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Lake Biwa, in Shiga Prefecture, has become the majestic backdrop for the arrival of whooper swans, often referred to as "messengers of winter."

In celebration of its 30th anniversary as a World Heritage site, Himeji Castle has, for the first time, opened its "Western Small Keep" to the public.

The much anticipated preview of the new "Yakumo" limited express train was held at JR Osaka Station on Saturday, mesmerizing enthusiasts with its futuristic design.

The newly opened commercial facility "Toyosu Senkyakubanrai," located next to the Toyosu Market, has become a major attraction for numerous tourists from both within Japan and abroad. Despite some initial reactions suggesting that the prices might be a bit steep for locals, "A little expensive for the Japanese taste perhaps..." there are actually ways for Japanese customers to enjoy the offerings at a more reasonable cost.

As China commenced its grand Spring Festival holiday on February 10th, celebrating the Lunar New Year, Japan too embraced the festivities with various events, notably the "Nagasaki Lantern Festival" and the Spring Festival in Ueno, Tokyo.

In the shadow of Mount Adatara in Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture, lies the renowned Take Hot Springs, celebrated for its "Milky Day" - a phenomenon occurring just once a week when the waters turn a cloudy white. Despite facing the severest cold wave, we followed the journey of the dedicated hot spring craftsmen, the guardians of these thermal waters, as they ventured into the snowy mountains to maintain the spring's flow.

Naha Airport is known for its abundant souvenir shops and gourmet spots, but did you know it also harbors hidden convenient services and scenic spots? Today, a local writer introduces recommended services and spots at Naha Airport that can be useful during your travels.

As the Spring Festival approaches in just two days, Aomori Prefecture's official account on Chinese social media is experiencing unprecedented popularity, with a staggering 1.3 million followers, surpassing the population of Aomori itself. We delved into the secret behind this surge in interest.