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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)
Jul 01
Service will be available on four different hiking routes to Japan's tallest peak. (rocketnews24.com)
Jun 30
A ceremony was held Thursday to celebrate the reopening of the renovated British Embassy villa in Tochigi Prefecture, offering a glimpse into the lives of British diplomats more than a century ago. (Japan Times)
Jun 30
Wednesday marks 50 years since the Beatles visited Japan. Photo exhibits in Tokyo are helping fans remember the excitement that the British rock band brought to the country. (NHK)
Jun 29
A museum where visitors can learn about kanji, or Chinese characters, has opened in Kyoto City, western Japan. (NHK)
Jun 29
Tokyo is loaded with museums, hundreds of them from art to science. If normal museums are a bore to you or you want to try something new, let me tell you about this place! The TOKYO MUSEUM OF SEWAGE! (ONLY in JAPAN)
Jun 29
A dining car of the blue sleeper express, Hokutosei, which retired in August 2015 as the last Blue Train, has been revived as an Italian restaurant in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture. (the-japan-news.com)
Jun 28
The number of visitors to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum has risen some 40 pct from a year earlier since May 27, when U.S. President Barack Obama visited the facility. (Jiji Press)
Jun 28
Bears have been getting bad press for both their real-life and anime actions this month, which has some bristling at the idea of a Kuma Miko-themed promotion in Akita. (rocketnews24.com)
Jun 27
Japan's highest hydropower dam has begun to release water for tourists. (NHK)
Jun 27
The number of visitors to the observation deck of Abeno Harukas, the tallest skyscraper in Japan, has reached surpassed 5 million, thanks to increased foreign tourists, the operator of the building said. (Japan Today)
Jun 26
An event unifying the summer festivals of 6 prefectures in northeastern Japan has begun in Aomori City. (NHK)
Jun 26
The Imperial Household Agency on Saturday introduced a same-day registration system for guided tours of parts of the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo to enable visitors to see the place without prior reservation. (Japan Today)
Jun 23
A common sight at summer festivals is people crouched over pools trying in vain to catch goldfish with a paper scoop. (Japan Times)
Jun 23
Japan's revised law regulating adult entertainment businesses, enacted in June last year, took effect on Thursday, conditionally allowing dance clubs to open all night. (Jiji Press)
Jun 21
A team of experts set up by the Japanese government on Monday indicated its tolerance for "minpaku" home rental services for travelers in residential areas. (Jiji Press)
Jun 21
Japanese department stores sales to foreign tourists fell in May for the 2nd straight month. (NHK)
Jun 19
Three famous monkey sculptures at Toshogu Shrine in Nikko city, north of Tokyo, have been taken off display for repairs. (NHK)
Jun 16
An innovative train that has replaced its walls with panoramic windows for allowing better views of the landscape has been launched in Niigata Prefecture. (insidejapantours.com)
Jun 16
A growing number of service centers support "hands-free tourism," accepting baggage such as suitcases and souvenirs and delivering them to accommodation facilities and airports on the same day. (the-japan-news.com)
Jun 15
The number of overseas visitors to Japan has been increasing at a faster pace than record-breaking last year, with more than 10 million coming to the country in the first six months of this year, sources said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
Jun 15
The weather agency lowered on Tuesday the volcanic alert level for a remote island in Kagoshima Prefecture following diminished volcanic activities. (Japan Times)
Jun 14
Tourism continues to struggle in southwestern Japan two months after major earthquakes, with hotel guests in Kumamoto and Oita prefectures at only 60% of normal levels in late May. (Nikkei)
Jun 12
Two Tasmanian devils from Australia, now at a zoo in Tokyo, have been shown to the public for the first time. (NHK)
Jun 11
Japan issued a record number of visas to foreigners in 2015 as more Chinese people visited on shopping trips. (NHK)
Jun 10
Visitors have flocked to a temple in Kamakura City, near Tokyo, to view about 2,500 hydrangea flowers in full bloom. (NHK)
Jun 09
East Japan Railway Co., better known as JR East, said Wednesday it will replace the existing E231 series trains with the newly developed E235 series on the Yamanote Line in Tokyo by spring 2020. (Jiji Press)
Jun 08
East Japan Railway Co., or JR East, is considering rebuilding the JR Harajuku Station building in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward, it was learned Monday. (Jiji Press)
Jun 07
Japan issued a record number of visas to Chinese nationals in 2015, up about 85 percent from the previous year to 3.78 million, as Chinese tourist arrivals increased on a weaker yen and relaxed visa rules, the Foreign Ministry said Monday. (Kyodo)
Jun 07
How about staying at a luxurious hotel room used by U.S. President Barack Obama during the Group of Seven summit? (Jiji Press)
Jun 06
Visitors to Korakuen Garden in Okayama, one of the nation's top three Japanese gardens, exceeded 800,000 for the first time in 15 years, thanks to a surge in tourism and events to lure young people. (Japan Times)
Jun 04
Japan's government is seen approving the introduction of a taxi starting fare of around 410 yen for about one kilometer in some Tokyo areas, against the current 730 yen for 2 kilometers, officials said Saturday. (Jiji Press)
Jun 04
The rainy season is believed to have started in central and western Japan as well as the southwestern main island of Kyushu, the weather agency said Saturday, warning of landslides in quake-hit areas of Kumamoto and Oita. (Japan Today)
Jun 04
Tasty local produce, uniquely designed trains and a leisurely ride through the scenic countryside - this is how some train operators are trying to attract passengers and get local economies back on track. (the-japan-news.com)
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