TRAVEL

Jul 26
A panel of experts for the Environment Ministry on Monday selected eight out of Japan’s 32 national parks under a model project aimed at attracting foreign tourists. (Japan Today)

Jul 24
A traditional summer festival featuring samurai on horseback began in the Soma region of Fukushima Prefecture. (NHK)

Jul 22
The Kyoto State Guest House in Japan’s ancient capital has begun accepting tourists all year round in a bid to draw more people from inside and outside the country. (NHK)

Jul 22
For the first time in half a century, a steam locomotive will travel along Tobu Railway Co.’s Kinugawa Line in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, next summer. Japan Railways companies will provide railway cars, while other firms will train operators for the project. (the-japan-news.com)

Jul 21
Luxury hotels are set to open in Tokyo with the aim of attracting an increasing number of tourists visiting Japan and affluent people such as corporate managers who visit the metropolis on business. (the-japan-news.com)

Jul 20
Foreign tourism is on track to break the record set in 2015 after an estimated 11.71 million visited Japan in the first half, up 28 percent from a year ago, the Japan Tourism Agency said Wednesday. (Japan Times)

Jul 18
The rainy season appears to be over in western and central Japan as well as Kyushu, the Meteorological Agency said Monday. (Japan Times)

Jul 18
A UNESCO committee on Sunday added the main building of the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo and 16 other buildings designed by French architect Le Corbusier to the world body’s list of cultural heritage sites. (Jiji Press)

Jul 18
Deer have been summoned from the woods in a ceremony at a park in Japan’s ancient capital of Nara. (NHK)

Jul 18
Nine beaches in Ibaraki Prefecture were reopened to the public over the weekend after being closed a year ago due to repeated shark sightings. (Japan Today)