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Aug 05
The transport ministry has launched a trial in Tokyo offering a lower starting taxi fare to confirm demand for short-distance rides. (NHK)
Aug 04
Rishiri Island off the coast of Hokkaido must be very cold in winter, but right now it's comfortable, free from heat and humidity. It's also the season for catching sea urchins. (the-japan-news.com)
Aug 03
Heavy rains hit the Japanese archipelago Tuesday, disrupting operations at Disney theme parks near Tokyo and shinkansen bullet-train service in some regions. (Japan Today)
Aug 03
An expo about animation company Studio Ghibli is taking place through Sept. 11 in the Roppongi Hills complex in Minato Ward, Tokyo. (the-japan-news.com)
Aug 02
Staying at a ryokan can be a unique experience and a very enjoyable one at that, but it also might be a bit different from what you're used to. (Japan Today)
Aug 01
Traditional Japanese female entertainers have made an annual excursion through the streets of Kyoto to visit and thank the people who have supported them. (NHK)
Aug 01
Minamiaso Railway Co. in Kumamoto Prefecture partially resumed train operations on Sunday, after the 18-kilometer-long railroad was closed 108 days ago due to severe damage caused by powerful earthquakes that struck the prefecture. (the-japan-news.com)
Aug 01
Fireworks light up the sky over the Sumidagawa river on Saturday for the 39th Sumida River Fireworks Festival. (the-japan-news.com)
Jul 29
The Japan Meteorological Agency announced the end of the rainy season in the Kanto region. (the-japan-news.com)
Jul 29
Municipalities in Tokyo have agreed to the government's plan to set a new approach route for Haneda Airport over downtown districts. (NHK)
Jul 29
Narita Airport near Tokyo will install a new exchange machine Friday to change coins into electronic money for the first time at a Japanese airport, its operator said Wednesday. (the-japan-news.com)
Jul 28
Hiroshima and Nagasaki have asked the developer of Pokemon Go to exclude key places for prayer in the western Japan cities from the sites featured in the blockbuster smartphone game, it was learned Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Jul 28
The tachineputa parade - an annual procession of towering neputa statues of warriors and other historical figures - offers a spectacular summer-night pageant for visitors to Goshogawara, Aomori Prefecture. (the-japan-news.com)
Jul 28
Tohoku tours by bus to visit two local railway lines beloved by camera-toting railroad enthusiasts, known as toritetsu, will begin this summer. (the-japan-news.com)
Jul 27
A police antiterrorism squad will be deployed at the annual Sumida River fireworks festival in Tokyo this weekend amid heightened security concerns in the wake of terror attacks overseas, according to officials of the Metropolitan Police Department. (Japan Today)
Jul 27
Tokyo has the image of being the world's most expensive city, but in this episode, everything is under 500 yen! (ONLY in JAPAN)
Jul 26
A panel of experts for the Environment Ministry on Monday selected eight out of Japan's 32 national parks under a model project aimed at attracting foreign tourists. (Japan Today)
Jul 26
A Japanese council for cultural affairs endorsed on Monday Christian churches and related sites in the southwestern prefectures of Nagasaki and Kumamoto for addition to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2018. (Jiji Press)
Jul 24
A traditional summer festival featuring samurai on horseback began in the Soma region of Fukushima Prefecture. (NHK)
Jul 22
The Kyoto State Guest House in Japan's ancient capital has begun accepting tourists all year round in a bid to draw more people from inside and outside the country. (NHK)
Jul 22
For the first time in half a century, a steam locomotive will travel along Tobu Railway Co.'s Kinugawa Line in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, next summer. Japan Railways companies will provide railway cars, while other firms will train operators for the project. (the-japan-news.com)
Jul 21
Luxury hotels are set to open in Tokyo with the aim of attracting an increasing number of tourists visiting Japan and affluent people such as corporate managers who visit the metropolis on business. (the-japan-news.com)
Jul 20
Foreign tourism is on track to break the record set in 2015 after an estimated 11.71 million visited Japan in the first half, up 28 percent from a year ago, the Japan Tourism Agency said Wednesday. (Japan Times)
Jul 18
The rainy season appears to be over in western and central Japan as well as Kyushu, the Meteorological Agency said Monday. (Japan Times)
Jul 18
A UNESCO committee on Sunday added the main building of the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo and 16 other buildings designed by French architect Le Corbusier to the world body's list of cultural heritage sites. (Jiji Press)
Jul 18
Deer have been summoned from the woods in a ceremony at a park in Japan's ancient capital of Nara. (NHK)
Jul 18
Nine beaches in Ibaraki Prefecture were reopened to the public over the weekend after being closed a year ago due to repeated shark sightings. (Japan Today)
Jul 17
