Visitor numbers surge at Toyota technology museum

Apr 14, 2015

Visitor numbers surge at Toyota technology museum

The Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology attracted a record number of visitors last year, with domestic and foreign tourists flocking to its displays of machines in action. The museum showcases the technological history of the Toyota Motor Corp. group, and has as ...

Car bomb in Koh Samui hurts seven in Thailand

Apr 11, 2015

Car bomb in Koh Samui hurts seven in Thailand

A car bomb wounded seven people, including an Italian girl, when it exploded in the parking area of a shopping mall on the Thai tourist island of Koh Samui, police said Saturday. The bomb was packed inside a Mazda pick-up truck and exploded late ...

Kyoto issues souvenir marriage certificates to foreign newlyweds

Apr 10, 2015

Kyoto issues souvenir marriage certificates to foreign newlyweds

The city of Kyoto on Friday began issuing marriage certificates to foreigners who wed in the ancient capital and delivered the first one to a British couple. The certificate bears the signature of Kyoto Mayor Daisaku Kadokawa and contains a congratulatory message from him. ...

Godzilla named tourism ambassador of his old stomping ground

Apr 10, 2015

Godzilla named tourism ambassador of his old stomping ground

by Yuri Kageyama

Fire-breathing, building-stomping Godzilla was welcomed in part of Tokyo on Thursday as a sign of prosperity, not destruction. The irradiated monster was appointed special resident and tourism ambassador for Shinjuku Ward, known for its down-home bars and noodle restaurants. A Godzilla-size head towering 52 ...

Apr 9, 2015

Tourists escape Thai ferry blaze, 1 dead

Scores of foreign tourists endured a dramatic sea rescue after a blaze devoured a ferry traveling between two resort hotspots in southern Thailand, police said Wednesday. One 12-year-old Israeli girl was found dead, Thai authorities later said. Speedboats raced to evacuate 117 passengers from ...

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 ...

China to keep track of its tourists' unruly behavior abroad

Apr 7, 2015

China to keep track of its tourists' unruly behavior abroad

China says it will try to convince its citizens to behave themselves while traveling abroad by requiring authorities back home to keep records of people doing anything illegal or inappropriate while in other countries. Provincial and national authorities will contact tourists when they return ...