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Mar 09
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has compiled new guidelines on signs in an effort to provide foreign visitors with better information. (NHK)
Mar 09
The front line of manufacturing, factories are drawing attention as a regional tourism resource. (The Japan News)
Mar 06
JTB Corp. plans to set up information centers at Kansai International Airport and in central Kyoto this year to help tourists from abroad and to give promotional opportunities to companies at home. (Asahi)
Mar 05
It has emerged that the number of Japanese stores offering tax-free products to tourists has risen by 60 per cent over the last months, according to Nikkei Asian Review. (insidejapantours.com)
Mar 04
A herd of seven deer caused flight delays Tuesday evening at New Chitose Airport near Sapporo in Hokkaido, northern Japan, after they were found entering the runway area, the Transport Ministry said. (Bangkok Post)
Mar 04
The Cabinet on Tuesday signed off on a bill that would revise the adult entertainment business law to enable discos and nightclubs that offer dancing to operate past midnight as long as they meet interior lighting criteria. (Japan Times)
Mar 03
Japan Airlines flew a plane serviced entirely by women to mark the country's girls' day festival on Tuesday. (NHK)
Mar 03
Tobu Railway Co. has begun selling a Kawagoe Discount Pass, a special train ticket limited to foreign travelers who plan to visit Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, known for its historic buildings. (Asahi)
Mar 02
Japan's sleek Shinkansen has been the country's fastest mode of transport since it launched 50 years ago, its aerodynamic nose slicing through the rugged landscape. Before that, if you wanted to quickly traverse the country you would take the Nakasendo Way, one of five ancient highways built during the Edo period (1603-1868). (cityam.com)
Mar 02
Toto plans to install its latest toilets at Narita Airport in April, hoping that foreigners will tell people about their experience when they get back home. (Nikkei)
Feb 28
Kyushu Railway Co. (JR Kyushu) plans to start a "sweet train" service this summer that will serve custom-made confectioneries on a restored train from the Meiji Era (1868-1912). (Asahi)
Feb 27
For a time, shopping for electronics was just about the only thing to do in Tokyo's Akihabara neighborhood. In recent years though, the area has gone through a renaissance, and it's now packed with restaurants and cafes, too. (rocketnews24.com)
Feb 27
Qantas plans to double service between Australia and Japan in August, part of an effort to shore up its international business. (Nikkei)
Feb 27
Visitors to Kamakura are spoiled for choice. There are more than 1,000 religious structures-many with historical roots in the 13th and 14th centuries when Kamakura was the political capital of Japan-museums, Meiji-period buildings, boutiques, restaurants, beaches and green, hilly hiking trails. (Japan Today)
Feb 27
A Thai Airways passenger plane that left Japan has hit turbulence over northeastern Thailand, injuring 11 people on board. (NHK)
Feb 26
Japan's tourism industry is taking a 3,000-strong delegation to China this year as Tokyo looks to capitalise on its neighbour's growing appetite for travel. (Bangkok Post)
Feb 25
A Godzilla-themed hotel is to open in Tokyo, which means your partner won't be the only monster you go to bed with. (telegraph.co.uk)
Feb 24
Visitors and foreign residents can now bypass long lines at Tokyo Skytree tower in the capital's Sumida Ward and head straight up to the observation deck to enjoy the sweeping view. (Asahi)
Feb 23
Kyoto's recent record-setting tourism boom has sparked a mini-"hotel war," with some of the world's best-known luxury inn chains opening branches in the ancient capital, as its international popularity as a travel destination spreads even further. (Japan Times)
Feb 22
A council of the Japan Tourism Agency has unveiled a logo intended to help foreign visitors find free public wireless LAN environments. (NHK)
Feb 20
In 2014, 2.4 million Chinese made the trip across the East China Sea, more than 80% more than in the previous year, according to data from the Japan National Tourism Organization. That was also around 70% greater than 2012, the previous peak in traveler traffic from China. (Wall Street Journal)
Feb 20
A commemorative mass was held here on Feb. 19 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Japan's oldest Roman Catholic church. (Asahi)
Feb 19
Throngs of Chinese tourists celebrating the Chinese New Year have descended on Japan, where the weak yen gives shoppers more bang for their buck. (Asahi)
Feb 19
Japan recorded its highest number of tourists ever in January, the Japan National Tourist Organization (JNTO) said Wednesday. (Japan Today)
Feb 19
Compared to Tokyo, Japan's former capital, Kyoto, is fairly compact. Most of the commercial development is clustered around Kyoto Station, with a ring of temples, gardens, and other historical sites surrounding the more modern parts of the city. (rocketnews24.com)
Feb 19
Harry Potter is working his magic at Universal Studios Japan, where themed attractions on the Hogwarts wizard are helping to break the park's visitor record. (Asahi)
