TRAVEL

Oct 23
The number of visitors to Japan in January-September totaled 9,737,300, up 26.0 pct from a year earlier, an estimate by the Japan National Tourism Organization showed Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Oct 22
Health minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki said Tuesday his ministry has strengthened anti-Ebola measures by obliging travelers arriving from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to report on their health conditions, even if they have had no contact with people infected with the deadly disease. (Kyodo)
Oct 22
There’s a new spot that’s gaining popularity for a day out with the boys: Tokyo Disneyland. (rocketnews24.com)
Oct 21
A Yamagata Prefecture aquarium recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records for its outstanding jellyfish exhibit plans to set up a partnership with the Berlin Zoological Garden, one of the world’s largest zoos, by the end of this year. (The Japan News)
Oct 18
Japan will designate Tomioka Silk Mill, a UNESCO World Heritage site, as a national treasure, following a recommendation from a government panel on Friday. (Jiji Press)
Oct 16
A snowcap was observed on the peak of Mt Fuji on Thursday morning for the first time this autumn. The snowfall came three days earlier than last year, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. (Japan Today)
Oct 15
Hakone Tozan Railway’s first new train in 25 years made a trial run ahead of its debut and amid hopes for a surge in tourists to scenic areas along the line southwest of Tokyo. (Asahi)
Oct 15
More foreign tourists are coming to Japan, and going shopping. And this surge in foreign cash is changing the face of the nation’s retail industry. (Nikkei)
Oct 15
A new-series train of the Hokkaido Shinkansen, which is set to open in March 2016, was shown to the public for the first time in Hakodate, Hokkaido, on Monday. (The Japan News)
Oct 15
A quiet train station in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, has become a mecca for train spotters, known as “tet-chan” in Japanese. (Japan Times)