Mar 29
Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, unveiled Tuesday self-service baggage drop machines for international flights. (Jiji)
Mar 28
A ceremony was held on Sunday to celebrate the completion of work to reconstruct the old residence of former Japanese Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida in the town of Oiso, Kanagawa Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo. (Jiji)
Mar 26
People in the City of Kumamoto are welcoming spring after a particularly trying year. Many are still recovering from a series of earthquakes that struck southwestern Japan last April. (NHK)
Mar 26
In the year after the opening of the Hokkaido Shinkansen high-speed railway service, the number of visitors increased mainly in Hakodate, southern Hokkaido, the gateway to Japan's northernmost main island. (Jiji)
Mar 26
Those seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of Japan's big cities will find what they are looking for in a hot-spring paradise hidden deep in a forest. (Japan Times)
Mar 25
STREET FOOD! We're back for more in one of Japan's most traditional cities, Nara. What was once Japan's capitol is now a place loaded with delicious street food for humans and deer alike. So, what's Nara got to offer? I hope you're hungry! (ONLY in JAPAN )
Mar 24
The 1,000-year-old pilgrimage to the Kumano Sanzen - the three great Shinto shrines on Japan's Kii Peninsula south of Osaka - was once so popular that "like ants on the Kumano pilgrimage" became a popular description of crowds. (torontosun.com)
Mar 23
Railway operator Keikyu Corp., electronics maker Sharp Corp. and two other companies said Wednesday they will join hands in a rental service for a robot-shaped mobile phone, "RoBoHoN," mainly targeting visitors to Japan. (Jiji)
Mar 22
The transport ministry said Tuesday it has urged railways to abolish an industry rule that virtually bars disabled foreign travelers on mobility scooters from boarding trains. (Japan Times)
Mar 22
Tokyo has become the first place across Japan to announce the blooming of this year's first Somei Yoshino cherry blossoms. (NHK)
Mar 21
A luxury, all-suite sleeper train was stranded on the tracks Monday in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, due to engine trouble, JR East said. (Japan Times)
Mar 21
Railway enthusiasts have flocked to Niigata Prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast, to say farewell to the well-known 485 series express trains. (NHK)
Mar 20
March 14 marked the second anniversary of the extension of the Hokuriku Shinkansen line through Kanazawa. The bullet train service has continued to generate positive economic effects in the regions along the route. (the-japan-news.com)
Mar 19
A sightseeing trolley train has started operating for the year in Kumamoto Prefecture, where people are still recovering from a series of earthquakes last April. (NHK)
Mar 17
In addition to keys and eyeglasses and other commonly lost objects, millions of dollars worth of cash reaches the Tokyo police's lost and found department every year. (Japan Times)
Mar 16
Marronnier Gate Ginza 2 and 3 made their grand debut in the Ginza district of Tokyo on Wednesday after renovations were completed on the main and annex buildings of the former Printemps Ginza department store. (the-japan-news.com)
Mar 16
The estimated number of visitors to Japan in February rose 7.6 pct from a year before to 2,035,800, hitting a record high for the month, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Wednesday. (Jiji)
Mar 15
A team at Japan's National Institute of Informatics has developed a computer system that tracks the movement of foreign tourists in the country. (NHK)
Mar 14
The luxury cruise ship Queen Elizabeth arrived at Kobe port in western Japan on Monday ahead of its first cruise departing from and returning to Japan. (scmp.com)
Mar 14
Thousands of people flocked to the Japanese city of Nagaoka on Sunday for its annual penis festival. (dailymail.co.uk)
Mar 14
A project to establish a "gaslight promenade" about three kilometers long is about to kick off in Yokohama, where the first gaslights in Japan were introduced 145 years ago. (the-japan-news.com)
Mar 13
Kyoto, deemed one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, is facing a pressing problem-an acute shortage of accommodation. (Japan Today)
Mar 12
If Japan is on your bucket list, there's at least a strong chance that you're thinking of going during cherry blossom season. (Japan Times)
Mar 12
Already wondering where to go with your family this summer? Online accommodation giant Airbnb recently shared a list of trending vacation destinations. (thejakartapost.com)
Mar 11
The Japanese government adopted at a cabinet meeting Friday a bill to set rules on the emerging "minpaku" business, which makes vacant rooms in private homes available as accommodation for tourists, particularly from abroad. (Jiji)