The age-old road leading to Kiyomizu Temple had turned into a river of people. Accents and languages from across the world filled the shop-lined slope, as couples in rented kimono took photos with selfie sticks and amateur photographers tried to get a shot devoid of the crowds - a nearly impossible feat. (Japan Times)
Jul 17
Let's go to Japan, my wife said. 'Why Japan?' I asked. 'Because it's an old civilisation, we see its products everywhere and I don't know anything about it. And, anyway, you love the food.' (dailymail.co.uk)
Jul 17
Good news! Tokyo Monorail has announced this week that it will be providing free Wi-Fi on the Haneda Airport Line later this year. (rocketnews24.com)
Jul 13
Park reveals project is bigger than Wizarding World of Harry Potter, gives tentative opening date. (rocketnews24.com)
Jul 13
There are some places in this world we have to visit before we die. Places that are so unbelievably beautiful that we need to see it with our own eyes to believe it. This Japanese National Park in Hitachi is one of those places. (ONLYinJAPAN)
Jul 13
Tokyo Skytree, operated by Tobu Tower Skytree Co Ltd, has released the "Fast Skytree Combo ticket" to the tower's observation decks, Tembo Deck and Tembo Galleria exclusively for visitors from overseas. (Japan Today)
Jul 12
Train operations were resumed Tuesday on a Joban Line section in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, that had been shut due to the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and the subsequent nuclear accident. (Jiji Press)
Jul 12
The operator of Universal Studios Japan said Monday that the 4,980 yen admission fee will be waived for one child when accompanied by a fee-paying adult between mid-July and early September. (Japan Today)
Jul 11
Star Alliance has successfully completed the rollout of a new check-in concept in the south wing at Tokyo - Narita Terminal 1, offering customers a wider choice of check-in options and giving them more control over this part of the travel process, thereby creating time savings. (Japan Today)
Jul 10
Officials at Japan's Meteorological Agency are warning of mudslides and floods in Hokkaido, northern Japan, as well as in Kyushu in the southwest of the country. Both areas have been hit by heavy rain. (NHK)
Jul 10
"Infra-tourism," or sightseeing at large-scale infrastructure utilities such as dams, bridges and roads, is gaining popularity. Visitors can enjoy dynamic views such as the thunderous discharge of water at a dam, or a suspension bridge from high above, while also learning about the roles of utilities. (the-japan-news.com)
Jul 10
Wanna surf the web for free in Tokyo? It's finally time to catch the wave. Along with an influx of foreign tourists, Japan is seeing an explosion in wireless internet spots. (Japan Times)
Jul 08
A panel to promote tourism in Japan has discussed changing signs at train stations and other public places for easier understanding by foreign visitors. (NHK)
Jul 08
A major Japanese IT firm says it will launch a driverless bus service at a park near Tokyo next month. (NHK)
Jul 08
Tens of thousands of people in a western Japanese city enjoyed a night view of a river lit up by LEDs to mark the traditional star festival called Tanabata on July 7th. (NHK)
Jul 07
Super Typhoon Nepartak will target Taiwan and Japan's southern Ryukyu Islands with flooding rain and damaging winds later this week. Threats to Eastern China will then follow. (accuweather.com)
Jul 07
Travel agencies and air carriers in Japan have discounted their tour and flight fees for Kyushu as a measure to vitalize local tourism in the region's seven prefectures, which has slumped since the Kumamoto Earthquake. (the-japan-news.com)
Jul 06
For the residents of Aogashima, an island about 200 miles due south of Tokyo, 1785 was an unforgettable year. Although they weren't alive to witness the deadliest event in island history, they know what unfolded all too well-and what they know hasn't changed their mind about living atop a real-life volcano. (smithsonianmag.com)
Jul 06
One of the core beliefs of Shintoism is that divinity exists in all aspects of the natural environment. Meanwhile, one of the core beliefs of travelers is that sightseeing is more enjoyable if you're not sweating profusely. Thankfully, these two concepts are about to dovetail beautifully as part of a public art display at one of Kyoto's most important Shinto shrines. (Japan Today)
Jul 06
A gyudon beef-on-rice bowl outlet launching at Narita Airport will be the first restaurant at the facility to be open around the clock, responding to requests from users of the airport who stay overnight. (the-japan-news.com)
Jul 02
Japan's tallest Ferris wheel has started operation in Osaka Prefecture. (NHK)
Jul 02
ANA is to extend the benefits of its frequent flyer program to the LGBT community so that in future passengers in same-sex partnerships will be able to share their miles and inherit mileage from one another. (Japan Today)
Jul 01
The climbing season for Mount Fuji opened Friday on the Yamanashi Prefecture side. The mountain is Japan's highest, and has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. (NHK)
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