Mayor of Kyoto has big plans for tourism

Sep 12, 2014

Mayor of Kyoto has big plans for tourism

by Chiho Iuchi

For Kyoto to continue growing as a tourism-oriented city, it must take steps that combine landscape planning with services, the mayor says. Fortunately, many aspects of Japanese culture that originated in Kyoto have gained international recognition in the past 20 years, even as the ...

Aug 28, 2014

Next on Olympic agenda: foreigner-friendly parks

The government plans to make national parks more friendly to foreign visitors by introducing the essence of “omotenashi,” or hospitality, toward the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Environment Ministry will seek ¥2.5 billion for the effort in next year’s budget, officials said. According to a ...

Aug 27, 2014

Agency plans big data survey to gauge foreign tourists' needs

The Japan Tourism Agency plans to use big data to conduct a survey on foreign tourists’ behavior so that local governments and tourism industries can develop tours and events that meet their needs, NHK reported Wednesday. For foreign visitors who agreed to cooperate, the ...

Aug 21, 2014

Japan logs record 1.27 million foreign visitors in July

About 1.27 million foreigners came to Japan in July, surging 26.6 percent from a year ago and the highest figure ever for a single month, government data show. The 7.53 million visitors received in the first seven months of the year also constitute a ...

Aug 15, 2014

Don Quijote to boost duty-free sales with dedicated paperwork counters

Major discount chain Don Quijote Holdings Co. plans to boost duty-free sales for foreign tourists in October, when consumable goods will be added to tax-free items, company officials said. The company will create dedicated counters where visitors from other countries can complete the procedures ...

Jul 24, 2014

Foreign tourists shatter first-half record

A record 6.26 million people visited Japan in the first half thanks to the yen’s weakness and a jump in international flights to Tokyo’s Haneda airport, a government estimate says. “If this pace continues for the remaining months of the year, we can expect ...

Jul 24, 2014

Kintetsu department store woos foreign shoppers

Kintetsu Department Store Co. wants more foreign customers to shop at its flagship store, which opened in Japan’s tallest skyscraper in March, President Keiji Takamatsu said. In a recent interview, Takamatsu said the Osaka-based company wants to raise 3 percent of its overall revenue ...