Chinese emperors' treasures from Taipei's Palace Museum began at the Tokyo National Museum in Ueno, Tokyo, on Tuesday. (The Japan News)
Jun 24
One year after Mt. Fuji was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, the designation has proved to be a mixed blessing. Visitors to the iconic mountain and the resulting economic benefits have increased sharply, but so have the number of reckless climbers and the amount of environmental damage. (The Japan News)
Jun 23
Narita International Airport near Tokyo has added automated gates at the immigration control that allows preregistered travelers to go through examinations quickly. (Jiji Press)
Jun 23
Japan's holiest shrine is demolished and rebuilt every two decades in accordance with Shinto notions of death and renewal. In 2,000 years, no foreigner has witnessed the sacred ceremonies involved. Until now. (independent.co.uk)
Jun 23
The Tomioka Silk Mill, a historic factory building in Japan, is crowded with tourists on Sunday, one day after it was designated as a World Cultural Heritage site. (NHK)
Jun 23
The Foreign Ministry will launch a new registration system on July 1 for Japanese nationals going abroad for a short time to issue alerts or confirm their safety more easily in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist attack. (The Japan News)
Jun 22
The UNESCO World Heritage Committee decided Saturday to add the Tomioka Silk Mill, a historic factory building symbolizing Japan's industrialization from the 19th century, to the World Cultural Heritage list. (Kyodo)
Jun 22
Foreign visitors, whose annual numbers exceeded 10 million for the first time last year, are increasingly being encountered in unexpected places, including 100-yen shops normally visited by locals browsing for handy practical items and popular Japanese-style pubs known as izakaya. (The Japan News)
Jun 22
Famous for its neon lights and wild nightlife, Tokyo's status as one of the world's clubbing capitals looks set to survive a potentially ruinous police crackdown on-of all things-dancing. (Japan Today)
Jun 18
Japan's government aims to increase the number of foreign visitors to 20 million annually by 2020, when Tokyo hosts the Summer Olympic Games. (NHK)
Jun 15
An iconic Tokyo landmark has been illuminated in the color of Japan's national soccer team in the lead up to the squad's first match in the World Cup finals in Brazil. (NHK)
Jun 15
The government has unveiled an action plan to provide foreign visitors with high-level wireless communications services as the country prepares for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (The Japan News)
Jun 14
Low-cost carrier Skymark Airlines inaugurated two new midsize Airbus A330-300 passenger jets, making it the first Japanese airliner to fly the model variant. (Asahi)
Jun 14
The new attraction based on the "Harry Potter" movies won't open at Universal Studios Japan until July 15, but it's already working its magic for the Osaka theme park, its partner hotels and travel agencies. (Nikkei)
Jun 12
UNESCO decided to add Japan's Southern Alps mountain range and the Tadami beech forest to its list of biosphere reserves, known as eco parks in Japan, for harmonizing environmental preservation and human activity, the Japanese government learned Thursday. (Kyodo)
Jun 11
There is no better time to visit Tokyo's Ueno district than during its eponymous summer festival, which has been confirmed to start from July 16th and run until August 7th this year. (insidejapantours.com)
Jun 11
Japanese aquariums are a pretty popular destination for families during the summer break in July and August. As a part of Enoshima Aquarium's 10th anniversary celebration, it is putting on a show called "Night Aquarium" where 3D projection mapping will make it seem like visitors have traveled to the deepest parts of the ocean. (rocketnews24.com)
Jun 10
As one of the Tokyo's current large-scale urban redevelopment projects, another new skyscraper complex is going to open in 2 days in central Tokyo. (akihabaranews.com)
Jun 07
Chinese-affiliated low-cost carrier Spring Airlines Japan said Friday that it will postpone until Aug. 1 flights on three routes linking Narita Airport with Saga, Hiroshima and Takamatsu. (Nikkei)
Jun 06
With speed taking priority over capacity, East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) will retire all double-decker Shinkansen trains that have carried commuters to and from Tokyo for 30 years. (Asahi)
Jun 06
The government plans to double duty-free shops to about 10,000 by 2020, with an eye to the upcoming Tokyo Olympic and Paralympics, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (The Japan News)
Jun 05
Thousands of team dancers are giving lively performances at the Yosakoi Soran Festival in Sapporo City, northern Japan. (NHK)
Jun 05
Although cafes have been permitted to operate on public streets since a relevant law was revised three years ago, open-air cafes are far and few between. Due to complicated certification procedures, Tokyo, for example, still has only one such cafe. (The Japan News)
Jun 04
East Japan Railway Co. is set to begin a deluxe sleeper train service in spring 2017 that will carry passengers in the lap of luxury throughout eastern Japan and later the entire nation. (Asahi)
Jun 04
Since the opening of the Tokyo Skytree in 2012, Tokyo Tower is no longer the tallest or most fashionable structure in Tokyo. Still, the 56-year-old steel giant has managed to hang onto its reputation as one of the city's most romantic locales, thanks in part to its location in quiet, sophisticated Shiba-koen as opposed to the boisterous Shitamachi district where the Skytree stands. (rocketnews24.com)
Jun 04
With sweltering summer heat already taking hold in Japan, businesses still smarting from the recent consumption tax hike are raring to hawk their hot-weather wares and fare. (Nikkei)
Jun 04
All Nippon Airways has overtaken Japan Airlines in terms of monthly international passenger transportation capacity for the first time since ANA began regular international passenger flight services in 1986. (The Japan News)
Jun 02
An aquarium known for its jellyfish exhibits has reopened in a new building in the northeastern prefecture of Yamagata. (NHK)
Jun 01
Train operations on a Joban Line section that have been suspended due to the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and the subsequent nuclear accident were restarted on Sunday. (Jiji Press)
Jun 01
JR East said Saturday that the Yamanote line will get a new station-its 30th-by the 2020 Olympics. (Japan Today)
Jun 01
Japan is home to outposts of several U.S.-based fast food chains, including McDonald's, Burger King, and Subway. From Spam breakfast sandwiches to an apple pie burger, some options are bizarre. (businessinsider.com.au)
May 31
Tokyo was voted the world's most satisfying tourist city for 2013, according to a poll by online travel site TripAdvisor. Tokyo came in first of 37 major world cities for overall satisfaction based on tens of thousands of online reviews by travelers. (Japan Times)
May 31
This is how it looks in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan in 4K Ultra HD video. (egawauemon)
May 31
Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) will let a number of train junkies peek inside its popular Doctor Yellow train as part of events celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Tokaido Shinkansen Line. (Asahi)
May 29
Japan is working on a plan to extend the maximum stay for foreign visitors who meet certain income and asset requirements to one year, aiming to encourage spending and real estate investment. (Nikkei)
May 29
Pontocho street in Kyoto is gradually regaining its charm as an elegant entertainment area in the heart of the ancient city. (The Japan News)
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