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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)
Jul 16
The Giga Dinosaur Exhibition 2017, which exhibits reconstructed full-body skeletons and fossil specimens from many dinosaurs, opened at Makuhari Messe in Mihama Ward, Chiba, on Saturday. (the-japan-news.com)
Jul 13
Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan’s main islands, is filled with beautiful scenery, but one of the best concentrations is to be found in the town of Biei. With rolling hills and lush farmland, it’s enough to make anyone stop for a moment and drink it all in, especially if you’ve just come from Tokyo or one of the country’s other urban population centers. (rocketnews24.com)
Jul 10
A UNESCO committee has decided to register a group of monuments in western Japan as a World Cultural Heritage Site. (NHK)
Jul 10
A UNESCO committee has decided to register a group of ancient monuments in Japan as a World Heritage Site. (NHK)
Jul 06
The shogi boom in Japan sparked by a 14-year-old sensation is helping to revitalize the Yamagata Prefecture city of Tendo, known as the nation's largest supplier of shogi pieces. (Jiji)
Jul 06
Where is the world's most beautiful Starbucks? Japan, of course. (ONLY in JAPAN)
Jul 05
Major Japanese travel agency JTB estimates that more than 77 million people will take overnight or longer trips from July 15th through August 31st. That is up 0.8 percent from last year, and will mark the first uptick in 4 years. (NHK)
Jul 05
Japan's transport ministry is set to help regional airports attract more international flights in an effort to boost the number of foreign tourists to the country. (NHK)
Jul 05
A recently opened theater in Kyoto's Higashiyama Ward featuring maiko young female entertainers is becoming a popular tourist attraction for visitors from abroad. (the-japan-news.com)
Jul 01
The climbing season started on the Yamanashi Prefecture side of Mount Fuji early on Saturday. (NHK)
Jul 01
The Justice Ministry is considering immigration procedures for Japanese passengers using automated gates equipped with a facial recognition system for identity verification at major airports from next fiscal year, according to sources. (the-japan-news.com)
Jun 30
The government plans to use cruise liners stopping in Japan as hotels for visitors to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, informed sources said Thursday. (Jiji)
Jun 28
Two cities in central Japan regarded as the birthplace of ninjas, or feudal era secret agents, have launched a council to attract more tourists from home and abroad. (NHK)
Jun 26
Sightseers are flocking to Japan's highest dam to watch the spectacle of water gushing from it. (NHK)
Jun 23
Close to 95 percent of tourists from Asia who have visited western Japan would like to travel to areas off the beaten track, a survey showed Thursday. (Japan Times)
Jun 22
The number of foreign tourists visiting Japan is continuing to increase. It hit a new record for the month of May. (NHK)
Jun 21
Japan Airlines (JAL) is now providing free inflight connectivity throughout the entire flight to customers flying on domestic routes. (getconnected.aero)
Jun 21
Hydrangea flowers are in full bloom in Tokyo and the surrounding area. They are a welcome sight for people who don't like the rainy season. (NHK)
Jun 20
Japan has become world-famous for its incredibly polished customer service, which isn’t something you’ll find only at premium-priced hotels and leisure resorts. Just about any shop or restaurant you go to in Japan, right down to convenience stores and fast food joints, will be staffed by courteous clerks and servers. (rocketnews24.com)
Jun 18
Train buffs and railway officials have attended the launch of a luxury sleeper train journey from Osaka Station. (NHK)
Jun 18
In Yamanashi Prefecture, the top producer of wine made only from grapes grown in Japan, three cities have come together to create a plan for a wine resort. (Japan Times)
Jun 16
Irises are in full bloom in a mountainous area in Saitama Prefecture, near Tokyo. (NHK)
Jun 11
Japan Airlines' hanger and exhibition areas open to the public on a reservation bases, collectively called Sky Museum, topped the rankings of popular tourist spots in Tokyo, the metropolitan government's Transportation Bureau has said. (Jiji)
Jun 10
The enactment of the minpaku home-sharing law in the Diet's upper house Friday removes the regulatory uncertainties surrounding renting private dwellings as temporary accommodations, possibly opening the door for dramatic growth of a new industry in Japan. (Nikkei)
Jun 08
The Universal Studios Japan theme park in Osaka plans to add a new area featuring Nintendo characters and worlds, which was unveiled at a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday. (Japan Times)
Jun 07
The rainy season appears to have started in wide swaths of eastern, central and western Japan, the weather agency said Wednesday, warning of downpours and natural disasters during the roughly six-week period. (Japan Times)
Jun 07
Japanese Princess Mako, a granddaughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, visited on Tuesday the Taktsang Palphug Monastery in Bhutan, a Buddhist temple complex built on a cliff some 3,100 meters above sea level. (Jiji)
Jun 07
East Japan Railway has decided to install security cameras on all cars on the Yamanote Line, which circles central Tokyo. (NHK)
Jun 03
The number of foreign tourists who traveled on cruise ships to Japan hit a record high in 2016, thanks mainly to more budget tours from China. (NHK)
Jun 02
Aichi Prefecture said Thursday it will build a theme park based on an anime by director Hayao Miyazaki with the aim of opening it in the early 2020s. (Japan Times)
May 31
A record number of foreign tourists visited Japan last year, but they stayed mainly in big cities. Government officials now plan to boost inbound tourism further by attracting more travelers into the countryside. (NHK)
May 30
Japan Airlines will launch routes linking Narita International Airport with Melbourne and Kona, Hawaii, in September. (Japan Times)
May 30
Japan ranked 15th in the world in terms of the number of visitors from abroad last year, a government white paper said Tuesday. (Jiji)
May 29
An ancient ball game known as "kemari" was staged at a major shrine in Nara. The event held at Kasugataisha shrine is named "Manyo-kemari". (NHK)
May 29
While the number of foreign tourists to Japan increases, operators of bathhouses and other such facilities are perplexed, after the government approved a written statement that said access to public bathing facilities should not be restricted just because customers having tattoos, at a Cabinet meeting in February. (the-japan-news.com)
May 27
With the aim of revitalizing its tourism industry in the wake of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, Fukushima Prefecture is teaming up with neighboring Ibaraki and Tochigi prefectures to establish a so-called "Diamond Route" to serve as an inbound tourism route linking major sightseeing spots. (the-japan-news.com)
May 27
A former juvenile prison in the city of Nara in western Japan, built in 1908 and designated as an important cultural asset, will be converted into a hotel, the Justice Ministry said Friday. (Jiji)
May 26
Outdoor theme park Legoland Japan on Thursday started selling one-day family tickets that offer discounts of up to 25 percent in response to complaints about higher fees compared with other parks. (Japan Times)
May 25
I hope you're hungry because we're about the go on a street food eating binge on Hiroshima's amazing island, Miyajima. (ONLY in JAPAN)
May 25
There's never a bad time to visit Japan's former capital, but May is an especially good time. (rocketnews24.com)
May 24
Budget carrier Peach Aviation is set to become Japan's first airline to accept bitcoin as payment for tickets. (NHK)
May 24
Tokyo's Ueno Zoo said Tuesday it will suspend the public viewing of giant panda Shin Shin from Thursday as chances of her pregnancy have increased. (Jiji)
May 22
An annual event to taste the regional fish specialty of katsuo, or bonito, was held in Kochi Prefecture, western Japan, on Sunday. (NHK)
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