TRAVEL

Sep 23
Central Japan Railway Co (JR Tokai) on Monday conducted the first public test of its new ultra-high speed magnetic levitation (maglev) train in Tsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture. (Japan Today)
Sep 22
The Yokosuka city government in Kanagawa Prefecture has decided to introduce a fee for entering uninhabited Sarushima island, located off the city in Tokyo Bay, starting April next year, according to the city government. (The Japan News)
Sep 21
The transport ministry is trying to lure more international carriers to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport by cutting landing fees by half between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., starting in November. (Asahi)
Sep 20
The city of Kitakata, Fukushima Prefecture, may be famous for traditional warehouses and ramen noodles, but now it has an unlikely addition: ancient Chinese pictographs. (The Japan News)
Sep 19
The slopes of Japan’s Mount Fuji are increasingly being defaced by rubbish and graffiti, despite an overall decline in the number of people scaling the peak. (scmp.com)
Sep 19
The total number of visitors to Tokyo Skytree Town, the 634-meter tower and commercial complex in Tokyo’s Sumida Ward has exceeded 100 million, Tobu Railway Co. said Wednesday. (The Japan News)
Sep 18
Japan’s government has decided to nominate a group of churches and other Christian sites in Kyushu for registry as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 2016. (NHK)
Sep 14
Rail officials in Japan are conducting final tests on a new Shinkansen bullet train route before it opens in March. (NHK)
Sep 13
Japan will open its doors wider to wealthy travelers from all over the world starting next April, allowing them to stay for up to one year on a special long-term visa. (Nikkei)
Sep 13
A busy walkway leading to Kamakura’s famed Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine is set to receive its first full-scale renovation in more than 800 years. (Asahi)