Kyoto taxis specializing in foreign tourists begin one-year trial

Mar 1, 2016

Kyoto taxis specializing in foreign tourists begin one-year trial

A one-year trial run for taxis aimed at non-Japanese tourists started Tuesday in the city of Kyoto, the first such service in Japan aimed at enhancing the experience for overseas visitors. The “foreigner-friendly taxis” accept credit cards, have space for two large suitcases and ...

Foreign visitor stays surged to 66.37 million in 2015

Mar 1, 2016

Foreign visitor stays surged to 66.37 million in 2015

Hotel stays by foreign visitors to Japan rose 48.1 percent in 2015 to a record 66.37 million, government has shown, in the wake of a weak yen and measures such as tax-free shopping and the easing of visa rules. Visitor stays are estimated by ...

Feb 28, 2016

LDP won't field candidate to fill Miyazaki's seat

The Liberal Democratic Party won’t field a candidate in the Lower House by-election to replace paternal leave champion Kensuke Miyazaki, who resigned over an extramarital affair, a source in the conservative party said. The decision was made as the ruling LDP doesn’t think it ...

Kanji Museum to open in Kyoto in June

Feb 9, 2016

Kanji Museum to open in Kyoto in June

The Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation, the group that annually announces the single character best symbolizing the year, will open a facility in June where visitors can learn about kanji in a fun atmosphere. The Kanji Museum, located in the city of Kyoto, will ...

State guesthouse in Kyoto may be opened to visitors year-round

Feb 2, 2016

State guesthouse in Kyoto may be opened to visitors year-round

The government is considering opening a state guesthouse in Kyoto to the public throughout the year to add to the allure of the ancient capital. Only a limited number of people who apply in advance are currently allowed inside the guesthouse. Officials will already ...