TRAVEL

May 26
Temperatures rose across Japan on Saturday to highs usually not seen until the height of summer, causing hundreds of people to be taken to hospitals and prompting the weather agency to issue heatstroke warnings. (Japan Today)

May 25
All Nippon Airways debuted flights of a double-decker Airbus A380 from Narita Airport north of Tokyo, bound for Hawaii on Friday.
(NHK)

May 24
Many parts of Japan saw the mercury top 30 degrees Celsius on Thursday. Weather officials are warning of unseasonal high temperatures over the weekend.
(NHK)

May 22
Tokyo DisneySea has begun its largest expansion project ever.
(NHK)

May 21
The Cultural Affairs Agency on Monday announced 16 additions to its Japan Heritage list of tangible and intangible cultural properties that have been preserved based on unique regional histories and traditions, including narratives. (Japan Times)

May 21
A special six-car Mickey Mouse-themed shinkansen bullet train has begun serving southwestern Japan’s Kyushu region, with images of the beloved character splashed across its yellow livery and interiors. (Kyodo)

May 21
ith tatami mats, noren curtains and a zen garden, this is one of the most stunning and affordable ways to travel in Japan. (soranews24.com)

May 20
Japanese authorities raised the volcanic alert level for Mt Hakone on Sunday and warned people not to approach the crater, as seismic activity has been increasing in the popular hot-spring resort area near Tokyo. (Japan Today)

May 19
Imagine you are a Chinese tourist visiting Japan for the first time. Your travels take you to Osaka and the 40-story Umeda Sky Building, with its fine views of the city. After awhile, you look for the exit and are confronted with the following sign in Chinese: “Ni tui chu.” (“You get out of here.”) (Nikkei)

May 18
Mipig Cafe, in Tokyo’s trendy central Meguro neighbourhood, is the newest addition to Japan’s ever-growing list of animal-themed cafes that includes cats, owls and hedgehogs. (euronews.com)