Nov 02
Officials in Japan have put the finishing touches to a track that will carry Shinkansen bullet trains between the main island of Honshu and Hokkaido prefecture in the north. (NHK)
Nov 01
International visitors to Japan spent 1.46 trillion yen ($13.2 billion) in the first nine months of 2014, up 40% on the year and surpassing the 2013 figure of 1.41 trillion yen. (Nikkei)
Oct 31
The Tokyo metropolitan government on Friday reopened all of Yoyogi Park, 57 days after dengue-carrying mosquitoes were found there. (Japan Today)
Oct 31
Visitors took in the beautiful scenery of a former official residence of emperors in Kyoto on Thursday. (NHK)
Oct 31
Oriental Land will double the size of a popular section at Tokyo Disneyland and add a new section at Tokyo DisneySea as part of major investments through fiscal 2023, aiming to lure more guests. (Nikkei)
Oct 28
Parts of Hokkaido experienced the first snowfall of the season on Tuesday morning. (Japan Today)
Oct 27
Hyogo prefecture is the only prefecture on the main island of Honshu that has a coastline both to the Pacific Ocean and to the Sea of Japan. With some 8,400 square kilometres, it ranks 12th and its 5.6 million inhabitants make it the seventh largest prefecture. (mydigitalfc.com)
Oct 25
Two rarely shown painted "mandala" that depict the Buddhist universe will go on public display at Toji temple, a World Heritage site, on Oct. 31. (Asahi)
Oct 25
Japan's Meteorological Agency is warning that a volcano may erupt in the Kirishima mountain range in Kyushu. Mount Ioyama straddles the southwestern prefectures of Kagoshima and Miyazaki. (NHK)
Oct 24
Shizuoka Prefecture in central Japan will introduce a system to relay volcanic alerts issued by the Meteorological Agency to hikers' cell phones on Mount Fuji. (NHK)
Oct 24
Confectionery maker Ezaki Glico Co. on Thursday unveiled a new giant electronic billboard in downtown Osaka featuring its signature image of a runner with his hands in the air. (globalpost.com)
Oct 24
Crowds here cheered as rows of huge torches lit up the night skies during the millennium-old Kurama Fire Festival on Oct. 22. (Asahi)
Oct 23
The number of visitors to Japan in January-September totaled 9,737,300, up 26.0 pct from a year earlier, an estimate by the Japan National Tourism Organization showed Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Oct 22
Health minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki said Tuesday his ministry has strengthened anti-Ebola measures by obliging travelers arriving from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to report on their health conditions, even if they have had no contact with people infected with the deadly disease. (Kyodo)
Oct 22
There's a new spot that's gaining popularity for a day out with the boys: Tokyo Disneyland. (rocketnews24.com)
Oct 21
A Yamagata Prefecture aquarium recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records for its outstanding jellyfish exhibit plans to set up a partnership with the Berlin Zoological Garden, one of the world's largest zoos, by the end of this year. (The Japan News)
Oct 18
Japan will designate Tomioka Silk Mill, a UNESCO World Heritage site, as a national treasure, following a recommendation from a government panel on Friday. (Jiji Press)
Oct 16
A snowcap was observed on the peak of Mt Fuji on Thursday morning for the first time this autumn. The snowfall came three days earlier than last year, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. (Japan Today)
Oct 15
Hakone Tozan Railway's first new train in 25 years made a trial run ahead of its debut and amid hopes for a surge in tourists to scenic areas along the line southwest of Tokyo. (Asahi)
Oct 15
More foreign tourists are coming to Japan, and going shopping. And this surge in foreign cash is changing the face of the nation's retail industry. (Nikkei)
Oct 15
A new-series train of the Hokkaido Shinkansen, which is set to open in March 2016, was shown to the public for the first time in Hakodate, Hokkaido, on Monday. (The Japan News)
Oct 15
A quiet train station in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, has become a mecca for train spotters, known as "tet-chan" in Japanese. (Japan Times)
Oct 14
Cosplayers from around the world are set to inject some fun and flair into this year's Tokyo International Film Festival. The costume-clad special guests will appear as characters from the works of acclaimed anime director Hideaki Anno. (Asahi)
Oct 13
JR Tokyo Station, famous for its red-brick Marunouchi facade, will celebrate the centenary of its opening on Dec. 20. (The Japan News)
Oct 11
Between the country's natural beauty and historic sites, there are plenty of things to see on a trip to Japan. Eventually, though, you're going to have to take a break from sightseeing in order to eat, and even then you're in luck, since Japan is a foodie's paradise. (rocketnews24.com)
Oct 11
Japan's Tourism Agency says it will publish a guidebook early next year to help businesses welcome Muslim tourists. (NHK)
Oct 10
Toyota Motor Corporation's Toyota Automobile Museum in Nagakute City, Aichi Prefecture will commemorate its 25th anniversary by holding a special exhibition entitled "Let Us Tell You a Story - A Chain Reaction That Inspired Generations", from November 1 to April 12, 2015. (jcnnewswire)
Oct 05
A select group of visitors got a rare chance to see inside the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo. (NHK)
Oct 05
The Japanese government will allow Indonesian nationals to enter the country visa-free. (NHK)
Oct 05
The Japanese government hopes to make it at least a little bit quicker for foreign visitors to get through immigration. (Nikkei)
Oct 04
Japanese telecom giant NTT is working to provide foreign visitors with better tourist information, with an eye toward the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (NHK)
Oct 04
One-way reserved-seat tickets for the full section of the Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train line between Tokyo and Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, will cost less than those of flights connecting the Japanese capital with Komatsu in the same central prefecture, it was learned Friday. (Jiji Press)
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 KÅ«kai, 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)
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