TRAVEL

Nov 20
The number of visitors to Japan in January-October grew 27.1 percent from a year before to 11,009,000, already topping the full-year record of 10,363,904 marked in 2013, an estimate by the Japan National Tourism Organization showed Wednesday. (The Japan News)
Nov 20
We’ve got some good news; steady snow has been falling in Niseko since last week, pretty intensely further up the mountain. (SkiJapan.com)
Nov 20
Airbus’s newest jetliner has arrived at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and will run demonstration flights. (NHK)
Nov 19
Japan’s Justice Ministry has decided to introduce a facial recognition system at airports as early as fiscal 2017 to speed up immigration control, ministry officials said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
Nov 15
Airlines are increasingly offering overnight flights from Haneda Airport here as travelers seek to pack their weekend trips with more daylight hours for less money. (Nikkei)
Nov 15
Tourists at Mount Fuji experienced the magnificent spectacle of the sun setting behind the summit. (NHK)
Nov 14
World-famous Kiyomizudera temple in Kyoto’s Higashiyama Ward was bathed in hundreds of lights Nov. 13 to show off the warm fall colors gracing the grounds a day before the start of its annual autumn night viewings. (Asahi)
Nov 14
Lucky people in Japan have gone 500 kilometers per hour in rides on a magnetically levitated train. (NHK)
Nov 13
Aoshima (青島), which is incorporated into Ozu City, Ehime Prefecture, is a small, unpretentious island in the Seto Inland Sea of Japan (which one of our English-language correspondents has covered extensively). However, the 0.5 km² island does have one unique claim to fame-it’s known as a paradise for cats and cat lovers. (rocketnews24.com)
Nov 12
The soft yen is prompting more Japanese to travel within the country rather than going abroad for the upcoming year-end and New Year’s holidays. (Nikkei)