TRAVEL

Dec 07
The Japanese government said Tuesday that it will pay people who go sightseeing in the earthquake-hit western prefecture of Tottori up to 10,000 yen per head. (Jiji)

Dec 07
The town of Toei in the central Japan prefecture of Aichi has fully started “beauty tourism,” an initiative aimed at attracting tourists taking advantage of locally produced materials for cosmetics. (Jiji)

Dec 05
“Big” is looking to be the operative word for next year’s Japanese pop culture themed attractions. (rocketnews24.com)

Dec 04
Hundreds of thousands of people gathered for a traditional night festival featuring floats in Chichibu City, near Tokyo. (NHK)

Dec 04
The famous scramble crossing in Tokyo’s Shibuya’s district will go vehicle-free on New Year’s Eve, informed sources said Saturday. (Japan Times)

Dec 01
In Japan’s ancient capital Nara, some 100 deer emerged from the woods to the sound of a horn in an annual winter event. (NHK)

Dec 01
UNESCO has decided to add 33 Japanese traditional festivals featuring parades and floats to its list of intangible cultural heritages. (NHK)

Nov 30
The selection of restaurants and hotels to be listed in Michelin Guide Tokyo 2017 was announced online Tuesday, including four restaurants that have received a three-star rating for 10 years running. (Japan Times)

Nov 30
Universal Parks & Resorts and Nintendo are joining forces to add video game characters to the theme park company’s resorts. (Japan Today)

Nov 29
The centuries-old wooden carving of a tiny sleeping cat has been returned to a Shinto shrine in Nikko, north of Tokyo, after months of restoration work. (NHK)