Tunisia museum attack kills at least 21, including three Japanese

Mar 19, 2015

Tunisia museum attack kills at least 21, including three Japanese

Gunmen wearing military uniforms stormed Tunisia’s national museum on Wednesday, killing at least 18 foreign tourists and three Tunisians in one of the worst militant attacks in a country that had largely escaped the region’s Arab Spring turmoil. Prime Minister Habib Essid initially said ...

Foreign passenger arrivals in Japan top 11 million in 10 months

Nov 20, 2014

Foreign passenger arrivals in Japan top 11 million in 10 months

The number of foreign passenger arrivals in Japan in the first 10 months of this year hit an estimated 11 million, topping last year’s annual record of 10.36 million, the Japan National Tourism Organization said. Tourists from China and other countries are apparently traveling ...

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 ...