Feb 19
Discount chain Don Quijote has launched what it calls an unprecedented service for tourists by accepting payment in seven foreign currencies. (Japan Times)
Feb 17
Central Japan Airport said Monday that it will offer a free smartphone application to tourists from abroad, starting next month. (The Japan News)
Feb 14
Reserved seats on the first train on the extended Hokuriku shinkansen line, which will go into operation on March 14, sold out at in 25 seconds on Saturday. (Japan Today)
Feb 12
Tokyo's Ginza district is in the midst of a redevelopment rush. In neighboring areas facing Tokyo Bay, condominium towers have been built one after another, and major facilities for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics are also planned. (The Japan News)
Feb 10
World-class skiing; Japan's largest national park; even ice hotels. For those who are looking to experience Japan outside of Tokyo or Kyoto, Hokkaido remains a prime destination. Indeed, as the last major island to be settled by the Japanese, Hokkaido arguably stands out from the rest of the nation in everything from topography to daily life. (rocketnews24.com)
Feb 09
Some 2,800 people got their first ride on the new Hokuriku shinkansen line on Saturday and Sunday. They were chosen by lottery from more than 216,000 applicants for pre-opening test rides in both directions, JR officials said. (Japan Today)
Feb 09
People in Japan will offer local sightseeing tours to foreign passengers enduring a long wait for connecting flights at Narita Airport near Tokyo. (NHK)
Feb 07
The spectrum of autumnal colours is startling. Deep reds bleed into vibrant magenta through to a gentle pink. Bright, summery oranges fade into amber and finish as a striking gold. A dark, wintry pine becomes emerald, then lime and finally a bright apple green. (The West)
Feb 06
New W7-series cars for the Hokuriku Shinkansen line arrive at JR Kanazawa Station on Thursday morning shortly before a test-ride event. (The Japan News)
Feb 06
Many of you might have fond memories of summers spent cooling off on a backyard water slide (and possibly not-so-fond memories of friction burns). (rocketnews24.com)
Feb 05
Sapporo City has kicked off its annual snow festival in northern Japan, drawing a large crowd of both domestic and international tourists. (NHK)
Feb 05
Narita airport authorities plan to establish a special lane intended to decrease the amount of time spent in the airport for individuals visiting or leaving the country for conferences, meetings or other time sensitive activities. (Japan Today)
Feb 03
Virgin Atlantic Airways ended its flights linking Britain and Japan on Sunday, a quarter century after the start of the service. (The Japan News)
Feb 01
Horyuji temple raised admission fees in January to cover maintenance costs amid a steady decline in visitor numbers since the ancient site was added to the World Heritage list in 1993. (Asahi)
Feb 01
Thousands of hungry people are enjoying a local delicacy at a festival in Ishikawa Prefecture. (NHK)
Jan 30
Tokyo Disneyland often refers to itself as "The Kingdom of Dreams." But while all those costumed performers, parades, and fireworks might seem like something out of a dreamlike fantasy, Disney fans in Japan are having to deal with a stark economic reality, as this spring admission at both Tokyo Disneyland and its sister park Disney Sea are set to jump for the second year in a row. (rocketnews24.com)
Jan 30
Endangered specimens of plants are set to go on display at an arboretum in Kyoto this April, with the installation of a special greenhouse that will allow for the housing of rare species. (insidejapantours.com)
Jan 29
A new batch of special Suica cards to mark the 100th anniversary of the opening of Tokyo Station went on sale Wednesday. (Japan Today)
Jan 29
Unseasonably high temperatures in Hokkaido this week are affecting preparations for the famous Sapporo Snow Festival, which will be held from Feb 5-8. (Japan Today)
Jan 28
Obviously, if you love sushi, Tokyo is probably your number one foodie vacation destination, but Tokyo is a big place! There are plenty of excellent sushi restaurants-and plenty of great ones at that. But for seriously fresh sushi, there might be no better place than right off the boat. (rocketnews24.com)
Jan 27
With a growing number of Japanese subculture shops cropping up in the area, Tokyo's Ikebukuro district has emerged as something of a "holy land" for female "otaku" geeks, collectively known as "otome" (maiden). (Asahi)
Jan 26
Across Japan, numerous temples and shrines are undergoing preparations for the start of spring, with the flowering of the plum trees in February being a major date in the nation's calendar. (insidejapantours.com)
Jan 24
The city of Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture, home to the impressive Toshogu Shrine and its famous evil-averse monkeys, is a popular choice for day trips from Tokyo, what with its World Heritage sites and easy train connections. (rocketnews24.com)
Jan 23
As tourists visit Japan in increasing numbers, mobile phone operators are moving to tap the market by providing better Wi-Fi services. (Japan Times)
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