Feb 07
Nara Park in Nara Prefecture is famous for its 1,000-plus-strong shika (native deer) population. These deer, considered to be messengers of the gods, are a national treasure and a protected species within the city’s limits, due to their sacred connection to Nara’s Kasuga Taisha Shrine. (

Feb 06
Star Wars, anime favourites, and tennis pro Naomi Osaka all make an appearance at this year’s event. (

Feb 05
Tokyo Tower, an iconic landmark in the capital, has been illuminated in red as part of the efforts to welcome Chinese visitors to Japan during the Lunar New Year holiday.

Feb 03
Geisha apprentices, called “maikos,” have gathered at Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto to take part in a traditional bean-throwing ritual.

Feb 02
Hotels in the famed hot spring resort of Beppu, Oita Prefecture, are considering accepting tattooed visitors in October during the 2019 Rugby World Cup and possibly afterward, according to local industry sources. (Japan Times)

Feb 01
Flights remain disrupted at Narita airport near Tokyo. One of its runways was shut down for seven hours on Friday due to a stranded plane.

Jan 31
Japan’s National Police Agency is to raise the speed limits on parts of 2 expressways to 120 kilometers per hour in March on a trial basis.

Jan 29
Narita Airport, near Tokyo, is expected to extend its operating hours until midnight, starting in October.

Jan 27
Central Japan Railway Co. has said that its N700S bullet train model will go into service on the Tokaido Shinkansen in early July 2020, just before the start of the Tokyo Summer Olympics and Paralympics. (Japan Times)

Jan 27
A railway operator in northern Japan has launched an annual steam locomotive service in the eastern part of Hokkaido Prefecture.