TRAVEL

Sep 01
Tokyo police introduced the Segway two-wheel electric vehicle Tuesday to strengthen security at Haneda airport ahead of key international events in Japan. (Japan Times)
Aug 30
On an unseasonably cool day, thousands of scantily clad samba dancers marched through Tokyo’s Asakusa district in a festival on Aug. 29, warming the crowds packing the roadside there. (Asahi)
Aug 29
Visitors to Tokyo Sea Life Park can now enjoy a clear view of the bluefin tuna in its large tank, following the complete removal Friday of the crash prevention tape attached to the glass. (The Japan News)
Aug 28
Readying for a large influx of foreign visitors for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, luxurious hotels are opening one after another in the heart of the metropolis in what can be likened to a “war of hotels.” (The Japan News)
Aug 28
Flames of giant torches have lighted up a shrine and its vicinity at the foot of Mount Fuji in an annual festival to bid farewell to the summer climbing season. (NHK)
Aug 27
Offering a sweeping view of the city of Osaka, the twin-towered Umeda Sky Building and its floating garden have been drawing an increasing number of foreign tourists and is on pace to set a record for total annual visitors. (Asahi)
Aug 26
Japan has rolled out the welcome mat for foreign visitors and this is benefitting businesses nationwide, but there’s a not so rosy catch. For the city of Kyoto, one of the most popular destinations for tourists, the result has been reeking public lavatories. (Japan Times)
Aug 26
With an eye on its public image, officials in Kishiwada City hope to enact a revision to an existing ordinance that will exclude organized crime members from public events prior to the holding of a popular annual festival, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Tokyo Reporter)
Aug 26
Restrictions on tattooed customers at bathing facilities and resort swimming areas are being loosened around the country. (The Japan News)
Aug 26
With Mount Fuji in the third summer climbing season since its registration as a UNESCO World Heritage site in June 2013, Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures have begun a full-fledged survey to find an appropriate number of hikers at the mountain. (Jiji Press)