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May 22
Jetstar Asia Airways apologized Thursday for refusing to allow a 38-year-old man with cerebral palsy to board a flight from Bangkok to Japan last year. ()
May 21
The estimated number of foreign visitors to Japan in April rose 43.3 pct from a year before to 1,764,700, hitting a monthly record for the third straight month, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
May 20
Smoke rises from Mt. Hakone on Wednesday as a bus drives along a road nearby. ()
May 20
Baby capybaras are drawing crowds at a zoo near Tokyo. (NHK)
May 18
In wooing the rapidly increasing number of foreign tourists to Japan, the new Hokuriku Shinkansen is drawing attention from the so-called "Golden Route," connecting Tokyo and Osaka via Mount Fuji. (Asahi)
May 17
People crowded the streets of Tokyo's Asakusa district for the climax of an annual festival featuring a procession of 3 large portable shrines. (NHK)
May 17
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will instruct ministers to draw up a new action plan to attract more foreign tourists to Japan. (NHK)
May 16
A luxury tour train has been brought out of retirement -- just two months after its operator shut the service down. (NHK)
May 16
Twenty-one hagatsuo striped bonito were introduced into Tokyo Sea Life Park aquarium's large doughnut-shaped tank on Friday. (The Japan News)
May 15
The Sanja Matsuri festival will return to its original form for the first time in about half a century this year, with only ujiko parishioners of Asakusa Shrine allowed to carry three portable shrines in the festival's main event. (The Japan News)
May 15
After a major renovation, the Edo-Tokyo Museum's permanent exhibition rooms now feature a new section spotlighting the 19th-century transformation of Edo into Tokyo through the eyes of renowned samurai-turned-politician Katsu Kaishu (1823-1899), along with a section on Tokyo from the 1960s to the 2000s. (The Japan News)
May 14
Tokyo Sea Life Park will start introducing a fish that is a relative of the katsuo bonito into one of its large glass tanks from Friday for display, the Tokyo metropolitan government has announced. (The Japan News)
May 14
About 500 people wearing splendid ancient costumes and traditional makeup parade through the main streets of Kyoto. The festival is called Aoi Matsuri because aoi (hollyhock) leaves are used as ornaments not only on the people's costumes, but even on cows and horses. (The Japan News)
May 11
Minor earthquakes have hit the resort town of Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture, where volcanic activity is increasing. (NHK)
May 11
The rumblings of volcanic Mount Hakoneyama, southwest of Tokyo, haven't been loud enough to deter tourists from visiting a nearby popular scenic spot in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture. (Asahi)
May 11
A new initiative in Kyoto to make bicycling easier is an excellent start to reducing carbon emissions, while also making the city more tourist-friendly and letting long-term residents do their daily chores conveniently. (Japan Times)
May 08
Visitors at a zoo in Wakayama Prefecture, western Japan, can now watch twin giant panda cubs outside their cage. (NHK)
May 08
Japan was ninth among countries and regions around the globe in its ability to attract tourists, according to the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index 2015 Ranking announced Wednesday by the World Economic Forum, a private research institution. (The Japan News)
May 08
If you find yourself anywhere near northern Kyushu or have time for a weekend getaway, head to Fukuoka Prefecture's Kitakyushu City. (rocketnews24.com)
May 08
The Iya Valley classifies as one of the remotest areas of the Tokushima Prefecture in Japan. In this lost paradise rock formations seemingly mindlessly play tricks on your vision, as light and water put on a dazzling transient show which only ends when night falls, not when you move on. (insidejapantours.com)
May 07
Mount Hakone, a scenic hot spring resort town near Tokyo, continues to be shaken by volcanic activity. (NHK)
May 06
Japanese officials are warning of a possible minor volcanic eruption in Hakone, a hot spring resort town near Tokyo. (NHK)
May 06
Airports, trains and expressways in Japan continued to be packed on Wednesday as travelers returned from their spring getaways on the last day of the Golden Week holiday period. (Japan Times)
May 06
There has been a rise in the number of volcanic earthquakes recorded in Hakone, Japan. The nearby Hakone volcano began belching steaming gas and meteorologists say there is a possible risk of an eruption. (rt.com)
May 03
Japan's highways, railways and skyways were crowded on Saturday as people headed for resorts and hometowns amid the country's spring holiday period. (NHK)
May 01
Foreign tourists spent almost 6 billion dollars on accommodation and shopping in Japan between January and March. (NHK)
Apr 30
