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Aug 16
The estimated number of visitors to Japan in July grew 16.8 pct from a year before to 2,681,500, a record high on a monthly basis, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Wednesday. (Jiji)
Aug 16
The Japan Tourism Agency plans to urge "ryokan" Japanese-style inn operators to set separate fees for stays and meals, agency officials said Wednesday. (Jiji)
Aug 15
Legoland Japan is struggling to dispel the notion that its admission fees are too expensive. (Japan Times)
Aug 13
China's Mobike will start a bicycle-sharing service in Sapporo in late August, becoming the first major player in the rapidly expanding Chinese industry to set foot in Japan. (the-japan-news.com)
Aug 11
With its densely packed cities and fast-paced professional world, some in Japan may have trouble finding time to appreciate the country's boundless natural beauty. So in 2014, a new holiday was invented to remind them to pause and take a look around: Mountain Day. (Time)
Aug 11
A much-awaited steam locomotive went into service on Tobu Railway Co.'s Kinugawa Line in the city of Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, eastern Japan, on Thursday. (Jiji)
Aug 10
A Tokyo personnel dispatch company unveiled a new farm on the 13th floor of its Tokyo headquarters on Wednesday. (Kyodo)
Aug 10
Rest your body and wallet as you travel half-way across the country in your sleep. (rocketnews24.com)
Aug 09
Temperatures soared along the Pacific coast in eastern and western Japan on Wednesday with the mercury topping 37 C in Tokyo and other cities in the Kanto region as Typhoon Noru's passage was followed by a warm air mass. (Japan Today)
Aug 09
When cat cafes started showing up in Japan, no one was really sure how long they'd last. Sure, the idea of sipping on drinks and munching on light fare while surrounded by felines had a definite appeal, but some wondered if it might be nothing more than a passing fad. (rocketnews24.com)
Aug 08
The city of Kyoto aims to introduce a lodging tax in 2018 at the earliest to cope with issues stemming from a surge in the number of tourists, based on a recommendation Monday from an advisory panel. (Japan Today)
Aug 06
A Kuroshio limited express train led by a car with a panda face debuted Saturday in Osaka to lure tourists to Adventure World, the giant wildlife theme park in Wakayama Prefecture where the popular animals are on show. (Japan Times)
Aug 03
Outdoor theme park Legoland Japan plans to expand its area to some 13 hectares, 1.4 times the current size, the head of its operator said in a recent interview. (Japan Times)
Aug 02
The rainy season appears to be over in the Hokuriku and Tohoku regions in central and northeastern Japan, the weather agency said Wednesday, declaring an end to the early summer wet season throughout the Japanese archipelago. (Kyodo)
Aug 01
Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Tourism has an idea on how to take some of the guesswork out of traveling by taxi in Japan's capital. The ministry has announced that from August 7 four taxi operators will allow riders to book cabs and lock in a fare by using the companies' smartphone apps. (rocketnews24.com)
Aug 01
The total number of visitors to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea topped 700 million on Monday, Oriental Land Co. <4661>, the operator of the theme parks, said the same day. (Jiji)
Jul 31
Volunteers and other people are joining hands to get rid of weeds at the Tottori Sand Dunes in western Japan to protect the landmark's renowned wind-created ripple patterns, a major tourist attraction. (Jiji)
Jul 31
Japan will nominate a group of ancient burial mounds in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, for inscription on UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List. (NHK)
Jul 31
A Japanese city boasting one of the world's largest hot-spring resorts opened a special amusement park on Saturday with a hot-tub merry-go-round and other rides featuring immersion in its famous thermal water. (Bangkok Post)
Jul 30
Even holy places have bills to pay, and with traditional sources of income rapidly shrinking, temples in Japan are looking to tourism to make ends meet. (Nikkei)
Jul 30
Transparent kayaks are exploding in popularity in Tottori Prefecture, with tourists describing the experience as akin "to flying in the sky." (Japan Times)
Jul 29
"The entire Kisoji is in the mountains" - this opening phrase about an ancient trail in Toson Shimazaki's classic novel "Before the Dawn" still holds true today. The 11 post towns on the Kisoji section of the Nakasendo road are linked by a road that runs through tree-covered mountains. I walked the section between Midono-juku and Tsumago-juku, post towns in Nagiso, to get a taste of what travelers in the Edo period (1603-1867) experienced as they walked this path. (the-japan-news.com)
Jul 29
Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, held a ceremony on Friday to commemorate topping one billion passengers since its opening in 1978. (Jiji)
