TRAVEL

May 25
Amid a surge in customers being overcharged by clubs in Shinjuku Ward, police on Friday announced an intensification of patrols to combat the increase, reports the Sankei Shimbun (May 24). (Tokyo Reporter)
May 23
After disappointing many visitors by blocking access during windy weather, the operator of Tokyo Skytree decided to beef up the elevators to keep the attraction open even when it gets gusty. (Nikkei)
May 22
Jetstar Asia Airways apologized Thursday for refusing to allow a 38-year-old man with cerebral palsy to board a flight from Bangkok to Japan last year. ()
May 21
The estimated number of foreign visitors to Japan in April rose 43.3 pct from a year before to 1,764,700, hitting a monthly record for the third straight month, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
May 20
Smoke rises from Mt. Hakone on Wednesday as a bus drives along a road nearby. ()
May 20
Baby capybaras are drawing crowds at a zoo near Tokyo. (NHK)
May 18
In wooing the rapidly increasing number of foreign tourists to Japan, the new Hokuriku Shinkansen is drawing attention from the so-called “Golden Route,” connecting Tokyo and Osaka via Mount Fuji. (Asahi)
May 17
People crowded the streets of Tokyo’s Asakusa district for the climax of an annual festival featuring a procession of 3 large portable shrines. (NHK)
May 17
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will instruct ministers to draw up a new action plan to attract more foreign tourists to Japan. (NHK)
May 16
A luxury tour train has been brought out of retirement — just two months after its operator shut the service down. (NHK)