Dec 26
Visitors enjoy the night lights of the State Guest House in Minato Ward, Tokyo, on Saturday. (the-japan-news.com)
Dec 25
The heaviest December snowfall in Hokkaido in 50 years forced the cancellation on Saturday of nearly 100 airline flights and hundreds of trains, according to transport companies and authorities. (Japan Today)
Dec 22
Officials at Japan National Tourism Organization say an estimated 1.9 million foreign visitors came to Japan in November. That's a record high for the month. (NHK)
Dec 21
Japan's transport ministry said Tuesday that it will lower the taxi starting fare to 410 yen from the current 730 yen mainly in central Tokyo from Jan. 30, 2017. (Jiji)
Dec 21
NA has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo, becoming the first A320neo operator in Japan. (Japan Today)
Dec 20
A memorial event was held Monday to mark the cumulative number of passengers of the Shibayama Railway Line, known as the shortest rail in Japan, exceeding 10 million 14 years after its opening. (Jiji)
Dec 20
Qantas on Monday launched flights between Melbourne and Tokyo Narita. (Japan Today)
Dec 19
Now's your change to look just like John, Paul, George, and Ringo did when they first touched down in Tokyo in 1966. (rocketnews24.com)
Dec 19
Japan's foreign ministry will ease visa requirements for Russian nationals to promote people-to-people exchanges. The move came after the Japan-Russia summit held last Thursday and Friday. (NHK)
Dec 18
An amusement park in southwestern Japan that sparked a flood of criticism for using thousands of frozen fish in an ice rink said Friday it will be closing at the end of 2017. (Japan Today)
Dec 17
After a magnitude 7 earthquake struck the southern Kyushu area in April 2016, it was clear that once initial recovery efforts had been completed, it would be necessary to tell the rest of the country - and the world - that Kyushu was open for business and waiting for all with open arms. (Japan Today)
Dec 14
It may seem like a way to rip you off, but it's actually a delicious aspect of Japanese restaurant culture. (rocketnews24.com)
Dec 13
Tokyo police have decided to bar vehicles from the busy Shibuya district when people gather for the New Year's countdown. (NHK)
Dec 11
Heavy snow hit central Hokkaido on Saturday, disrupting flight and train services throughout the region. (Japan Times)
Dec 11
A Joban Line section connecting Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures in northeastern Japan reopened on Saturday, after a suspension of five years and nine months due to damage from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. (Jiji)
Dec 10
Renovation of the square in front of Kyoto Station's Hachijo Exit, which began in 2014 to solve chronic traffic congestion caused by taxis and buses, is expected to be completed this month. (the-japan-news.com)
Dec 07
The Japanese government said Tuesday that it will pay people who go sightseeing in the earthquake-hit western prefecture of Tottori up to 10,000 yen per head. (Jiji)
Dec 07
The town of Toei in the central Japan prefecture of Aichi has fully started "beauty tourism," an initiative aimed at attracting tourists taking advantage of locally produced materials for cosmetics. (Jiji)
Dec 05
"Big" is looking to be the operative word for next year's Japanese pop culture themed attractions. (rocketnews24.com)
Dec 04
Hundreds of thousands of people gathered for a traditional night festival featuring floats in Chichibu City, near Tokyo. (NHK)
Dec 04
The famous scramble crossing in Tokyo's Shibuya's district will go vehicle-free on New Year's Eve, informed sources said Saturday. (Japan Times)
Dec 01
In Japan's ancient capital Nara, some 100 deer emerged from the woods to the sound of a horn in an annual winter event. (NHK)
Dec 01
UNESCO has decided to add 33 Japanese traditional festivals featuring parades and floats to its list of intangible cultural heritages. (NHK)
Nov 30
The selection of restaurants and hotels to be listed in Michelin Guide Tokyo 2017 was announced online Tuesday, including four restaurants that have received a three-star rating for 10 years running. (Japan Times)
Nov 30
Universal Parks & Resorts and Nintendo are joining forces to add video game characters to the theme park company's resorts. (Japan Today)
Nov 29
The centuries-old wooden carving of a tiny sleeping cat has been returned to a Shinto shrine in Nikko, north of Tokyo, after months of restoration work. (NHK)
Nov 28
The number of foreigners visiting Mikawa-Anjo Station, the next stop after Nagoya Station on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line, is increasing, particularly visitors from Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. (Japan Times)
Nov 28
