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Foreign cruise ships' arrivals in Japan to near pre-COVID level

Feb 27 (Kyodo) - Arrivals of foreign-operated cruise ships to Japan are set to near the level seen before the coronavirus pandemic when their dockings to the country resume in March after a three-year hiatus, a Kyodo News survey showed Sunday.

Out of 42 major ports, a total of 89 arrivals are scheduled in March at 23 ports across 22 prefectures, while discussions by local governments and ship operators are progressing for arrivals at other ports, the survey showed. Before the pandemic in March 2019, Japan saw 125 dockings at the 42 ports. ...continue reading

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The Cape Soya Lighthouse, standing tall on a hill in Wakkanai City, Hokkaido, is Japan's northernmost lighthouse, established 139 years ago.

Kanagawa Prefecture unveiled its new logo, 'Kanagawa-Ken,' last Friday, only to find itself facing allegations that the design closely resembles Chiba Prefecture's mascot, 'Chiba-kun.'

Osaka Prefectural Police have issued a new directive urging all officers to wear sunglasses to protect themselves from the heat and sunlight.

Enoshima Bridge in Kanagawa Prefecture, which connects to the island of Enoshima, is now subject to nighttime traffic restrictions due to complaints about noise from modified vehicles.

Three people who went missing after a landslide in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, have been confirmed dead. The north slope of Matsuyama Castle collapsed early Friday morning, engulfing nearby houses.

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Tonight, I will travel from Izumi-otsu (Osaka) to Shimmonji (Kitakyushu) on the Hankyu Ferry's Izumi, which has rooms that are like capsule hotels. (At JAPAN)

Enoshima Bridge in Kanagawa Prefecture, which connects to the island of Enoshima, is now subject to nighttime traffic restrictions due to complaints about noise from modified vehicles.

Located on the campus of Waseda University in Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, the Okuma Garden is a Japanese garden donated to Waseda University in 1922 on the site of the former residence of Shigenobu Okuma, the founder of Waseda University. (Japanese Garden Collection)

The annual 'Nachi no Ogi Festival' took place at the World Heritage site Kumano Nachi Taisha in Nachikatsuura, Wakayama Prefecture, on July 14.

A new sports and entertainment facility blending sports and entertainment elements opened in Ebina, Kanagawa Prefecture on Friday.

Dogo Onsen in Ehime has reopened after five and a half years of renovations. Some people waited as long as eight hours to be the first to take a bath.

This time, I enjoyed a journey from Asakusa to Tobu Nikko on the new limited express “Spacia X” by Tobu Railway. On the way there, I rode in the luxurious cockpit suite, and on the way back, I relaxed in the comfortable compartment seats. I’ll showcase the attractions of each seat and the stunning views from the windows! (ITSUKA JAPAN)

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