TRAVEL

Nov 29
Convenience store giant Seven-Eleven Japan will soon exempt foreign visitors from paying the consumption tax at certain locations. (Nikkei)
Nov 29
With 2014 winding down, it’s time to make plans for the new year holidays. For many people in Japan this means finding a place to watch the first sunrise of the year, or hatsu hinode; a common custom of the season. (rocketnews24.com)
Nov 28
Tokyo police say a growing number of foreign tourists are being overcharged after being targeted by touts in one of the capital’s major entertainment districts. (NHK)
Nov 28
The number of flights between Australia and Japan will increase after Qantas ­Airways was granted a coveted peak-time slot at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, which is much closer to the city’s centre than ­Narita Airport. (afr.com)
Nov 28
Japan’s travel agencies are expanding services for online reservations of flights, hotels and restaurants in hopes of capturing demand from the record numbers of foreign leisure travelers. (Nikkei)
Nov 28
Earlier this year we introduced our readers to Japan’s fox village, an open-range zoo home to dozens of adorable foxes so tame that they’ll walk right up to you to say hi. (rocketnews24.com)
Nov 26
Free Wi-Fi will be arriving at Tokyo’s major subway stations next month, allowing passengers to get connected via a simple user registration process through a special app. (Asahi)
Nov 25
Winter resort operators here are scrambling to quash rumors at home and abroad that a recent earthquake caused serious damage to their ski hills and facilities. (Asahi)
Nov 25
The Japanese government is to ease conditions for multiple entry visas issued to independent Chinese tourists. (NHK)
Nov 20
The number of visitors to Japan in January-October grew 27.1 percent from a year before to 11,009,000, already topping the full-year record of 10,363,904 marked in 2013, an estimate by the Japan National Tourism Organization showed Wednesday. (The Japan News)