Mobile terminals dubbed "biocarts," which have recently been introduced at three Japanese airports, have successfully reduced the time taken by foreign visitors to complete entry procedures by up to 40 percent, according to the Justice Ministry. (the-japan-news.com)
Nov 27
A theme park in Kitakyushu City is facing a growing tide of criticism over its educational attraction featuring some 5,000 sea creatures frozen into an ice rink in what it boasts to be a world-first - and possibly Japan's last. (tokyoreporter.com)
Nov 26
Local governments in the Shikoku region are working to have a local pilgrimage route featuring 88 Buddhist temples designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. (the-japan-news.com)
Nov 25
Snow fell in central Tokyo for the first time this season on Thursday, resulting in the first accumulation of snow in the area in November since statistics started in 1875. (Jiji)
Nov 22
Cultural assets at a well-known Buddhist temple in the ancient capital of Nara, western Japan, have been tainted with an unidentified liquid. (NHK)
Nov 22
An unmanned train station in Akita Prefecture is drawing fans of the popular anime movie "Kimi no Na wa" (your name.) for its purported resemblance to a station that appears in the film. (the-japan-news.com)
Nov 22
Visitors arriving in Japan will be able to take advantage of duty free shops at international airports from next year. - See more at: https://www.insidejapantours.com/japan-news/4110/japan-airports-to-provide-duty-free-shops-on-arrival/#sthash.53qffWh0.dpuf (insidejapantours.com)
Nov 21
One of Tokyo's most famous food alleys is at Shinjuku's West gate where loads of yakitori and motsunabe restaurants date back to the late 1940s. It's a street food paradise where you can see and smell the grilling and frying -- hungry, you will be! (ONLY in JAPAN)
Nov 21
November 18, 1927 marked the first appearance of the world's most famous mouse Mickey, and Disney parks around the world are celebrating the date in their own way. Disney Japan not only wished him a happy birthday on their official Twitter account, but also created a heartwarming music video to highlight the occasion. (rocketnews24.com)
Nov 20
A project will kick off in Fukushima Prefecture this winter to lure more foreign tourists to its snowy hills and mountains to help revitalize depopulated regions. (Japan Times)
Nov 19
The Royal Express, Japan's newest and biggest tourist train, will start operations in July 2017. (Japan Today)
Nov 18
Crimson and orange-tinged maple leaves regale visitors at Nanzenji temple in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, on Thursday. (the-japan-news.com)
Nov 17
The number of foreign visitors to Japan between January and October has topped 20 million. That's already higher than the annual total for 2015, which was a record high. (NHK)
Nov 17
A newly created popular Japanese restaurant area in the Terminal 1 building at Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, was opened to reporters on Wednesday, a day before its opening. (Jiji)
Nov 15
Shinjuku station, which is massive and overwhelmingly crowded, is in itself very confusing. Find the right exit, and that confusion sometimes deepens rather than subsides. (stripes.com)
Nov 13
Japanese cities are fantastic places to explore with children, but if this column has proven anything, it's that I like to get away from urban centers whenever I can. (Japan Times)
Nov 12
There's really never a bad time to visit the ruins of Takeda Castle. A frequent entry on lists of Japan's best castles, the 353-meter altitude of the mountaintop site, located in the city of Asago in Hyogo Prefecture, provides it with breathtaking views of the surrounding terrain. (Japan Today)
Nov 12
The Environment Ministry will introduce new measures to draw more foreign tourists to Japan's eight national parks by 2020, when the country will host the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, ministry sources said Saturday. (Kyodo)
Nov 12
Skiers and snowboarders from Japan and abroad have enjoyed their first run of the season at a slope on Mount Kurodake in Hokkaido, northern Japan. (NHK)
Nov 12
UDON!! A hot bowl of noddles in Tokyo always hits the spot on a cold day. Instead of ramen, let's go for UDON, which is both healthier (don't eat too much tempura!) and more fun to eat. (ONLY in JAPAN)
Nov 10
Some of Japan’s most iconic places to see the autumn leaves are now off-limits to photographers. (rocketnews24.com)
Nov 09
One of the most enjoyable aspects of rail travel in Japan is the variety of melodies that can be heard at station platforms just before carriage doors close and trains make their departures. (Japan Today)
Nov 08
With the number of visitors to Japan rewriting record highs, Tokyo police are busy dealing with surging amounts of lost belongings for foreigners, Jiji Press has learned. (the-japan-news.com)
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