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Aug 11
Recent sightings of sharks off beaches in Ibaraki Prefecture have put local authorities on alert, but they have also been spotted in Shizuoka as well, raising safety concerns in the midst of the swimming season. (Japan Times)
Aug 10
According to the HRS Q2 2015 Hotel Price Radar, hotel room rates in Tokyo, Sydney and Singapore emerged as the most expensive in Asia Pacific between April and June 2015. (Japan Today)
Aug 09
An ice cave at the foot of Mount Fuji is drawing crowds of tourists looking to escape the summer heat. (NHK)
Aug 08
Tens of thousands of holidaymakers left airports in the Tokyo and Osaka areas for abroad as Japan's summer exodus began Saturday. (Kyodo)
Aug 05
Thousands of commuters and fireworks viewers were stranded in trains and some were forced to get off and walk on railway tracks Tuesday evening in Yokohama after service was suspended due to electricity failure caused by broken overhead cables, East Japan Railway Co. said. (Japan Times)
Aug 03
One of Japan's largest summer festivals has started in the northern city of Aomori. (NHK)
Aug 03
Qantas launched double daily services between Australia and Tokyo on the weekend. The new flights are Qantas flight QF25 from Sydney to Tokyo's Haneda Airport and QF61 from Brisbane to Narita Airport. (Japan Today)
Aug 03
The Gion Festival, or Gion Matsuri, has been celebrated consistently for over a thousand years and is one of the most famous festivals in Japan. (rocketnews24.com)
Aug 01
Foreign visitors in Japan spent more than 880 billion yen, or seven billion dollars, in the April-June period. (NHK)
Jul 29
A Japan Airlines aircraft nearly tried to take off from a taxiway at Singapore's Changi Airport on July 12 as pilots mistakenly thought the Boeing 767 jet was on a runway, an act that could have led to a crash with other planes, JAL said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
Jul 29
The Japanese government is set to put forward the island of Okinoshima in Munakata, Fukuoka Prefecture, southwestern Japan, and related ancient sites in the region for UNESCO World Heritage listing in 2017. (Jiji Press)
Jul 29
The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry decided Monday to launch in fiscal 2016 a certification program to make cycle roads more attractive for trips around the country. (The Japan News)
Jul 27
One day in June, a group of 17 people, mostly women wearing colorful outfits, got together at a scenic lakeside area at the foot of Mount Kita-Yatsugatake in Nagano Prefecture. (Japan Times)
Jul 27
About 200 vendors and wholesalers turned out at Tokyo's Tsukiji market on the morning of July 27 for the unveiling of a board showing the countdown to the market's relocation in the Toyosu waterfront in Koto Ward. (Asahi)
Jul 27
Tropical storm Halola has become a tropical depression over waters north of Japan's western island of Kyushu. (NHK)
Jul 26
A strong typhoon brought fierce winds, heavy rain and high waves to Okinawa and a nearby island chain in southwestern Japan on Saturday, causing dozens of flights to be cancelled. (Kyodo)
Jul 25
Tens of thousands of spectators have packed the streets of Japan's ancient capital, Kyoto, to watch a parade of colorfully decorated floats in the annual Gion Festival. (NHK)
Jul 24
Typhoon Halola remained on a west-northwest track, as it has for most of the week. Its latest forecast track edges it slightly away from Okinawa and the southeastern Korean peninsula and a tad closer to Sasebo Naval Base and Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in southwestern Japan, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. (stripes.com)
Jul 24
Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, has earned itself the nickname of "Koedo," or Little Edo. One of the city's highlights is a street lined with the massive, warehouse-style homes of long-ago merchants, complete with black clay roof tiles. (The Japan News)
Jul 23
Hotels in Tokyo, Osaka and other major cities in Japan are nearing capacity as tourists stream in, leaving some travelers struggling to secure rooms. (Nikkei)
Jul 23
Japan had more foreign visitors than Japanese going overseas in the first half of this year. It's the first time in 45 years that this has happened. (NHK)
Jul 20
Protected deer that live in Japan's ancient capital Nara were summoned out of the woods on Sunday in a ritual ceremony. (NHK)
Jul 19
A swimming beach opened at Kasai Rinkai Park in Edogawa Ward, Tokyo, on Saturday, becoming - with the exception of those in remote islands - the first bathing beach to be opened in the capital in half a century. (The Japan News)
Jul 18
Tourists are flocking to a village in northern Japan to see a work of art in rice paddy fields that uses colored strains of rice. (NHK)
Jul 17
The estimated number of visitors from abroad to national parks in Japan in 2013 soared 27.7 pct from the previous year to 2,557,000, the Environment Ministry said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
Jul 16
