Jul 06
Following a raft of requests, free Internet access will be available on Mount Fuji starting July 10 in a bid to bring more overseas tourists to Japan's highest peak. (Asahi)
Jul 06
Japanese people were delighted with the latest UNESCO decision to give the World Heritage status to Japan's Meiji industrial revolution sites, but owners and operators of some of the properties are scratching their heads at their new obligations to keep them remain the world's "gems." (Jiji Press)
Jul 06
Following a number of complaints regarding illicit behavior, the Shiobara Hot Springs Tourism Association announced on Monday on its Web site that one resort in Nasushiobara City has shut its doors, reports the Sankei Shimbun (June 1). (Tokyo Reporter)
Jul 06
A UNESCO panel has decided to grant World Heritage status to a group of Japanese industrial sites. (NHK)
Jul 06
The airports serving Sapporo, Fukuoka and Okinawa are among the regional gateways with plans to expand and renovate amid a surge in overseas visitors. (Nikkei)
Jul 05
Islands can quickly lose their charm when they become attached to land masses. This, mercifully, has not happened to Ikuchijima Island in Japan's Geiyo archipelago, a cluster of islets in the Seto Inland Sea that, despite its two connecting bridges, feels defiantly detached. (Japan Times)
Jul 02
Narita Airport officials are advising passengers to strictly observe carry-on luggage limits to prevent departure delays. (NHK)
Jul 01
The weather agency raised its alert level for Mt. Hakone on Tuesday following an eruption earlier in the day at the volcano located in a hot spring resort area southwest of Tokyo. (Kyodo)
Jul 01
Tottori Prefecture's population of just over half a million is shockingly small by densely-populated Japan's standards, and it's just generally ignored by the rest of Japan as a place that, well… doesn't have much to see, to put it kindly. (rocketnews24.com)
Jun 30
Wagering on its proximity to Tokyo's gateway airport, the operators of the publicly run horse track in Shinagawa Ward are touting its nighttime racing to woo more foreign tourists through the gates. (Asahi)
Jun 29
Local authorities are urging climbers to bring helmets to protect themselves against a possible eruption of Mount Fuji after the season to ascend the nation's highest peak opens on July 1. (Asahi)
Jun 26
Let's board a night train with sleeper cars from Tokyo to the Sea of Japan! This video guide will walk you through the JR Sunrise Izumo Express from Tokyo Station to Izumo. (WAORYU ONLYinJAPAN)
Jun 22
About 40 geiko and maiko dance in front of the Ofune-hoko float on a special stage set up in Roppongi Hills in Tokyo's Minato Ward on Sunday, as part of Kyoto's tourism campaign. (The Japan News)
Jun 22
More and more capsule hotels are providing areas specially designed for female guests and a comprehensive range of amenities for them, breaking away from their traditional focus on men. (The Japan News)
Jun 20
This ancient capital's famous Todaiji temple might grab all the headlines, but a garden just to the west is rapidly flowering in popularity. (Asahi)
Jun 19
There's help at last for those lost-looking foreigners wandering around Tokyo's most popular tourism destinations. (Japan Times)
Jun 19
Quarantine officers at Narita Airport outside Tokyo are on alert for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, following a call by the World Health Organization for preventive measures. (NHK)
Jun 19
The government plans to classify foreigners working in Japan as ski instructors as "omotenashi" (hospitality) personnel who aid international tourism in Japan - a move that would relax visa requirements - within this fiscal year. (The Japan News)
Jun 18
The Japanese government says it will survey how hotels and inns deal with tattooed foreign tourists. (NHK)
Jun 16
A volcano about 140 kilometers northwest of Tokyo erupted Tuesday morning for the first time in about six years, the Japanese weather agency said, the latest in a series of volcanic activity to rattle Japan in recent months. (Kyodo)
Jun 15
A Shinto shrine designated as a World Heritage site has held an annual ritual to dedicate hydrangeas to deities. (NHK)
Jun 13
For the first time, the Tourism Agency on Friday selected seven regional sightseeing routes within the nation for foreign tourists. (The Japan News)
Jun 12
The Japan Meteorological Agency said Thursday it has raised its volcanic alert for Mount Asama in central Japan from Level One to Level 2, citing the possibility of a small-scale eruption. (Jiji Press)
Jun 11
Moves to revitalize sento public baths are on the rise, with special services being offered for runners and facilities being upgraded to draw a younger crowd. (The Japan News)
Jun 06
A Japanese domestic flight was forced to make an emergency landing on the island of Okinawa Friday after white haze was seen in the Boeing's cockpit, carrier All Nippon Airways said. (Japan Today)