Bullet train service on the Tohoku Shinkansen Line in eastern and northeastern Japan was suspended for about 4½ hours on Wednesday due to a power failure caused by a broken overhead line in Fukushima Prefecture, East Japan Railway Co. said. (Japan Times)
Apr 29
Trains and planes were full Wednesday as the Golden Week holiday exodus got under way. Around 650,000 Japanese people are expected to travel abroad during the Golden Week holiday period from Wednesday through May 6, down slightly by about 0.5% from the level in the same period of last year, leading travel agency JTB Corp said. (Japan Today)
Apr 29
"Frozen," "Alice in Wonderland" and "Beauty and the Beast" are to get their own zones at Tokyo Disney Resort. (Asahi)
Apr 28
Japan's transport ministry has issued new guidelines for airlines to ensure pilots are never alone in the cockpit. (NHK)
Apr 27
Kyoto's historical and cultural treasures have always attracted large numbers of tourists. But getting around the city by car or bus has never been easy, even when traffic is light. (Japan Times)
Apr 26
A traditional ritual has been held at a more than 1400-year-old Buddhist temple in central Japan. (NHK)
Apr 25
Japan's Cultural Affairs Agency said Friday it has put 18 cultural assets on the newly created "Japan Heritage" list in hopes of luring more foreign tourists and revitalizing regional economies. (Jiji Press)
Apr 23
The estimated number of foreign visitors to Japan rose for the 26th consecutive month in March and topped 1.5 million for the first time, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Apr 23
Zushi Beach - a popular getaway for people seeking to escape Tokyo's stifling summer heat - may have banned "loud" music, tattoos and barbecues, but hey, at least it still has a film festival. (Japan Times)
Apr 22
The government plans to set up public wireless local area networks at 30,000 locations nationwide, including tourist spots and evacuation facilities, by 2020, the year of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. (The Japan News)
Apr 22
The observatory at Sunshine 60 in Toshima Ward, Tokyo, will be closed for about one year from May 7 for renovation work, the first suspension of operations since the building opened in 1978. (The Japan News)
Apr 19
A British couple who tied the knot at a Kyoto shrine have become the first to receive a memorial marriage certificate from the city, under a newly created program to attract more foreign visitors. (Asahi)
Apr 18
As you might have heard, that little indie film Star Wars is getting a squeal or something like that. And, like Pokemon and Hello Kitty before it, the franchise is getting its own themed plane with the R2-D2 jet, set to start flying international routes this fall. (rocketnews24.com)
Apr 17
Hiroshima Airport in western Japan will provisionally reopen on Friday morning after an Asiana Airlines passenger jet overran the runway on Tuesday to prompt its closure, the transport ministry said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
Apr 16
Ice breaking with a sightseeing boat has started on Lake Akan in Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost prefecture. It's an early-spring ritual that's held before popular cruise tours start later this month. (NHK)
Apr 16
Snow plows finished carving a route through the famed "Yuki no Otani" (great gorge of snow) here for the April 16 start of the sightseeing season. (Asahi)
Apr 16
Tattooed guests have been given the thumbs up to take a dip in the public baths at a chain of luxury resorts--so long as they cover their inked skin with a sticker. (Asahi)
Apr 16
The Miharu Takizakura, a weeping cherry blossom tree designated as a national natural monument, is now in full bloom at Miharu, Fukushima Prefecture. (The Japan News)
Apr 15
Renowned toilet manufacturer Toto Ltd. will open a special restroom at Narita Airport to promote its Washlet technology to foreign travelers. (Asahi)
Apr 14
The Japan Meteorological Agency on April 13 issued an alert for a possible eruption of Mount Zaosan in northeastern Japan, citing a large amount of volcanic activity observed there this month. (Asahi)
Apr 14
The number of people traveling to the Hokuriku region by rail surged in the second half of March, thanks to a new bullet train line that connects Tokyo with this city on the Sea of Japan coast in just under two and a half hours. (Nikkei)
Apr 14
Japan has eased resident status requirements for foreigners who engage in the management of Japanese companies, based on revisions to the immigration control and refugee recognition law that took effect this month. (Jiji Press)
Apr 13
Holidaymakers have flocked to a park in Fukushima City where different kinds of trees and flowers are in full bloom. (NHK)
Apr 13
The number of Chinese and South Korean travelers visiting Japan has grown rapidly. The transport ministry says 2.41 million Chinese tourists visited Japan in 2014, up 83 percent from the previous year. The figure topped 2 million for the first time. (NHK)
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