Foreign visitor arrivals to Japan hit record 1.7 million in April

May 21, 2015

Foreign visitor arrivals to Japan hit record 1.7 million in April

Japan’s tourism boom continues, with the number of foreign passenger arrivals rising to another record in April of 1,764,000, up 43.3 percent from a year earlier, a government estimate showed Wednesday. The record high for a third straight month, topping 1,526,000 arrivals in March, ...

May 20, 2015

Tokyo DisneySea announces new ride based on 'Finding Nemo'

The operator of the Disney theme parks in Japan will open a new attraction featuring the Disney/Pixar animated film series “Finding Nemo” at the Tokyo DisneySea theme park in spring 2017. Oriental Land Co. said the indoor attraction in the Port Discovery area will ...

Cut-out enthusiast fills niche face first

May 18, 2015

Cut-out enthusiast fills niche face first

by Masaaki Kameda

Are you the type to put your face in a goofy head-in-a-hole board for a photo at a tourist spot, or do you think such antics are child’s play and give them a miss? Company employee Tomoyuki Shioya, 32, is obsessed to the point ...

At least two killed in predawn fire at Kawasaki hostels

May 17, 2015

At least two killed in predawn fire at Kawasaki hostels

At least two people were killed in a fire early Sunday at two adjacent hostels in Kawasaki and 18 others were rushed to the hospital, police and firefighters said. More than 10 people remain unaccounted for among some 60 people staying in the two ...

May 11, 2015

Replica Old Summer Palace opens in China amid controversry

A full-size replica of much of the Old Summer Palace in Beijing — ransacked by foreign troops in the 19th century — has opened 1,000 km away, even as managers of the original threaten legal action. The gardens, palaces and lakes in the western ...