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Jan 03
Low-cost carrier Peach Aviation is looking to add more hubs, possibly choosing from among airports serving Seoul, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City. (Nikkei)
Jan 03
The long-awaited world's first One Piece amusement park will be arriving on March 13 2015 in Tokyo! (rocketnews24.com)
Dec 28
The annual New Year's exodus began Saturday as travelers packed airports and railway stations to head for their hometowns or other places to spend the holidays. (Japan Times)
Dec 26
Moves are afoot to restrict climbing on Mount Fuji as part of efforts to preserve the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. (Asahi)
Dec 25
Although the continuing eruption of Mount Aso is hurting tourism, including the cancellation of accommodations in the surrounding area, local businesses are trying to lure visitors back, even promoting the view of the smoking mountain. (Asahi)
Dec 25
Ujigamijinja shrine, a World Heritage site, held a ceremony Dec. 24 to celebrate the return of sacred deities to its main hall following year-long restoration work. (Asahi)
Dec 23
The number of foreign visitors to Japan this year has exceeded 13 million for the first time ever, the transport and tourism ministry said Monday. (Jiji Press)
Dec 23
The total number of passengers to pass through Japan's Narita Airport near Tokyo since its opening in 1978 has topped 900 million. (NHK)
Dec 21
With the number of visitors to Japan expected to surpass 13 million for the first time in 2014, attracting visitors to tourist spots away from big cities is a major challenge to overcome for the achievement of the government target of 20 million visitors in 2020. (Jiji Press)
Dec 20
Architect Kingo Tatsuno appears to have breathed his youthful experience in Europe into his design of Tokyo Station, which marks the centennial of its opening on Saturday. (The Japan News)
Dec 20
Japan has recently been reveling in just how darn pretty the famous Kinkakuji temple in Kyoto looks with freshly fallen snow. (rocketnews24.com)
Dec 20
Visitors have flocked to view the debut of twin giant panda cubs at a zoo in Wakayama Prefecture in midwestern Japan. (NHK)
Dec 19
The Tokyo Metropolitan Police plan to limit pedestrian access to Shibuya's famous scramble crossing to avoid trouble from rowdy revelers on New Year's Eve. (Japan Today)
Dec 19
The 20-meter-long, 30-meter-wide artwork uses kochias (summer cypress) for the parent sheep’s wool and pine cones for the animals’ eyes and ears. (The Japan News)
Dec 19
Christmas is a great time of year here in Tokyo with all the lights, decorations and hand-holding couples. (rocketnews24.com)
Dec 18
The number of foreign visitors to Japan this year topped 12 million. This was due to the weaker yen and national attractions. (NHK)
Dec 18
Central Japan Railway Co., known as JR Tokai, said Wednesday it has started to build underground stations at two terminals for a magnetically levitated train line linking Tokyo and Nagoya, with the aim of starting service in 2027. (Kyodo)
Dec 16
Japan seems to have the right mix for developing a vibrant short-term home rental market: a rapidly growing tourism industry, a cheap currency and - unlike many countries - 8 million vacant homes. (Reuters)
Dec 11
Japanese telecom company KDDI says it will offer free Wi-Fi service to meet the needs of the increasing number of foreign visitors in Japan. (NHK)
Dec 11
The Tokyo Customs department on Wednesday said it plans to tighten its inspection procedures for illegal drugs as the number of travelers and packages is expected to increase for the Christmas-New Year period. (Japan Today)
Dec 11
The foreign ministry is planning a network of facilities for promoting Japanese culture abroad, beginning with three it hopes to open in Los Angeles, London and Sao Paulo during fiscal 2016. (Nikkei)
Dec 10
You like noodles, right? I sure do. Especially soba noodles. And Kyoto's Honke Owariya is famous for its soba noodles. That, and being very, very old. (Kotaku)
Dec 09
Toho Shrine sits practically at the foot of Narita's smaller B runway, which was completed in 2002 despite passionate opposition from the local community who feared even more noise and traffic from increased plane capacity. (rocketnews24.com)
Dec 09
The making of fukudama, or lucky balls, is peaking in Kyoto's Gion district. (The Japan News)
Dec 06
As part of measured steps toward greater openness, a department of the Imperial Household Agency on Friday guided academics and reporters around a hitherto off-limits megalithic burial mound near Osaka Bay. (Japan Times)
Dec 04
Budget airline Jetstar Japan plans to launch its first international flights next year between Osaka and Hong Kong. (NHK)
Dec 04
