TRAVEL – 2

Nov 22
Ibaraki Prefecture is developing a series of new PR strategies after struggling for years to move up in a private think tank survey that ranks the appeal of all 47 prefectures. (Japan Times)

Nov 21
The number of licensed private lodgings for tourists in Japan topped 10,000 in early November, but the facilities were concentrated in urban areas, the Japan Tourism Agency said Tuesday. (Japan Times)

Nov 20
The city of Sapporo observed its first snowfall of the season early Tuesday, on a date that matches the latest ever recorded, the Sapporo District Meteorological Observatory said. (Kyodo)

Nov 19
Visitors to Tokyo Disneyland had to wait for up to 11 hours for one of the attractions on the 90th birthday of Mickey Mouse.
(NHK)

Nov 17
A Japanese national research institute said Thursday it will import strains of Ebola and four other deadly viruses to improve detection processes amid a rise in the number of foreign visitors to the country.
(Japan Times)

Nov 13
The Imperial Palace grounds in Tokyo will be partially opened to the public early next month for autumn foliage viewing.
(NHK)

Nov 10
Kyoto on Saturday will unveil a trial system that monitors, predicts and manages the flow of visitors to high-demand tourist spots, with the popular fall foliage viewing area in Arashiyama as the system’s initial focus. (Japan Times)

Nov 09
Kyoto, Japan. Think food. Lots of food! That’s dining out in the city and Gion is the place to be at night. Tempura, Tofu, Ramen, Wagyu Steaks, Sushi, Sashimi, Sukiyaki, Grilled Fish … it’s endless! (ONLY in JAPAN)

Nov 09
Kyoto, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan, is aiming to attract travelers to lesser-known spots to ease “overtourism” that has increased complaints among visitors and local people. (Japan Today)

Nov 08
The transport ministry will prohibit passengers of all trains in Japan from carrying unpacked knives onto trains from next April under new security measures following a fatal stabbing on a shinkansen bullet train in June, officials said Tuesday. (Japan Today)