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Apr 29
The annual “Golden Week” holiday exodus has begun in Japan. (NHK)
Apr 29
One of the major expressways in Japan’s earthquake-hit southwestern region of Kyushu fully reopened on Friday. (NHK)
Apr 28
The Environment Ministry plans to permanently allow cat cafes to stay open until 10 p.m. from June, extending a temporary measure after finding the later hours make little difference to the animals’ stress, ministry officials said Wednesday. (Japan Times)
Apr 28
The Kyushu Shinkansen is now operating along its entire route after a 13-day suspension triggered by the earthquakes in southwestern Japan. (NHK)
Apr 27
SkiJapan.com is pleased to announce an exciting addition to our Japan winter season – HAVEN Niseko – a brand new boutique luxury chalet-hotel for the 2016/17 accommodation selection, reflecting the heart and soul of Niseko. (SkiJapan.com)
Apr 26
The Hokkaido Tourism Organization has revised a booklet on bad manners aimed at Chinese tourists after a local resident said it assumed Chinese lack common sense. (Japan Times)
Apr 25
The last Tsukiji Market festival will be held in its current location in Chuo Ward, Tokyo, on May 3, ahead of the wholesale market’s relocation to the Toyosu district in Tokyo’s Koto Ward later this year. (the-japan-news.com)
Apr 25
The Sunshine 60 Observatory in Toshima Ward, Tokyo, reopened on Thursday with the new name Sky Circus Sunshine 60 Observatory following recent renovations. The facility now also features new rides. (the-japan-news.com)
Apr 22
Dutch-themed amusement park Huis Ten Bosch has unveiled plans to open a “robot kingdom” featuring over 200 automatons on the premises in July, part of a long-term strategy to revolutionize Japan’s anemic service sector. (Nikkei)
Apr 21
Kumamoto Castle has been opened to the media for the first time since it was damaged by powerful earthquakes that struck Kyushu Island in southern Japan. (NHK)