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A Summer Rainbow Descends on Hokkaidō (Japan in Photos)

Fields of lavender, peppermint, baby’s breath, and other flowers come into full bloom beneath the summer skies of Nakafurano, Hokkaidō, in this photo from July 15, 2017. The annual spectacle at the Farm Tomita spreads over nine hectares and draws thousands of visitors to the town. Peak viewing runs through July and lasts until the lavender is harvested in August. (© Jiji)
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Exploring Japan Bite by Bite: Food Writer Michael BoothTim Hornyak

The British writer Michael Booth is known for his love of Japan and Japanese cuisine, which he chronicles in books beginning with his 2010 Sushi and Beyond: What the Japanese Know About Cooking. We sat down with him in a Tokyo izakaya pub to see what he has to say about food, travel, and more.
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New Japanese Restaurant Area to Open in Narita Airport (News)

Narita, Chiba Pref., Nov. 16 (Jiji Press)—A newly created popular Japanese restaurant area in the Terminal 1 building at Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, was opened to reporters on Wednesday, a day before its opening. At NARITA Dining Terrace, in front of the international departure gate at Terminal 1, six restaurants offer typical Japanese food at reasonable pri…
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Low-Cost Carriers Set for 10% Domestic Flight Share

Low-cost carriers offering budget airfares in exchange for no-frills service and streamlined operations are finally finding a place in Japan. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism reports that LCCs averaged a 10.1% share of domestic flights through October 2015, indicating that discount airlines are on the verge of solidifying a double-digit market share just four years after they began operating in Japan.
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Hokkaidō Shinkansen Guide: Routes, Trains, Fares, and Sights

We provide an overview of the new Hokkaidō Shinkansen offering service between Shin-Aomori and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Stations, including the route and fares, as well as nearby points of interest.
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Foreign Visitors to Japan Nearing 20 Million Annually

The number of foreigners who visited Japan during January-August this year totaled 12,875,000, surging 49.1% over the same period of last year, according to a report released by the Japan National Tourism Organization on September 16. The upsurge was attributed to a sharp rise in visitors from China and other Asian countries. As of September 10, the number of foreign visitors had already exceede…
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Service Areas

Service areas that once provided only parking, restrooms, and gas are increasingly offering a wide range of food and leisure facilities. By doing so, they are becoming secondary or even main destinations for motorists.
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Picturesque Toyama Canal Rewards Casual ExplorersRichard Medhurst

The Hokuriku Shinkansen service, which went into operation in March, has made it easier than ever to access tourist destinations in Toyama and Ishikawa Prefectures. The Ishikawa capital of Kanazawa, in particular, has seen rising numbers of visitors eager to see sights including Kenrokuen, considered to be one of Japan’s “Three Famous Gardens.” At the same time, it is now easier to get to less wel…
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Capsule Hotels

Looking like something from a science fiction movie, capsule hotels are a cheap form of accommodation originating in Japan. Read on to find out more.
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Eating Halal: Japanese Cuisine Becoming More Accessible to Muslim TouristsJames Singleton

Halal cuisine has become a hot topic in Japan—and not just by coincidence. The Japanese government has set a target of welcoming 20 million visitors annually by 2020, the year Tokyo hosts the Olympic and Paralympic games, and as the economies of Japan’s Asian neighbors continue to grow, travelers hailing from Malaysia, Indonesia, and other Southeast Asian countries possessing large Islamic populat…
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