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Per-Visitor Spending Drop Highlights Challenges on Japan Tourism Promotion (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 17 (Jiji Press)—A drop in per-person spending by foreign tourists in 2016 has highlighted challenges Japan needs to overcome to meet its goal of achieving 8-trillion-yen spending by them, pundits pointed out Tuesday. The 2016 total spending by visitors to Japan, including that on shopping and eating out, rose 7.8% from a year before to 3,747.6 billion yen, marking the highest ever l…

Japan to Cultivate “Second Kyoto” Tourism Destinations (New)

Tokyo, Dec. 31 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government plans to pick 10 municipalities across the county to carry out intensive landscape development, aiming to create "Second Kyoto" tourism destinations ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Through the initiative, the government hopes to attract tourists from abroad to not just major cities including Tokyo and Osaka but also provincia…

Three New Pop Culture Tourist Spots in Tokyo (360˚ Panorama)Somese Naoto (Photographer)

Tourists from around the world are flocking to Tokyo. Along with the city’s established tourist sites are many pop culture destinations. Here we take a 360° panoramic look at three spots that have captivated many foreign visitors.

Tokyo Taxi Starting Fare to Fall to ¥410 from January 30 (News)

Tokyo, Dec. 20 (Jiji Press)—Japan's transport ministry said Tuesday that it will lower the taxi starting fare to ¥410 from the current ¥730 mainly in central Tokyo from January 30, 2017. The starting fare will stand at ¥410 for 1.052 kilometers, compared with the current ¥730 for 2 kilometers. The ministry hopes to stimulate demand for casual short-distance rides from tourists to Japan and e…

Japan’s Christmas Lights for 2016 (Photo Gallery)

In the chill of winter, a Japanese romantic ideal is walking with a loved one through a spectacular light display. From simple beginnings a century ago, Japan’s biggest displays are now very large indeed.

Umeda Sky Building (Photo Gallery)

Umeda Sky Building is one of Osaka’s most prominent sights. These photographs capture the uniquely designed building and the spectacular view it has of the surrounding urban landscape.

JR East Unveils All-Suite Deluxe Sleeper Train Before Debut in Spring (News)

Nikko, Tochigi Pref., Dec. 5 (Jiji Press)—East Japan Railway Co., or JR East, unveiled Monday a luxury sleeper train the company plans launch in May next year. In a champagne gold livery, the deluxe Train Suite Shiki-Shima comprises 10 cars, including a diner, a lounge car, and a glass-walled dome car. The crew of JR East's new luxury sleeper train Shiki-Shima pose at Nikkō Station following…

Universal Studios Parks to Open Nintendo Areas (News)

Kyoto, Nov. 29 (Jiji Press)—Nintendo Co. and Universal Parks & Resorts said Tuesday that Nintendo-themed areas will be added to Universal theme parks in Osaka, western Japan, Orlando and Hollywood. The new areas will have multiple attractions featuring Mario and other Nintendo game characters, making guests feel as if they are playing inside their favorite games, the two companies said. …

Dramatic Architecture and Views at Osaka’s Umeda Sky Building

More than two decades after opening, Osaka’s Umeda Sky Building continues to grow as a popular sightseeing destination. Burgeoning visitor numbers include a high proportion of international tourists, thanks to praise of the building’s design in English-language media and guidebooks.

All Aboard the Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Train!

This summer a Tokyo train got a makeover themed around kawaii icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. The singer was present for a special opening event.

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