TRAVEL

Mar 03
Tobu Railway Co. has begun selling a Kawagoe Discount Pass, a special train ticket limited to foreign travelers who plan to visit Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, known for its historic buildings. (Asahi)
Mar 02
Japan’s sleek Shinkansen has been the country’s fastest mode of transport since it launched 50 years ago, its aerodynamic nose slicing through the rugged landscape. Before that, if you wanted to quickly traverse the country you would take the Nakasendo Way, one of five ancient highways built during the Edo period (1603-1868). (cityam.com)
Mar 02
Toto plans to install its latest toilets at Narita Airport in April, hoping that foreigners will tell people about their experience when they get back home. (Nikkei)
Feb 28
Kyushu Railway Co. (JR Kyushu) plans to start a “sweet train” service this summer that will serve custom-made confectioneries on a restored train from the Meiji Era (1868-1912). (Asahi)
Feb 27
For a time, shopping for electronics was just about the only thing to do in Tokyo’s Akihabara neighborhood. In recent years though, the area has gone through a renaissance, and it’s now packed with restaurants and cafes, too. (rocketnews24.com)
Feb 27
Qantas plans to double service between Australia and Japan in August, part of an effort to shore up its international business. (Nikkei)
Feb 27
Visitors to Kamakura are spoiled for choice. There are more than 1,000 religious structures-many with historical roots in the 13th and 14th centuries when Kamakura was the political capital of Japan-museums, Meiji-period buildings, boutiques, restaurants, beaches and green, hilly hiking trails. (Japan Today)
Feb 27
A Thai Airways passenger plane that left Japan has hit turbulence over northeastern Thailand, injuring 11 people on board. (NHK)
Feb 26
Japan’s tourism industry is taking a 3,000-strong delegation to China this year as Tokyo looks to capitalise on its neighbour’s growing appetite for travel. (Bangkok Post)
Feb 25
A Godzilla-themed hotel is to open in Tokyo, which means your partner won’t be the only monster you go to bed with. (telegraph.co.uk)