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Apr 03
Japanese diplomatic officials in China, fearing a paper shortage from the deluge of Chinese tourists heading for Japan, are issuing simpler travel visas for the busy holiday season. (Asahi)
Apr 03
A record 23,861,000 people in Japan will make domestic or overseas trips overnight or longer in total during the Golden Week holiday period from late April to early May, JTB Corp. estimated Thursday. (Jiji Press)
Apr 03
A Taiwan-based budget airline has begun service to Japan to meet increasing demand. (NHK)
Apr 03
A government survey shows that "ramen" noodles and sushi are popular among foreign tourists to Japan. (NHK)
Apr 03
The National Museum of Nature and Science and Toppan Printing Co. have made an about two-meter-long replica of a baby Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton using a 3-D printer. Due to partial repair work at the museum in Tokyo's Ueno district, the replica will be put on display in July. (The Japan News)
Apr 01
'Omotenashi', the spirit of Japanese hospitality, became something of a buzzword at home and abroad when Christel Takigawa used the phrase in her speech to the International Olympic Committee in 2013. (rocketnews24.com)
Apr 01
New figures by the Japan Tourism Agency have highlighted that the number of overnight guests in Japan rose to a record high in 2014. (insidejapantours.com)
Mar 31
Officials at an aquarium in Tokyo have resumed operation of a tuna exhibit after a mysterious mass-dying of the species since December. (NHK)
Mar 31
In the wake of the suspicious crash of a Germanwings jet, the transport ministry is moving quickly to require all Japanese airlines to have two crew members in the cockpit at all times during flights. (Asahi)
Mar 30
Cherry blossoms were in full bloom in Tokyo and in Fukuoka City, southern Japan, on Sunday. The flowers have bloomed 5 days earlier than usual in Tokyo and 3 days earlier in Fukuoka. (NHK)
Mar 29
People walk under the cherry blossoms on Saturday at Ueno Park in Taito Ward, Tokyo. (The Japan News)
Mar 28
With the arrival of the cherry blossom season, the Tokyo metropolitan government has taken steps to manage the influx of revelers expected at Ueno Park in Taito Ward, where a hanami festival is being held. (The Japan News)
Mar 28
The operator of Narita Airport is set to replace security inspections for passengers and visitors with an electronic surveillance system. (Asahi)
Mar 28
A canal that saw little traffic in the past six decades is headed for a makeover on March 28 when scenic boat tours start on a trial basis. (Asahi)
Mar 27
The Japan Tourism Agency (JTA) says the amount of money spent by foreign tourists in 2014 surpassed the preceding year by 43.1%, totaling 2.0278 trillion yen and exceeded two trillion yen for the first time ever. (Japan Today)
Mar 27
To help improve taxi services for the growing number of visitors to Japan from overseas, Osaka taxi organizations have launched a study involving 10 drivers proficient in foreign languages, with their overseas passengers asked to evaluate the cab service in Osaka. (The Japan News)
Mar 26
A bonsai museum in Tokyo's outskirts is enjoying a popularity boom among foreign visitors. (NHK)
Mar 25
Foreign tourists will find this city's prized Himeji Castle significantly more accommodating with the addition of more signs, tour plans and free Wi-Fi service. (Asahi)
Mar 23
Climbers tackling Japan's highest peak Mount Fuji will be urged to wear a helmet and goggles, authorities said on Wednesday, after more than 60 people died when a nearby volcano erupted without warning last year. (news24.com)
Mar 22
Weather officials in Kagoshima city, southwestern Japan, say cherry blossoms have bloomed in the city -- the first of the season anywhere in the country. (NHK)
Mar 22
East Japan Railway Co., or JR East, on Saturday fully resumed the train service on the JR Ishinomaki Line, which was heavily damaged by massive tsunami caused by the March 2011 earthquake. (Jiji Press)
Mar 20
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama was treated to a serene classical Noh performance and then tried her hand at the taiko drums as she wrapped up a visit to Japan on Friday with a taste of traditional culture in Kyoto. (Japan Today)
Mar 20
A digitally produced replica of a famed 10-meter-wide ink painting of a dragon emerging from a raging sea is on display at Tenryuji temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Kyoto's Ukyo Ward. (Asahi)
Mar 19
A record 1.387 million foreign tourists visited Japan in February, surpassing the previous monthly record of 1.272 million set in October 2014, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization. (Asahi)
Mar 19
We don't want to stereotype an entire country, but Japan can be sort of insane. They really go for the gusto in just about everything they do, and that extends to their drinking establishments. Certain Tokyo neighborhoods are notorious for hosting some of the most bizarre bars in the world. (geek.com)
Mar 18
The operator of Universal Studios Japan says it will build a theme park in the country's southernmost prefecture of Okinawa. (NHK)
Mar 18