Numerous foreign-owned luxury hotel chains have opened or are planning to open hotels in Kyoto, a global tourist destination where the number of overseas tourists is expected to continue to rise. (The Japan News)
Dec 03
Thousands of people packed the Imperial Palace's Inui dori on Dec. 3 to marvel at the vibrant hues of autumn leaves, as the street opened to the public for the first time ever for fall foliage viewing. (Asahi)
Dec 03
Tokyo kept its crown as the Michelin guide's gourmet capital on Tuesday with the most starred restaurants for an eighth straight year, in the first guide released since UNESCO listed Japanese "washoku" cuisine an "intangible cultural heritage". (Japan Today)
Dec 03
Japan's northern main island of Hokkaido saw its first Shinkansen bullet train on Tuesday. (NHK)
Dec 03
Japan's Narita Airport will open a special transit lounge for international passengers in April of next year. (NHK)
Dec 02
The number of people in Japan who will make overnight or longer travels during the year-end and New Year holiday period will total 30.45 million, the second largest since comparable data became available in 1996, JTB Corp. estimated Monday. (Jiji Press)
Dec 02
An exhibition titled "20 years of social conditions, expressed in kanji" kicks off Monday at Kyomizudera temple in Kyoto, marking the 20th anniversary of the "kanji of the year" event which started in 1995. (The Japan News)
Nov 30
The Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center in the Asakusa district, a popular tourist destination in Taito Ward, Tokyo, ranked 14th among the 20 best free tourist spots in Japan that visitors felt were worth going to, according to this year's ranking released by the world's largest travelers' review site, TripAdvisor. (The Japan News)
Nov 29
Convenience store giant Seven-Eleven Japan will soon exempt foreign visitors from paying the consumption tax at certain locations. (Nikkei)
Nov 29
With 2014 winding down, it's time to make plans for the new year holidays. For many people in Japan this means finding a place to watch the first sunrise of the year, or hatsu hinode; a common custom of the season. (rocketnews24.com)
Nov 28
Tokyo police say a growing number of foreign tourists are being overcharged after being targeted by touts in one of the capital's major entertainment districts. (NHK)
Nov 28
The number of flights between Australia and Japan will increase after Qantas ­Airways was granted a coveted peak-time slot at Tokyo's Haneda Airport, which is much closer to the city's centre than ­Narita Airport. (afr.com)
Nov 28
Japan's travel agencies are expanding services for online reservations of flights, hotels and restaurants in hopes of capturing demand from the record numbers of foreign leisure travelers. (Nikkei)
Nov 28
Earlier this year we introduced our readers to Japan's fox village, an open-range zoo home to dozens of adorable foxes so tame that they'll walk right up to you to say hi. (rocketnews24.com)
Nov 26
Free Wi-Fi will be arriving at Tokyo's major subway stations next month, allowing passengers to get connected via a simple user registration process through a special app. (Asahi)
Nov 25
Winter resort operators here are scrambling to quash rumors at home and abroad that a recent earthquake caused serious damage to their ski hills and facilities. (Asahi)
Nov 25
The Japanese government is to ease conditions for multiple entry visas issued to independent Chinese tourists. (NHK)
Nov 20
The number of visitors to Japan in January-October grew 27.1 percent from a year before to 11,009,000, already topping the full-year record of 10,363,904 marked in 2013, an estimate by the Japan National Tourism Organization showed Wednesday. (The Japan News)
Nov 20
We've got some good news; steady snow has been falling in Niseko since last week, pretty intensely further up the mountain. (SkiJapan.com)
Nov 20
Airbus's newest jetliner has arrived at Tokyo's Haneda Airport and will run demonstration flights. (NHK)
Nov 19
Japan's Justice Ministry has decided to introduce a facial recognition system at airports as early as fiscal 2017 to speed up immigration control, ministry officials said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
Nov 15
Airlines are increasingly offering overnight flights from Haneda Airport here as travelers seek to pack their weekend trips with more daylight hours for less money. (Nikkei)
Nov 15
Tourists at Mount Fuji experienced the magnificent spectacle of the sun setting behind the summit. (NHK)
Nov 14
World-famous Kiyomizudera temple in Kyoto's Higashiyama Ward was bathed in hundreds of lights Nov. 13 to show off the warm fall colors gracing the grounds a day before the start of its annual autumn night viewings. (Asahi)
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