Mar 11
Yomeimon Gate at the Nikko Toshogu shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site in eastern Japan, was on Friday reopened to the public after the completion of nearly four years of restoration work. (Jiji)
Mar 08
Planning to spend much, but not all, of your Japan trip in Tokyo? Then this could be an unbeatable deal. (rocketnews24.com)
Mar 08
East Japan Railway Co. started a trial train run on Tuesday in a Joban Line section in Fukushima Prefecture that has been suspended due to damage from the March 2011 disaster and the subsequent nuclear accident. (the-japan-news.com)
Mar 08
ANA Holdings Inc.'s All Nippon Airways said Monday that it will introduce the Airbus A380 aircraft on its route between Narita International Airport near Tokyo and Honolulu in spring 2019. (the-japan-news.com)
Mar 07
Japan Airlines is starting a direct flight between Tokyo's Haneda Airport and New York's JFK in April. (NHK)
Mar 06
The government has begun cracking down on unauthorized tourist-related businesses that are allegedly ripping off visitors from abroad. (Japan Times)
Mar 05
At dusk, the bars and restaurants that crowd the underside of the tracks at Yurakucho Station come alive. (Japan Times)
Mar 04
Japanese government officials say a record-high number of foreign tourists stayed in hotels in Japan last year. (NHK)
Mar 03
Japan's government is to recommend that UNESCO put 10 of the country's traditional community festivals on its list of intangible cultural heritage. (NHK)
Mar 02
The Japanese government said Wednesday it plans to ban smoking in restaurants and impose a fine of up to 300,000 yen on individuals who violate the rule, as the host country of the 2020 Olympics wants to implement firmer measures to counter passive smoking. (Japan Today)
Mar 02
Private citizens in Japan will be allowed to rent out rooms or entire homes to travelers for up to 180 days a year, according to a draft bill agreed on Wednesday by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, an attempt to promote tourism while showing consideration for party supporters in the hotel industry. (Nikkei)
Feb 27
A 28.5-kilomater section of the Kenoudo Expressway in Ibaraki Prefecture opened on Sunday, allowing the belt highway to link the six major expressways stretching from the Tokyo metropolitan area to various other regions in Japan. (Jiji)
Feb 26
With over 3 million visitors from abroad visiting the ancient capital of Kyoto in fiscal 2015, getting around with an official interpreter would have meant relying on government-qualified guides. (Japan Times)
Feb 26
An event marking the start of the whirlpool-watching season has been held in the Naruto Strait in western Japan. (NHK)
Feb 24
A Japanese railway operator has unveiled a luxury sleeper train. Operation of Twilight Express Mizukaze will begin in June. (NHK)
Feb 24
Japanese officials are testing a smart card system that would allow shops and other tourism-related companies to tailor their services to individual foreign travelers. (NHK)
Feb 23
Municipalities that have been protecting deer populations as a tourism resource or natural asset are now increasingly struggling with how to manage overpopulation of the animals. (the-japan-news.com)
Feb 23
The tracks of the now-defunct Takachiho Railway in Miyazaki Prefecture - discontinued due to damage caused by Typhoon No. 14 in 2005 - have been revived as a popular tourist attraction that carried 26,000 passengers in fiscal 2015. (the-japan-news.com)
Feb 21
Twenty-eight hospitals in Japan have been registered on a government list of medical institutions recommended for non-Japanese as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration seeks to promote the nation's advanced medical services. (Japan Times)
Feb 21
The Tokyo metropolitan government plans to introduce alphanumeric route displays for its bus services as early as in 2018, informed sources told Jiji Press on Tuesday. (the-japan-news.com)
Feb 21
Tokyo International Airport's Terminal 2, currently for domestic flights, is slated to host international flights as well, from March 2020 ahead of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics that year, informed sources have said. (Jiji)
Feb 20
The Japanese government has drawn up a bill to set a stay limit of 180 days annually for "minpaku" private lodging services, according to informed sources. (Jiji)
Feb 20
Crowds of men wearing nothing but loincloths joined a nighttime festival in western Japan, vying to catch wooden sticks said to bring good luck. (NHK)
Feb 19
In preparation for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency is planning to provide 24-hour foreign language services for 119 emergency calls nationwide. (the-japan-news.com)
Feb 18
Gusty spring winds brought unseasonably warm weather to Tokyo and other parts of Japan on Friday. (NHK)
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