A man in his 30s who was hospitalized with a fever after returning to Japan from Guinea has tested negative for Ebola, the health ministry said Thursday. (Japan Times)
Jul 14
The government will establish a system that transcends language barriers and smoothly provides "omotenashi" hospitality services to foreign visitors. (The Japan News)
Jul 14
Tourists and local residents have pulled huge floats through the streets of Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto. (NHK)
Jul 13
Long considered cesspools with enough water pollution to cause serious health problems, beaches in central Tokyo are being restored partly through the cleanup efforts of nonprofit organizations. (Asahi)
Jul 13
It's been nicknamed the ROLLER COASTER BRIDGE because of it's super steep slope and appearance of being a bridge to the sky. That's the Eshima Ohashi Bridge straddling Shimane and Tottori prefecture in Japan. (WAORYU ONLYinJAPAN)
Jul 12
The number of visitors to the Japan Pavilion of Expo Milano 2015, which started in May and will continue through the end of October, is expected to total about 1.5 million, Japan's chief representative said Friday. (Jiji Press)
Jul 12
Narita Airport has seen numerous delays in flight departures due to Chinese tourists whose carry-on luggage exceeds size restrictions after they embark on last-minute shopping sprees. (The Japan News)
Jul 10
Weather officials say Typhoon Chan-Hom is heading in a northwesterly direction as it rages through Japan's southern island prefecture of Okinawa. (NHK)
Jul 10
Foreign tourists continue to be seen in the hot spring resort areas in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, even while the number of Japanese tourists has fallen because of volcanic activities on Mt. Hakone. (The Japan News)
Jul 09
Todaiji temple will start excavating the site of its former seven-story east pagoda this month with an eye to reconstructing it, more than 650 years after it was destroyed in a storm. (Asahi)
Jul 08
Readers of a major US travel magazine have chosen Kyoto as the best city to visit for the 2nd year in a row. (NHK)
Jul 06
Following a raft of requests, free Internet access will be available on Mount Fuji starting July 10 in a bid to bring more overseas tourists to Japan's highest peak. (Asahi)
Jul 06
Japanese people were delighted with the latest UNESCO decision to give the World Heritage status to Japan's Meiji industrial revolution sites, but owners and operators of some of the properties are scratching their heads at their new obligations to keep them remain the world's "gems." (Jiji Press)
Jul 06
Following a number of complaints regarding illicit behavior, the Shiobara Hot Springs Tourism Association announced on Monday on its Web site that one resort in Nasushiobara City has shut its doors, reports the Sankei Shimbun (June 1). (Tokyo Reporter)
Jul 06
A UNESCO panel has decided to grant World Heritage status to a group of Japanese industrial sites. (NHK)
Jul 06
The airports serving Sapporo, Fukuoka and Okinawa are among the regional gateways with plans to expand and renovate amid a surge in overseas visitors. (Nikkei)
Jul 05
Islands can quickly lose their charm when they become attached to land masses. This, mercifully, has not happened to Ikuchijima Island in Japan's Geiyo archipelago, a cluster of islets in the Seto Inland Sea that, despite its two connecting bridges, feels defiantly detached. (Japan Times)
Jul 02
Narita Airport officials are advising passengers to strictly observe carry-on luggage limits to prevent departure delays. (NHK)
Jul 01
The weather agency raised its alert level for Mt. Hakone on Tuesday following an eruption earlier in the day at the volcano located in a hot spring resort area southwest of Tokyo. (Kyodo)
Jul 01
Tottori Prefecture's population of just over half a million is shockingly small by densely-populated Japan's standards, and it's just generally ignored by the rest of Japan as a place that, well… doesn't have much to see, to put it kindly. (rocketnews24.com)
Jun 30
Wagering on its proximity to Tokyo's gateway airport, the operators of the publicly run horse track in Shinagawa Ward are touting its nighttime racing to woo more foreign tourists through the gates. (Asahi)
Jun 29
Local authorities are urging climbers to bring helmets to protect themselves against a possible eruption of Mount Fuji after the season to ascend the nation's highest peak opens on July 1. (Asahi)
Jun 26
Let's board a night train with sleeper cars from Tokyo to the Sea of Japan! This video guide will walk you through the JR Sunrise Izumo Express from Tokyo Station to Izumo. (WAORYU ONLYinJAPAN)
Jun 22
About 40 geiko and maiko dance in front of the Ofune-hoko float on a special stage set up in Roppongi Hills in Tokyo's Minato Ward on Sunday, as part of Kyoto's tourism campaign. (The Japan News)
Jun 22
More and more capsule hotels are providing areas specially designed for female guests and a comprehensive range of amenities for them, breaking away from their traditional focus on men. (The Japan News)
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