Oct 24
Maple, mountain ash and other trees are awash in autumn colors Monday on Haccho Dejima, a small peninsula that juts into Lake Chuzenji in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture. (

Oct 23
Don’t be frightened! In Japan, bath houses are everywhere, but none are as mystical as Dogo Onsen. (ONLY in JAPAN)

Oct 23
The 68th Annual Exhibition of Shoso-in Treasures, introducing the gorgeous Tenpyo culture that thrived in the eighth century, opened at the Nara National Museum in Nara on Saturday. (

Oct 22
Airbnb and the coastal city of Kamaishi in northeastern Japan signed a memorandum of understanding Thursday to join hands on tourism promotion, marking the first such partnership in the country for the American facilitator of short-term home rentals. (Nikkei)

Oct 21
Japan’s transport ministry is investigating a case of a Samsung smartphone emitting smoke at an airport in western Japan earlier this week. (NHK)

Oct 20
The number of visitors to Japan hit a record high in September due to brisk tourism from China and South Korea. (NHK)

Oct 19
Tokyo and Kyoto have been picked as the world’s best and second best cities outside the United States, the U.S. travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler said Tuesday. (Japan Today)

Oct 19
A Japanese private think tank has ranked Tokyo in 3rd place in its evaluation of the world’s major cities. Tokyo overtook Paris to make it into the top 3 for the first time. (NHK)

Oct 18
The Japanese government has banned passengers from bringing a specific model of smartphone aboard planes. (

Oct 17
Police are ramping up their vigilance at train stations, temples and shrines amid an increasing presence of alleged Peeping Toms in Kyoto’s major tourist areas. (Japan Times)