TRAVEL

Apr 27
A Japanese railway operator has invited news reporters to ride on a new luxury sleeper train that links Tokyo and northern Japan. (NHK)

Apr 24
Six aircraft from the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force’s aerobatic flight team, Blue Impulse, flew over Kumamoto Castle on Sunday. (NHK )

Apr 22
Cherry blossoms are now in full bloom in Aomori City in the northernmost prefecture of Japan’s main island of Honshu. (NHK)

Apr 22
On a day in early February that saw a dusting of snow, about 70 people from 11 countries visited Aizuwakamatsu in Fukushima Prefecture. The visitors – from countries including France, Spain and Italy – were participating in a tour organized by Tokyo-based travel agency Miki Tourist Co. (the-japan-news.com)

Apr 21
Japan will ease visa requirements for Chinese travelers on May 8, the Foreign Ministry announced Friday. (Nikkei)

Apr 21
Universal Studios Japan on Wednesday unveiled the world’s largest amusement area featuring the popular animated movie characters the Minions ahead of the area’s official opening on Friday. (Japan Today)

Apr 21
A toll road on Mount Fuji reopened on Thursday after closing for the winter, allowing cars and sightseeing buses to reach the halfway point of Japan’s highest peak. (NHK)

Apr 20
Cherry trees are in full bloom at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan. (NHK)

Apr 20
An estimated 2.2 million foreigners visited Japan in March, marking a record high for the month. The figure is up nearly 10 percent from a year earlier. (NHK)

Apr 17
Narita Airport and 11 other Japanese airports on Saturday started using portable personal identification devices to speed up immigration checks, at a time when the number of tourists from abroad is soaring. (the-japan-news.com)