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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)
Apr 13
Tourism ministers of Japan, China and South Korea adopted in their first meeting in some four years on Sunday a joint statement calling for increasing the total number of visitors to each other country to 30 million in 2020. (Jiji Press)
Apr 12
WAKASA, Tottori Prefecture--A nearly 80-year-old train thrilled a crowd of rail buffs by chugging along a local line here on April 11, the first time in 45 years that any steam locomotive has traversed the route. (Asahi)
Apr 12
Tourists hankering to view the majestic "Yuki no Otani" (great gorge of snow) have another option this season, a glass-roofed tour bus that will ply the scenic route. (Asahi)
Apr 10
Jetstar Japan will launch its second international route from Tokyo's Narita Airport to Hong Kong from June 1. (theaustralian.com.au)
Apr 10
Fire-breathing, building-stomping Godzilla was welcomed in part of Tokyo on Thursday as a sign of prosperity, not destruction. (huffingtonpost.com)
Apr 09
Thousands of people are flocking to an annual cherry blossom viewing at Japan Mint in Osaka, western Japan. (NHK)
Apr 08
As we firmly enter spring, Tokyo will be gearing itself up for an extensive programme of events and ceremonies. If you are exploring this breathtaking city in May, why not stop off at its many shrines - you may just stumble upon one of these fantastic festivals. (insidejapantours.com)
Apr 08
Narita Airport near Tokyo has opened a new terminal designed exclusively for low-cost carriers. (NHK)
Apr 06
Boasting a spotless record for lost luggage, Kansai International Airport was voted the world's best airport for baggage delivery by international travelers, according to a British research company. (Asahi)
Apr 06
A Buddhist statue, designated as a nationally important cultural property in Japan, was placed on display for public viewing at Zenkoji temple in Nagano on Sunday for a period until May 31. (The Japan News)
Apr 05
The construction of the building now known as the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima was completed 100 years ago on Sunday. (The Japan News)
Apr 04
Haneda Airport may charge users a special fee starting around fiscal 2017 to finance an expansion needed to accommodate more flights. (Nikkei)
Apr 03
This year's spring exhibition at the Kyoto Imperial Palace opened on April 3 with displays that commemorate the 100th anniversary of Emperor Taisho's (1879-1926) accession to the Chrysanthemum Throne. (Asahi)
Apr 03
Japanese diplomatic officials in China, fearing a paper shortage from the deluge of Chinese tourists heading for Japan, are issuing simpler travel visas for the busy holiday season. (Asahi)
Apr 03
A record 23,861,000 people in Japan will make domestic or overseas trips overnight or longer in total during the Golden Week holiday period from late April to early May, JTB Corp. estimated Thursday. (Jiji Press)
Apr 03
A Taiwan-based budget airline has begun service to Japan to meet increasing demand. (NHK)
Apr 03
A government survey shows that "ramen" noodles and sushi are popular among foreign tourists to Japan. (NHK)
Apr 03
The National Museum of Nature and Science and Toppan Printing Co. have made an about two-meter-long replica of a baby Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton using a 3-D printer. Due to partial repair work at the museum in Tokyo's Ueno district, the replica will be put on display in July. (The Japan News)
Apr 01
'Omotenashi', the spirit of Japanese hospitality, became something of a buzzword at home and abroad when Christel Takigawa used the phrase in her speech to the International Olympic Committee in 2013. (rocketnews24.com)
Apr 01
New figures by the Japan Tourism Agency have highlighted that the number of overnight guests in Japan rose to a record high in 2014. (insidejapantours.com)
Mar 31
Officials at an aquarium in Tokyo have resumed operation of a tuna exhibit after a mysterious mass-dying of the species since December. (NHK)
Mar 31
In the wake of the suspicious crash of a Germanwings jet, the transport ministry is moving quickly to require all Japanese airlines to have two crew members in the cockpit at all times during flights. (Asahi)
Mar 30
Cherry blossoms were in full bloom in Tokyo and in Fukuoka City, southern Japan, on Sunday. The flowers have bloomed 5 days earlier than usual in Tokyo and 3 days earlier in Fukuoka. (NHK)
Mar 29
People walk under the cherry blossoms on Saturday at Ueno Park in Taito Ward, Tokyo. (The Japan News)
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