TRAVEL

Nov 01
International visitors to Japan spent 1.46 trillion yen (.2 billion) in the first nine months of 2014, up 40% on the year and surpassing the 2013 figure of 1.41 trillion yen. (Nikkei)
Oct 31
The Tokyo metropolitan government on Friday reopened all of Yoyogi Park, 57 days after dengue-carrying mosquitoes were found there. (Japan Today)
Oct 31
Visitors took in the beautiful scenery of a former official residence of emperors in Kyoto on Thursday. (NHK)
Oct 31
Oriental Land will double the size of a popular section at Tokyo Disneyland and add a new section at Tokyo DisneySea as part of major investments through fiscal 2023, aiming to lure more guests. (Nikkei)
Oct 28
Parts of Hokkaido experienced the first snowfall of the season on Tuesday morning. (Japan Today)
Oct 27
Hyogo prefecture is the only prefecture on the main island of Honshu that has a coastline both to the Pacific Ocean and to the Sea of Japan. With some 8,400 square kilometres, it ranks 12th and its 5.6 million inhabitants make it the seventh largest prefecture. (mydigitalfc.com)
Oct 25
Two rarely shown painted “mandala” that depict the Buddhist universe will go on public display at Toji temple, a World Heritage site, on Oct. 31. (Asahi)
Oct 25
Japan’s Meteorological Agency is warning that a volcano may erupt in the Kirishima mountain range in Kyushu. Mount Ioyama straddles the southwestern prefectures of Kagoshima and Miyazaki. (NHK)
Oct 24
Shizuoka Prefecture in central Japan will introduce a system to relay volcanic alerts issued by the Meteorological Agency to hikers’ cell phones on Mount Fuji. (NHK)
Oct 24
Confectionery maker Ezaki Glico Co. on Thursday unveiled a new giant electronic billboard in downtown Osaka featuring its signature image of a runner with his hands in the air. (globalpost.com)