TRAVEL

Apr 01
‘Omotenashi’, the spirit of Japanese hospitality, became something of a buzzword at home and abroad when Christel Takigawa used the phrase in her speech to the International Olympic Committee in 2013. (rocketnews24.com)
Apr 01
New figures by the Japan Tourism Agency have highlighted that the number of overnight guests in Japan rose to a record high in 2014. (insidejapantours.com)
Mar 31
Officials at an aquarium in Tokyo have resumed operation of a tuna exhibit after a mysterious mass-dying of the species since December. (NHK)
Mar 31
In the wake of the suspicious crash of a Germanwings jet, the transport ministry is moving quickly to require all Japanese airlines to have two crew members in the cockpit at all times during flights. (Asahi)
Mar 30
Cherry blossoms were in full bloom in Tokyo and in Fukuoka City, southern Japan, on Sunday. The flowers have bloomed 5 days earlier than usual in Tokyo and 3 days earlier in Fukuoka. (NHK)
Mar 29
People walk under the cherry blossoms on Saturday at Ueno Park in Taito Ward, Tokyo. (The Japan News)
Mar 28
With the arrival of the cherry blossom season, the Tokyo metropolitan government has taken steps to manage the influx of revelers expected at Ueno Park in Taito Ward, where a hanami festival is being held. (The Japan News)
Mar 28
The operator of Narita Airport is set to replace security inspections for passengers and visitors with an electronic surveillance system. (Asahi)
Mar 28
A canal that saw little traffic in the past six decades is headed for a makeover on March 28 when scenic boat tours start on a trial basis. (Asahi)
Mar 27
The Japan Tourism Agency (JTA) says the amount of money spent by foreign tourists in 2014 surpassed the preceding year by 43.1%, totaling 2.0278 trillion yen and exceeded two trillion yen for the first time ever. (Japan Today)