Jun 05
The government adopted a new action plan on Friday to double annual spending by foreign visitors to Japan from the current level to 4 trillion yen in the year when visitor numbers reach 20 million. (Jiji Press)
Jun 03
Narita Airport near Tokyo on Tuesday celebrated its 5-millionth takeoff or landing of an aircraft since opening in 1978. (NHK)
May 30
The Japanese government has decided to extend the period during which Thai airlines are allowed to operate flights to and from Japan while the agreement on railway development cooperation has been inked by the two countries. (thainews)
May 30
A train line in Miyagi Prefecture resumed full services Saturday more than four years after being washed away by the killer tsunami that devastated much of Tohoku's Pacific coastline. (Japan Times)
May 25
Amid a surge in customers being overcharged by clubs in Shinjuku Ward, police on Friday announced an intensification of patrols to combat the increase, reports the Sankei Shimbun (May 24). (Tokyo Reporter)
May 23
After disappointing many visitors by blocking access during windy weather, the operator of Tokyo Skytree decided to beef up the elevators to keep the attraction open even when it gets gusty. (Nikkei)
May 22
Jetstar Asia Airways apologized Thursday for refusing to allow a 38-year-old man with cerebral palsy to board a flight from Bangkok to Japan last year. ()
May 21
The estimated number of foreign visitors to Japan in April rose 43.3 pct from a year before to 1,764,700, hitting a monthly record for the third straight month, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
May 20
Smoke rises from Mt. Hakone on Wednesday as a bus drives along a road nearby. ()
May 20
Baby capybaras are drawing crowds at a zoo near Tokyo. (NHK)
May 18
In wooing the rapidly increasing number of foreign tourists to Japan, the new Hokuriku Shinkansen is drawing attention from the so-called "Golden Route," connecting Tokyo and Osaka via Mount Fuji. (Asahi)
May 17
People crowded the streets of Tokyo's Asakusa district for the climax of an annual festival featuring a procession of 3 large portable shrines. (NHK)
May 17
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will instruct ministers to draw up a new action plan to attract more foreign tourists to Japan. (NHK)
May 16
A luxury tour train has been brought out of retirement -- just two months after its operator shut the service down. (NHK)
May 16
Twenty-one hagatsuo striped bonito were introduced into Tokyo Sea Life Park aquarium's large doughnut-shaped tank on Friday. (The Japan News)
May 15
The Sanja Matsuri festival will return to its original form for the first time in about half a century this year, with only ujiko parishioners of Asakusa Shrine allowed to carry three portable shrines in the festival's main event. (The Japan News)
May 15
After a major renovation, the Edo-Tokyo Museum's permanent exhibition rooms now feature a new section spotlighting the 19th-century transformation of Edo into Tokyo through the eyes of renowned samurai-turned-politician Katsu Kaishu (1823-1899), along with a section on Tokyo from the 1960s to the 2000s. (The Japan News)
May 14
Tokyo Sea Life Park will start introducing a fish that is a relative of the katsuo bonito into one of its large glass tanks from Friday for display, the Tokyo metropolitan government has announced. (The Japan News)
May 14
About 500 people wearing splendid ancient costumes and traditional makeup parade through the main streets of Kyoto. The festival is called Aoi Matsuri because aoi (hollyhock) leaves are used as ornaments not only on the people's costumes, but even on cows and horses. (The Japan News)
May 11
Minor earthquakes have hit the resort town of Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture, where volcanic activity is increasing. (NHK)
May 11
The rumblings of volcanic Mount Hakoneyama, southwest of Tokyo, haven't been loud enough to deter tourists from visiting a nearby popular scenic spot in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture. (Asahi)
May 11
A new initiative in Kyoto to make bicycling easier is an excellent start to reducing carbon emissions, while also making the city more tourist-friendly and letting long-term residents do their daily chores conveniently. (Japan Times)
May 08
Visitors at a zoo in Wakayama Prefecture, western Japan, can now watch twin giant panda cubs outside their cage. (NHK)
May 08
Japan was ninth among countries and regions around the globe in its ability to attract tourists, according to the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index 2015 Ranking announced Wednesday by the World Economic Forum, a private research institution. (The Japan News)
May 08
If you find yourself anywhere near northern Kyushu or have time for a weekend getaway, head to Fukuoka Prefecture's Kitakyushu City. (rocketnews24.com)
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