Jul 25
Aiming to mitigate the passenger congestion due to a surge in inbound tourists, the city of Kyoto proposed Monday a price hike for the one-day pass for public and private bus services. (Japan Times)
Jul 25
Japan's Environment Ministry will set up public wireless LAN services at national parks by the end of fiscal 2017, hoping to draw more overseas tourists. (Jiji)
Jul 21
Japan has changed some pictogram signs used on street corners and created new ones, mainly to help foreign visitors get around more easily, the industry ministry said Thursday. (Jiji)
Jul 20
The number of tourists coming to Japan hit a record high in the first half of 2017. The Japan National Tourism Organization says more than 13.75 million people visited Japan in the 6 months. (NHK)
Jul 18
If you want to visit the Nagoya amusement park on a Tuesday or Wednesday, you'd better go soon. (rocketnews24.com)
Jul 17
Spectators, including many tourists, enjoyed a parade of colorfully decorated floats at the annual Gion Festival in Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto on Monday. (NHK)
Jul 17
The health ministry will launch a survey to look into medical expenses paid by foreign tourists to deal with an apparent increase in unpaid cases, a source close to the matter said recently. (Japan Today)
Jul 16
A luxury sightseeing train to run near Tokyo has been unveiled at a ceremony with train operators, local officials and the media. (NHK)
Jul 16
The Giga Dinosaur Exhibition 2017, which exhibits reconstructed full-body skeletons and fossil specimens from many dinosaurs, opened at Makuhari Messe in Mihama Ward, Chiba, on Saturday. (the-japan-news.com)
Jul 13
Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan’s main islands, is filled with beautiful scenery, but one of the best concentrations is to be found in the town of Biei. With rolling hills and lush farmland, it’s enough to make anyone stop for a moment and drink it all in, especially if you’ve just come from Tokyo or one of the country’s other urban population centers. (rocketnews24.com)
Jul 10
A UNESCO committee has decided to register a group of monuments in western Japan as a World Cultural Heritage Site. (NHK)
Jul 10
A UNESCO committee has decided to register a group of ancient monuments in Japan as a World Heritage Site. (NHK)
Jul 06
The shogi boom in Japan sparked by a 14-year-old sensation is helping to revitalize the Yamagata Prefecture city of Tendo, known as the nation's largest supplier of shogi pieces. (Jiji)
Jul 06
Where is the world's most beautiful Starbucks? Japan, of course. (ONLY in JAPAN)
Jul 05
Major Japanese travel agency JTB estimates that more than 77 million people will take overnight or longer trips from July 15th through August 31st. That is up 0.8 percent from last year, and will mark the first uptick in 4 years. (NHK)
Jul 05
Japan's transport ministry is set to help regional airports attract more international flights in an effort to boost the number of foreign tourists to the country. (NHK)
Jul 05
A recently opened theater in Kyoto's Higashiyama Ward featuring maiko young female entertainers is becoming a popular tourist attraction for visitors from abroad. (the-japan-news.com)
Jul 01
The climbing season started on the Yamanashi Prefecture side of Mount Fuji early on Saturday. (NHK)
Jul 01
The Justice Ministry is considering immigration procedures for Japanese passengers using automated gates equipped with a facial recognition system for identity verification at major airports from next fiscal year, according to sources. (the-japan-news.com)
Jun 30
The government plans to use cruise liners stopping in Japan as hotels for visitors to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, informed sources said Thursday. (Jiji)
Jun 28
Two cities in central Japan regarded as the birthplace of ninjas, or feudal era secret agents, have launched a council to attract more tourists from home and abroad. (NHK)
Jun 26
Sightseers are flocking to Japan's highest dam to watch the spectacle of water gushing from it. (NHK)
Jun 23
Close to 95 percent of tourists from Asia who have visited western Japan would like to travel to areas off the beaten track, a survey showed Thursday. (Japan Times)
Jun 22
The number of foreign tourists visiting Japan is continuing to increase. It hit a new record for the month of May. (NHK)
Jun 21
Japan Airlines (JAL) is now providing free inflight connectivity throughout the entire flight to customers flying on domestic routes. (getconnected.aero)
Jun 21
Hydrangea flowers are in full bloom in Tokyo and the surrounding area. They are a welcome sight for people who don't like the rainy season. (NHK)
Jun 20
Japan has become world-famous for its incredibly polished customer service, which isn’t something you’ll find only at premium-priced hotels and leisure resorts. Just about any shop or restaurant you go to in Japan, right down to convenience stores and fast food joints, will be staffed by courteous clerks and servers. (rocketnews24.com)
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