TRAVEL – 7

Jan 26
Hashima Island in the southwestern Japan city of Nagasaki, better known as “battleship island” for its shape, will reopen to tourists on Feb. 1 after a typhoon-damaged pier and fences in a sightseeing area have been repaired, the local government said Friday.
(Kyodo)

Jan 26
Japanese weather officials say a cold air mass is bringing heavy snow to much of the Sea of Japan side of the country over the weekend.
(NHK)

Jan 24
The operation of Japan’s oldest monorail line will be suspended at a Tokyo zoo in November following a 62-year run as the current vehicles are getting old, the metropolitan government said Wednesday. (Kyodo)

Jan 23
A minibus decorated with All Nippon Airways Co.’s signature blue and white logo motors across the tarmac at Tokyo’s Haneda airport. From the outside, it looks like an ordinary bus, with a person sitting in the driver’s seat — except no one is really operating the vehicle. (Japan Times)

Jan 17
Japan’s most beloved flowers are often associated with April, but they’ll be at their most beautiful in Tokyo before that, says forecast. (soranews24.com)

Jan 14
Japan Airlines has been excluded from a list of the world’s 20 safest airlines. The carrier had been on the list for 3 years in a row from 2016.
(NHK)

Jan 14
A winter phenomenon known as “diamond dust” has been observed in the town of Biei in the northern Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido.
(NHK)

Jan 12
The number of foreign visitors to Japan topped 30 million for the first time ever in 2018.
(NHK)

Jan 11
Setouchi region with the Inland Sea islands and coastal areas in western Japan have been ranked seventh in The New York Times’ list of “52 Places to Go in 2019.”
(NHK)

Jan 08
Japan started collecting a ¥1,000 departure tax Monday from each traveler leaving the country in an effort to fund measures to attract more foreign visitors in the run-up to and beyond the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. (Japan Times)