TRAVEL

Feb 26
All Nippon Airways Co. said Tuesday it will suspend all remaining flights from Kansai airport in Osaka to China next month due to a drop in demand following a coronavirus outbreak in the neighboring country.
(Kyodo)

Feb 24
The U.S. State Department on Saturday called for “increased caution” when traveling to Japan, escalating the alert to level 2 on the four-level advisory scale amid reports that a new coronavirus originating in China is spreading in Japanese communities via unknown infection routes. (Japan Times)

Feb 24
The world-famous Ghibli Museum in Tokyo, featuring the works of Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, will be closed from Tuesday through March 17 due to the coronavirus outbreak.
(Kyodo)

Feb 22
Theme parks in Japan featuring Hello Kitty and other characters will close temporarily in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
(NHK)

Feb 20
The number of foreign visitors to Japan fell for the fourth straight month in January, down 1.1 percent from a year earlier, government data showed Wednesday, with sharper declines seemingly inevitable in the months ahead due to the new coronavirus outbreak. (Japan Times)

Feb 20
Discovering a new place on earth is the best feeling there is. So many impressions coming at you as you roam through a city or destination. But sometimes you need some guidance, especially if you are going to travel to less known or less popular destination. (newsonjapan.com)

Feb 19
Japan’s best train pass, the Japan Rail Pass, finally being made available for purchase online (soranews24.com)

Feb 18
Visitors to Kyoto have plummeted, prompting a new series of ads showing sites like the Arashiyama bamboo forest totally devoid of people.
(soranews24.com)

Feb 12
Itami airport is set to become the first in Japan to offer toilets for exclusive use by dogs. (Japan Times)

Feb 11
Every year, tens of thousands of tourists flock to the snow festival in Sapporo, Hokkaido, attracted by some 200 large, but intricate ice sculptures.
(Japan Today)