TRAVEL

Sep 27
The “Yuzushio Ramen” noodle soup of Tochigi Prefecture, eastern Japan, has won the top prize in the country’s first popularity contest of local foods sold at “michi no eki” roadside stations serving as rest areas and commercial facilities. (Jiji Press)

Sep 26
A thin layer of snow was observed on the peak of Mt Fuji on Sunday morning, 16 days earlier than last year, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. (Japan Today)

Sep 26
The Tokyo metropolitan government has set up a multilingual call center to help duty-free shops serve foreign shoppers. (NHK)

Sep 24
Japan will see mostly average to warmer weather from October to December, the official forecaster said on Friday. (Japan Today)

Sep 24
Sony Corp. will on Saturday open the doors to its new store in Tokyo’s bustling Ginza district. (Japan Times)

Sep 23
Festive food stalls showcasing traditional Japanese culture enlivened the capital’s Nihonbashi district Thursday as part of a major tourism exposition promoting vacation spots at home and abroad. (Nikkei)

Sep 23
Japan Airlines unveiled a special aircraft adorned with Doraemon graphics in Tokyo on Wednesday for use in flights between Japan and China. (the-japan-news.com)

Sep 21
Tokyo police are urging the developer of the augmented-reality game Pokemon Go to give greater consideration to the spots where its characters appear. (NHK)

Sep 21
Torrential rain caused landslides and floods in Japan as a storm made its way up the Pacific coast. (NHK)

Sep 21
Unlicensed Chinese guides have been taking Chinese tourists on “bakugai” shopping sprees to tax-free shops and receiving sales commissions from some retailers, according to an investigation by national tax authorities. (the-japan-news.com)