The Walt Disney Company has announced that it will be hosting a special D23 Expo Japan from November 6th to 8th 2015 in Tokyo Disney Resort in Maihama. These are all smell steps to expanding all that Disney has to offer to the local economy in Tokyo. (insidejapantours.com)
Mar 17
Dubbed "Little Kyoto," the Sea of Japan-sitting city of Kanazawa, the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture, triumphs marvelously in the arts world. It's also famous for the freshness of its seafood and, true to its name - which literally means "marsh of gold" - it's the biggest producer of gold leaf in the country. (nypost.com)
Mar 17
The honden sanctuary of the grand shrine Kasuga Taisha in the ancient capital of Nara, where major renovations that take place once every 20 years are under way, will be open to the public from April 1 to May 31, the shrine has announced. (The Japan News)
Mar 15
The Ueno Tokyo Line train has opened for service, linking the Joban, Tohoku and Takasaki lines with the Tokaido Line to facilitate transport between the capital and prefectures to the north, including Fukushima, Tochigi and Gunma. (Japan Times)
Mar 14
The Hokuriku Shinkansen service will be extended from the current terminal of Nagano Station to Kanazawa Station in Ishikawa Prefecture on Saturday, cutting travel time between Tokyo and Kanazawa stations by about 80 minutes to as little as two hours and 28 minutes. (The Japan News)
Mar 13
Sporting a big smile and his straw hat, the pirate captain from the manga-anime series "One Piece" lit up the night sky from atop Tokyo Tower on March 12 to mark the opening of a new amusement facility there. (Asahi)
Mar 10
The Tokyo-based French restaurant Narisawa came second in the "Asia's 50 Best Restaurants" ranking announced by William Reed Business Media Ltd. (Jiji Press)
Mar 09
Japanese officials are enlisting one of the country's best-known historical figures - the ninja, the martial arts masters and assassins of feudal times - to encourage tourism. (Japan Times)
Mar 09
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has compiled new guidelines on signs in an effort to provide foreign visitors with better information. (NHK)
Mar 09
The front line of manufacturing, factories are drawing attention as a regional tourism resource. (The Japan News)
Mar 06
JTB Corp. plans to set up information centers at Kansai International Airport and in central Kyoto this year to help tourists from abroad and to give promotional opportunities to companies at home. (Asahi)
Mar 05
It has emerged that the number of Japanese stores offering tax-free products to tourists has risen by 60 per cent over the last months, according to Nikkei Asian Review. (insidejapantours.com)
Mar 04
A herd of seven deer caused flight delays Tuesday evening at New Chitose Airport near Sapporo in Hokkaido, northern Japan, after they were found entering the runway area, the Transport Ministry said. (Bangkok Post)
Mar 04
The Cabinet on Tuesday signed off on a bill that would revise the adult entertainment business law to enable discos and nightclubs that offer dancing to operate past midnight as long as they meet interior lighting criteria. (Japan Times)
Mar 03
Japan Airlines flew a plane serviced entirely by women to mark the country's girls' day festival on Tuesday. (NHK)
Mar 03
Tobu Railway Co. has begun selling a Kawagoe Discount Pass, a special train ticket limited to foreign travelers who plan to visit Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, known for its historic buildings. (Asahi)
Mar 02
Japan's sleek Shinkansen has been the country's fastest mode of transport since it launched 50 years ago, its aerodynamic nose slicing through the rugged landscape. Before that, if you wanted to quickly traverse the country you would take the Nakasendo Way, one of five ancient highways built during the Edo period (1603-1868). (cityam.com)
Mar 02
Toto plans to install its latest toilets at Narita Airport in April, hoping that foreigners will tell people about their experience when they get back home. (Nikkei)
Feb 28
Kyushu Railway Co. (JR Kyushu) plans to start a "sweet train" service this summer that will serve custom-made confectioneries on a restored train from the Meiji Era (1868-1912). (Asahi)
Feb 27
For a time, shopping for electronics was just about the only thing to do in Tokyo's Akihabara neighborhood. In recent years though, the area has gone through a renaissance, and it's now packed with restaurants and cafes, too. (rocketnews24.com)
Feb 27
Qantas plans to double service between Australia and Japan in August, part of an effort to shore up its international business. (Nikkei)
Feb 27
Visitors to Kamakura are spoiled for choice. There are more than 1,000 religious structures-many with historical roots in the 13th and 14th centuries when Kamakura was the political capital of Japan-museums, Meiji-period buildings, boutiques, restaurants, beaches and green, hilly hiking trails. (Japan Today)
Feb 27
A Thai Airways passenger plane that left Japan has hit turbulence over northeastern Thailand, injuring 11 people on board. (NHK)
Feb 26
Japan's tourism industry is taking a 3,000-strong delegation to China this year as Tokyo looks to capitalise on its neighbour's growing appetite for travel. (Bangkok Post)
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