Japanese head abroad as Bon exodus begins

Aug 8, 2015

Japanese head abroad as Bon exodus begins

Tens of thousands of vacationers flew abroad from airports in the Tokyo and Osaka areas as Japan’s summer exodus began Saturday. The number of international travelers passing through Narita airport is expected to total 871,500 during the 10 days of the Bon holiday season ...

Eel imports peak as Day of the Ox arrives

Jul 23, 2015

Eel imports peak as Day of the Ox arrives

Imports of eels are peaking ahead of Friday’s midsummer Day of the Ox, when many Japanese partake in grilled eel, a nutritious dish that is popularly believed to help stave off summer fatigue. Trading company Marukatsu, which specializes in eel and is located near ...

Narita airport to get SIM card vending machines

Jul 17, 2015

Narita airport to get SIM card vending machines

by

Japan’s main gateway, Narita International Airport, is set to get SIM card vending machines targeting an increasing number of inbound tourists starting next Friday, NTT Communications Corp. said. The cards, aptly named Prepaid SIM for Japan, can be purchased along with smartphones, mobile routers ...

Chinese duty-free shopping sprees leading to flight delays at Narita

Jul 16, 2015

Chinese duty-free shopping sprees leading to flight delays at Narita

Chinese travelers going on duty-free buying frenzies at Narita International Airport are gumming up the works by causing delays to China-bound flights. But the disruptions, while a headache for airline operations, are also a bonanza as Chinese travelers’ deep pockets are helping to boost ...

Jul 16, 2015

Narita arrival from Guinea tests negative for Ebola

A man in his 30s who was hospitalized with a fever after returning to Japan from Guinea has tested negative for Ebola, the health ministry said Thursday. The man arrived Wednesday night at Narita International Airport after spending three months in the West African ...

Jul 13, 2015

Gun-carrying ex-Bangkok police chief won't face indictment

Prosecutors do not plan to indict a former Thai police official who was arrested at Narita International Airport last month on suspicion of bringing a loaded handgun into the country, sources said Monday. Comronwit Toopgrajank, 60, identified by the Thai Embassy in Tokyo as ...

May 12, 2015

Narita sees first rise in Golden Week travelers in three years

Boosted by a significant increase in foreign visitors, the number of people entering and departing from Japan via Narita International Airport during this year’s Golden Week rose 12.7 percent from a year earlier to around 910,000, immigration authorities said Tuesday. Immigration officials attributed the ...

Apr 23, 2015

Ethiopian Airlines begins Narita flights

Ethiopian Airlines’ first flight to Japan arrived at Narita International Airport on Wednesday evening, marking the first Africa-Japan regular flight for 1½ years. Direct flights between Africa and Japan came to a halt when EgyptAir withdrew from the route connecting Cairo and Kansai International ...

Budget airline terminal opens at Narita International

Apr 8, 2015

Budget airline terminal opens at Narita International

Narita International Airport opened a terminal for budget airlines Wednesday as it courts a growing number of low-cost carriers for domestic and short-haul overseas flights. The airport, serving the greater Tokyo area, inaugurated its third terminal at 3:30 a.m. with a countdown and applause ...