TRAVEL

Sep 02
Japan on Monday relaxed a ban on the use of electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets in flight, following similar moves by the United States and the European Union. (Japan Today)
Sep 01
SkiJapan.com has been nominated for the award of World’s Best Ski Tour Operator by the prestigious World Ski Awards in Austria. (SkiJapan.com)
Aug 30
A new kind of walking tour has been gaining popularity in Tokyo, Osaka and other big cities, with participants visiting entertainment districts and areas where day laborers live to see high school girls solicit men at night and observe homeless people’s life on the streets. (The Japan News)
Aug 27
East Japan Railway and West Japan Railway have announced a new Shinkansen bullet train line will open on March 14th next year. It will link Tokyo with Kanazawa on the Japan Sea coast. The voyage will take about 2-and-a-half hours. (NHK)
Aug 27
Japan’s infrastructure ministry decided Tuesday to boost the functions of “Michi no Eki” rest areas along major roads to make them centers for tourism, disaster prevention and social welfare. (Jiji Press)
Aug 25
Tours of the Diet Building have not lost any of their popularity, with visitors this year expected to exceed 900,000 for the third consecutive year. One reason for this popularity may be that the tours are free. (The Japan News)
Aug 24
Rare “monocoque” bus models manufactured during the Showa era (1926-1989) have been drawing attention around the nation. (The Japan News)
Aug 24
The number of Vietnamese tourists visiting Japan in the first six months of this year has surged 50 percent year on year, a tourism association has reported, citing a significant reduction in tour prices to the East Asian country. (tuoitrenews.vn)
Aug 24
Visitors to a summer resort in central Japan are being treated to the sight of a field of sunflowers in full bloom. (NHK)
Aug 20
The estimated number of visitors to Japan in July rose 26.6 pct from a year earlier to 1,269,700, the highest figure ever for any month, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)