Okayama, Malaysia form link to push Muslim-friendly tourism

Nov 17, 2016

Okayama, Malaysia form link to push Muslim-friendly tourism

Three municipalities in Okayama Prefecture have launched a joint project to promote Muslim-friendly tourism in the region, initially targeting travelers from Malaysia with the help of a local travel agency. A memorandum of understanding on the “Okayama-Style Health Tourism Project” was signed Tuesday in ...

Okayama Korakuen Garden enjoys rebound in tourism

Jun 5, 2016

Okayama Korakuen Garden enjoys rebound in tourism

Visitors to Korakuen Garden in Okayama, one of the nation’s top three Japanese gardens, exceeded 800,000 for the first time in 15 years, thanks to a surge in tourism and events to lure young people. Attendance hit 817,260 in fiscal 2015 ended in March. ...

Oct 28, 2015

Okayama child abductor sentenced to 6½ years in prison

A man convicted of the abduction and false imprisonment of an 11-year-old girl in Okayama Prefecture has been sentenced to 6½ years in prison. Takeshi Fujiwara, 50, a self-described illustrator, seized the elementary school girl at knife-point as she made her way home from ...

Jun 12, 2015

Teen held over bomb threat at Okayama high school

A 15-year-old male was arrested Thursday for an alleged bomb threat targeting a high school in Bizen, Okayama Prefecture, that was evacuated earlier this week, police said. The teen is suspected of leaving a handwritten note that said: “A bomb has been planted at ...

Okayama gets Japan's first tax-free shopping arcade

May 28, 2015

Okayama gets Japan's first tax-free shopping arcade

An entire shopping arcade in the city of Okayama became duty-free on Thursday, the first such mall to do so nationwide as Japan tries to lure visitors to destinations away from the heavily trodden tourist trail between Tokyo and Kyoto. About 20 shops in ...