Seibu vows to attract more tourists to Japan

Sep 22, 2014

Seibu vows to attract more tourists to Japan

Seibu Holdings Inc. will step up efforts to attract more tourists to Japan, Takashi Goto, president and chief executive officer of the rail and hotel conglomerate, said in a recent interview. The Tokyo-based group “wants to attract more and more foreign visitors to areas ...

Narita airport to open first capsule hotel

Jul 19, 2014

Narita airport to open first capsule hotel

A capsule hotel catering to those who take early morning flights is scheduled to open Sunday in a parking garage adjacent to Narita International Airport’s Terminal 2. The hotel, called nine hours, offers overnight stays starting from ¥3,900 in sleeping pods about a meter ...

Current account surplus falls 76%

Jun 9, 2014

Current account surplus falls 76%

Despite a 76.1 percent plunge in April, Japan's trade balance stays in the black after foreign visitors provide the first travel surplus in 44 years.

May 23, 2014

Tourists from Taiwan, China, S. Korean spend the most in Japan

Tourists from Taiwan, China and South Korea accounted for 68 percent of spending by all tourists in Japan last year, according to a report by Tokyo’s de facto embassy in Taiwan. The Interchange Association, which is responsible for relations with Taiwan in the absence ...

Apr 2, 2014

Standardized English for road signs to help foreign tourists

by Atsushi Kodera

Foreign tourists in Japan will have a less confusing time trying to identify roads and landmarks thanks to the introduction of standardized English words and eradication of “Romanized” Japanese words on public signs, transport ministry officials said. Revised transport ministry guidelines that took effect ...

Mar 30, 2014

Muslims praise Yokohama site

More than 90 percent of Southeast Asian Muslims surveyed say the “restaurants,” “mosques” and “suggested itineraries” links on the Muslim Tourist Information website are useful, the Yokohama Convention & Visitors Bureau said Friday. The website, set up in December, provides information based on recommendations ...