A humanoid robot is offering boarding information to passengers at Tokyo's Haneda Airport.
Japan Airlines introduced the 60-centimeter-tall robot, which speaks 3 languages, on Tuesday. It is aimed especially at accommodating the surge of Chinese travelers during the Lunar New Year holidays.
The robot uses cute gestures to notify passengers in Chinese and English that their boarding times are approaching and to remind them about security checks.
It will operate on a trial basis through next week.
The robot currently speaks Japanese far better. It can converse in Japanese with passengers to answer up to 7 questions, such as where to board and the weather at the travel destination.
The Japanese government will launch a system to enable a discount in hotel and package tour fees of up to 70 pct for visitors to the earthquake-hit Kyushu region, it was learned Tuesday.
The number of flights from Taiwan to Japan has surged, with the weekly figure totaling 727 this month, up by more than 40 percent from a year earlier, according to the Civil Aeronautics Administration.
ANA will be strengthening its onboard medical support services, principally on international flights, with the start of the new "ANA Doctor On Board" service in September.
The number of international visitors to Tokyo exceeded 10 million last year for the first time.
East Japan Railway Co.'s defunct sleeper express Akebono has been renovated into a hotel that opened recently at Kosaka Railroad Rail Park in Kosaka, Akita Prefecture.
Foreign visitors to Japan may soon have the option of showing their passports when checking in to their hotels or simply undergoing a fingerprint scan.
A pilgrimage route stretching across Shikoku Island, one of Japan's four main islands, has been recently attracting more foreign visitors with various cultural and religious backgrounds with its unique charms.
Seattle-based chain adapts to Kyoto style with summertime seats that offer a taste of traditional culture as you sip your coffee.
People who don't mind getting their hands dirty could do worse than visit one of the agricultural theme parks that have opened around the country in recent years.
Japan's huge tourism influx is greatly welcomed by politicians and select local service industries that are benefitting from the boom.